I’m just leafing through our hard copy of the latest Adirondack Explorer magazine, (cover story: The storm that changed the Adirondacks) looking at some pictures of the Irene flooding that are pretty familiar, and many that I’m seeing for the first time, including aerial views of the former Duck Hole Pond and the former Marcy Dam Pond, and views of (and from) new slides on Wright Peak, Saddleback, Mt. Colden, Avalanche Pass and Cascade.
The magazine’s coverage combines the backcountry side of the incredible force of the flash flooding, as well as the human side of the damage to homes and businesses in the communities that took the brunt of the water.
Besides the great photos, the Explorer staff has mapped Irene’s track, and provided a sort of blow-by-blow account, with photos and another map, of the progressive devastation. There are updates on community recovery, and as well as stream restoration. And, of course, there’s a “how you can help” list of places to donate to continuing recovery efforts.
So the November-December issue is a keeper just for the Irene coverage. And then you can page through and read the REST of the magazine, as ever filled with hikes, excursions and controversies.