Celebrating the Summer Solstice – The annual Canadice Lake Tri-modal

winners of Canadice Lake Tri-modal

winners of Canadice Lake Tri-modal

Congratulations go out to Mark, Linda, Melissa, and Wendy for completing the 3rd annual Canadice Lake tri-modal! Timing was perfect for honoring Father’s Day, celebrating the Summer Solstice, and observing the “after the flood” conditions around Canadice Lake.   18 persons and 4 little dogs joined us to either walk the damaged roads and trails, bike around broken shoulders and potholes, or kayak into the high waters and flooded inlet area of Canadice Lake.

canadice lake tri-modal - June 21, 2015 001Due to the damaged conditions of the Canadice Lake Trail, alternative hiking and biking directions were adjusted by prednisone Pam for different skill levels. Climbers choose to challege themselves on Holmes Hill Road, a seasonal road, off the Canadice Lake Road, that travels along a deep ravine to CR 37, high above Canadice Lake.  From the top they traveled south to meet Johnson Hill Road, back down to Canadice Lake Road and return to the kayak/canoe launch, for a total of approximately 5 miles on a hot day.

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Naturalists chose to enter the south trail along Canadice Lake, exploring the inlet area of the lake, seeing where the waters met the trail, hearing the songs of birds and frogs, identifying new mushrooms and wildflowers, and observing the damage from the June 14th flood on the “Haul Road”.

Mark, Linda, Wendy and Melissa decided to bike north along the Canadice Lake Road and loop around Canadice Hollow Road back to the kayak/canoe launch for a total of 8 miles, followed by kayaking, and a brief walk to complete the tri-modal event.  Staying close to shore, kayakers explored the eastern shoreline, crossing the lake to the west side past the state boat launch, and following the small channel of the inlet area to locate the beaver lodge.  Although threatening thunderstorms were in the forecast, the weather was beautiful for a paddle, with a few gusts (not ducks or dusts),surprising kayakers in the middle of the lake.

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After hike social was held by the kiosk and included chicken wings, mexican shrimp, and many other delicious summer salads and desserts.  Welcome goes out to Julia (Nanette’s sister) and Jim and Ann from the Genesee Valley Hiking Group.

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1 thought on “Celebrating the Summer Solstice – The annual Canadice Lake Tri-modal

  1. This was a perfect afternoon. Linda and I awoke to the radio mentioning heavy thunderstorms expected for the afternoon. Fortunately, that never materialized. We had sun and a cooling breeze on the bike ride, followed by a gentle lake that allowed us to kayak through the trees at the edge of the lake going toward the inlet and then a return down the center of the lake. Many thanks to Pam for continuing the tri-modal tradition with careful planning and last minute adjustments! Bravo.

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