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Garden Stories and Biking and more

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 September 14, 2021 One of the best things about summer is coffee in the garden every possible day. I like to see what happens overnight; what bloomed, what got eaten, little changes that bring joy.  September 16, 2021 There are always places for bike rides. This one was from Lions Park in Niskayuna to Cohoes Falls with Amyjean. September 19, 2021 And always back to the garden... Delicata squash, roasted

Loon Quest

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 September 13, 2021 The weather was good and I was being pulled to the north as I had been promising myself to kayak with loons all summer. I honestly just wanted to go at my own pace, so I set off on my own for Thirteenth Lake as I knew loons lived there. After a nearly 2 hour drive, there was a sign that the road was closed. Well, that certainly couldn't apply to me, could it? So I began the drive to the lake 2.3 miles away. The road was indeed closed at the 2 mile point. I was not pleased.  There are other lakes, so I began driving towards Indian Lake. It was already 2 pm and my sandwich was calling to me. Then I passed Lake Abanakee with a very accessible put in. So I pulled in, unloaded the kayak and set out. I paddled for half an hour before I heard the loon, then headed off in the direction I thought it was coming from. I came up to the dam and realized I went the wrong way, so headed to the other side. As I was eating my sandwich between paddling I saw the loon. It let me

Another Week of Fun

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 September 7, 2021 Another bike ride on a late summer day. Ann Marie and I started at Indian Ladder Farms and enjoyed an 18 mile ride on country roads with some ups and downs to get the heart pumping.  Matching riders! The Helderberg Escarpment in the background: A fun caterpillar I almost ran over. We had hoped to have lunch there afterwards, but the pandemic has shut down the cafe. Instead we had a tasty lunch on the porch at Emma Clary's which is always nice. I keep saying it, but the weather was perfect for riding! September 11, 2021 Gardening bounty! I managed to grow 3 small butternut squash and a load of basil. The freezer has a decent supply of pesto and it looks like I'll get one more picking of Asian eggplant. Add coffee with Janice and more country bike rides and the days pass into fall. September 12, 2021 Off to Dyken Pond for a morning hike and an afternoon paddle around the lake. We stopped for laughter,  lunch, and a cocktail on the little island. The weather thr

A Week In Summer

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 8-29-21 to 9-5-21 There, I've fixed it! I'll post a week at a time and be caught up quicker. 8-29 I've discovered a new biking route from home so no car required. The roads are mostly lightly traveled but I do make sure I'm brightly colored and seen, then I throw a prayer up to keep me safe and I'm off. Into town first, then out towards Eagle Mills and farm land and creeks. So pretty, hilly, and a great workout. 8-30 Off to visit Mom and the family. Dinner at the Chicken BBQ in Pennsylvania, a trip to the ReStore to get Corelle for Janice, and walks to keep me in shape. 9-3-21 After a meandering trip back home across NYS backroads and the Thruway for a bit, I was very restless. I asked neighborfriend Annette to take a quick hike to Barberville Falls. It was raging with all the rain we've had and made a nice racket from the parking lot. Then we did the ridge trail to get our blood pumping and our minds calm. We sat on a large boulder at the edge of the stream ju

Garden down time

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 8-26-21 I've been falling behind on posting by a month! How does that happen? Anyway, I'm here to catch up. Between my adventures, I'm usually attending to the mundane chores of life - processing garden veg, shopping, laundry, the usual. I do keep myself entertained in the garden. Here are a few of the creatures I share my morning coffee with.

Brant Lake Paddle

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 8/25/21 Concert or no, I had an early day to prepare for - a paddle with Ann Marie and Amyjean on Brant Lake. What a beautiful day and a picture perfect lake. We found the boat launch with no trouble and headed out to paddle this Adirondack beauty.  Not 15 minutes out, we were met by some loons. Their call always enchants me. I thought I recorded the call but user error meant that I turned the video off rather than on and missed it. We paddles for about 6 hours and there were no places to get out and rest or eat until we found a few meters of rocky shoreline by a road. That is where we finally had a swim and a White Claw and lots of laughter. We headed for the parking lot afterwards and my arms were shaky what with 6 hours of paddling in my short, wide, not very agile kayak. A wonderful summer day I will treasure in any case.

A surprising Day

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8/24/21 The day started out wonderfully and just got better. Janice came for our weekly coffee in the garden and as we caught up, she mentioned she was headed to SPAC for a James Taylor and Jackson Brown concert. Did I want to come? I searched for a reason to say no, but finding none, I said a reluctant yes! We retreated to the house to buy tickets online without too much trouble. Then we needed camp chairs because we bought lawn seats. I called up neighborfriend Annette to see if she had chairs. She wanted to know why I needed them and I told her SPAC. She asked "Can I come too?" Of course, was my reply and she had chairs as well. So I made a turkey sandwich picnic dinner, added some mini wine bottles, and off we went.  What a nostalgia trip! The music, the crowd, the memories.