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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Long Trail at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center

I've had it on my "to do" list for some time to hike some of the trails at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center.  They offer a dozen trails, ranging in length from .25 mile to 4 miles.  Click here for a map of the trails.  Sunday, Linda and I drove to 475 Dyken Pond Road and hiked the Long Trail, the longest at 4 miles.  We give it high ratings.

The Long Trail is very well marked, flat and easy on the feet.  You'll enjoy fern meadows, glacial erratics, hemlocks, white pines, and rock walls from the days when Stephen Van Rensselaer owned most of Albany and Rensselaer counties and rented farms under the patroon system -- at least until the Anti-Rent War.

There are some absolutely gorgeous spots along this hike.  As always, click on the photos to enlarge.

Pitcher Plant
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Grafton Lakes State Park Hiking Trails

The four best things I like about living on the Plateau in Grafton are the lakes, the forests, the proximity to Williamstown (The Clark and more) and the hiking opportunities.  Yesterday, we took a hike. Within several miles, are a multitude of short or long trails.  Just at Grafton Lakes State Park alone are a good handful of choices.  We drove to Mill Pond and enjoyed a jaunt up the Spruce Bog Trail.

Click here to access the Trail Map for the Grafton Lakes State Park.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

World's Largest Living Bracket Fungus?

I spotted this on our property recently.  I believe it's a bracket fungus.  If you know otherwise, please comment.  Note my key chain in the lower right to give some perspective.

Reminds me of a classic comedy routine by the late greats Bob and Ray: click here!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

North Adams SteepleCats

North Adams SteepleCats vs Sanford Mainers
June 25, 2016

Take a drive over the Petersburgh Pass, through Williamstown to North Adams and enjoy an evening of good old-fashion baseball played by top college players from all over the country.  The North Adams SteepleCats belong to the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NEBL).

They have a very good team this year, currently a 9-6 record.  I watched them defeat the Sanford Mainers last night by a 6-1 score.

$4 tickets ($3 seniors), $2.50 hamburgers, $2.50 pizza, hot dogs, soda, nachos.  Ticket and dinner almost cheaper than a beer at Yankee Stadium.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
SteepleCats 7th inning stretch June 25, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Peter's People - Creating the Dream

I don't know how I missed this project until this point, but I'm glad I serendipitously happened upon it. The video is an interesting "portrait of eight artists and musicians living in Petersburgh, New York, in the Taconic Mountains. Each artist works at home, is involved with nature, and produces original and exciting professional works."

Peter's People - Creating the Dream

From the YouTube credits:
Video by Priscilla McLean and music (compiled and original) by Barton McLean. Funded by NY State Council for the Arts and the Taconic Corporation. Sponsored by the Petersburgh Public Library, Sharon Hodges, librarian. Nancy Burstein, project sponsor. 

Visit the McLeans' website for further information at: