It’s been a 2 or 3 years since I did Becoming an Outdoorswoman (BOW). My sister still is teaching there. In fact, she hit 10 years of teaching at BOW this year! It has been moving to different places in the state, which is one of the reasons I haven’t gone, but this year it was back at Silver Bay on Lake George.
There was some construction going on as the dining hall was being demolished to build a new one, so all the meals were moved to the inn itself – which was a little crowded. I roomed with my sister and we stayed in the inn.
It’s very old, which is cool. You all know I love that. The rooms are nice:
My first class was Backyard Wildlife, which I didn’t really take any pictures of. We talked about ecosystems on your property and ways to improve it. We also studied tracks and poo so you can figure out what went through your yard LOL! There was also talk about exclusion for animals like deer, keeping bats and squirrels out of your house, and bear awareness.
Saturday was hiking. This was the hike for people who have experience hiking. This is in the Adirondacks, so you it’s going to be up. This hike started out right away with an incline:
This went on for about half a mile. It was quite the start. One thing about the day is that it was hot and humid. Once you get into the woods, you don’t get any breeze, so it feels really stuffy. I was a sweat machine.
We took a break at a lean-to, which overlooked the lake:
This was one spot where there was a breeze since it was open and it felt heavenly! Good thing the hike was in the morning, too.
Lots of interesting things to look at. Tons of mushrooms everywhere.
Lots more inclines to go. Our instructor said over the course of a mile we went up 800 feet in elevation, which equates to 15% grade. That’s how steep it was at times! Our goal was to get to Jabes’ pond and boy was it worth the hike!
When you say a perfect day, can you think of a better picture? It was so peaceful and quiet, too.
The hike was planned well with lots of different terrains, so it was very interesting to do.
The pine forest was my favorite spot:
The hike ended up a bit over 6 miles and we finished in a little over 3 hours. It was a great workout. The instructor said we were one of the fastest groups he has ever had on this hike. I think we surprised him because he was huffing and puffing and staying in the back LOL. There are times when I feel like I am all flabby and out of shape and then I realize there is no way I could have done (or wanted to do) that hike if I wasn’t in good shape. The mind plays tricks 😀
I’ll talk more about the other classes in another post.