September 20, 2012

Odd window

The kitchen is much brighter with this new window.  We had some log rot from the old roof leak above the kitchen (which is now all replaced) and decided to go this route instead of getting more logs from the mill and going through that labor intensive process.  We love it.  There's a lot more light in the kitchen without the troubles of a skylight.

September 19, 2012

Huntersfield Mountain hike

It becoming the most beautiful time of year, we have been doing more hiking.  This trip was up north a bit in the Catskills to a 3,000+ peak called Huntersfield Mountain. It was a perfect day on a "trail" that was at times nearly untrodden.  No one was on the trail in recent days. Part of the trail uses old logging roads, which was really amazing.  

Our cabin is in the southeast corner on this map, just along the first span of mountains (Overlook Mountain).
We hiked the trail on the north end to the summit and back down again.

The evenings were in the 50s and felt great!  Crispy, cool air. It was 49 degrees on Saturday night, which was a perfect excuse for a fire. 

Can you play "Find Finn?"

One could argue that this tree is in the way of the view, but we are not sure.

Everyone looks great among birches.

She tells Finn a wilderness secret.

Very tall pines!

At 3400 feet the maple leaves are already changing.

An old logging road.  Amazing.

Rodents made trails and homes of sawdust behind the bark... before it fell off.

September 4, 2012

Late summer hiking

 First, we have to admire the splendid shawl she made.  It's called "Camping" because the patterns, in concentric circles, are cat's paw, walking sticks and willow leaves.

Newman's Ledge.

Finn chased a squirrel up a tree.  He badly wants to kill it.  You can see it in his eyes.

She fits right in!

Finn started to learn to swim at 3 1/2 yeas old.  Swimming for him is mostly innate, but he had to get over some "adult" fears before he'd go on his own.  Now when we get to the water he jumps right in.

Here he is going for another jump after a stick that's about to be thrown.

Sooooo cuuuuuuute!