I noticed a bay in the ice and what looked like a former pressure crack. I paddled over, check it out and was slowly able to make my way through the slushy ice. The others followed suit and we paddled down the west shore of Indian Lake and back to the boat launch. That was lucky.
I’ve paddled 10 miles in the Adirondacks many times on various trips that involved canoe carries. But I can’t remember when it was as diversified as this overnight paddling trip on the Jessup River and Indian Lake.
Someday we’ll go back and maybe the fish will even bite.
Dan Ladd is the author of “Deer Hunting in the Adirondacks,” outdoors editor for the Glens Falls Chronicle, columnist for Outdoors Magazine and contributor to New York Outdoor News. Contact him at www.adkhunter.com.