Oh, hey, just got your message, (You posted it to your board, not mine!). I'm thinking of doing this, through maybe not the Oswe. Portage, just kind of spend a long weekend in and around Lows lake, sometime in the fall. You are more than welcome to join us, for sure. I know Snickers wants to do another ADK paddle too... Have fun in the catskills, I'd join you except I have family commitments this weekend.. I told her to pick your brain.
Hi Jay, I'd say post Labor Day until mid-October would be a great time for that trip, or any paddling for that matter. In the "Ignorance is Bliss" department, when I did the trip in October '91, I wore jeans, and never heard of dry tops or neoprene! It is a great trip, and I'd do it again. - Bob
Hey Bob, what do you think is a good time for a fall paddle on Lows lake, perhaps post labor day? When I could still conceivable use a 3-season sleeping bag and before the water gets dry-top or paddling jacket cold?
Haha, I know what you mean! I think it often happens that people know places far away from themselves better than they know their own backyard. It's a good reminder for me not to take my close-by outdoor opportunities for granted!
It funny - like many here, I know much of the Adirondacks like it's my back yard, but I don't know squat about waterways in the nearby Southern Tier of WNY, or hiking places in Pennsylvania’s Allegany Nat. Forest less than 2 hours away. I’ve been to the Catskills twice, vs. countless times to the Adirondacks. Whenever I have time off, I nearly always head NORTH to the Adirondacks or Canada, and have zero knowledge of paddling places in PA, except Presque Isle that I learned about just last summer. I'll write a TR about Pine Creek.
Just got back from paddling down the Genesee! 35+ miles in two days, it was a fun trip. We began in Wellsville, and finished in Filmore. There were a LOT of strainers! I tipped at one point and ruined my $150 camera!! Ug. Oh well, it was an excellent trip in spite of that! Saw about 10 beaver, 2 herons, 3 muskrats, and a bunch of other wildlife.
Hahaha, oh? Well then, it's a good thing to be obsessed about. My paddling roots actually go deeper than my hiking roots. I saw the movie Alaska when I was 9, bought an antique Folbot kayak frame a year later, and my father and grandfather and I covered it with canvas. I've been in love with kayaking ever since.
I would definitely appreciate any paddling advice you are willing to give me about the Genesee and such. I'd also love to hear some stories about your paddling adventures!