Category Archives: Hikes & Explorations

Of Cheese, Cows, and Worms

October 4th, 2015
Watertown, NY

After a hike in the Tug Hill State Forest yesterday, I drove to Lowville to visit the Lowville Producers Dairy Cooperative cheese store and to witness, with my own eyes, LeWinDa, New York’s largest cow.  I tell ya, there is never a dull moment here in the North Country!

LeWinda

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Maiden Voyage

August 16th, 2015
South Sandy Creek, Lakeview Wildlife Management Area
Ellisburg, NY

Saturday I went out on the maiden voyage of the USS Kayak With No Name (KWNN).  I had been told there was a place  just thirty minutes south of Watertown called South Sandy Creek where you put in at a bridge and could easily paddle down to Lake Ontario and back, as there would be almost no current this time of year.  I arrived about 9:45 and the only other people there were some folks fishing.

The Put In

The Put In

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Nepal: The Trek

April 15th, 2013
Kathmandu, Nepal

Back in Kathmandu.  The trek went well and I had a great time.  It’s good to be back.

The morning flight to Lukla was uneventful and we were hiking by mid-morning.  The valleys and villages below Namche Bazaar are beautiful and lush.  Rhododendron blooming everywhere.  The trail is littered with small villages, each having several small “markets,” tea houses, and lodges.

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Hike To Stubbe Springs

March 14, 2013

About two years ago I conned Tom Mahood into hiking to the Captain Jinks Mine in the Hexie Mountains at the eastern end of Joshua Tree National Park.  As part of the research for that hike, we identified two other remote mines in that area, the Ruby Lee Mine and the Combination Mine.  We had been planning a stupidly long hike to see these mines, requiring a car shuttle, but the weather has warmed up a lot lately and this one might have to wait until fall.  Still, we had set a day for the hike, so what else to do?

 

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Cary’s Castle

February 5, 2013

Tom Mahood spent nearly all of last year in New Mexico, so I had a slight respite from joining him on his crazed hikes searching for Bill Ewasko (see posts elsewhere on this blog), but as his time there was waning in late summer, I started getting “I have ideas” emails and he started refering to the coming cooler months as “Ewasko Season.”  Desperate to distract him, I came up with the idea of searching for some of the odder things associated with Cary’s Castle.  He bit, but merely added it to the hiking agenda.  Instead of replacing Ewasko hikes, this was to be in addition to.

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Mud Caves Search

April 11-12, 2012

RMRU got a call from Riverside Sheriff’s Office requesting our assistance with a search in San Diego County.  A young man, Guillermo Pino, had gone missing while camping with friends in the Mud Caves area in Arroyo Tapiado, part of Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  Glenn Henderson and I were the only RMRU personnel available for this mid-week search.  RMRU had brought in Fernando Moreira, a professional tracking instructor, to teach a class the following weekend, so Fernando cam along with us.

 

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