Sunday, November 8, 2015

More Fall Photos and Adventures

Continuing on from my last post of fall rides and drives, I thought I'd post some more fall photos.

About a month ago, my husband, son, and grandson took a hike up one of the mountains in the Adirondacks that has a fire tower on top of it. It was Wakely Mountain in the Moose River Plains.  It is not too difficult of a hike, and the views are beautiful from the summit.

Over the past several decades we have hiked up several mountains. I've been up Wakely Mountain in the past, but now I avoid rocky, uphill terrains.

My husband has hiked several of the Adirondack High Peaks. There is also a club called the 46ers and if you are interested and serious about climbing the High Peaks of the Adirondacks you can register and join their group on their website: ADK46ers.

The Adirondack High Peaks are those mountains in the Adirondacks of New York State that are over 4,000 feet.

On the trail up Wakely Mountain

The Adirondack Forty-Sixers is a club open to all who have climbed, or intend to climb, all the peaks and have registered with the Adirondack Mountain Club.

Wakley Mountain Fire Tower

If you are interested in hiking some of the trails that have fire towers on them here is a link to them. Adirondack Fire Towers. I have climbed three of them with my family that have fire towers on them: Bald Mountain, Snowy Mountain, and Wakely Mountain.

One of the many dirt roads found in New York State (Winona State Forest).

Railroad bed near our house in Mexico, NY

Dirt road in Winona State Forest
Winona State Forest is located in northern Oswego County in the Town of Boylston and in the southern part of Jefferson County in the Town of Lorraine. This is a recreational area that offers hiking, cross-country skiing, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, dog-sledding, horseback riding and other activities. It also offers over 8 miles of snowmobile trails that connect with other trails in the area.

Oak leaves and acorns

One of the roads in Winona State Forest

Salmon River Reservoir

Salmon River Falls, Orwell, NY 
In the above photo, we visited Salmon River Falls on a beautiful fall day during the Columbus weekend in October. It is a very popular tourist site this time of year because of the fall foliage. You can see several people on top of the falls. The falls is 110 feet high. There is also a trail you can take to the bottom of the falls, but it's quite steep so you need to be an experience hiker and physically fit.  The link below will provide you with more information on the history and rules of the area.

 Official Website of Salmon River Falls Unique Area if you missed my post on another Unique Area in New York State click on this link: Labrador Hollow Unique Area.

“He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring

May the trails you follow today 
lead you to peace, happiness, and solitude. 

Thanks for stopping by ~
Feel free to leave a comment! 


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, Ann. I'm glad you liked them.

  2. I just looked at the photos again, Sue, and I missed the water tower! I forgot about them and seeing them when I was a little girl vacationing the Adirondak Mts. Brings back (vague) memories buried deep. :)

    1. That's great that you remembered them. The first time we climbed Bald Mountain there was a forest ranger up there in the tower and he was very informative and pointed out a lot of the different sites in the area from the mountain top. Some of the higher mountains had small cabins at the top to house the rangers for a few days at a time. Then either they were relived by another forest ranger or went down the mountain for more supplies.

  3. Thanks for the interesting article and pics. I always look forward to it.

    1. Thank you, LuLu. I enjoy sharing our photos and my thoughts, and it's also nice to know that people like you enjoy them.

  4. Sue your pictures are fabulous...years ago I climbed the fire tower on Balm Mountain...what a rush and what a view. I was amazing for me as I am deathly scared of heights....but I would do it is right up there with climbing up a lighthouse on Cape Cod.

    1. Thank you, Donna. I'm glad you liked them. It certainly is a great feeling to climb a mountain when you are rewarded with gorgeous views. That is definitely a feat for you as you're scared of heights. The first 5 photos on this blog post were taken by my husband. I didn't climb the mountain with them. Because of medical conditions I have limited myself on what and where I can climb now and unfortunately mountains and lighthouses are two of them. (Possible in the future??)

  5. My husband works in Oswego each year for a few months. I am not sure about this year though. I never visited him when he was there, but by the looks of how beautiful it is, I really should. Very wonderful images, Sue. I bet you miss that color now!

    1. Oswego is a very nice, small City. There is a little lighthouse there as well as Fort Oswego which is a very important historical landmark as well. I really think you would enjoy a visit to this area, Donna. There really is a lot to see and do in the area within a fairly small radius. I hope your medical issues improve and you're able to travel again in a few months. I know how much you enjoy just getting out, walking the trails, and birdwatching in the winter. If you decide to come out to this area sometime let me know and we can make arrangements to get together for a visit.
      Yes, we have lost most of our beautiful fall colors, but with the weather being so mild it's nice to be able to get out for a little walk during the day and enjoy the fresh air. Take care-