Monday, March 26, 2012

Back to NJ

We woke to this this morning, with temps in the low 20's.Quite a change from the high in the low 80's on Thursday. So it is a good day to drive back to NJ. We want to be fresh for tomorrow evening's final artistic director try-outs. Should be interesting.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Hiking Henry's Woods

Another beautiful day with temps in the 60's. We finally got to hike in Henry's Woods outside of Lake Placid, walking about 4.5 miles.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Earliest Paddle Ever

I paddled on the Flow today. There is still ice in the upper end where there is little flow, but it is rapidly breaking down. If I'd had the kayak instead of my expensive kevlar canoe, I would have tried ice breaking to see how far I could get. The rest of the lake is pretty ice free. It was great to be out on the water again.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

At Camp

Drove to camp today. It was 75 degrees when we arrived. More like the first day of summer than the first day of spring. There is still ice on many of the lakes, but it is melted enough on the Flow that I hope to get out in the boat while we are here.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

New York City

Today we took the Seastreak ferry from Atlantic Highlands to 35th St on the East River in NYC. We took the latest ferry at 10 AM (due to our still having not accommodated the time change so we are sleeping in), and found it was a smaller boat than is used during rush hour. And coming back at 3:50 it was also a small boat. The crossing was fine, but a bit rough. The reason for the trip was to see the new Islam exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum. It was neat, particularly the Moorish courtyard specially built for the exhibit. They don't allow flash photography and the light was low, so I didn't get good photos. We walked from the ferry terminal to the subway stop between 33rd and 34th on Park Ave and got off at 77th and walked to the museum. But coming back, we caught a cab outside the museum, since we'd had plenty of walking by then. We just had lunch at a soup place and then stopped for dinner at Inlet Cafe in Highlands.
The ferry seems like a good solution when I want to go to the library for geneaology. It is within walking distance from the 35th street terminal.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Trip to Lancaster

We drove to Lancaster yesterday for some serious fabric shopping. I bought lots at Old Country Store and at Zooks, both in Intercourse. We had a hard time finding somewhere to eat lunch. The folks at Old Country Store highly recommended Millers Smorgasbord in Ronks (much more so than Plain and Fancy), but they are not open for lunch at this time of year. I must remember to go later in March next time. We went through Lititz and had dinner at the Tomato Pie Cafe. Then to the Furnace Hills B&B. It is a nice place nestled in the woods near the Middle Creek Wildlife Management preserve. The trip was timed to see the snow geese and tundra swans at the preserve. Unfortunately, it was very foggy this morning. So while we saw lots of birds, the photos didn't turn out very well. It was something to see once, but I don't think I would do it again. Then we went to Burkholders for more fabric. I would probably start there next time and then head to Intercourse.