Once again a group of Tacoma people chose to spend all morning on the final day of the session hiking up with me to the Line Shack. Here’s our hardy crew.

When we arrived of course they wanted to hang out in the old Line Shack, built in 1925 as an aid to the people who patrolled Forstmann’s deer fence.

Some of them found their own names carved in the wood inside the shack–from last year’s hike.

This was a sunny day but it had rained for three days previously, sometimes a deluge. So the mushrooms were up all over the place and the trailside was a lush green.

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.

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. We planned two groups—one would get to the shack via Sunrise Trail and the eastern half of the Line Shack trail. The other would go west on Spring Ridge (muddy!) and would join the Line Shack trail coming from west to east. We met up at the shack and the campers were fascinated by the old structure. This was such a success. The girls, at the end, raved about the idea of the double-period hike, and one even said: “Let’s do this again. This afternoon.”

What a perfectly lovely day here at Frost Valley—a true June Catskills afternoon. While the summer 2017 continued to prepare for the arrival of campers in just a few days, I took the opportunity to walk 3 miles or so along the Spring Ridge trail, which crosses east-west not far above where the cabins and lodges are located. I saw a foxgloves here and there, and followed the well marked trail through the woods, green as green could be. Eventually I emerged by the lake, and got a good view of CIT Point from across the water. Here are a few photographs: