Nick’s Fishing Camp

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.

Day Hike in Harriman State Park

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.

A little woodworking

A few years ago my mother had lost a tree in her backyard due to Hurricane Irene. It was a large Tulip Poplar and at the time we asked the tree service to cut up a piece of the main trunk so we could one day use it as a table. Well, its been sitting in my mom’s garage for a long time and recently I decided to take it home and start working on it. I now have a nicely sanded (although not perfect) slab that I can protect with polyurethane and mount on some sturdy legs.

Here is a picture of it after the first coat of polyurethane.

Shawangunk Mountain Hike

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.

 

Backpacking Trip with the Boy Scouts

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.

Pool Update

The pool project is moving along nicely. The pool itself is done, the water has been in for a few weeks now. They hooked up the heater and the boys and I have even gone swimming. But the patio and the retaining wall that are around the pool are still a work in progress.
The masons have built most of the retaining walls, and still need to finish the steps. But today they are pouring the cement that will form the base of the patio.