Our annual Campfire in New York event was a tremendous success! A special thanks to the many performers who entertained us with music, trip reports, skits – and Mongolian throat singing! We’re grateful for all of them for sharing their many talents.
If you missed this release party for Campfire: The Album, you can still purchase your own copy and listen to it anytime. Visit our website for details. You’ll also find complete lyrics and the backstory to the songs and the album. (All proceeds go to our Lovett Scholarship Fund.)
Save the Date for our next Campfire in NYC: Saturday, January 30, 2021
A winter perspective on one of our hiking trips: Baldpate. In the summer, this is a 3-day hike on the Appalachian Trail for beginner hikers. One of our campers followed part of this trek last weekend and shared these incredible photos from Baldpate’s East Peak. It’s a different world in the winter!
Summit sign on Baldpate’s East Peak. It’s 3812 feet (in case you can’t read the sign). Old Speck in the distance.
Caleb, looking towards West Peak and beyond to Old Speck. (Photo credit: fellow hiker Bill Brook.)
Director Ben Swan and his son, alumnus Rip Swan, took a trip up to Pine Island this week to take final measurements for the new floating dock system.
Rip taking final measurements where the dock will be floating. (Pine Island is visible in the background)
The mainland dock (shown below) has always been a huge pain in the neck to install, and it’s not quite as wide as we would like. While carrying gear, we need to walk single file, or risk falling in.
Our mainland dock as seen last summer.
Generous gifts from former dock builders have provided the funds to construct a very robust floating dock system that will be delivered and installed in June. The entire system will be lifted out of the water every fall, along with the swim float and the boathouse floating dock. Veteran Mainland Dock builders (pictured below) will truly appreciate this new system. And we’ll all benefit from a wider mainland dock.
A past mainland dock installation: These guys are only working on the first section and you can see they are already not feeling happy. And, veteran Mainland Dock builders will notice the beginnings of the dreaded north wind.