Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Starting a New Adventure - The Northern Forest Canoe Trail

One of my favorite things about working with my river family at Adventure Calls Outfitters is that each year someone inevitably comes up with a new adventure to try and usually invites others to join. The adventure can be anything from rafting on a new river, a weekend camping trip, climbing mountains, hiking or any number of outdoor activities. 

For me, this is great since my family doesn't always share my zest for the outdoors and "roughing" it.  We spend plenty of time camping each year, but it usually involves a warm cabin with electric and a full kitchen.  When exploring with my fellow guides, its typically primitive camping and spending time in my hammock.  

When Tim mentioned his plans for this year, I was immediately intrigued and excited.  Tim has a goal to complete the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT); a 740 mile trek that starts in Old Forge, NY and ends in Fort Kent, Maine.  There are a total of 13 sections to the trail that cover 56 lakes and ponds, 22 rivers and streams, and 62 portages (for a total of 55 miles). 

Day 1 - Starting our Journey

Starting Point of the NFCT - Old Forge, NY

Today we will be paddling the Fulton Chain of Lakes (a total of eight lakes appropriately named First Lake - Eighth Lake). A total of six of us are starting the journey together (two of us were eager to get started and were already on First Lake when the picture above was taken).

Paul (my paddling partner for the week) and our fully loaded canoe


We could not have picked a better first day to start the journey.  The sky was blue with a few clouds here and there, the sun was out and it was warm, but not too hot. 

As we paddled through the first four lakes, I'm reminded that while we are in the Adirondacks, we are in one of the most travelled parts of the park and people are taking full advantage and coming out to explore this year.

However, there are still great sights to see.  I'm not sure when the last time I saw this many loons.  While passing through Third Lake we got a great view of Bald Mountain and the fire tower at the top.

Bald Mountain Fire Tower

After completing the carry from Fifth Lake to Sixth Lake we stop for a quick lunch and head off to complete the final three lakes of the day.
Seventh Lake gives us an incredible view of a seaplane practicing landings.

Our day started in Old Forge at 7:00AM.  At 6:32PM we finally reach the end of Eighth Lake and our destination for the evening.  We have completed 8 lakes, 2 carries and 18 miles of the NFCT.
Eighth Lake shore - End of Day 1

The lean-to at the end of Eighth Lake is our campsite for the evening.  A few of us setup hammocks and tents while the rest of us prepare out sleeping bags in the comfort of the lean-to.  

At some point during the night, I hear someone or something wandering around out site.  This is the Adirondacks, so I'm fully prepared to open my eyes and see a bear or another animal wandering through the site.  Instead I see Brian searching around the site with a flashlight and taking notes on what he sees.  

I've got to see what he is looking at...............

I was prepared for bears, I wasn't expecting the issue that we now face.  We've had a visit from the local population of mice.  They are everywhere.  A few dry bags, storage bags and even one of the tents now have additional openings in them that were not there before.  

After making sure that all the mice have left I return to my slumber. 

Day 2 - A New Set of Obstacles

Our second day starts with a carry from Eighth Lake to Brown's Tract.

The Boardwalk to Brown's Tract

Brown's Tract is a completely different experience than we had yesterday.  Gone are the waves and wake from boats and open lakes and we are now paddling through a marsh that looks like the perfect moose feeding grounds.

One of the many beaver lodges in the area.

It's not the moose we need to worry about though.  Brown's Tract is home to a large population of beavers and they have built multiple lodges and dams throughout the area.  We encounter a total of four beaver dams that we need to navigate.  According to the guidebook, a misstep around the dams and you will find yourself waist deep in mud. 

Getting out of the canoe isn't an option.  Paddling around the dams isn't an option.   Breaking down the dams, again not an option.   There is only one option here, paddle over the dam and stay in the canoe at all costs.

The kayaks and solo canoe go first and each navigates that dams as we encounter them.  Now it is our turn.   We back up, and get as much speed up as possible to clear the dam.  The front of the canoe clears the dam and then...

Negotiating a beaver dam in Browns Tract.

We are stuck.  Luckily we had brought along extra equipment to try in any situation that might come us, so even though we are in a canoe, we have a kayak paddle in the canoe that can be broken down into two pieces.  With one half of the paddle in each hand we are able to steady the canoe and pull ourselves forward over the dam.

The same process is used for each of the next three dams and we finally break free into Raquette Lake.

Raquette Lake

Over the first few carries and paddling through 10 bodies of water, we realize have some equipment that needs to be repaired, enhanced or replaced (some kayak wheels are just not made of the terrain we are putting them through), so we decide to stop in town to see what we can find.

While we were unable to find new gear in the town of Raquette Lake, we did find some amazing treats and ice cream.  We will be in Long Lake the next day so the new gear can wait.

Raquette Lake is the largest of all of the lakes in the Adirondacks.  The weather to this point has been amazing, but we are in Adirondack Park and weather can change at any time.

The shortest route to take would be to cross the middle of the lake and head past the Great Camps, through the islands and up to Indian Point.

As we make our journey, the winds pick up and we are paddling into the wind.  We decide to head in closer to shore and follow the path up to Indian Point.  During our paddle into shore, Paul's hat is blown off his head and my Adventure Calls Raft Guide cap joins Paul's hat in the lake.  The river gods have taken their first offering for the trip.

Our group finally reaches Indian Point and at this point we have to cross one of the widest points of the lake to get across to Bluff Point.  I watch as a pontoon boat passes and realize it is dancing on the waves as it crosses.  Everyone on this trip is an experienced guide, knows the risks and is prepared for our journey so we cautiously start the half-mile crossing to Bluff Point.

At this point, the wind picks up and the waves are now 3-4 feet whitecaps coming at as.  Paul and I take our time turning into the on-coming waves and using the break in between to push towards shore.   The entire time, I keep watching the dock on shore hoping that it will soon be within reach.  Just over halfway through the crossing, the rain starts. 

When we reach shore, we discover that we've been being watched as we were crossing the lake.  A woman is standing on shore encouraging us to come into the dock.  The rain has stopped and Mary welcomes us to Bluff Point.  

Group picture at Bluff Point with Mary

We sit and talk with Mary for a couple of hours while waiting for the winds to calm down before finally getting back into our craft to resume the paddle through the rest of Raquette Lake.   Meeting people like Mary is one of the great things about trips like this.  Things won't always go as planned, but finding a silver lining in the little things makes all the difference. 

After completing Raquette Lake, we carry our gear to Forked Lake.  Our goal is to finish Forked Lake and complete the longest carry of this trip before nightfall.  We're all drained and we've pushed our limits for the day so we decide to break for dinner on the shores of Forked Lake.

Dinner on Forked Lake

All along our route, there are primitive camping sites and lean-tos so we paddle to the next lean-to on Forked Lake and setup camp.  Our day started with a carry to Brown's Tract at 7:30AM and we reach the lean-to just before 8:00PM.  

Sunset from our campsite on Forked Lake

The campsite is a few miles short of the goal for the day but we've travelled just under 15 miles for the day. 

Day 3 - Finishing Section 1 of 13 for the NFCT

Our third day starts with a short paddle to the end of Forked Lake and to the carry that we have all been thinking about since the start of this trip.  The signs for the canoe carry don't show a distance, but the total carry from Forked Lake to just past Buttermilk Falls is approximately 3 miles.  

Most of the carry is along the road and we have wheels for each craft, but the carry is long and tiring.  

Buttermilk Falls

A break at Buttermilk Falls is a welcome distraction from the carry and we take a break for snacks before continuing the journey to Long Lake.

Our lunch view

From here we paddle into the village of Long Lake and enjoy an actual sit down meal. 

Unfortunately at we have to cut our planned trip short here.  There is a large storm moving into the area and the risks of continuing outweigh moving on to the next section.

We are already planning the next section of the trip as well as looking ahead to the sections to come.


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Book Review: Secret Places: Scenic Treasure of Western New York and Southern Ontario

Now that we're finally getting a prolonged period of warm weather here in Western NY and with restrictions being eased a bit, it would be a great time to get out with the fam' and explore the Great Outdoors.  Perhaps you could even visit some places you haven't been to yet or weren't even aware of.  With that in mind, Mike Radomski has a book suggestion for you to help guide you in that direction!

   
Secret Places: Scenic Treasures of Western New York and Southern Ontario

Secret Places: Scenic Treasure of Western New York and Southern Ontario is a book written by a local author, Bruce Kershner.  Kershner was an environmentalist, author, high school biology teacher and forest ecologist in Western New York. Mr. Kershner was a renowned authority on old growth forests. He won numerous awards for environmental activism which include “Environmentalist of the Year” from the Sierra Club (Niagara Group) and the Adirondack Mountain Council. 

In 1996, he was awarded “Environmentalist of the Year in New York State” by Environmental Advocates of New York. Kershner lead several ecological studies in WNY at locations such as Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, Zoar Valley, Allegany State Park, and the Niagara Gorge.  Sadly, Mr. Kershner passed away in 2007 after a long battle with esophageal cancer.
Maps of the Chimney Bluffs on the Coast of Lake Ontario
Mr. Kershner’s love for WNY and the environment is evident in the book. The text is written in a format that makes you laugh. It contains a wealth of little known facts about the secret place along with some whimsical humor mixed in.
Each secret place contains a written description of the location including its history and points of interest. The entries also have a hand drawn map of the location with detailed illustrations pointing out points of interest. You really get a sense of the author’s humor and excitement for the areas.
Zoar Valley Map
The secret locations are all in Western New York and Southern Ontario. They include Zoar Valley, Reinstein Woods, the Niagara Gorge, Little Rock City and Griffis Sculpture Park. There are a total of 25 secret places. One of my favorite entries, though I have not visited the location is “Swallow Hallow and the Frog Orgy Experience”. Apparently in the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge you can hear “the bizarre sounds of singing, peeping and chattering frogs (in a state of orgiastic fervor—this is the sexual version of “Spring Break”).” I look forward to witnessing the orgy.
My other favorite entires include:
  • Skinny Dipping Beach at Zoar Valley: “a traditional skinny dipping beach since the 1960s when hippies “liberated” the area from the inhibitions of prudish society.”
  • Directions to Buttermilk Falls: “…turn left into the village of Leroy (the “Birthplace of Jello”)”.
  • About Reinstein Woods: “..Lily Pond reminds many fo the famous Monet painting of water lilies. In essence, the Preserve is a living “million-dollar painting” and raises the question, “Does art imitate nature, or does nature imitate art? 
Mr. Kershner’s descriptions and details add enjoyment to every secret place we have visited this far. We have visited a few locations we would have never found by ourselves. He even reminds us “Bring plastic bags with you so you can clean up the environment!”
Every WNY outdoor enthusiast should own and treasure a copy. 
Although, I have been to several of the “secret places”, I have not visited them all. To honor the memory of the author, I am making it a goal to visit all 25 places listed in the book and do a trip report on each location. The trip reports will include some of Mr. Kershner’s commentary of the location, photos and an updated digitized map. My trip reports are in no way a replacement for the actual book. Every WNY outdoor enthusiast should own and treasure a copy.
Side note: A friend of mine suggested this book to me. When I looked it up, my wife said, “Hey, that’s my high school biology teacher, I think my dad has that book.” My wife remembers Mr. Kershner as a energetic, whimsical and even a little cooky, teacher, loved by all. Her favorite memory is Mr. Kershner dressing up as a mad scientist and feeding his students a Jello brain. She said he really enjoyed teaching, loved his students and the environment. 




Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Doing My Part for Nature


Trailhead Sign at Rolin T. Grant Gulf Wilderness Park
In the era of COVID-19 more and more people are looking to nature as an escape and as a way to get away from just spending time at home. As I've written in previous articles, this is a great thing and I believe it will fundamentally change how we view nature moving forward.

Unfortunately, there is also a downside to this.  As more people explore the trails and options that nature provides, we must be careful to do our part to do no harm to our environment and ensure that our children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy all that we have today.

A few things to keep in mind as you explore parks, trails and all that nature has to offer.
  • Let someone know where you are going, when you will be home and your plans for the outing.
  • If you are going out, have a backup plan.  The backup plan should account for weather, full parking lots, etc.
  • If a parking lot is full when you get to your destination, find another place to go or try another time of day.
  • When you get on a trail, if it is muddy and you are having to walk off to the sides of trails or turn around, come back another day.  Let the ground dry out and recover.
  • Practice the principles of Leave No Trace:
    • Plan ahead and prepare
    • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
    • Dispose of waste properly
    • Leave what you find
    • Minimize campfire impacts
    • Respect wildlife
    • Be considerate of other visitors
  • If taking a pet with you, clean up after your pet and keep your dog on a leash.
  • Practice Carry In, Carry Out - If it wasn't there before you came, take it with you.
  • Leave nature in a better place than you found it.
The Rolin T. Grant Gulf Wilderness Park is a small park that I recently discovered nearby and I've found myself going back at least a couple of times a week to get away.  Usually there are a few people in the park, but everyone that I have met has been wonderful.  

Unfortunately, the parking areas, trail heads and the trails themselves have become a favorite spot for people to discard their unwanted items.  




Even the trash cans that are provided are full beyond capacity.
As you descend into the park, you see even more discarded items,such as tires, clothes, food containers and more.


I decided that my hike on this day would have additional purpose, to make the park more enjoyable for everyone.  I showed up after work with my gloves, mask, tools to pick up trash and a number of empty trash bags.  I know I may not get all of this cleaned up today, but I can start (and that is usually the hardest part).  

I spent the next three hours walking the trails and picking up everything I found.  The tires and large items will have to wait until another day as I'll need more help to remove them, but I will be back for those.

As you are out enjoying nature, take some gloves and a spare bag with you.  If we each pickup just a few items along the way, you will be surprised at the difference it makes.  

At the end of my walk, this is what I found.

Yes, that is a chainsaw bar.
This is what the areas above look like now.




Yes, I took the bags with me after taking the picture.
If we each do our part, everything that we are taking comfort in and enjoying in these difficult times will be here for generations after us to use and seek solace in during their own challenges.

Stay safe and enjoy all that nature has to offer.



Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Feathered Friends: May could bring a bounty of Baltimore Orioles

Author: Hanz Kunze (article originally published in the Livingston County News)

Freshly sliced oranges are a great way to attract Batlimore Orioles.
 
May is such a wonderful month with the many beautiful and interesting birds returning and migrating through – along with the fascinating rejuvenation of so many trees, shrubs and flowers.
To me, the month of May is like Christmas as God gives us so much beauty to enjoy and it’s all gift-wrapped in so many beautiful colors and ways! I’m especially interested in the many bird species that will be appearing this month – many of which will be nesting in our region and several that will continue their northern trek into Canada. But I love and admire the awesome flora as well.
We are all quite familiar with the more noticeable and colorful favorites such as the rose-breasted grosbeak, Baltimore oriole, indigo bunting, purple finch, ruby-throated hummingbird, and scarlet tanager. Will it be another banner year for the orioles coming to the feeders such as last year’s unprecedented invasion?
If May is cool like it was last year, we could have just as much Oriole activity – so if you haven’t yet, make sure your grape jelly, oranges, and other goodies are ready for them. Last year it seemed like May 2 was the day that most of the orioles returned. It was like they just fell out of the sky and everyone had them, but it could be later this year. Certainly, as the days followed several more arrived and they all seemed to be going crazy at the feeding stations.
Based on our very cool April weather and the forecast into early May, I think the oriole action will be robust.
Now, if we ever get a really normal or much warmer May, the action at the feeders would be less – as in most past years – because warmer temperatures promote more insects and earlier blossoming of trees that have nectar that also attract insects.
Speaking of insects, it is these that dictate the arrival of so many bird species in May and even into June. Birds rely heavily on insects, and most of those that do are not seed eaters. The coming wave of birds will consist primarily of warblers, vireos, swallows, flycatchers and shorebirds – all insect eaters.
Though there are about 30 species of warblers coming through, it is difficult to find all of them as many migrate right through heading further north and may only stop over for a day or two to rest and to eat. Many birds migrate at night as well.
Still, many species of warblers will nest right here in Western New York. Those will find their preferred habitats rather quickly. Some warblers like nesting in the bushy thickets, some prefer staying high up in deciduous trees, some like the moister sections of woods, some like bogs, some like rushing water, and some like staying low in the understory of woodlots. Some prefer evergreens and others like mixed woodlots. Finding nesting warblers can be a challenge, but also very rewarding.
Some of the most common warblers that you may see or hear include yellow, yellow-rumped, common yellowthroat, ovenbird, blue-winged, American redstart, chestnut-sided, magnolia, northern and Louisiana waterthrush, and several more – all of which nest around here.
Many nature enthusiasts try to see how many warblers they can identify in the month of May and June. And since many are only migrating through for a few days or a week or so, one needs to be birding steadily.
Obviously knowing the songs of the warblers and other birds helps immensely. Even if you don’t know all of them, knowing a few helps. If warblers weren’t singing or calling, we would miss most of them!
I always dread hearing the song of the Blackpoll Warbler later in May as that signifies the end of the warbler migration. They have a distinct call, and my ears are tuned to them. The warblers come in so many beautiful colors and I only named a few above. If you take the time to explore a little and to really identify those warblers passing through all month long, you will be rewarded!
Once you’ve identified a few it can become infectious!
While you are looking for warblers, you are going to see several other neat birds. It can become a bit overwhelming but great fun learning and seeing the array of birds that most people will never see. We have our own “Wild Kingdom” right here in Western New York with an awesome variety of birds and animals to enjoy.
If your yard work always has to come first, you won’t make it out in the woods and thickets to see some great birds. Though I can’t do large-group bird walks right now, I can lead a few people, keeping social distancing in mind, on a walk here and there. If you are interested in joining me for a one-hour walk just let me know. You can call or text me at (585) 813-2676.
I know that I have a lot of work to do, but that will not stop me from fitting in as much birding and nature enjoyment as possible during this most beautiful month of the year. Make yourself a May bird ID list and add to it each day.
Until next time enjoy and be thankful for the beauty of this earth! Merry Christmas – I mean Happy May!
Hans Kunze is an avid birder and nature enthusiast who has been writing about birds and nature for more than 30 years. He writes for The Daily News twice each month. Write him at 6340 LaGrange Rd Wyoming, NY 14591 or call (585) 813-2676.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Hiking at the Iroqouis National Wildlife Refuge

As we celebrate "Earth Day" in 2020 Let's join ACO Raft Guide Mike Radomski and his family on their most recent outing, shall we?  


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Finding a Silver Lining


Time for some "social distancing" inner peace!
As we enter another week of social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine and things that we didn't anticipate for this year it may be difficult to see past the darkness. Yet, despite everything that is happening now, I remain positive that we will get through this.  It might take some time, but we will get there.

I've been lucky enough to continue working my full-time job throughout everything that has happened and while I'm not going to the office each day, I am still working on projects, ensuring that my children are keeping up with schoolwork and not becoming stuck to their electronics and keeping up with the tasks around the house.  Overall it can be exhausting.  So I decided to take the day after my birthday off to enjoy some much needed me time. 

The morning started out chilly and there was some rain, snow and wind in the forecast, but I was anxious to get out on the trails. My plan for the day was to take in Tifft Nature Preserve, Reinstein Woods, Knox Farm and Hunters creek.  I wasn't in any hurry, if I made it to all of the trails, great, but if not, I'd enjoy a day in nature.

Nature did not disappoint on this morning. After fighting the wind on the way up the mound trails at Tifft and finding the back trails underwater and closed, I followed the grass along the stream. 

I'm not alone.
As I walked down the trail, I saw a deer standing in the middle of the trail just looking at me.  I stood there watching this deer for several minutes and it didn't move.  Was I seeing things? Was this really a deer or had someone put a decoy in the path. 

Slowly, I approached the deer and still it didn't move.  As I got closer, I realized it wasn't just one deer, but now there were 4 or 5.


I kept walking, but none of the deer moved.  As I got a few feet closer, the deer did finally move, but they didn't run.  Instead they simply moved to the side of the path and continued to feed.  I was convinced they they would start running as a got closer. 



One deer seemed to be the lookout for the group, as I walked by the group (within a matter of yards) this deer would look up and make sure I was okay and then return to eating.

"I'm watching you, watching me."
I wandered the trails for a few more hours and found geese and other wildlife, but nothing impacted me as much as the deer. 

As the day went on, I did complete the four trails I set out to complete, but I noticed something. While the trails were not crowded, there was more people out that I would expect to see on a dreary Friday morning.  So I started thinking, how I'm hopeful that more people will feel a connection with nature and from those experiences will want to do more to support and save our environment.

The waters and skies around us are clearing up and there are reports in the news almost daily of people seeing things in nature that haven't been reporting in years.

While it may be dark and dreary now, the skies will open up and the sun will shine on all of us again.  When we come out on the other side, maybe we will have a better appreciation for those things we have lost over time and will fight to keep them as our new traditions moving forward.

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy all of the options that are out there.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Some Coping Skills in an Uncertain Time

Today's post is a bit different than what we usually write about on the blog but, we believe it's a rather important topic right now so here goes.  Our sincere thanks to ACO Trip Leader Brian Swart for his professional input.  More importantly, our undying gratitude for his being one of the millions of Americans on the front lines right now dealing with this global crisis.
Brian Swart
Most of you know I am a nurse. A psychiatric nurse. As such I am seeing the growing issues facing all of us. To help I will put my chosen profession to work. Instead of giving you all of the regular stuff you are hearing about to take care of yourself. I am going to attempt to help those of you that I can with your fears and anxieties.

One of the biggest things psychiatric nurses help others with is in coping skills. Reality is everyone needs them. Some are better at it than others. Ultimately it takes practices. I have heard so many over the years tell me I don't have time for that. Well great news now many have more time than they know what to do with
1. Deep Breathing - This is one of the greatest of the skills that most would say "I've tried that," or, "I do that all the time." In martial arts you will perform a single action a thousand times before you become a novice, and a thousand more before you become adept, and so on. I dare to say most have not practiced deep breathing to this level. Then there is the point to practice in controlled, "quiet" environments and then the uncontrolled, chaotic environments. Body position is everything. Sit with your back straight. This allows the greatest use of your diaphragm so you utilize your lungs to the fullest. Feet flat on the floor. You can do with your eyes open or closed, but I recommend closed. Take a full breath in through your nose (about three seconds), and blow out through pursed lips slowly and controlled. Focus on your breath throughout. This will help to calm the body. It also leads us to...

2. Mindfulness - Being mindful or focused on your actions takes concentration. Use all of your senses to "explore" what you are doing in the moment. What to you feel, see, smell, hear, and taste? By focusing your thoughts like this it helps to quiet the mind.
3. Spirituality - Of all the training's, classes, and evidenced based research I have been through those that develop their spiritual aspect of life are shown to have better coping skills, and health, than those that don't. I will be biased on this one because I am a Christian with such beliefs. Praying is part of it. Prayer is seen as a healthy coping skill. It doesn't take rehearsed verses or sayings. It can be just an honest, private conversation that does not even need to be spoken out loud. It may be done anywhere, and at anytime.
I am with you, always.
4) Don't isolate - Wait what? Pure isolation is harmful to us as people. Although we are unable to gather or come together, spending time on the phone, online, texting, or what ever source you use for at least fifteen minutes a day is recommended by the Mental Health Association. Make it a point to set aside fifteen minutes a day for some form of interaction with another person. Not a pet,or TV, a real person. It is shown to help ground us in reality, interacting with another in times of stress. 
"Max" the ACO mascot and his little buddy gettin' ready for bed!
5) Sleep - The best thing you can do for your body and mind is to get the recommend amount of sleep for your age. This helps allow your body to maintain homeostasis which is needed to regulate your emotions. Try to limit day time napping to half an hour in the afternoon. Getting a full night sleep is preferable. If you are truly unable to do this please contact your primary care provider to discuss options.
6) Exercise - Whether you feel like it or not our bodies need exercise so that we may handle the various stress in our lives. If your thing is to lift hundreds of pounds and complete intense workouts then that is good for you. The rest of us can do with simple exercises such as walking, yard work, yoga, ti chi, or lighter work outs. As always consult your primary care provider if you have other medical/physical issues before beginning a program.
7) Hobbies - This may be a little harder to do if these include kayaking and white water rafting. Consider this, sitting around doing nothing will not only hurt our bodies, however also has negative effects on our minds as well. Find an activity you like or are interested that allows for learning, concentration, and the ability to complete something. We feel better when we do this as it provides distraction from our fears and anxieties, while allowing us to grow in person.
There you have it. Some basic tips that you have probably heard over and over again in your life to manage yourself. As much as I have so many laugh at these things, so much of it has been know to work for years and years. Find it silly? You don't even have to tell someone else that is what you are doing. It is all on you to decide if you will utilize these tips when so many have new found free time on your hands. Even if this post only helps one of you out there I am happy I did it. As always the nursing side of me will reiterate talk to your primary care provider before undertaking new challenges, especially if you have various issues going on.

Starting a New Adventure - The Northern Forest Canoe Trail

One of my favorite things about working with my river family at Adventure Calls Outfitters is that each year someone inevitably comes up wit...