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

Boy Scouts Spring Camporee

This past weekend was the Spring Camporee for the Benjamin Tallmadge District and our troop was out at Baiting Hollow to participate. This was the second campout for Nick and his buddies who had crossed over in Feb and their first time sleeping in tents as Boy Scouts. The boys all did very well, they set up their own tents and cooked their own meals. We decided as a troop that on Saturday night each patrol had to make a dutch oven meal so it would force them to try something different. I have to say all the meals came out really good and I was impressed with everyone’s recipes. The theme for the Camporee was Zombie Survival and they had all sorts of interesting stations that each troop got to participate in. Some of them included Tomahawk Throwing, BB Shooting, Fire Starting, and other team building exercises like raising a 30 foot tall antenna using only two ropes while not being able to step inside the circle that the antenna was in. The troop also built a ‘coffin racer’ to participate a race at the end of the day on Saturday. Here are some pictures.

The Coffin Racer

The Gateway that the boys created for our campsite

The Zombies attacking Nick at camp.

Our campfire on Friday night

NYC in the Spring

Well spring has sprung here in NYC! As I walked around in Central Park the other day the weather was beautiful and warm. I had to admire all the signs of spring’s return. The flowers were blooming, the buds on the trees were popping and the birds were singing. Here are a few pictures from my walk.







Nick’s first campout with the Boy Scouts

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

Snow

Nick in the snow

Snowy Trails

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

New York City

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.

New Beers Brewed

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


and

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.