We started by going to Rankin Pond in Minerva. Rankin is a small pond with a short trail by Adirondack standards but no less beautiful with stunning fall foliage surrounding it. Besides, today we weren't staying on the trail.
While we were in the woods, west of the pond we suddenly heard the sounds of a helicopter coming close by. We both stopped and looked to the sky as the sounds got louder and louder and it became obvious that the chopper was very low. Neither one of us could find it through the canopy of trees above us until it finally crested a small hill and came out directly over the pond. It got lower and lower and almost appeared to be landing in the water, when we realized they were stocking the pond with fingerlings, or baby trout. I couldn't grab my camera fast enough and they were off. It was an interesting experience, I won't soon forget.
Next, we drove east for a few minutes and headed up 14th Road, also in Minerva. This road begins as a two lane, paved, well traveled road but eventually peters out into a dirt road that becomes rougher and less navigable until finally becoming a dead end. We had seen on the maps that after the driveable section of road, it actually continues all the way down to the Hudson River. While areas surrounding the road were dotted with some state land and some private, we thought we could make an attempt at staying on road and walking all the way down, about a mile and a half.