This past weekend Nicholas, Alex and I went with Troop 888 to Schiff Scout Camp and had an overnight campout. It was the first camp out for the new scouts from Nicholas’ Webelos Den. They all had a great time, even though it snowed again! They went for a hike in the woods, played around in the snow and even got to work on some of their Scout skills. They even completed their Totin’ Chip requirements! Then later in the evening on Saturday we had a big campfire and Alex had a special ceremony to award the new boys their first rank badge and to give them their official Troop 888 neckerchiefs. They all had earned the rank of Scout and are well on their way in Boy Scouts.
Congrats Bacon Ninja Patrol!
Schiff Scout Camp
Nick chopping wood
Nick in the snow
This past weekend Alex and I went backpacking with his Boy Scout troop in the Catskills. We hiked to the top of Hunter Mountain and explored the fire tower up there. The weather was cold and snowy, but the trek was really worth the effort.
Uphill… both ways
We celebrated Nicholas’ 11th birthday this past weekend. He had all his family over to celebrate.
I’ve recently gotten on a kick to take photos of the city (architecture, places, nature, etc) around my office. I thought it would be interesting to possibly enlarge some of the photos and use them as artwork either in my office or at home. In a short couple of days I’ve managed to take almost 100 pictures. I plan on organizing and cleaning up the duplicates but for now here they are for your enjoyment.
We have had a bit of snow recently and so I convinced Paula to head out and try out our snowshoes. We only went a short distance but we had a good time and I can’t wait to attempt it again.
Here are a few pictures from the hike.
Happy Birthday to my oldest son Alex. He is one year closer to driving now and is really growing up to be a fine young man. I am proud of you Alex.
Singing Happy Birthday
The Birthday Cake
Want a slice?
I finally got around to bottling my latest two brews. Both are from Mr Beer and I have had a lot of success in the past with their recipes. My only concern is the Pumpkin Spice one, the last time I brewed a ‘spiced’ beer it didn’t come out with the flavor I expected. It tasted more chemical-like which was a downer. Hopefully this one turns out better. The two brews are
Pumpkin Spice Ale
Wicked Winter Warmer
The Wicked Winter Warmer is a dark ale that had Irish Whiskey in the fermenting keg so it has a bit of kick. The Pumpkin Spice Ale is lighter with real pumpkin and mulling spices included.
I will let you know when I taste test them.
This past Sunday the family and I took a trip into the city to check out the High Line. The High Line is a NYC Park tht was developed from an old abandoned elevated freight line that ran through Manhattan. It had sat unused for years and was slowly being taken over by nature. Some local residents formed a group called “Friends of the High Line” and they petitioned to convert it into a park. The end result is a mile and a half long stretch of green space that runs from Gansevort St to the Hudson Yards.
We took a train into the city and had a late lunch down in Chelsea before walking up onto the high line for a nice walk. The weather was perfect and there were a lot of people with the same idea. Even though it was “crowded” it was still very enjoyable. The boys liked the different sections and their art exhibits. I just enjoyed seeing a part of Manhattan that I wouldn’t normally get to see. The flowers and plants are all pretty much dormant now so I think we’ll have to plan on comjng back in the spring or summer. Even though it was still very pretty the way it was set up.
This past weekend Alex and I went with his Boy Scout Troop on a backpacking trip up Slide Mountain in the Catskills. The weather was predicted to get down into the upper teens at night and there already had been a little snow on the mountain. We hiked in about 4 miles and made camp for the night, unfortunately we were in an area where campfires were not permitted. The boys all made their meals by using backpacking stoves and then we got ready for bed as it was really dark by 6pm and without a campfire it was pretty cold. The next morning we packed up and headed down the mountain back to the cars. It was a good adventure, and certainly a learning experience for some of the boys. Here are some pictures of the hike.
Dad and Alex
Panoramic View at the top of Slide Mountain
This past weekend Nick and I camped out at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp for Webelos Woods. Webelos Woods is where the Webelos (Cub Scouts) get to camp out for a weekend with the Boy Scouts and they have all sorts of cool stations that the Boy Scouts run for them. The weather was pretty lousy, it rained all day Saturday but Nick had a good time with his friends.
The boys eating dinner