Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The persistent trouble maker who alters signs around Cornell must have been satisfied with the presence of winter this year, I didn't see any with the words " trail maintenance" covered up. I think Cornell puts up the sign in the bottom picture just to let people enjoy the first spots where the ground reemerges.
William Henry Miller burned down and the sidewalk was closed in front and along side (the famous Frosh Alley where Ezra Cornell planted the Osage Orange trees that grow there to this day). When do-gooder/ anarchists moved the barrier enough times that alley reopened. Now they are rebuilding the house and this has been the situation on the street since the fall. For the privilege of taking the public space for so long the property owner could have rebuilt the steps on the other side perhaps?
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Turned out Jim couldn't make it.
But Dick Orth joined us. He's wanted to winter camp his whole life and has talked about it since before I started going. He picked a good year to go, conditions were ideal with lots of sunshine, hard packed snow to walk on and excellent skiing on the lake. He and Jim went up first and got there ahead of me. Roy, Glenn, Tom, and Bill spent a night in Glenn's house in Bolton Landing before coming up the next morning.
Roy and I had a first experience too. We climbed the low hill behind him in the bottom picture just before the fog rolled in on Saturday. From these perspectives it might look like a similar elevation as Pharaoh Mountain behind Dick, but it was a 500' climb compared to almost 1400' for Pharaoh. Next time Roy and I have our sights set on the higher hill in the background which should have fantastic open views of the lake and mountain.
Easiest haul in and out we've ever experienced. Someday I'm going to get a bigger sled so I can bringmore stuff. I didn't have to leave the banjo behind in the car with the favorable conditions, that's always a treat for everyone. Glenn even got a little serenade while defenseless in the outhouse.
The bottom picture is a skiing shot, in addition to excellent conditions on the lake, I had one good opportunity in the woods. The ice was about 18'' thick where we drilled a whole for water access.
Saturday, March 07, 2015
OK, we planned it when I was whining about not being able to ski yet in November, but it was unusual in that we got in a car and went a 1000 miles south.
As you'll see if you look at all these pictures there was a lot of water involved, which is the only explanation the Welcome to Historic Beaufort sign is in front of the bay.
For those of you familiar with the Chautauqua Institution, it was very similar, except on salt marshes, bays and estuaries.
this video, don't suffer through the whole clip.) The house they used for that film was around the corner of the one pictured, it had extensive obstructions to keep the riff-raff away. Had it been warmer we'd would have gladly kayaked past it. Also filmed here were films of local resident Pat Conroy's books The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini. Forest Gump ran across the bridge as well.
Here's the description from their homepage:
Tucked in the heart of the South Carolina Sea Islands surrounded by glimmering marshes and nestled beneath the silvery moss-draped limbs of massive live oaks, is Penn Center - the site of the former Penn School, one of the country's first schools for freed slaves. It is one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today. Penn Center is located on St. Helena Island, one of the most beautiful and historically distinct of the South Carolina Sea Islands, and at the heart of Gullah culture. The 50- acre historic campus of Penn School was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1974, and is the only African American landmark district in the nation. Established 150 years ago in 1862 as Penn School, an experimental program to educate Sea Island slaves at the beginning of the Civil War, it is the oldest and most persistent survivor of the Port Royal Experiment. The two founders were Northern missionaries: Laura M. Towne, a Unitarian from Pennsylvania, and her friend, Ellen Murray, a Quaker from Rhode Island, who spent the next 40 years of their lives serving the people of St. Helena in so many ways, in spite of numerous severe hardships. Charlotte Forten (1862-1864) of Philadelphia was the first Northern African American teacher at Penn. Upon Ms. Towne’s death in 1901, the school became incorporated under a Board of Trustees, and was heralded as a showplace as the new Penn Normal, Agricultural and Industrial School, influenced by the Hampton Institute, until it closed in 1948.
By the way, I'm probably not free to post this video, hope I don't find out the way some others have.