Getting on/off van, driving about 1 hour total. Walking about 2 miles total. 80 feet of elevation gain and loss; rocks, roots, and wet spots typical of an Adirondack trail. Trekking poles and hiking boots are recommended.
Sagamore dining hall buffet.
After an early breakfast, we’ll depart for Ferd’s Bog, a local birding area, with our featured experts. Ferd’s Bog is located in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness and provides habitat for unique wetland species of plants and boreal birds. We’ll walk through a coniferous forest down to the lowland bog, travelling into the heart of it on a floating boardwalk. Some species we may see include black-backed woodpecker, gray jay, Lincoln’s sparrow, olive-sided fly-catcher, palm warbler, and numerous others.
At the public park in the hamlet of Inlet, we will enjoy packed lunches consisting of cold cut sandwiches, chips, fresh fruit, yogurt, cookies, and drinks.
After an early lunch at the picnic area, we will drive about 15 minutes to the Cathedral Pines, a memorial forest that has protected some of the largest white pines in the area. This short stop is a nice photo opportunity, as well as a chance to see birds that prefer mature conifers in their habitat. Following our stop at the Cathedral Pines, we’ll head to our next birding stop, the Brown’s Tract Inlet. A relatively level canoe carry trail will lead us to a fen with unique vegetation and bird species. We’ll return to camp in the early afternoon with some free time to hike, paddle, do more birding, or just relax.
Tonight we'll share a special meal crafted by the chef based on the Vanderbilt families' historic favorites at camp. Ingredients sourced from the Adirondacks and the surround valleys of upstate New York will be featured in our Vanderbilt dinner. Dress is casual as usual.
We’ll enjoy a local musician’s performance at the playhouse tonight by the fireside.