Friday, September 30, 2016

Allied on the Hudson

Fall rafting at it's finest. I love this new SOTAR and the pacesetters up front are my new paddling pals - Donna (left) and Susan (right). 
I was so passionately engaged in conversation in our sporty 13' SOTAR with experienced crew that I forgot to put my helmet on after lunch. Photo by Melody Thomas
I met Susan Mack through my work as a speech-language pathologist advocating for children ages birth through three in the Adirondack Park. Susan is the executive director of the Adirondack Birth Through Three Alliance ( It is the alliance's vision that all young children are supported by a full complement of services and resources essential for success in school and in life. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Glowing State-of-the-Art Raft (SOTAR)

Labor Day at Blue Ledge rafters relax around otherworldly SOTAR. Each raft is designed and manufactured one at a time in Merlin, Oregon. Panoramic photo taken by Jason Meyer
"SOTAR continues to pave the way when it comes to durability, rigidity, handling and weight.
There are only two types of guides - those who run a SOTAR and those who want to."

- John Herzer, Blackfoot River Outfitters

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ground Breaking News: LLCS Alumna Creates Garden

Growing great!!! Meg Smith, LLCS class of 2013, collaborates with the LLCS Garden Committee to relocate the garden to a sunnier, more visible location - in front of the school. Check it out:
Garden logo created by Meg Smith

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Season of Overnight Raft Trips

Looking downriver from camp

Nate brought everything including the kitchen sinks, see metal buckets above.
A good time was had by all.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Long Lake Students Take Ride On Hudson River

Long Lake Central School high school students rafted the 17-mile Hudson River Gorge with North Creek Rafting Company (NCRC). It was a gorgeous, warm, sunny day and most students swam voluntarily. Mrs. Pelton, LLCS speech-language pathologist and owner and guide at NCRC, and Joe San Antonio, guide at NCRC, guided two rafts of students. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

Unity at NCRC's Wilderness First Aid/CPR Refresher

North Creek Rafting Company (NCRC) works together to simulate CPR on a backboard. 
Several guides carry me and a mannequin while I perform chest compressions and Nate performs rescue breaths.
What a team! Thanks to Rick and Gretchen for sharing their rescue expertise.