The adventures of Captain Michael Fitzgerald and Admiral Sylvia Fox
July 1, 2008
Finally finding Foster's Pond - and with a map firmly in hand
Admiral at Foster's Pond
FOSTER'S POND, Finger Lakes National Forest, Hector, NY, USA - Sorry for the long dateline, but I was soooooo excited that we actually found the pond we went hiking to find the other day that I had to get it all out there in front.
After our unsuccessful foray through the mosquito-laden woods several days ago, we stopped by the local forest ranger station today and got a map of the region - one that shows plainly we were within easy reach of Foster's Pond a few days ago when we turned back, sure we had walked too far. Oh well, it at least spurred us on to get a map.
Can a compass be far behind?
By my best guesstimation on the map, we were about a quarter mile from standing on the banks of the pond when we decided we had way overshot the place. I wonder if I should consider getting a good GPS, too.
Today we drove a clearly marked parking area that is .25 miles away from the pond (at the far end of the trail we took before) and had a very nice (if somewhat bug-infested) walk to the pond. Even with July 4 just a few days off, the forest is deserted.
Well, at least there are very few people there.
Hard to miss the sign
The pond was overrun with bullfrogs, the edge full of pollywogs and more than a few largemouth bass seemed to be flopping around - probably so full of pollywogs they could barely swim.
I made a note that I have to keep my fishing pole in the car for such excursions. I also should break down and shell out the $40 for a New York State fishing license, I suppose.
Michael J. Fitzgerald has been a journalist for 40 years, working as a writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and web publications. In 2014 he published the novel, "The Fracking War." This year he published his second novel, "Fracking Justice." He writes or contributes to five blogs. He and his wife Sylvia Fox are the owners and principal partners in *subject2change Media, a multi-media firm involved in print, video and broadcast. He writes a weekly column, "Write On" for the daily 'Finger Lakes Times' newspaper in Geneva, NY. He was a journalism professor at CSU Sacramento from 1986 to 2011 teaching Newswriting, Column Writing and Magazine Writing.