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.
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.
Crossing the Ammonoosuc River
Lake of the Clouds Hut
Happy Hiking Crew
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
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
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.
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This past weekend Alex and I went backpacking in Harriman State Park with the Boy Scouts (Troop 888). It was a great experience to hike 4 miles into the woods with your gear on your back and set up a campsite. We hiked around Pine Meadow Lake and found a nice clearing to camp by around 2pm on Saturday. We had set up camp and explored a bit before setting our sights on making our dinner and relaxing around the campfire. Everyone brought a different type of ‘backpacking meal’ from simple soups, to MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat), to Freeze Dried meals that you just add hot water to. We had a lot of fun tasting and trying all the different foods, and the boys enjoyed sitting by the lake. It was different from “car camping” in the sense that you had to bring everything you would need in your backpack, where as in a regular campsite you could always go to your car for an extra blanket or that nice big cooler full of ice and drinks. Here we actually had to filter fresh water from the lake to use for drinking and cooking. And everything we packed had to be as light as possible to keep the weight of the backpacks down. As it was, when we were packing for the trip Alex had weighed both our packs and his weighed in at 40lbs, and mine came in at 35lbs! That’s a lot of weight to carry. After spending a night in the woods we packed up our camp and hiked another 3.5 miles back out Sunday morning. Our hike out brought us up and over Diamond Mountain where we got a great view of the park and even a little bit of the NYC skyline off in the distance. It was a lot of fun and we both can’t wait to do it again soon.