Friday, March 13, 2009

SnoFest Old Forge NY - March 13 & 14, 2009

This event has been on our calendar since we missed last year's festivities. Picked up Emily and Michael in Syracuse around noon and left for Camp Michael. Rte. 81 provided for clear sailing. No noticeable snow until we entered Barnes Corners. There was scattered snow melt at the Maple Ridge Wind Farm viewing station on Eagle Factory Road.

Refueled with subs at Jreck’s. Snow amounts increased at we approached Camp Michael on the Number Four Road. Turning into the driveway at camp we were overwhelmed by the unbelievable height of March's snow.

After lunch we hiked into Francis Lake to check our geocache. To our surprise we met Greg, a Town of Watson employee, who just happened to pick today to locate the cache. We had a pleasant chat with Greg as we made our way back to the Stillwater Road.

Francis Lake Outlet

Team - CameronDouglas & Greg

Francis Lake - view from the cache

Continued up the Stillwater Road to Moshier Dam and Sunday Creek. But heavy snow cover prevented us from hiking to the crossing bridge.

For dinner Michael took us to Timberview Lodge. The spectacular view complemented our excellent meal. Emily recommends the open-face steak sandwich. On Brad's suggestion, I savored a bowl of Mushroom Stew. Michael had the Caesar chicken wrap.

After breakfast with Bill at the Sawmill we traveled over the Moose River road to the pond in Old Forge. Perfect timing - the bus shuttle arrived as we did and ferried us over to the recreation center.

Impeccable timing here too as the Rave X-team was commencing their noon freestyle snowcross show. These daring snowmobile stunts had the crowd in awe.

ESPN X Games gold medalist - Dane Fergason

Member of the RaveX team freestyling.

After the entertainment we signed up to test 2010 snowmobile models provided by Polaris, Arctic Cat, Ski Doo and Yamaha.

"Ride 'em, girl!"

"The Rookie"

"The Pro - BabyJo"

Staging Area

Heading Out

"Deer Beware!"

On our way to the car we caught a glimpse of Judy skiing down McCauley Mountain.

Judy is to the left of the scenic chair lift.

Before stopping at Daiker’s for lunch we drove to Northwoods Inn for a quick photo opt.

Northwoods Inn - same place only the faces have changed

The authentic Adirondack atmosphere of Daiker's gave our chicken wings an added zest. On the deck afterwards the local put on an ice show of their own making.

Ice Racing

Figure Skating

All in all a good road trip.

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