Monday, May 25, 2015

North Creek Rafting Decked Out for Memorial Day

The old helmet, life jacket, wetsuit, splash jacket, and bootie wash and rinse station.
The deck, actually a patio, begins
The patio nearly complete
The new helmet, life jacket, wetsuit, splash jacket, and bootie wash and rinse station.
Grandma, in the center and holding on with a smile, would have been 90 years old today. This day is one of my most memorable on the river.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Towns and Businesses Team Up

Spring 2015 Issue of the Nature Conservancy's Adirondack Chapter news

The town of Johnsburg and North Creek Rafting Company (NCRC) received an Adirondack Park Upper Hudson Recreation Grant. NCRC now offers guided inflatable kayak trips on the Upper Hudson River between Newcomb and the confluence with the Indian River. This trip is suitable for beginners and is made possible by take-outs at two locations south of Newcomb – the iron bridge about seven miles from the Lake Harris put-in and the Indian River property, upstream of the confluence of the Hudson and Indian Rivers and the heavy whitewater of the Hudson Gorge.

Town of Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow said, "The Town of Johnsburg is thrilled to be receiving this grant and I express my appreciation to Governor Cuomo and The Nature Conservancy. This grant will surely enhance our local economy by providing another way for visitors to our area to experience these newly acquired lands. This is a great opportunity for all of us."

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sprouting Gardeners at Long Lake Central School

Pre K students plant cherry tomatoes.
With the help of a seedling heating mat, the seeds germinate.
In the school garden, we plant radishes and turnips in a bed covered with weed block fabric.
We haul weeds.

Monday, May 4, 2015

58th Annual Hudson River Whitewater Derby

Panoramic image of Blue Ledge Pool in the Hudson River Gorge
In North River, North Creek and Riparius spectators and racers gathered for the 58th Annual Hudson River Whitewater Derby, May 2nd and 3rd.

North Creek Rafting headed north with a cataraft and rafts to run the Hudson River Gorge:

Friday, May 1, 2015

Taking it to the Moose

Nate, Eric, Greg, Jason, Nick, and Chaz head to the Moose River for a day trip.
The crew scout each drop or rapid before running it and paddle back in for a dunking when possible (see below).

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Opening Day on the Hudson River, April 11, 2015

Nate suits up to ride North Creek Rafting's favorite kind of white water.
 Jason prepares his crew and raft.
I drive our sweet, new chariot after getting bumped from the guide roster opening day. My first one-piece Gortex drysuit sits here next to me with it's neck stretched. We're ready for spring action.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Skiing

Hooray, spring has hit North Creek! It was a long, frigid, harsh winter for humans and much worse for wild animals. Many didn't survive the coldest temperatures on record. Sadly our dogs are having a field day unearthing rotting carcasses ) :  Not Ellie (in this picture) she's always on her best behavior.

The dogs are added entertainment during descents.