The Winter 2018 Mountaineer is now available.
The ADK Long Island Catskill Plaque has been found, once again!
Keep an eye on the Mountaineer and the website for the clues of where to find it next (once we hide it again)!
The plaque was last hidden in June of 2015.
Intreprid explorer Eric and Paula tracked it down in the shadow of Cornell and Wittenberg: https://goo.gl/maps/yJ8CQ42Qadz
The plaque was wedged under this boulder:
Here are the deciphered clues:
My highbrow parents look down from above. [Cornell and Wittenberg, both the names of Universities]
Nearby a brook goes swiftly I see, [ Wittenberg Brook ]
to join with another at a place we can’t be. [ Joins with a tributary on private land by Moonhaw Road]
Start at 1,200 to trek up the hill, [The parking area is at 1200 feet elevation]
Eastward, a sentry stands watch and guards me. [ Samuels Point is due East ]
The trail to my heart is obscure and old. [ The location is on an old trail/logging road ]
The ghost of Golden passes by untold. [Golden VanBenschoten the caretaker of the Moon Haw hunting club cut trails there in the early 1920’s ]
On once a chief’s land to a camp now quiet. [ Apparently, there once was a Chief Moonhaw there]
Above the wedding of waters, I lay silent. [ This is above the joining of the two brooks ]
Northward, two brooks beckon, each from a scholarly source. [ Again Cornell and Wittenberg are both the names of universities ]
Whoever finds the Plaque will earn a free membership for a year, and a place in our chapter’s history. Then you get to hide the Plaque again! Here are the clues:
My highbrow parents look down from above.
They’ve hidden me deep in the name of Love.
Nearby a brook goes swiftly I see,
to join with another at a place we can’t be.
Start at 1,200 to trek up the hill,
and turn off at the 2nd right, if you will.
Along the top a tenth or two you’ll follow,
mind you go slow as you drop in the hollow.
Cross over the other and to the right do curve.
Then climb to the woods road and the Forest Preserve.
Now I am not far, on the left I will be,
for it’s less than a mile from your car to me.
I am folded in a letter that stands for my name.
Though upside down, it still means the same.
A many-rooted maple towers on high,
and an ugly, grey slab joins us nearby.
Eastward, a sentry stands watch and guards me.
He keeps me protected by land or by sea.
But if you take note of the night’s light above,
My treasure will be yours, as well as my Love.
The trail to my heart is obscure and old.
The ghost of Golden passes by untold.
On once a chief’s land to a camp now quiet.
Above the wedding of waters, I lay silent.
So come, start your rise, on a particular day’s course.
Northward, two brooks beckon, each from a scholarly
In between, aside a woods road, a boulder inclines.
Tucked under an L or 7, my Love is enshrined.
The Fall 2017 Mountaineer is now available.
The ADK-LI Annual Dinner is Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Bonwitt Inn in Commack – see page 3 for more details.
Aug – 14 Nancy Hodson was supposed to lead this, but was not feeling well, so Paul Lanzillotta graciously agreed to fill in as leader. He and wife Kathy Lanzillotta, Mary Aiello, and non-members, John Sullivan and Barbara Smith, paddled in Northport Harbor on a very warm summer morning. Glacier Bay Sports in Fort Salonga provided kayak rentals to those who needed them. The trip was abbreviated because of the hot, humid weather, and afterward, Paul and Kathy took a swim at a nearby beach to cool off.