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Old Forge, New York

Posted by graywacke on June 5, 2010

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (now pretty much an every-other-day blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  I landed in the most OS state in the greater Northeast . . . NY; 38/31; 3/10; 4; 151.4.  This marks the first time I’ve slipped to 3/10 since March 1st, 29 landings ago (when my Score was 153.0).  I should also hasten to add that NY is the most OS northeastern state based on the difference between actual hits (38) and expected hits (31).  On a percentage basis, the leading New England OSer is RI (2/1), closely followed by NH (10/6).

So anyway, I landed in the boonies of the Adirondacks.  I’ll start with a landing map that shows no roads, let alone towns.  Note that the map is about 15 miles across.

Here’s a somewhat broader view, bring in the nearest roads and towns:

Here’s the broadest view:

I landed in the watershed of a new river, the Indian.  This marks the 23rd watershed with the word Indian in it.  Here’s the breakdown:  one Indian Farm Creek; one Indian Wash; one Indian Fork; two Indian Runs; 17 Indian Creeks; and (drumroll please), one Indian River (today’s landing!)

So, the Indian flows to the S Br of the Moose (2nd hit); on to the Moose (2nd hit); on to the Black (which flows through Watertown, my birth town, 9th hit); to the St. Lawrence (87th hit).

Here’s my GE shot, which, not surprisingly, shows totally wooded, hilly terrain.

After all, the Adirondacks are mostly woods.  This from Wiki:

The Adirondack Mountains are contained within the 6.1 million acres of the Adirondack Park, which includes a constitutionally protected Forest Preserve of approximately 2.3 million acres.

Here’s an oblique GE shot, looking east (to give you a little feel for the topography):

So, the largest town nearby is Old Forge.  From Wiki:

Old Forge is a hamlet in Herkimer County, New York. Old Forge was formerly a village that dissolved its incorporation, but remains the principal community in the region. Old Forge forms an extensive business district, primarily directed at tourism especially during the summer months.  Old Forge often records the lowest winter temperatures in New York. On February 17, 1979, the record low temperature for New York was set in Old Forge at -52 degrees Fahrenheit.

So, Old Forge was downgraded from a Village to a mere Hamlet, it gets a lot of summer tourists, and, it’s really cold there (perhaps explaining why they didn’t mention winter tourists).

As you can see on this GE shot, there are a string of lakes beginning at Old Forge, and heading off to the east-northeast.  These are called the Fulton Chain of Lakes:

I’ve numbered them for a good reason.  The names of the lakes are as follows (no kidding!):

1 – First Lake

2 – Second Lake

3 – Third Lake

4 – Fourth Lake

5 – Fifth Lake

6 – Sixth Lake

7 – Seventh Lake

8 – Eighth Lake

Evidently, it’s quite the local sport to kayak / canoe these lakes.  The only portage is between the Fifth & Sixth Lakes.  There’s an annual race called the Adirondack Canoe Classic, where 250 entrants paddle for 90 miles over three days.  The race starts in Old Forge, and, not surprisingly traverses the Fulton Chain of Lakes (all part of the first day).

Using Panaramio shots from GE (with thanks to all of the photographers who posted their shots on Google Earth), this will give you an idea of what the racers see.  I’ll start with the shoreline of Old Forge:

Here’s a shot of First Lake:

Evidently, Second & Third Lakes are less photogenic, but here’s a shot of Fourth Lake:

There’s a little inlet between Fourth & Fifth:

OK, it’s a technicality, but the above is actually the inlet to Fourth Lake, as the water flows from Fifth to Fourth (to Third, to Second, to First).  Anyway, Fifth Lake is teeny; but here’s a shot of a canoe on the Fifth Lake shore, readied for portage to the Sixth Lake (or maybe being readied for launch into the Fifth after portage from the Sixth):

Here’s a GE shot showing the portage:

Here’s a lovely shot of a boathouse on Sixth Lake:

No surprise – here’s Seventh Lake:

I’ll close with the last, but not least – the Eighth:

That’ll do it. . .



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