Family Camping Trip

We took our pop up camper on a dry run this past weekend and went camping out in the Poconos. It was a great weekend with nice weather and the entire family had a good time. We learned a lot about the camper and how to use it as well. I think both Paula and I have nice long lists of things we want to do to make the camper even better!

High Adventure Canoe Trip

This past July Alex and I went on a multi-day canoe trip in the Adirondacks with his Boy Scout Troop, Troop 888 of Smithtown. The trip consisted of a 40 mile paddle spread out over 4 days and on day 2 a 1.5 mile canoe portage to get around a waterfall. The trip started on Long Lake in New York, and ended on Tupper Lake and we camped overnight along the way. There were about 6 boys from the troop and myself and one other adult. We all had a great time and the experience was amazing.

NH White Mountains Hut to Hut Hike

In the end of June Alex, Nick and I went with the Boy Scouts to the White Mountains of NH for a 3 day backpacking trip along the Presidential Range.

Our trip started on Saturday June 26th at the Highland Lodge in Crawford NH. We stayed overnight at the lodge and got an early start on Sunday morning, unfortunately it was raining and would continue to rain for two days. We hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to Lakes of the Clouds Hut which is near the top of Mt Washington. It was a tough hike up but we were rewarded with a nice stay at the Lakes of the Clouds Hut and a warm welcome by the Hut Croo. We ate a hearty meal that night and slept well in our bunks. The next day we hiked Crawford Path / AT across Mt Monroe, Mt Franklin, Mt Eisenhower, and Mt Pierce to Mizpah Springs Hut where we stayed on our 3rd and final night. By the time we got to Mizpah Springs Hut everyone was ready to relax and we enjoyed good food and good company. The Hut Croo played a game of Jeopardy with everyone that night and all the boys enjoyed the competition.

Finally, we hiked down the Mizpah Cutoff to the Crawford Path and back to the Highland Center Lodge for our return trip home.
Even though the weather was rainy and the clouds kept us from seeing the spectacular views atop Mt Washington I think everyone had a good time. It was hard work but I am proud of everyone who did the hike and their accomplishments.

Here are a few pictures from the trip.
Highland Lodge

Nick Backpacking

Alex Backpacking

Crossing the Ammonoosuc River

Nice View

Lake of the Clouds Hut

Happy Hiking Crew

New Deck

Our old deck had seen better days and was starting to show signs of needing repairs or replacement. So, this spring I decided to strip and rebuild it. I took a week off from work and spent the time removing the old boards and rebuilding the deck. It ended up being a family project and everyone chipped in to help out. It was a lot of hard work and its not completely finished yet but at least it looks better than it did. I can’t wait to be able to spend time outside enjoying it.

The old deck

Stripping the old deck

Building the new Deck

Memorial Day – ALMOST DONE

Pergola

Hunter Mountain Backpacking Trip

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.

HikeMap

The crew

Snowy stream

Signpost

Uphill… both ways

Alex Backpacking

Snowy Lookout

Ice

Tower

Alex

Frosty

Hiking

Slide Mountain Backpacking Adventure

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.

Snowy Trail

Dad and Alex

Animal Tracks

Panoramic View at the top of Slide Mountain

Snowy Path

Webelos Woods

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.

Our Tent


The boys eating dinner

Camp Yawgoog

Last week Troop 888 attended their annual summer camp at Camp Yawgoog in Rockville, RI. I was lucky enough to be one of the adult leaders who went along. I have to say it was a great week, tough but a lot of fun. All the boys worked on different merit badges for their rank requirements but they also got some free time to have fun. Some boys tried stand-up paddle boarding, others shotgun shooting. The troop was challenged by Troop 454 to a game of water basketball, which was a lot of fun. Then we challenged Troop 454 to a game of water dodge ball. Some of the older boys hiked the trails at Yawgoog and worked toward the Yawgoog Hiker segment. Each night we had a great big campfire and everyone sat around and relaxed. On Friday night we had a Flag Retirement ceremony where we retired several old worn out American Flags. It was a very memorable week and I can’t wait to do it again next year. The best part is next year BOTH Alex and Nick will be going up.

Camp Yawgoog Gate

Leaders Tent

Yawgoog Pond Sunset

Sunset

Bonfire