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!
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 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.
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
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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.
This past weekend Paula, the boys and I went for a ‘short’ hike in the Shawangunk Mountains. We started our hike in Sam’s Point Preserve and hikeds to Verkeerderkill Falls, then we continued on to the High Point Trail and made the entire 10 mile loop back to the parking lot. The weather was great and for the most part everyone enjoyed themselves. I think we should have cut the hike a bit shorter but overall it was good.
The family went on a weekend trip to North-South Lake in upstate New York for a little fall camping and hiking. The weather was cool but otherwise perfect, and we all had a great time in the outdoors. We hiked on two different trails and got to see a lot of beautiful fall foliage.
This past weekend Alex’s Boy Scout Troop (Troop 888) went on a camp out at Agatha Durland Scout Camp. The camp has these really nice cabins that the boys camp in and we went on a hike to an abandoned mine.