Jackie Manginelli (Tacoma village chief) and I hiked with eight Tacoma  campers to the Line Shack this morning. Four miles total, there and back. Wonderful hiking! Here are a few photos.

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The oldest campers — and the CITs — hike over Wildcat Mountain. The Wildcat Trail connects the West Branch Neversink Valley to the East Branch Neversink Valley, which is to say, connects “main camp” to the Farm Camp (and EVR) in the East Valley. Once upon a time it was a road, and to this day most of the trail has two tracks and looks something like a jeep trail. I hiked it yesterday, and, before a deluge of rain hit us (after which I couldn’t take more photos, lest my camera get too wet), I took some shots. Here they are.

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This session I’ve been telling a story about the Forstmann-era “Line Shack,” in part to create interest among campers and counselors in taking hikes to that part of the trails and perhaps even to stimulate interest in villages planning overnights to that site (it’s an excellent overnight site). I then approached the village chiefs of Sacky and Tacoma to see if they could find a few campers who would like to join me on an all-morning/double-period hike to the Line Shack and back. To my delight, 20-some campers responded with interest. With huge enthusiastic interest! We met at 9:30 AM yesterday in Tacoma and each camper got a trail map. […]

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