|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|
Sunday, October 4, 2015
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|
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
|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
|August 1st Chris Sanford lights the sign throughout Guide Party 2015 with Thunderbody (below) |
Preview footage on youtube: