…or paddle as the case may be. That’s what the Adirondack Rambler has been up to since their trip to the Adirondacks. They headed up to Lake Durant Campground in Blue Mountain Lake on Monday where they met up with the final member of group, Connor. Since Connor wasn’t on the bus that day, there was a coveted empty seat which Ian managed to snag in the morning. The bus ride was full of fun and conversation including plenty of movie facts and political connections by Liam. On the way up, the group also made stops for lunch and some last minute needs. Jeff picked up a new fishing lure to try out at the lake and Tommy got some crocs that needed some duct tape improvements after their first activity.

Tuesday was the first activity which involved a 17-mile trip down the upper Hudson River. With class I-III rapids, it is a great introduction to whitewater and a great way to bring the team together. There are some good sections for surfing and riding the raft in non-traditional ways. Audrey jumped right into this and “rode the bull” for a rapid which involves sitting on the front of the raft and holding on to a strap with one hand while the boat rocks up and down over the waves. After getting down the river, the outfitter treated them to a barbeque dinner before they headed back to Lake Durant for another night. Craig has been sharing some of his plant knowledge and was discussing the poisonous nature of some root structure. Emma was more than happy to just munch on some mixed party nuts and nod. The Legend Bud Cox (founder of Adventure Trips) met up with them with canoes in tow for the next leg of their journey.

Wednesday morning, the crew traveled to the Rollins Pond area near Saranac Lake to begin their canoeing expedition. They will spend the next 3 days/2 nights traveling to different sites by canoe and setting up camp for the night. Ben was ready to go as soon as the boats hit the water and was designated the bowman or lookout. The group will check in when once they are off of the water and settled in at their next campsite at Sharp Bridge which will serve as base camp during their 2 days of rock climbing over the weekend.

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  • Helen Slavin

    Audrey –

    Sounds like you are having a good time!! and sounds like you’ve….got the bull by the horns.

    Missing you loads!

    Be gentle with your fellow campers and not too insane –

    Love,

    Mom

  • cdetweiler

    Hey Ian,
    Sounds like you are having a grand time, wish I was there to join you. Baseball News Flash… Manny R. has been traded to the LA Dodgers, he is Joe Torre’s headache now.

  • Bill and Audrey

    Em, Great to hear you were at Blue Mountain Lake again! And that you ‘plunged’ right into whitewater rafting. We’ve been good — not eating too much, spending too much, and so forth. We finished running class – Mom ran 3 miles at 34:04. Love you lots.

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