Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Driving Home From The Farm, Lots Of Scenery

The dogs and I were on our way home from an overnight visit to the farm and taking my favorite series of back roads, the Port Kent Hopkinton Turnpike. When we came to Route 30, however, I turned south to finish the journey on regular paved highways. But we were still in the Adirondack Park with wilderness lands all around us. I stopped shortly after turning at a tiny road surrounded by wetlands, all part of the Deer River Flow:

Directly across the road from the scene above was this lovely scene:

I've stopped here before and always find it an ideal site for taking photos:

As lovely and wild as this all appears, there's a sad footnote to this story. A sign posted along the road where people might put in their canoes issued a stern warning that these waters now contained alien invasive species and any craft used in these waters must be thoroughly cleaned before being launched in any other waters:

We traveled onward toward our Albany destination with a stop in Brighton at the former hay field which is becoming a housing development. The views were still terrific:

And what's left of the former hay field was filled with wildflowers:

Continuing south through the high peaks region, I stopped for a photo of some of the highest Adirondack Mountains. This photo is particularly worth clicking to enlarge. It shows a tractor and wagon in a lovely hay field at the foot of the high peaks:

Mt. Marcy, New York's highest mountain is just to the left of this range but not visible from the road:

The dogs were waiting for me and hoping I'd hurry up and get back into the car:

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