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Holiday Valley, February 22, 2013
by RattBoy on Feb 22, 2013
Ellicottville, New York, United States
Alpine skiing | 29 miles
Though it was Winter Break, there were relatively few kids infesting the area. Lift lines were short, and conditions were good. A great day of skiing.For background on The Wall, check out this avalanche photo and this picture of the aftermath from 2007.Here's what Holiday Valley's website said about it at the time (quoted in T4T):"The Wall slope avalanched on Saturday afternoon, January 27, 2007. The slope was closed and there were...
Wet, Bare Spot Photo
Brook Crossing Photo
Brook Photo
No way Photo
XC Skiing at Brecksville Reservation
by RattBoy on Jan 06, 2013
Brecksville, Ohio, United States
Cross-country skiing | 7.4 miles
Took in a great park with great cross-country skiing terrain. The snow was not so great, and there's none in the forecast. Dang; we need some snow!I saw a pileated woodpecker early in the trip; he was way too fast for my camera.You can see the official map of this park by clicking here. It's great for hiking, too.
Runners ahead Photo
Icy hill Photo
Straw-like Ice Spikes Photo
Doggies Photo
XC Skiing at Happy Days Visitor Center 130105
by RattBoy on Jan 05, 2013
Cross-country skiing | 7.9 miles
Skied Boston Run Trail and then Haskell Run Trail. You can see the CVNP map of the area by clicking here. There were plenty of runners that morning, but nobody got in anybody's way and everyone got along fine.I got a track of the trails by tracing over a scan of the CVNP map; then, when I skied, I got the data at the source. With a cloudy day and some terrain,...
Horseshoe Hole Photo
Hummingbirds Photo
Ohiopyle Falls Photo
Cliff at Ramcat Photo
Ohiopyle Falls Festival and Middle Yough
by RattBoy on Aug 19, 2012
Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, United States
Kayaking / Canoeing | 24 miles
The Ohiopyle Falls Festival has taken place annually since 1999. It's got a race and live music and stuff. Pretty cool, if you ask me.I headed that way this year, dropped the Falls a couple times on Saturday, then ran the Middle Yough, the Falls, and the (Lower Yough) Loop with Cliff.The Middle Yough is Class II—no great challenge for whitewater boaters. But it's great for race boats, and there was a...
Surfing near the Putin Photo
Mo Surf Action Photo
Tinker's Falls… Photo
Tinker's Falls… Photo
Paddling Tinker's Creek
by RattBoy on Aug 10, 2012
Bedford, Ohio, United States
Kayaking / Canoeing | 9.0 miles
Tinker's Creek is the best whitewater in Ohio, bar none. It's got wild technical whitewater, followed by some great surfing. And it's got Tinker's Falls and The Tunnel!, the latter of which is like nothing I've seen on any other river or creek anywhere.It's full of strainers and other pinning spots, so bring your "A" Game especially at higher water.Wanna read a story about Tinker's, with more photos? Click here.
Putin Photo
View from the Boat Photo
View from the Boat Photo
Rapid & Rock Photo
Kayaking on the Cheat Narrows
by RattBoy on Jul 28, 2012
Buckhorn, West Virginia, United States
Kayaking / Canoeing | 4.6 miles
After running the Upper Yough (W. Maryland), I wanted to get a little more paddling in. (I also wanted to shakeout my piloting of my Wavehopper on a Class-III river, before seriously considering taking it on the considerably more difficult Cheat Canyon the next day.)I got there as it began to rain, at 7 PM. Some nice paddlers drove me to the putin, and I was able to finish well before dark.No...
Portage Statue Photo
Obelisk Photo
Bad Day on The River Photo
Kayaking Workout near Portage Path
by RattBoy on Jun 24, 2012
Akron, Ohio, United States
Kayaking / Canoeing | 2.9 miles
Just a short workout on a section I hadn't been on in a couple of decades. Water was low, but the shallow parts were still (barely) navigable.Saw a family of Pied-billed Grebes, but didn't get a photo worth uploading. (It's tough to take a photo from a tippy boat.)
Cliff runs a rapid Photo
Cliff finishes up Photo
Cliff after a rapid Photo
One more Photo
Wildwater on the Cuyahoga 120530
by RattBoy on May 30, 2012
Jaite, Ohio, United States
Kayaking / Canoeing | 15.3 miles
The second run of the Cuyahoga in wildwater boats with Cliff. With recent rain, it was running roughly 400 cfs, which mostly provided enough padding for our delicate boats.
Mark Abbott runs Froth Hole Photo
Dave Steele begins the Fat Lady Photo
Rob Reid in Mixmaster Photo
Andy Smith runs the Sneak in Mixmaster Photo
Moose Fest 2011
by RattBoy on Oct 14, 2011
Lyons Falls, New York, United States
Kayaking / Canoeing | 20 miles
Moose Fest began in the 1990's, a celebration of the release of water created by the Fall drawdown of the Fulton Chain Lakes. It has morphed from a Festival  in Old Forge to a Party to a Celebration in Old Forge and Lyons Falls. In 2011, the Bottom Moose was very high, so many of us took on saner stretches such as the Class-IV Lower Moose, the Class-II(IV) Middle Branch Moose, and...
Piercefield Dam (Piercefield, New York, United States) Photo
Water Lilies  (Piercefield, New York, United States) Photo
Burnt Island Rapid (Gale, New York, United States) Photo
Hedgehog Rapid (Gale, New York, United States) Photo
WW Paddling on the Raquette River
by RattBoy on Jul 17, 2009
Childwold, New York, United States
Kayaking / Canoeing | 44 miles
Took an overnighter on this stream in the Adirondacks. It's a run with a lot of flatwater, punctuated by nice rapids--and some gnar at the end.See the description of this stream in American Whitewater's national whitewater inventory.
Laughing Gulls (Jamaica Beach, Texas, United States) Photo
Laughing Gull in Flight (Jamaica Beach, Texas, United States) Photo
Pelicans Taking off (Jamaica Beach, Texas, United States) Photo
Bob at the Reef (Jamaica Beach, Texas, United States) Photo
Paddling Galveston Island State Park, 5/9/09
by RattBoy on May 09, 2009
Jamaica Beach, Texas, United States
Kayaking / Canoeing | 7.2 miles
Bob and I rented a couple of sea kayaks and took advantage of a paddle trail set up at Galveston Island State Park. Protected from heavy surf by the island, this paddle trail allows easy flatwater paddling and birding.
Bob at the putin (Addicks, Texas, United States) Photo
Dragonflies (Addicks, Texas, United States) Photo
Bob scampers over a logjam (Addicks, Texas, United States) Photo
Another logjam (Addicks, Texas, United States) Photo
Paddling Buffalo Bayou Paddle Trail
by RattBoy on Apr 25, 2009
Hunters Creek Village, Texas, United States
Kayaking / Canoeing | 42 miles
Bob and I rented a couple of sea kayaks and checked out the soon-to-be-dedicated Trail. We chose what we thought would be a 17-mile stretch, putting in at Terry Hershey Park and taking out at Sabine Street, but it turned out to be almost 25 miles.Despite the fact that Buffalo Bayou runs right into the middle of one of the largest cities in America, the Trail is very scenic for much of...
First Falls (Naples, New York, United States) Photo
Deep into the Gully (Naples, New York, United States) Photo
Stream Crossing (Naples, New York, United States) Photo
Stream Crossing (Naples, New York, United States) Photo
Hiking Conklin's Gully with Bart
by RattBoy on
Hiking | 0.0 miles
Hiked the Loop Trail; at the parking lot, we had time to hike up the Gully, crossing the stream countless times until we couldn't go any further without getting very wet. Getting that wet is good for the summer, not so much for April.
Laughing Gulls (Jamaica Beach, Texas, United States) Photo
Indian Blanket (Jamaica Beach, Texas, United States) Photo
Wildflower (Jamaica Beach, Texas, United States) Photo
Wildflower (Jamaica Beach, Texas, United States) Photo
Hiking / Birding at Galveston State Park
by RattBoy on Apr 05, 2009
Jamaica Beach, Texas, United States
Hiking | 15.1 miles
Drove from the State Park to a spot on the beach and checked it out there. Nice place, though I bet it gets way crowded in the summer.
Blue-WingedTealAndCommonMoorhen.jpg (Whaley Corner, Texas, United States) Photo
Blue-WingedTealsAndAmericanCoots.jpg (Whaley Corner, Texas, United States) Photo
LouisianaHeron.jpg (Whaley Corner, Texas, United States) Photo
WhiteIbises.jpg (Whaley Corner, Texas, United States) Photo
Hiking / Birding at Brazos Bend State Park
by RattBoy on Mar 15, 2009
Lochridge, Texas, United States
Hiking | 11.3 miles
Brazos Bend State Park has several miles of trails and lots of wildlife--paprticularly waterfowl and alligators. I spent 2.5 hours there, and could easily have spent five.I didn't have my best camera with me; I jacked up the rez to get the best shots I could. Maybe the better camera will be along with me the next time...Updated! Now we have two days' hiking here: March 15 and April 4, with mo...
Frozen Swamp (Mendon Center, New York, United States) Photo
The track (Mendon Center, New York, United States) Photo
Trees (Mendon Center, New York, United States) Photo
Quaker Pond from a small hill (Mendon Center, New York, United States) Photo
XC Skiing at Mendon Ponds Park, Quaker Pond Loop
by RattBoy on Jan 18, 2009
Mendon, New York, United States
Cross-country skiing | 3.4 miles
Update: I went back on Jan. 31, with the camera. The temps were in the low teens, with a strong wind and a wind-chill of ~0°F. Lots of skiers were out, despite the early hour. The track was in excellent condition.This trail, which follows the mostly-flat contours of Quaker Pond, is a lot easier than the East Esker Trail. On this day, the conditions were perfect: ~20°F and sunny, with 4" of...
Ice Fall (Naples, New York, United States) Photo
Ice Fall (Naples, New York, United States) Photo
Bart (Naples, New York, United States) Photo
Bart at the View (Naples, New York, United States) Photo
Hiking Conklin's Gully
by RattBoy on Mar 25, 2008
Semans Corner, New York, United States
Hiking | 8.3 miles
Couple of shakedown hikes, getting the legs in shape for Tuckerman Ravine, later in April.The camera's timestamp was incorrect back then, so I'll try to locate the photos as best I can.
Adrian Runs First Drop (Orleans, New York, United States) Photo
Adrian and Steve at the Putin (Orleans, New York, United States) Photo
Drew Runs First Drop (Orleans, New York, United States) Photo
Bridge after Double Drop (Knickerbocker Corner, New York, United States) Photo
Paddling Flint Creek and Skiing Bristol Mountain
by RattBoy on Dec 28, 2008
Orleans, New York, United States
Kayaking / Canoeing | 52 miles
After a snowy November and December, we got a warming trend with rain. Rain + heavy snowpack --> heavy snowmelt --> flood! So four of us hit Flint Creek (after it had dropped to a relatively sane running level of ~1600 cfs). It was the highest I'd ever run it. Double Drop was a sketchy rapid; we all decided to portage the bridge, because the high water meant that clearance under the...
Painter in Sillouette (New Castle, New Hampshire, United States) Photo
Desiccated Old Bush (Shaws Hill, New Hampshire, United States) Photo
Rolling Practice at the Beach (New Castle, New Hampshire, United States) Photo
Wentworth by-the-Sea (Shaws Hill, New Hampshire, United States) Photo
Circumnavigation of Great Island
by RattBoy on Aug 19, 2006
New Castle, New Hampshire, United States
Kayaking / Canoeing | 24 miles
This trip includes five tracks from 2005 and '06: two circumnavigations of Great Island, two paddles up the Piscataqua River, and one little bounce around Portsmouth Harbor, off Goat Island, with my sister.The photos were taken with a film camera, so their locations are approximate.
Trailhead (Mendon Center, New York, United States) Photo
Steep Hill (Mendon Center, New York, United States) Photo
Vista (Mendon Center, New York, United States) Photo
Duck Hill (Mendon Center, New York, United States) Photo
XC Skiing at Mendon Ponds Park, 12/22/08
by RattBoy on Dec 22, 2008
Mendon Center, New York, United States
Cross-country skiing | 5.8 miles
Mendon Ponds Park is another popular cross-country skiing locale for locals. It's used for cross-country races and training. On this day, I took the East Esker Trail loop, which has a few hills that make it one of the more challenging trails in the system.

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