Friday, October 16, 2015
|Long Lake students take a field trip to visit local farmer Chris Thompson's crops. Note the student in the center holds a pinkish-red corn cob.|
|Students harvest carrots to compete in the Fourth Annual Carrot Tasting Contest at LLCS next week.|
|Chris suggested we hose down the carrots before bringing them back to school.|
|Chris let students take home whatever corn they could carry and one student exclaimed, "I didn't know I was so corny."|
|Back at school we said goodbye to the sunflowers who will surely wither in the hard frost this weekend. The tomatoes are covered with row cover but probably won't survive the weekend either.|
|Thankfully, the cabbage and Brussel sprouts (below) are hardy, will survive the weekend and be harvested in the upcoming weeks. |
Thursday, October 8, 2015
|We used pelleted carrot seeds with amazing results this year .... Check out the size of the carrots we harvested for Long Lake School's 4th Annual Carrot Tasting Contest!|
|Altogether we harvested 25 pounds of carrots from our Corner Garden.|
|Digging for potatoes|
|Hope the warmth continues so our Brussel sprouts have time to mature.|
|Students carefully pick cherry tomatoes and retrieve the ones that fall to the ground in the process. The branches are fully loaded.|
|Cutting a Delicata squash from the vine is a collaborative effort.|
|Garden-inspired artwork - Note the squash, top row in the center, is the one harvested by students in the picture above it.|
|Milkweed (as drawn above) lives in the garden too. This fall students learned how important milkweed is for Monarch butterflies.|
Sunday, October 4, 2015
|The leaves are rapidly changing the walls of the Gorge and the heavy rain this week brought the river up a couple feet. Nate took this photo on an overnight raft trip last weekend from a camp named Carter's Landing in Mile Long Rapid. The Hudson was at a very low level and looks this "bony" after the "bubble" of water from the dam release flows downstream. The rafters camped on river right on Carter's flat bivouac. The location is one of several former log driving camps along the river, according to Jeff Dickinson's book , "So There We Were: River Running in the Hudson Gorge". The loggers were some of the first to brave the rapids through the Gorge in the mid 1800s. Get a copy of Jeff's new book at: http://www.amazon.com/So-There-We-Were-Running/dp/1480083313|
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
by Becky (written in the mid 1980s while in elementary school)
My special place is White Lake. White Lake is a place where we go camping every summer. These are some of the reasons why this is my special place.
My favorite spot at White Lake is the beach. At the beach I can see Mount Chocorua's peak in the background and at night I can see the sun set behind the mountain in the west. Also the water is very clear and it has a shallow, white, sandy bottom.
While we're at the beach, we go to the snack bar and buy fried dough. The fried dough is greasy, sweet, fattening and delicious. The smell of the snack bar makes me want to spend my money.
On the way back from the beach, we take a trail called the "Indian Trail". On the Indian Trail we hear the bull frogs croaking loudly and sometimes we even catch tadpoles the size of golf balls. We can hear the ghost-like shriek of the loons that live on the lake.
These are just a few of the reasons why I look forward to my summer vacation at White Lake.
|Flash forward to September 2015 and my first time on a stand-up paddle board. White Lake is still my special place.The snack bar now rents stand-up paddle boards.|
|I follow my family who are paddling kayaks around the lake.|
|While standing and strengthening my whitewater canoe stroke, I catch up with my brother and sister-in-law, Allegra, who took these photos.|
|The best part about the stand-up board is being able to sit, stretch and dive in all directions. I feel like a child again!|
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015
|At the helm of North Creek Rafting Company in an Adirondack chair created by Windy Baker|
Check details of Magnaball at: phish.com/magnaball/
The fearless five (photo below), minus Nate, are here for the big weekend. Frank S, Eric K, Mark E, Mark L, Jay C. and a special guest are also happily present and part of the dream team. With water as warm as a bath and skies toasty, August is the most popular month to raft the Hudson River Gorge. Saturdays in August are by far the most occupied days of the season. We floated our 10,000th rafter through the Hudson River Gorge this month! That's 10,000 rafters in our nine years as North Creek Rafting Company.
Thanks to rafters near and far who float commercial raft trips!
|"The Fearless Five" includes Nate, Jason, Joe, Jason and Nick. Photo taken on a guide trip to the Kennebec and Dead Rivers in Maine Oct 2014|