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Ever slept in a hammock? Sure, many of us have dozed off while relaxing on a warm summer day. But have you ever really slept in a hammock? For the night?
I have been entertaining the idea of hammock camping for some time now. Obviously there are pros and cons to this idea, which I have weighed over and over. This is the standard procedure that I follow when I want to purchase a new piece of gear. I think about it for a couple weeks, weigh my options, check out some online reviews.. and make a decision.
My new hammock = awesome.
As most of you know, the Perseid meteor shower occurred over the weekend. The meteor shower peaked on Saturday night, but the conditions were cloudy and there wasn't much to look at.
I figured there would be some stragglers the day after like there usually is, so I hiked into a nearby lean-to with one of my buddies to check it out.
Wow, it's almost the weekend and I haven't even told you what I did last weekend yet!
A good friend of mine went up to his family's camp on Upper Saranac Lake last weekend, so I went up and hung out for a night. Chris was my room mate in college for the first two years that we lived in the dorms, and my housemate after we moved off campus.
We used to make an annual trip to the camp in the spring, but I had never been up there in the summer.
I got the amazing opportunity over the weekend to take a hot air balloon flight at the SunKiss Balloon Festival at Warren County Airport!
What an experience. If you've never been up in a hot air balloon, you need to do it some day!
Liz and I were a little hesitant to get up at 4:00 in the morning to take our flight, but it was well worth it...
Greetings! I finally got back out in the woods yesterday, and climbed my first (and second) high peak of the year. It's been a while since the last time I climbed one of the 46 peaks, and I'm feeling it in my legs today!
Liz and I hiked up Giant Mountain via the Ridge Trail, hiked down the back of Giant and over the ridge to Rocky Peak Ridge before turning back. It was a hot day, and the haze interrupted what would have been an awesome view had we been there in different weather.
We weren't 100% sure which trail we were going to take as we made our way up the Northway, we had seen a few trail heads along Route 73 on our way through the area, so we figure we could just choose one when we got there..
Last Saturday night was a phenomenon known as a Super Moon. This occurs when the Moon is closest to Earth in it's orbit, and is full on the same night, causing the moon to appear about 12% larger and brighter than any other full moon.
This made for a great night in the woods (as many of you know). A few of my friends went hiking, some to high peaks, others to secluded ponds over the weekend to witness the spectacle. I packed my bag and took off for a fishing spot that I've been wanting to check out for weeks...
While fishing last Saturday with a few friends, I realized what it is about fly fishing that is so captivating to me. In my opinion, it's nothing like other types of fishing. There's more steps, more stuff, and there is more of a challenge to fly fishing.
When most people think of fly fishing, they think of grandpa out on the river waving his rod back and forth causing the line to unroll behind him, then back in front of him before it falls to the water. And that is about as far as it goes.
When I think about fly fishing, it's a whole other world out there..
I went fishing last Friday at one of my favorite little rivers. I hadn't had much luck yet this year but I'm still learning how to present different patterns for different times of year, and I'm not discouraged. Whether I catch a fish or not, I love being on the water.
I confirmed an assumption about fishing that has nothing to do with the bait, rod, or waders that you use. Success on the river often depends on who is there.
Trout season kicked off last Sunday, and boy was it good to be out in the water! I didn't catch anything, didn't even get a bite.. yet I still had a good time fishing.
My new waders work great (so far)! What a difference it makes to be able to walk right out in the middle of a river without the fear of getting soaked. Especially this time of year!
I ran into a little issue the other day while I was fishing that I thought I would share with you..
Yesssss! It's almost here! Trout season officially opens this Sunday, April 1 throughout New York State. I'm sure if you're reading this you're probably just as excited as I am.
I don't even know where I'm going to fish yet. I've been going back and forth between heading to a river with a few friends as if it were a holiday or something, and hiking in to my favorite little stream by myself to try to land a few brookies in peace and quiet. I guess I'll decide Saturday night or Sunday morning.
I've got some new gear in preparation of the season opener, and thought I would share with you..