Saturday, October 15, 2022

Congratulations to son, Jason, two-time World Grand Champion in Kuk Sool

The beautiful Hunter’s full moon is bright outside my window tonight [October 9] after a day of wind and rain showers that took lots of leaves off the trees. There was still lots of color in the sunny patches as I drove home from The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation annual celebration at the Paul Smith’s VIC. Events were held indoors, as it was pouring outside most of the day. Coming home, I hit showers and then sunny patches along the way. I saw lots of shutter bugs out taking advantage of the sunny spots.

There must have been a moose spotted just before the Wild Center in the cemetery on the back road in Tupper Lake. Several cars were along the road and I saw [many] people running with cameras in their hands. I suppose it could have been some ghosts that came out a few days early for Halloween, but I think it was more likely a moose. You will probably see it tomorrow on Facebook, as there is [page] on there for Adirondack Moose sightings. Crossing the causeway just down from there, the fading sun was shining through some super dark clouds. There were several people out trying to catch that beautiful sight with their cameras up.


On the way up this morning [October 10], I stopped at the Lake Clear public access area and walked down to the lake. The wind was howling, so I guess the loon watch scheduled for [the day] had been canceled and they were going to try for tomorrow morning. The white caps were rolling up on the beach. I saw one of our Loon observers, Ellie George, and her son, Scott, coming into shore in his boat. They had been out looking at the loons. She said there were twenty-nine [spotted] out of the wind in the bay.


They had caught some nice largemouth bass while they were out fishing close to the loon group and one brown trout. Scott had to go the entire length of the lake to get back to his camp…not a fun trip in that ocean.
Ellie got her dog, Maple, out of the car, and we had a short walk on the beach looking at loon feathers that had washed up on the sand. That didn’t last very long as a good rainstorm moved across the lake, and we headed for the VIC. Ellie did some loon calls just before the loon calling contest using her hand puppet loon in the demonstration. We got to be judges for the contest along with Dr. Jay Mager who was giving a lecture on loon calls right after the loon calling contest. Seven contestants got up to make Loon calls, and they all got prizes just for trying.


I got to visit with several people who were interested in Loons before the programs started and in between programs. Working with (and for the loon program) since 1998, I’ve seen a few Loons and had several in my net and on my lap for banding. I’ve watched several of the different Loon lakes over the years, and know nearly where every Loon in this area nests or has nested in the past few years. Believe it or not, there were no Loons nesting on any of the Fulton Chain of Lakes or many other lakes in this area when I came here in 1966. Now there are three pair on First [Lake], one pair on Second [Lake], one pair on Third [Lake], two pair on Fourth [Lake], one pair on Sixth [Lake], two pair on Seventh [Lake], and a new nesting pair just this year on Eighth [Lake]. Many of the other lakes in this area also have a pair of Loons (or more) nesting here now.

Sunset Cruise Moon over Diane Bowes. Photo by Gary Lee.

I must do a little bragging about my son, Jason, who on Saturday, October 8, won and became a two-time World Grand Champion in Kuk Sool at the WKSA Championships in Houston, Texas. He won the overall in his Fourth Dahn Division by a single point. He owns and runs the Kuk Sool Won School for Health, Fitness and Strength at 394 State Route 104, Ontario, NY, 14519. (Phone number: (585) 216-2122) The school teaches Korean Traditional Martial Arts. Congratulations, Jason!


The leaves held on for most of this weekend, but the rain and wind yesterday put lots of them on the ground. We went on a scenic sunset tour of Big Moose Lake on the Covewood pontoon boat this week, and the leaves were beautiful. Our captain, Diane Bowes, gave us some shoreline history and we waved to several residents on our trip around the lake. The three-quarter moon was up in the south over the beautiful fall leaves on the mountains. We [also] saw the sunset as we came out of east bay, with a couple jet streams going across the sky. On the boat, we celebrated Mary Ann and Stu Nelson’s 59th Wedding Anniversary and Karen’s birthday (a couple of days early.) There was a chill in the air to end this nice fall day, and the hors d’oeuvres were great.


Lots of hunting and fishing seasons still open, so be aware when you are out and about, but that’s another story. See ya.


Photo at top: Jason Lee, World Grand Champion, Kuk Sool. Photo by Gary Lee.

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Gary lives with his wife, Karen, at Eight Acre Wood in Inlet where he was the Forest Ranger for 35 years, working in the Moose River Wild Forest Recreation Area and West Canada Lakes Wilderness Area. Now retired, Gary works summers for the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, observing, catching and banding loons. The author of a column Daybreak to Twilight in local papers from 1986 to 2019, he now writes his Outdoor Adventures a weekly blog. In 2008, Gary coauthored a book with John M.C. “Mike” Peterson, "Adirondack Birding- 60 Great Places to Find Birds."

2 Responses

  1. ALAN JONES says:

    Gary, I loved your report on the Loons on the Fulton Chain of lakes. My wife and I canoed from Old Forge to Blue Mountain Lake in June 1959 to celebrate our first anniversary. As you say, there were no loons there then. It’s wonderful that there are so many nesting pairs on those lakes now.

    There was an older couple camping all summer on Sixth Lake and serving as campground hosts. They invited us into their campsite. In their site they had a cupboard with removeable boards in front of each shelf to keep critters out. The said a racoon had put its paws through the small opening at the top, unscrewed the top of their jar of cookies, and removed every cookie from the jar.

  2. ALAN JONES says:

    Correction. That would have been Seventh Lake.

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