Category Archives: Backcountry Steward – ADK

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Post-ADK 2: Brooklyn Musings

15 November 2013 Parkside Café, Brooklyn, NY The best food is made not by those who learn, but by those who know. I’m in a small café in Brooklyn: Hispanic, Latino, and Caribbean cultures create this place. The food might … Continue reading

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Post-ADK 1: Beer in Boston

Written on 23 November 2013 at 1369 Coffee, Central Square, Cambridge, MA Woah, a new book! And what a lovely shade of . . . fuchsia? Oh, it’s catchy and pretty and despite their poor binding, I do like these … Continue reading

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Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1)

The original piece is called Slaughter on Tenth Avenue; it’s a song to which Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen dance in the movie Words and Music (1948).  I like SoCalled’s version (there’s not a good video of it on YouTube). But now … Continue reading

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Special Events

From my journal, 11 October 2013, Johns Brook Valley. My eyes are drooping while I read, so I’ll write for a bit before hiking on.  This morning was a fun one, with a few pretty cool incidents. The first was … Continue reading

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Trans-ADK Photos

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I realized I never posted pictures from my Trans-ADK hike.  Unfortunately I didn’t have my regular camera, and the camera Scott lent to me had such a small card that only a few pictures could fit on it (and I … Continue reading

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End of the Season

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Today, I’m off.  On Tuesday, I’ll be away. Without going too deeply into reflecting on this season, I can say that this position, as backcountry steward with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Student Conservation Association in … Continue reading

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Hiking McKenzie (P3): Sights and Sounds

Yesterday was a gorgeous day outside: not too warm or cold with just the right amount of breeze under a largely cloud-less sky.  I hiked McKenzie Mountain, a small but formidable peak just outside of Ray Brook and Saranac Lake, part of the Saranac Lake … Continue reading

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Hiking McKenzie (P2): Goals and Purposes of the Trail

Yesterday was a gorgeous day outside: not too warm or cold with just the right amount of breeze under a largely cloud-less sky.  I hiked McKenzie Mountain, a small but formidable peak just outside of Ray Brook and Saranac Lake, part of the Saranac … Continue reading

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Hiking McKenzie (P1): Reasons for Responsibility

Yesterday was a gorgeous day outside: not too warm or cold with just the right amount of breeze under a largely cloud-less sky.  I hiked McKenzie Mountain, a small but formidable peak just outside of Ray Brook and Saranac Lake, … Continue reading

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To Hike or Not

The prerogative to hike is my own. The inspiration to hike is something deeper. While my job does encourage me to hike, both by its name (backcountry steward) and principle definition (a position with both the Student Conservation Association and … Continue reading