While we travel around the country for Project Remote, many people ask us what it is we do when we get to a Remote Spot. Do we just stand and absorb the remoteness? To an extent, yes, but it is much more involved than that... Our first step is … Continue reading the story "What We Do at a Remote Spot"
Monthly Archives for June, 2012
We now have completed 4 of the 7 states on our Project Remote Northeast endeavor, all of which have been one or two-day hiking expeditions. From here on out, traveling to the Remote Spots in the northeast will be via boat. We wanted to take this time to summarize and share details about our hiking mileage. New York Remote Spot (Adirondack Park): 27.7 miles … Continue reading the story "Hiking mileage for Project Remote Northeast"
Eating lunch while backpacking is a tricky thing. You don't want to eat too much because it will slow you down. You don't want to eat too little because you won't have the calories you need to keep hiking. You don't want anything too complicated that will take too long to prepare or be too messy. And you don't want anything too heavy or large … Continue reading the story "Lunch on the Trail"
Hurricane Irene devastated the northeast last year and many impacts are still evident today, 10 months after the fact. Dozens of landslides occurred in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park as a result of Irene. In fact, trails in the High Peaks Wilderness Area (within which the New York Remote Spot is located), were closed for a while last year because the damage was … Continue reading the story "Encounters with Hurricane Irene in the Northeast"
When most people think of moose, they think of Alaska or Maine. However, in the east moose range throughout northern New England, even reaching down into New York. Probably the most amazing fact about moose is that the males shed their antlers every year. The antlers are formed from living tissue. Eventually the tissue solidifies and becomes mineralized. Males begin to grow antlers in the spring … Continue reading the story "Moose Beans"
What an amazing 2-day trek through the Adirondacks. We hiked 13 miles the first day, 4 hours of which were in pouring rain. We camped out in a lean-to along the Northville-Placid Trail, listening to the rain throughout the night. Not only were the mosquitoes bad, but there were no-seeums and black flies mixed into the bug cloud. The next morning we hiked another 0.7 … Continue reading the story "New York Remote Spot"
"In your belly you hold the treasure few have ever seen...."* But in the minute fragments of once-living bivalves, gastropods, and other ocean creatures that wash up on our shores, we are often allowed a glimpse. I have seen dozesn of penshells washed up along the beach this week. These are edible bivalves that live in colonies and are distantly related to mussels. Byssal threads emerge from … Continue reading the story "Mother Mother Ocean"