PADDLING? Pay Attention to Water Quality

Paddle Outing Cancelled Owing to “Unhealthy” Water

Mid Hudson ADK paddle leader Don Urmston has cancelled the May 7 outing planned for the Wallkill River owing to warnings from the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation that the water quality is unhealthy.

Don writes: “The Wallkill has been declared unfit for recreational activities due to high levels of toxic algae and dangerous bacteria which are being fed by raw sewage being released into the river.  I would advise all paddlers to avoid this river this season.”

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Can We Get There from Here?

WhichWay Jan 21 HSP

Can we get there from here?

That’s one possible caption for this photo, taken on the Mid Week Hikers January 21 outing in Harriman State Park. The sparkling, crisp day brought out 18 hikers for the 6-mile circuit hike up Long Mountain  and along Turkey and Queensboro Lakes.

Another caption,suggested by co-leader Ginny Fauci: “Are we there yet?”

And from co-leader Lalita Malik: “Where is that shortcut?”

Have a caption suggestion? Leave it as a comment to this post.

Photo courtesy Georgette Weir

Welcoming the New Year

Mid Hudson ADKers and guests got 2016 off to a healthy, congenial start with outings on the first days.

January 1, Annual Walk and Lunch with Leader Sue Mackson

Grey but dry and reasonably for New Year’s Day. We followed the flat farm trail and curved around to return via field, woods, and sleeping vegetable beds.  The walkers spread out with the conversational groups changing throughout.  About twelve gathered round the Mackson table for soup.  Get together was enhanced contributions of chocolates, pannetone, fudge, cookies and efforts at singing. Nice way to start the year.

January 2, Cold but Sunny along Hudson River at Mills-Norrie State Park; Leader, Georgette Weir




Fall Weekend a Great Success!

Nearly 200 ADKers from all over participated in one or more events during our October 2-4 Fall Weekend celebration of the Hudson Valley/Catskill Mountain region. Persistent talk of a possible hurricane impacting our region (it didn’t, though we did get some rain on Saturday) did not thwart intrepid ADKers. Outings from Hudson River paddles, art gallery visits, Catskill mountain hikes, and a ramble on the Walkway Over the Hudson went off without a hitch.

Nearly100 enjoyed wine tasting at the Robibero Winery in New Paltz and 120 attended the President’s Dinner and Awards presentation on Saturday evening at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson.

Our Mid Hudson Chapter Chair Dan Jones congratulates everyone, startng with committe chair Lalita Malik, who helped make the weekend such a rousing success. “Congratulations to Lalita, her team, the trip leaders and volunteers for showing the ADK world how good we are.”

Our chapter can be proud of setting a high standard for the Club’s Fall Outing.

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