By Jelane A. Kennedy
The last photo essay that I published was for the Winter Solstice in 2018. It is amazing to think that time has gone by so quickly. Although this year has been different than past years with Eileen healing from a hip fracture, we have still found different things to do, less hiking and walking. The winter also was a time of more inside activities since snowshoeing was out for the time being.
One of the sad things that happened this winter was the burning of the Schroon Lake Community Church. We had just arrived in Schroon Lake and gone to the post office. We had only been at the house 15 minutes when we heard that the church on main street just across from the post office was on fire. The past few months have gone from fire investigation to demolition. This summer is the start of fund raising. It has been sad to not hear the carillon church bell concert each afternoon.
As the winter moved on we decided to take a day trip up to Lake Placid. It was great fun to watch folks out on Mirror Lake, they had a dog sled team giving rides, folks were out on cross country skis and snow shoes. But the best was watching the newly renovated toboggan chute in action out onto the lake. The chute has been a part of the Lake Placid scene since the 1960’s and was a convert ski jump trestle, it has since been fully rebuilt in 2017. Maybe next year we will take a ride!
A trip this early Spring took us to the Berkshire Mountain Museum to see the da Vinci exhibit. It was a great afternoon. You can read more about it in my post Berkshire Museum – A great rainy day adventure for all ages . It is a traveling exhibit that has been making it’s rounds across the country. You can check it out at this website Evergreenexhibitions to see where it is and where it is going.
As spring progressed this brought us to the Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, CT. Where you can again read about our adventure visiting the Dinosaur tracks. On a walk around the grounds we saw the beginnings of spring shoots!
One of my favorite things about Spring is seeing both the daffodils and tulips make their appearance. This year they seemed to be early and I was treated to new buds that made me smile each morning as I went to and from home.
In exploring Connecticut more we went to downtown Hartford and saw the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, which honors citizens who fought in the Civil war. It is quite impressive with many sculptured features. We enjoyed our visit to Bushnell Park and the carousel. We also found the sculpture garden in New Britain near the New Britain Museum of American Art.
Our final adventure this Spring as we moved into summer was to get Eileen back on a bicycle. It has been a great adventure and she bravely hoped on 9 months after her fall. It was so great to see her big smile again! We really enjoyed our first long ride on Hop River State Park Trail in Connecticut. The trail was well maintained and had good parking. The gravel was well packed and smooth. Riding through the just budding tree’s and enjoying the spring sunshine was a delight.
(c) 2019 Jelane A. Kennedy