All last week Nick has been attending a fishing camp down at Short Beach in Smithtown. They have been teaching them how to surf cast and fish from the beach. The’ve used all sorts of different rigs and he even has caught some keepers. Here are some of the ones we actually got to eat. They were Porgies and they were delicious. Nick even helped Paula clean them.
Yesterday we went into Manhattan to take a sailing tour on the Clipper City Tours boat. We visited the 9/11 memorial and walked around Battery Park. Then we finished off the evening with a nice sailboat ride around the Governors Island and past the Statue of Liberty. It was a very nice trip, we all had a great time. Here are some pictures of the trip.
Just wanted to wish everyone Happy 4th of July.
The boys from Troop 888 and I went canoeing on the Delaware River. We canoed 20 miles over 2 days and camped out overnight at a wilderness area at the halfway point. It really was a good trip, everyone had a good time. Here are some pics from the trip.
I recently reviewed a day pack that I had gotten as a gift. This is a nice pack that works well as a day pack or for a single overnight. See my review here. Kelty Review on Trailspace.com
Alex is off to the 8th Grade Dance tonight. He is all dressed up and ready to party!
Well, I finally finished the log table and its out poolside. I think it looks really great and I hope it lasts.
Here are some pictures of the table and Nick relaxing with his feet up.
I am planning on a new summer project for the boys and I. My father always wanted to build a sailboat and he frequented these sites Stevenson Projects and Chesapeake Light Craft while he was researching. I am pretty sure he always wanted to build the “Weekender” sailboat from Stevenson Projects.
I am not quite ready to build that boat but I think Alex and Nick would enjoy building this little one called the 3-in-1. I just purchased the plans today and will have to pick some time to take off this summer and start working on it.
I’ve been building the log table for a week or two now and its just about ready for final assembly. I’ve been taking extra care to protect the top of the table since it will be exposed to the elements and it does already have some checking in the wood. I have applied several coats of UV resistant polyurethane with sanding between coats. I have to just apply a coat or two to the underside and then we should be done.
Yesterday Alex an I went on a day hike with the boy scouts in Harriman State Park.
We took a loop from Lake Skannatati and visited Pine Swamp Mine and Hogencamp Mine. The hike started at about 9:30 from the parking lot and we walked up towards Pine Swamp Mine from there. It was a bit overcast and muggy as we started out but by the time we stopped for lunch on top of Hogencamp Mountain it was nice and sunny and breezy. It was a good hike and everyone had a good time.
Here is a link to the hike description.
Our Hiking Crew
Checking out one of the Iron Mines in Harriman.