Camping at Big Pond
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Big Pond is one of the two larger ponds in the Catskills accessible to the public. Located in the Western Catskills, near Alder Pond, it has eight paddle in or hike in tent sites, and some pretty views. I spent the night camping up there on August 27.

Night is Creeping Up on Me. I didn’t realize how quickly it got late at Big Pond, and I had even started dinner. To make matters worst, my white-gas lantern wouldn’t start, so I had to do everything by flash light.

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Night is Creeping Up on Me at Big Pond on August 28, 2010

Dark Night Before the Moonrose. All you can see is by the light of the campfire. I didn’t have a lantern, because it refused to start.

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Dark Night Before the Moonrose at Big Pond on August 28, 2010

Waking Up at Big Pond. Looking out the window of tent prior to dawn, with a little smoke from the fire still smoldering, and lots of fog.

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Waking Up at Big Pond at Big Pond on August 29, 2010

Pond Prior to Sunrise. The fog rises above the pond. It looks perfect for taking photos, so I decide to hop in the kayak, and go for a paddle.

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Pond Prior to Sunrise at Big Pond on August 29, 2010

Campsite. Yes, the beer cans are empty, and I am using that pot to boil water for coffee, because I left the coffee pot in the truck. I doesn’t matter much because I use a coffee press to make the actual coffee.

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Campsite at Big Pond on August 29, 2010

Firepit. This is while I’m making coffee and getting ready for the day.

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Firepit at Big Pond on August 29, 2010

Paddling Gear Back. With all the camping gear in the kayak, or most of it, including the stove and pot top on the deck. The kayak rode well with all the gear.

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Paddling Gear Back at Big Pond on August 29, 2010

Big Pond from Parking Area. It certainly was quite pretty out there, and a great unguarded swimming beach that was packed with people.

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Big Pond from Parking Area at Big Pond on August 29, 2010

Bear Bag. Actually it was a peanut can, with cookies and other things. And despite the bear coming through, he left my site alone, and didn’t even try to get the bear bag that was about 12-13 feet off the ground, suspended from a limb, and 10 feet plus from the tree where it hung.

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Bear Bag at Big Pond on August 29, 2010

Tent. Yes, occasionally I will sleep in a tent. This actually is the second time I’ve slept in a tent this year. One other time I slept in a lean-to and the rest has been truck camping.

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Tent at Big Pond on August 29, 2010

Designated Campsite. This is one of eight designated campsites around Big Pond. They are free to use, but are limited to 6 people, and you can only stay at one site for 3 nights without a permit.

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Designated Campsite at Big Pond on August 29, 2010

Looking Up at the Ash Trees. I was looking up at all the ash trees around the lake, and realizing that within 20-30 years they will all be gone. The maples will most likely replace them, but they also risk the Asian Longhorn Beetle.

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Looking Up at the Ash Trees at Big Pond on August 29, 2010

Parked at Campsite. It was a pretty blue lake in the morning.

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Parked at Campsite at Big Pond on August 29, 2010

Finally Put That Smoldering Log Out. Remind me again, never to use a big punky old log like that in a campfire. It took a ton of water and rubbing the coals to get them to snuff out.

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Finally Put That Smoldering Log Out at Big Pond on August 29, 2010

Blue and Green. I just liked this view from the campsite.

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Blue and Green at Big Pond on August 29, 2010

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