Loons

Trip Start Aug 04, 2012
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Trip End Aug 26, 2012


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Blue Jay Camp Site

Flag of United States  , New York
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Leaving Waterloo was easier for us than it must have been for Napoleon. We are discussing to start a list of places that we have visited. These do exist already, but so far we have not found lists by people of places they have visited, same name different location. Waterloo in Belgium and in New York state,  on the map we can see more opportunities arising Taunton, Rome, Paris etc. Werner Herzog started it with his movie "Paris, Texas". We are wondering if these names were given by former inhabitants of the towns with the original names. Or is it some kind of running joke, naming hamlets after cities in a grandiose, megalomaniac way.

The idea was to go into the Adirondack mountains. That we managed. We were surprised by the acreage of woods and forests, alongside the road and on the hills in the distance. That already started when we left Newark behind us some days ago. We had a late lunch in a roadside diner. Strangely we could no sit in the room where all the other patrons were. Apparently after 4PM one has to sit either outside on the deck or in a somewhat mushy room away from the locals.
Rules are, to say it mildly, a bit strange to us. You can buy alcoholic drinks, but these have to be transported in brown paper bags. The fact that minors are not allowed drinks is understandable, but that every American can freely eat him- or herself into diabetes, cardiac and vascular problems from packages that are clearly marked with a yellow M or some old guy with a goatee makes us think twice about logic. In a few years you will see an evolution in rules. Food that is too salty has to be packaged in grey paper bags, food that is too fat (saturated or not) has to go in black with a white letter warning that the surgeon general has decided that eating too much of it can cause diabetes, obesitas and related diseases. Blue bags for products containing too much sugar, purple for food additives, and red for genetically manipulated or antibiotic-added items. People carrying food in a green bag, with a clear plastic window, are not only showing that they eat healthy food, but also what kind of healthy food it is.


We were allowed to use a canoe on the lake. We set out along the shore and rapidly spotted a Common Loon, diving and resurfacing close to us. At some point it was only 15 meters away. What a beautiful bird, more powerful looking than the grebes in the Netherlands. Strong thick neck and a nice pattern of black and white on the body. We only see the drab version in winter. A Belted Kingfisher flew over the water, landing on a branch nearby.

The boys got into a conversation, meanwhile, with an American couple that were preparing their speedboat for a trip. Sander was walking 'tightrope' over a metal tube that held the jetty. The couple invited them to go waterskiing. An opportunity not to be missed. Waterskiing is, to start with, a lot of falling. Sander managed to stay upright for several hundred meters, Jasper managed about five meters. For those in the non metric system that is 16.420361247947454844006568144499 feet.

Bought firewood at the campsite's office and had a fire going at dusk. 
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