ERE professor and Eagle Scout Doug Daley safely chaperoned students in our ERE Club to the SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center (AEC) property on February 8, getting ahead of the Nor’easter, so they could engage in a weekend of fun and learning. Here is a message relayed from the AEC on Saturday Feb 9 by professor Daley, “All is well, weather clear and beautiful. Lots of snowshoe hiking today, and will be plenty of worn out people tonight after we take in the Astronomy lecture at the AEC. All arrived safely last night about 1030 p.m. We made several stops along the way to re-group, eat, etc. The Screamen Eagle Restaurant in Inlet was a good idea. We called ahead and had nine pizzas waiting for us! I am proud of the students; they carried themselves well in public, were supportive throughout the long drive, and related well to each other throughout. We’ve had plenty of laughter and good cheer, along with the compulsory games of mafia and Settlers of Cataan.  We took AEC Program Coordinator Paul Hai’s suggestion today, and about 12 climbed Goodnow Mtn and the remainder went with me on a 4 mile walk on the HWF property; the Mtn crew isn’t back yet, but my crew had a couple of pond and lake traverses, a decent bushwhack (downhill) and terrific weather and vistas ( a bit blustery at times, but clear blue skies). I even snuck in some winter animal tracking, hydrology and dam design as we walked along. Many of the students are looking forward to tonight’s astronomy lesson at the AEC, followed by a “laydown in the snow to look at stars.” The night promises to be clear, and with low humidity we should have wonderful stargazing.”

ERE Club members build boat from snow.

ERE Club members build boat from snow.

ERE Club members completed a military pond dam, built from snow.

ERE Club members completed a military pond dam, built from snow.

 

Advertisements