Spring Hike weekend

Back in the Adirondacks for Spring!  We are not summer hikers, so this will be pretty much our last ADK jaunt until fall. Too many bugs, and too


Downy yellow Violet

much heat make summer treks way to stressful. Between slathering on bug repellant and sun block I feel toxic rather than healthy, so staying home is the best solution.

May 19, 2016-Little Porter Mountain
Today the weather was forecast to be partial sun until afternoon pop-up thunderstorms. We went out early and took on a 3.8 mile RT peak called Little Porter. We could have continued on to Porter mountain (Big Porter?) but I think we have come to the conclusion that 4 hours is the maximum hike time that will allow a second day for another lengthy hike.


It was a great hike, IMG_5157beautiful Pine stand forests, running brooks and a manageable incline with a 2995 ft. peak. We paced ourselves taking pictures and taking in the early spring blooms like this violet . The summit was impressive, although not the highest peak it is a great span of Wolf’s Jaw, Noonmark and the Brothers.


May 20th, 2016 – Van Hoevenberg Trial

Today’s weather was clear, sunny and in the 70’s. We had thought IMG_5171 about Horseback riding, but we opted exercise ourselves rather than give the horse the workout. It was the right choice as the hike was a great one!  With a summit at 2860′ and a gentle
grade hike up it was a pleasant journey up and down.
Along the way, more spring flowers emerging trailside.  Summit was a beautiful view of the range and the valley

The trail begins with a serene pine forest. The needles padding your way under foot, so different from the rock hopping riverbeds of other peaks we have been to.  As we continued,the path opened up to a hardwood forest flooded with light and the bright green of new leaves.



The skeletal tree forest

Early in the hike you pass through what is described as a  skeletal tree forest, and it is as eerie looking as it sounds.  Beavers had built a dam that flooded the area, and created a swampy habitat.  As the trail skirts around this area one steps gingerly from one fallen log to another to avoid the black mud. I find it ironic that one species can look at an area and see nothing but devastation, while the other species created it as a haven. At least the beavers don’t make the environment toxic, can’t say the same for humans.


May 21, 2016 – Baxter Mountain

I believe this was the first mountain that we ever hiked in the Adirondacks 7 years ago. It clocks in as a 2.6 mile round trip with an average grade of 11.2%. It was a great end of vacation jaunt, and brought back a lot of memories of our early days on the trails as newbies

We wanted to keep this trip a low key vacation and so we kept our hiking choices under 5 hours. These three hikes were perfect both in time and difficulty to make this trip both enjoyable and relaxing.



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Public Land, Private Land and trust


We are all so fortunate to have National Parks and Forest Preserves. In NY particularly Adirondack Park Reserve, and Catskill Forest preserve. 3million acres of land have been put aside and is maintained by Forest Rangers, and Environmental specialists. Citizens can play a part in the future of these natural resources as well.

When we hike these lands we are visitors. The forests are enjoyed by all. As we were hiking today we came across a sign that said “private land” and I thought to myself how generous the landowner was (or maybe there simply was no choice when the land was purchased?) to let total strangers hike across their land. Such trust that the signs that say “stay on trail” are followed!

Just saying as side thought, this sounds like the concept of a Library!  Tax dollars pay for books, media, resources. Accessible to all and based on a trust that there will respect shown to not only the material, but to the other people who use the material.

Random connections of things you think about when in total natural wild beauty…


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Ask Well: The Downside of Smoothies – The New York Times

Do I absorb more sugar and calories when I drink fruits and vegetables in a smoothie as opposed to just eating them whole?

Source: Ask Well: The Downside of Smoothies – The New York Times

When I have a smoothie  I consider it  my meal. I add whey protein, peanut butter (if I use bananas) or spinach. I will not be hungry for a good 4 hours after. Roughly 250 calories it is all I need. No such thing as a downside in my book!

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Friend or Foe?


Before I yank this out, would any of you gardeners out there know if this is a large leafed weed or is it a wildflower that made its way up from Jurassic Park. FYI the leaf you are seeing measures roughly 14″ long


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What You Can Do About Climate Change – The New York Times

Interesting article, but what we all really need to be educated on are the big ticket items, like fracking. I just read the other day that earthquake in Oklahoma are increasing daily! Why isn’t this stuff reported along with shadow traffic and the weather?

This is us destroying our planet and we keep on being distracted by hours of endless, mindless competition shows: cooking challenges, bad housewives, celebrity families, and really, the most unbelievable of all: Naked and on an island fighting for “survival” (documented by a cameraman)

Lets turn off the TV, save some energy, recycle, teach our children to respect the earth and environment that they will be living in, read up on alternate energy and use those “maker spaces” into think tanks and come up with some solutions. Be curious, be creative.


Seven simple guidelines on how your choices today affect the climate tomorrow.

Source: What You Can Do About Climate Change – The New York Times

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Mel Bartholomew, an Engineer Who Popularized Square Foot Gardening, Dies at 84 – The New York Times

I just came across this in the NY Times this morning, and I wanted to share the article, as this is the book that help me plan my garden for decades, no matter what kind of space I had available. I have to admit that I never really accomplished the one-seed concept, the urge is always to put two or three…just in case, and then they all shoot up and I hate to pull the weaker one, But, the concept is brilliant, multi-use of a simple square foot of space.

For those of you who garden it is worth a look. (and look at my GardenSpot page while you are here, to see my garden progress this season)

Mr. Bartholomew’s innovation saved water and space by folding traditional rows of vegetables into a raised bed that could fit on porches, patios, decks or roofs.

Source: Mel Bartholomew, an Engineer Who Popularized Square Foot Gardening, Dies at 84 – The New York Times


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The Myths of Innovation | R. David Lankes

Worth a listen. Supports my feelings about the trending “maker spaces” and what libraries need to do to remain relevant.  In David Lankes’ words it is the library’s place to “facilitate innovation”

Source: The Myths of Innovation | R. David Lankes

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