Schuylerville

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by Steve Pfanenstiel September 28, 2011 It was the best of times.  In looking back on our time in Schuylerville, docked at the Hudson Crossing Park, I think we had a great experience.  The community really embraced us; from the welcome BBQ on Monday night, to the constant deliveries of ice, food (especially the apple cider donuts!) and well wishes.  …

Fort Edward

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by Art Cohn September 23, 2011 We left Mechanicville and headed north to Fort Edward now confident in our ability to combine the Urger and Lois school programs. Fort Edward is one of those important junction points where the cliché about “location, location, location” is well illustrated. Its position on the upper Hudson River and to waterways leading to Lake’s …

Whitehall

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by Tom Larsen September 6, 2011 The trip from Shoreham to Whitehall was an experience in opposites.  The weather threatened to be seriously stormy the whole trip, but despite this we saw some of the most variety of birds so far in the season – osprey, cormorants, bald eagles, kingfishers, the ever present gulls.  Signs of Irene abounded as well …

Past and Present Meet on the Lois McClure in Shoreham

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by Dawn Saunders September 3, 2011 My experiences with Otter Creek have, up to now, been limited to kayaking and canoeing the placid and lightly traveled waterway between Cornwall and Middlebury, far above the falls.  Those paddles have always recharged me, providing in certain bends away from fields and roads a sense of near-instant transportation in time or place to …

Hurricane Watch

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by Tom Larsen August 28, 2011 Leaving Essex early in the morning, we were graced with glorious weather that would allow us to make our final preparations for hurricane Irene.  The trip from Essex to Vergennes was a short 12 mile transit.  Seven of those miles were up the Otter Creek, which is always a glorious trip.  It’s a totally …

History Comes Alive in Essex

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by Tom Larsen August 24, 2011 We left Plattsburgh heading into a strong south wind, slowing our progress considerably.  Traveling with the Lois has given me a greater appreciation for the patience and pace of the 1800s.  Thankfully, we are able to stick to our schedule with the help of the C.L. Churchill.  Essex appeared after a few hours of …

A Visit to Plattsburgh

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by Sal Larsen August 20, 2011 We arrived in Plattsburgh on Thursday, August 18th, and tied up on the North side of town at the Wilcox Dock.  It is a fine landing, sandy with big shade trees and stretches of marshland coming all the way down to the shore.  A bit further south down the lake is a busy marina, …

Flood Update

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The chronological timeline of blog posts is being interrupted to bring you this current update on the situation of the Lois McClure and her future plans… We had planned to visit Fort Edward, NY as part of our Farm, Forest and Fisheries tour; it’s a familiar place with great history and a community in which we have many friends. After riding …