Lake Lila Canoe Camping
Taconic Hiking Club members welcome applicants interested in nature study, hiking, backpacking, camping, cycling, canoe/kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trail maintenance and Tanglewood. Activities are listed in our newsletter and generally take place in, but are not limited to, the area surrounding Capital District. Contact:THC, 30 Upper Flat Rock Road, Delmar NY 12054-5228. Annual dues are $10. To view the current THC BLOG pages, search: http://taconichikingclub.blogspot.com/
Albany Bicycle Coalition Meeting, Thursday, August 28, 7:00 PM at the Muddy Cup Coffee House, Madison Ave, ( near Madison Theater), Albany. Help to improve bicycling in the Capital Region.
Critical Mass Bike Ride, Friday, August 29, meet at 5:15 PM at the Civil War Memorial, Washington Park at State Street, Albany. All welcome. Join in a cruise through the streets of Albany.
Among the new legs identified in the report is the Patroon Greenway Trail, which would follow the Interstate 90 corridor from downtown Albany to Rensselaer Lake at Fuller Road in Colonie, providing not only a link west to Schenectady and the Erie Canalway Trail, but also giving better bicycle access to the high-tech mecca at Albany NanoTech.
Thruway traffic information comes from the authority's Advanced Traffic Management System, which also feeds updates to the Thruway Web site
http://www.nysthruway.gov and TRANSalert, an e-mail and text message notification system.
Eventually, the info also will be automatically transmitted to electronic message signs and the 1-800-THRUWAY telephone information line.
There's a little pamphlet available in the Star Lake-Cranberry Lake area with 10 favorite hikes in the Clifton-Fine area. It includes Rainbow Falls and and Copper Falls. There's a third hike on that road that's listed in the pamphlet: Tooley Pond "Mountain". It says that you can see the mountains of Vermont from the top. I read that last year and didn't believe it. After all, I'd climbed that "mountain" as a Cub Scout, and didn't remember seeing Vermont. OK, that's not exactly proof that it's not visible. So I went one not-too-hazy day last summer and saw some mountains to the east which were too far north to be the 'dacks. I jotted down a compass bearing for what appeared to be the highest peak of the range I was looking at. The next time on the computer I called up Topo! and traced that bearing. It came within a very few degrees of Mt. Mansfield! I was amazed! Tooley Pond Mtn. is not much of a mountain. The ascent may be about 400', but with nothing higher nearby on the east, it gets the view. Those of you doing the fire tower peaks can still climb the Tooley Pd. Mtn. tower, but you'll have to climb it in Wanakena.
On Sunday, September 7th, Michael Kudish, the Catskills forest historian, will lead a walk to examine the three kinds of forests found on Overlook Mountain that reveal both human and natural history. There's an oak forest that has grown up after many burnings by the Esopus people and European settlers, a northern hardwoods forest of beech and maple that's typical of the central Catskills, and a boreal forest of spruce and fir that may never have been felled by fire or ax. In four decades of field research Michael Kudish has found more old growth forest in the Catskills than anyone would have expected.
"For the media, and for the new cyclists who, lured by the combination of warm weather and high gas prices, are venturing out onto the road for the first time, these stories of road violence, one after the other, may indeed have seemed like “a new kind of road rage.” For seasoned cyclists, the stories were more an indication that the daily violence cyclists encounter had finally managed to capture the attention of the public-at-large. But underlying the “bikes vs. cars” eruptions of violence, the larger questions remained unasked, and unanswered in the media: Why are cyclists the daily targets of road violence, and what can cyclists do to change that reality?"