Kingston Kayak Fest June 10

Sat, June 10, Kingston Point Beach, 53 Delaware Ave, Kingston, NY, 10 AM – 4 PM 

Kayak Fest

A fun-filled day for you and your whole family, whether you’re paddlers or have never paddled before. Bring the kids, grandchildren, spouse, partner and friends. Don’t let the name fool you. It’s not just kayaks. There will be canoes and stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) for you to try. The emphasis will be on education, demonstrations, lessons and tours for beginner paddlers and those who have never paddled before.

If you’re an experienced paddler, there will be activities for you, as well. So bring your own boat and gear. A $10 donation to the non-profit Forsyth Nature Center gets you in. Members of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) get in free! Bring your membership card.

Our Mid-Hudson Chapter-ADK has a big presence at this festival. We always need volunteers. You need not be a paddler to be of help. Contact Russ Faller at 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.com if you want to help at this event. You will not be asked to help for more than a couple of hours. So you’ll still be able to have fun.

 

 

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.”

You can sign up for water alerts from DEC by visiting this page on their website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/101187.html

 

Another Great First Day with ADK

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Lisa, Anthony, Jill, Georgette and Peter enjoy sun and views from the top of Mount Taurus in Putnam County, with Storm King Mountain in the background. Photo by Jean-Claude Fouere.

Mid-Hudson ADKers enjoyed another New Year’s Day with mild temperatures and blue skies, which got folks out for First Day excursions at Vassar College and Mount Taurus in the Hudson Highlands.

A group of 16, led by Sue Mackson, walked the edge of the Vassar College campus over to Vassar Farms, where the sun warmed the group as it trod along. Another group–5 hikers plus leader Jean-Claude Fouere, hiked up Mount Taurus and couldn’t believe the absence of snow or ice. This group enjoyed unobstructed views north to the Catskills and south to the NYC skyline, with bends and turns of the Hudson River glistening in the brilliant sun.

A good number returned to Sue’s house for soup, bread and conviviality.  It’s become a nice way to start the  year.

Reports submitted by Sue Mackson and Jean-Claude Fouere; photo by J-C Fouere.

Russ Faller looks back on a couple of summer paddles in the Adirondacks

One of our busiest outings leaders, Russ Faller, is home from a summer filled with paddles and backpacks. He recently took time to send photos from a couple of his extended paddles in the Adirondacks. As Russ says: “The pictures tell the story.”
Sept. 2-5, 2016  Oswegatchie River Basecamp, NW Adirondacks
Leader: Russ Faller
A mellow and enlightening paddling/hiking/camping trip where the pictures tell the story. Photo credits:  Ron Gonzalez & Peter Arnold.

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July 12-14. 2016  St. Regis Canoe Wilderness to Paul Smiths, northern Adirondacks
Leader: Russ Faller
This was a fascinating, but strenuous excursion.  The pictures tell the story. Photo credits go to Tom Amisson, J-C Fouere & Ron Plaisted.

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