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The Junker Portage (Jordan River)

Our big adventure to one of the wilder rivers in the Adirondacks was entertained by the myriad of old junkers in a section of the woods.

 

These old junkers were in a mostly isolated to one part of the 2.5 mile portage to the Jordan River from Carry Falls.

 

A wilderness conservationist by nature, seeing abandoned and decaying cars in the wilderness troubles me to some degree. However, these cars showed me that nature will reclaim itself and sometimes do so in an appealing fashion The trees seem to be growing around the car, and although it cannot be seen there is a tree growing straight up the rear bed of the truck.

 

Although not truly part of nature, these cars almost seemed to blend into the scenery as to not be obtrusive. Maybe in 100 more years they will just be a pile of dust.

 

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Our path up the Jordan was largely thwarted by immense amounts of deadfall across the river. We'd paddle no more than 5 minutes before having to haul a fully loaded boat over downed trees. After about 1 mile of paddling it was clear we were not going to make it very far in the fading late afternoon light. So we turned around and headed back out to Carry Falls. Arriving back at the reservoir at 10pm we paddled along the reservoir in total darkness, with our headlamps turned off, only by the light of the stars on a crystal clear evening.

 

The Jordan River was beautiful but we will need much more time to paddle up it then we had available to us. Next time we will be better prepared with the foresight of the amount of dead-fall and pace of travel on a sparsely traveled river like the Jordan.

Mountain Visions: The Wilderness Through My Eyes

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Taken on August 6, 2007