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
Yawgoog Pond Sunset
This past Saturday Alex and I went with Troop 888 to a Shotgun Shooting merit badge clinic in Flanders, NY. The clinic was run by Ducks Unlimited and several Boy Scout Leaders. They did a great job and were very professional. Everyone had fun and learned a lot.
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.
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.
I recently reviewed a day pack that I had gotten as a gift. This is a nice pack that works well as a day pack or for a single overnight. See my review here. Kelty Review on Trailspace.com
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 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.
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.
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.
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.