The best of weeks and the worst of weeks !
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Sat, 1 Aug 1992 14:42:24 EDT
Well, I have at last retuned from a 50 mile plus, canoe trek with our
scouts, in the lakes between the Adirondak mountains in upstate NY.
After a record 8.8 inches of rain there was plenty of water, and I
meant Paul from Hiawatha council. The scouts all want to go back to
camp Sabatis of the Adirondak Scout reservation next year for TWO weeks.
One for summer camp, one for a TREK. The camp is one of the best I
have ever seen, great staff, lakes, etc.
However, after 5 plus days on the water, I saw only two LOONS, and heard
only one other calling at sun down! Loons used to be every where!
(loon's are a DUCK like bird). The water was so clear and cold, you
could see forever! But NO fish, and hardly even any water plants!
As we sat on the shore of Tupper lake on our final night, I watched
the sun set for about 30 minutes. Not a bird in the sky, not even a
sea gull! Not a minoe along the shore, and not one LOON call! It almost
brought a tear to my eyes. 25 years ago, I made the same trip with my
father. I had told my son about the Loons, and the large fish that we
caught for every meal. The group caught one fish large enough to cook!
Large sections of trees are dead or dieying. If my son has a son to bring
on such a trip in the future what will be left for him to see?
If anyone out there thinks acid rain is not real, send them to the
Adirondaks in upstate NY. In 25 years, almost every living fish and bird
are gone. A few deer, chipmunks, red squirles and a bear was the total
wild life in seven days.
Other than the evironmental ghosts, the trip was GREAT. I would recommend
this camp to everyone. I like it better than PHILMONT!!!! You even get a
LOOK patch to wear like the Philmont BULL, if you complete a TREK.
Don I, scouter
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City