This past week in a nutshell… Where did August go!?! Anyway… last weekend’s weather was simply PERFECT; Just below 70, sunny and breezy by day - near 50 and crystal-clear skies by night. Campfires and merriment around the village. Some rain at the start of the week, even some thunder rumbles. Down into the 40s at night. Seems like there are a lot of crickets. Robins hop and pop around the yard startling waves of the bouncy insect in every direction - some devoured. The fragrance of ground-rotting apples has settled in. Dazzling colorful displays of touch-me-nots, cardinal flower, wild bergamot, gentian, goldenrod and more. High frequency of nuisance rodent reports continue… summer of the mice. A Cranberry Lake 50er nearly lost it all cause of the little critters – long story. The stretch of trail between High Falls and High Rock is still beaverlandia - imagine if it was not such a dry year. Trails: dry, hiking: good! Holly says a fair amount of blowdown around the High Falls loop via Janacks and Leary. The river is LOW!!!! look at these rocks:https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/ny/wanakena/KNYWANAK
Adirondack Forum Website using the search term “wanakena” uncovered this first-hand account of THE THEFT AT INLET:
This is a sad post, but I wanted to make everyone aware. My wife and I parked our car at Inlet the morning of July 27th to spend a few days kayaking on Cranberry Lake and return via the Oswagatchie River. We returned to our car in the afternoon on July 30th to find our kayak carriers gone from the roof of our car. They were Malone Auto-loader XV J-style carriers (which I was very fond of). That model does not offer a lock, but rather has plastic wingnuts that clamp the carriers to the roof bars so they are removable without tools. I didn't even think about it at the time, but had I known that theft was a risk, I would have taken them off and stored them inside the car. Lesson learned, I guess. I have been watching Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist to see if they get posted. I made some modifications to allow them to better fit the roof bars, so I could identify them pretty easily. It pains me to no end that this happened. It's not the fact that I had to replace the carriers, but rather it's knowing there are people in this world who would do this. What did the thief think we would do when we got back to our car with no way to get our boats home? After talking with the shop owner at Otto's Abode in Wanakena, he graciously helped me find a set of replacement racks. I had no cell service, so he let me hook into his WiFi and use his phone to call around. I drove out to Raquette River Outfitters to get two sets of Yakima kayak carriers ($420 -- oof) while my wife waited in Wanakena with our boats. So if you are parking in at Inlet, please make sure everything is secured before you leave for a few days!www.blackwaterscafe.com facebook page. The Clifton Community Library in Cranberry Lake is open for curbside!
Hillside Diner in Oswegatchie, Twin Lakes in Star Lake remain temporarily closed.
Kim’s Lost Dog Report: As of today, there are NO lost dogs in Wanakena.
All for now!
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