Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sashi Lambert, August 1, 2001 - August 13, 2015

Sashi, Ellie's twin sister,  tries her ‘paws’ at Agility & Lure Chasing with Doggie Fun Zone at Woof Stock June 2015 in Chestertown, New York. Sashi is where all our pets meet up and play while they wait for us.

Friday, August 21, 2015

At the Helm in an Adirondack Chair

At the helm of North Creek Rafting Company in an Adirondack chair created by Windy Baker
Nate and friends headed to Watkins Glen for Phish's 10th festival called Magnaball.

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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

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Three-Day Overnight Trip

State-of-the-Art Rafts, or SOTARs, "Rondeau" in red and "Big Blue" parked for the night.
A hike to OK Slip Falls
Views from the top of  250-ft tall OK Slip Falls
Ambitious rafters take the 17-mile trip two times in three days! 
With the rigs fully loaded and mission accomplished, Wayne Failing exclaims at the take-out ,"How do we do it?

The view downstream from our take-out

Monday, August 3, 2015

Highlighting Recreation in the Adirondack Park

August 1st Chris Sanford lights the sign throughout Guide Party 2015 with Thunderbody (below)

Footage from Summer Adirondack Challenge 2015 to be aired on TV and also online at Channel 4, at 5:00pm on Monday August 10th 2015.

Preview footage on youtube:

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Ellie Turns 14 Today!

Ellie chills under our enormous Maple Tree.
After taking a dip, Ellie walks along North Creek on the Carol A Thomas Memorial Walking Trail.

Ellie burrows in the sand in the shade.

Friday, July 24, 2015

I Love New York

Ready to race in the Third Annual Adirondack Challenge, Sunday July 19th
North Creek Rafting's support team, Nate (above) and the Howards (below). Photos by Nate Pelton
The rafts line up on the path down to the water.
Raft guides await rafters from all over New York State.

Governor Andrew Cuomo arrives on a school bus.
The Governor greets guides and fellow racers on his way down to the water.

The Governor introduces his daughter.

He adjusts his helmet.
Reporters receive last second safety tips.
And we're off to paddle the Indian River!
Mark Erler also races for North Creek Rafting.

Governor Cuomo: “Tourism is serious business”

by Pete DeMola

"North Creek-area river guides said they’ve seen upticks in business since the state launched a sustained tourism push four years ago, including large investments in advertising, the development of new mobile apps and massive publicity events like the Adirondack Challenge, which always comes with a wave of publicity for a region that had historically complained about being overlooked.

Becky Pelton, of North Creek Rafting Company, said it was huge for someone like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to take a trip down the river three years ago.

That inspired a wave of new adventure seekers.

“These were women in their 60s who never thought about getting on a raft before,” she said.

Business is now booming, she said, including clients from India and China who book trips.

According to figures provided by the governor’s office, the Adirondack Park generated $1.29 billion in direct spending and $159 million in state and local taxes last year. The industry supports 21,203 jobs, or 17.9 percent of all employment in the region, and $590 million in labor income.

Sen. Little said the growth in tourism is spurring the creation of new businesses, which are then fed and sustained by returning tourists.

“We’re seeing new economic life here, not just in the tourism business, but interest in people coming here to start new businesses,” she said.

Crucial to this are the regional economic development council funds that are handed down each year.

The North Country has landed $338 million in state investment dollars since the initiative was launched four years ago.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hear Ye, Hear Ye ....

Artwork by Noah Howard
 Listen to Thunder Body's ( "Come What May" and watch North Creek Rafting in Grand Canyon (photo above) at: 

Celebrating Nine Successful Years Thanks to Outstanding Guides !!! 
Sunday July 12, 2015 - "Becky's photo illustrates her sparkling personality and terrific sense of fun on the river. Her and her guides were simply lovely. The scenery is fantastic - the gorge itself is a sight to behold and even after a year is tucked away in my memory"    - Michelle - NJ
Photo by Jim Swedberg
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