Thanks to Jeff Ruhloff for the photos. Hike leader: Sue Mackson.
Sat., June 11, 2016 – Kingston Kayak Festival, Kingston Point Beach, 53 Delaware Ave., Kingston, NY; 10 am – 4 pm
Contact: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or email@example.com
A fun-filled day for the whole family. Bring the kids and grandchildren. The Kingston Kayak Festival is not just kayaks. There’ll also be canoes and stand-up paddle boards (SUPs). The emphasis is on education, demonstrations, lessons and tours for beginner paddlers and people who have not paddled before. There will, however, also be some activities for experienced paddlers who bring their own boats and gear.
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May 7, 2016: Wappinger Creek Estuary Clean-up with Riverkeeper’s Hudson River Sweep
Leader: Russ Faller Co-Leader: Wilfredo Chaluisant
Each year our Mid Hudson Chapter of ADK participates in Riverkeeper’s Hudson River Sweep with a clean-up outing on the Wappingers Creek.
This year, 17 wonderful volunteers joined our effort and pulled out about 780 pounds of trash that less responsible people threw into the creek! This included 18 bags of trash, 9 bags of recyclables, 5 tires, well over 100 pounds of metal and other odds and ends, including a ceramic toilet bowl, golf club, 3 soccer balls, plastic roofing, part of a wooden chair, a lawn mower wheel, a can of paint, a very large tarp, hose, a trash can lid and 2 buckets.
Hannaford and Shop Rite were generous in donating a lot of snack foods, all-juice drinks, apples, etc. so we didn’t have to bring our own lunches. Afterwards, we headed to the North River Brewery in the Village of Wappingers Falls, for free beers donated by the brewery. We spent a couple of hours there mellowing and socializing.
All in all, it was a great day. Wonderful volunteers were: Stan Augie, Jeff Kaplan, Dave Kaplan, Jean-Claude Fouere, Mike Pettigrew, Bob Clark, Gino Platania (all members), Marilyn Carkner, Lindsey Fazzinga, Jesse Inoncillo, Jim Doherty, Bryan Girton, Kristen Planck-Kuney, Patrick Oehler, Naina Maloni (all non-members), the leader and co-leader. Non-members were given a 3-month complimentary subscription to our outings schedule and encouraged to come out with us just for fun.
Leader: Tom Buckley
I had 18 hikers join me for an adventurous hike to the two stone chambers in a remote part of Fahnestock State Park. There are a couple of ways to access the unmarked trails & woods roads that lead to the largest known stone chamber on the east coast called the “King’s Chamber” & anadjacent smaller stone chamber called the “Tomb”. The route I chose is my favorite way to access the chambers because it avoids most of the extremely rocky and eroded areas that you have to cross when hiking in from the alternative starting points. A few hikers had already found the two chambers on earlier hikes and were interested in learning about the new route, but for most of the hikers this was their first attempt at finding the stone chambers. Once at the chambers we spent a lot of time taking photos and looking at all the numerous stonewalls on the surrounding hillside. This area certainly had a rich agricultural history. We also explored some of the ruins of the old CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) encampment nearby.