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The Adirondack Park in upstate NY is a great resource for recreation activities. The day trip recorded in this photo diary is a nice one. I've done it two times now and enjoyed both runs. This trip starts out on the middle fork of the Moose River in the town of Old Forge. There you will find Tickner's Moose River Paddling where you make arrangements to take this trip. ( call ahead for reservations ) You paddle downstream for about six miles and meet the Leaf Peeper Train that will bring you and your boat back to Thendara where the Tickner's folks pick you and your boat up for a short ride back to thier place.
Paddle down past the orange leaf pile to see this trip.

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You purchase your train tickets and pay for the use of the Whitewater train platform at Tickner's before you put in. Here is some info from a good AP Article

The canoe train was the idea of Dan and Beth Tickner, who own Tickner's Canoe Rentals, located along the Moose River in Old Forge.

Paddlers can start off from Tickner's dock, head downstream on the Middle Branch of the Moose River on a six-mile, four-hour trip, and then take their boats out at a wooden train platform built by the Tickners. Canoeists waiting at the platform then catch the railroad back to the Thendara station nearest Tickner's, where they are picked up and driven back to the store. The train picks canoeists up twice a day.

Here is where you put in
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They help you get in.....
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The first part of the trip is above a small dam the water is calm with houses on the banks.
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You come to this interesting raft with bird feeders on it soon after leaving the dock.
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The foliage colors were near peak when I took this trip last week.
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You come to the stonework from an old bridge.
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You come to a small wooden dam where you portage 25 yards to get downstream.
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Below the dam the stream changes character as it flows faster and goes through less developed areas.
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Just before you get to the train platform about 3 miles below the dam there are small rapids. You can portage about 75 yards around them. I ran them the first time I did this 3 years ago and had wet pants in 50 degree weather waiting for the train. This time I played it safe.
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The train goes by on it's way down, going backwards and picks you up on it's way back.
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You cross the river, put out and go uphill for short distance to reach the tracks and platform.
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The train comes back up the tracks and stops to pick you and your boat up.
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Safely loaded on board, you and your boat begin the train part of this adventure.
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There are nice river views from the train as you go back.
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The old fashioned way of track switching.
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Coming into the Thendara Station.
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I just missed getting this photo lined up. ( posting anyway )
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While we were at the station another train came in from Utica. ( notice the traffic control )
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Tickner's van came to pick us up.
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A great time was had by all three of us on the river to rail trip that day.
Me and the elderly couple had the river to ourselves!

Here is a link to a slide show of these images and some more that I did not include in the diary.
http://s1240.photobucket.com/...

Or you can just click on an image to go to where they are stored.

11:47 AM PT: I've got to run (2:45 PM EDT) and won't check back for several hours.
Hope you enjoy the pics and thanks for looking.
I forgot to say the camera used was a Panasonic / Lumix FZ 4 ( i think that is the model ) It's one I could handle getting dumped in the water with.
Kayak instability makes that a very real possibility.

4:43 PM PT: Thanks again to all for looking and posting the great comments. The Lumix Camera model is an FZ 5 ( for those that care ) I've gotta run now cause 3 AM rolls around way too soon.

Originally posted to jbob on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 09:58 AM PDT.

Also republished by Backyard Science and J Town.

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