As the Adirondack Rambler moves along, they continue to find new and interesting challenges around every corner. During their canoe expedition, they covered a lot of ground, managed to work in a portage or two, and paddled some beautiful areas. Starting in Rollins Pond, they headed to Floodwood Pond for their first night. Their campsite was on the same island I took my group to in 2005 so I know they had a great night filled with fresh air and small sounds of life. As far as acutal wildlife, they did see a bald eagle being harassed by a sea gull which was an interesting sight. The next day they paddled down to Fish Creek and portaged over to Horseshoe Pond where they only saw one other person. This was their second campsite and really gave them the feeling of the “backcountry” with no one around but themselves. They finished off with a trip around Follensby Clear Pond before heading to Spider Creek Passage to meet up with Bud. Lunch was in Saranac Lake and then it was on to Sharp Bridge Campground for a good night’s sleep before rock climbing over the weekend.
Jeff was the fisherman of the group pulling in a lot of fish over the 3 days on the water. Ben and Ian were the fire tenders of the trip as they kept it going while everyone was taking care of other chores. Filtering water has been something that Emma enjoys as she does it while the group paddled along. She and Audrey did forget to put their tent in the canoe, so they learned how to build an A-frame shelter from a tarp which kept them warm and dry. Much like around here, blueberries are in season and Craig may have found his calling as the blueberry picker. Tommy wanted everyone to know that he is, “still in one piece with both arms.” That may be due in large part to Connor who has been very safety conscious, a great help to the trip leaders. Dynamics within the group have been great and Liam has helped that along as the “unifier” of the group. Overall, an amazing crew having a unique experience. Another update will be on the way soon!

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Zach eigenbrodt

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach couldn't keep himself out of the woods when growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of Wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.

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