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We were very excited when Stephanie found out at the last minute that she could get four free tickets for the Syracuse vs. Minnestota football game this past Saturday.

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As you can see we had great seats. We weren’t sure what to expect with “free” seats, but were pleasantly surprised. It was the first football game at the Dome for all of us and it was really cool to experience the roar of over 48,000 people in a confined space.

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The boys were already big Cuse basketball fans, but I think this experience opened their eyes to the world of football. Hopefully Syracuse is able to turn their program around this year.

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One of the highlights was the opportunity to see the debute of the gritty new quarter back Greg Paulus. He made some very tough and exciting plays throughout the game.

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Look for Lindsay!

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The game could not have been more exciting. At the end of regulation the score was all tied up. Not_a_happy_ending_for_the_Cuse

It’s never good when the visiting team does this at the end of overtime. It was an unfortunate ending to a great game, but was a wonderful experience none the less.

Today was a very special day for Nathan. Today’s Sunday Mass was the culmination of the many hours of work that he and two of his fellow scouts completed independently over the past few months. Two boys worked toward the Parvuli Dei Emblem and Nathan fulfilled requirements for the Light of Christ Emblem. It is a very special award in scouting as it is one of the few honors that move along with them as they make the transitions from Cub Scouts, to Boy Scouts, and into their adult scouting life.

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Above the boys received their pins as part of the Sunday liturgy.  Thank you, big brother Sean for being our photographer and for being supportive of Nathan.

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After Mass the boys had a photo-op with Fr. Paul and their Scout Master.

Nathan in Archway between rectory and church

We took a few moments around the grounds of the school and church to get a few more pictures. Here Nathan takes pause in the archway between the church and the rectory.

Nathan near school

Nathan near StFrancis garden

We are very proud of him.

 

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On  the front porch looking up.

Well, we just returned from a week-long family vacation in the Adirondacks. We camped for the week at Rollins Pond, located in between Tupper and Saranac Lake. This is the third year that we have camped for a week there. It is one of our favorite Adirondack destinations.

Our front porch looking out

Here is the campsite we called home for most of the week.

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Ash borer sign

When we pulled into the site, Steve couldn’t believe his eyes. Hoping to leave his life as an entomologist at home for the week, he was slightly amused to see an insect trap hanging in the tree across from our site.

Sitting around the campfire

Sitting around the campfire is always a central activity over the week of camping. This year the weather was pretty cooperative for campfires all week.

Poking stick III

One of our traditions when camping is using a wood burner and inscribing our campfire poking stick with the year and location of our camping trip.

Rascal the chipmunk

We had a pair of friendly chipmunks that seemed to like to see what we were up to when we would have meals. We named this one Rascal. He seemed the most mischievous of the two. The other was named Bob at first. But we thought that maybe the second one was Rascal’s love interest so Bob became Bobette.

Stephanie and nathan take a dip

One of the reasons that we love Rollins pond is that most of the sites are right along the water. Above Stephanie and Nathan enjoy a dip at our site.

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There is also a public beach at the campground. Here Sean and Nathan are mixing it up a little bit while the life guards were flirting.

All in all, it was a wonderful week and we are already dreaming again about our week or two there again next year, or even considering an autumn weekend to the area. Enjoy the rest of our posts from our week.

trail to Mt

This year we tried a new mountain climb in the Rollins Pond area. We chose Mt. Arab. We had heard that it was worth the climb as The Friends of Mt. Arab have made a great effort to restore the fire tower and cabin atop the mountain.

Mt Arab summit

Once we got to the top, it certainly was worth the view. The hike was a little more strenuous for the adults than it was the kids. We think they actually climbed the mountain twice as they would run ahead, and then run back as we made our way up the mountain.

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At the top of the mountain is a restored cabin that was used by the observer who spent the fire season looking out for fires. The cabin is now occupied for the summer by a guide to greet hikers as they reach the tower.

Mt Arab Fire Tower

Here, Sean is standing at the foot of the fire tower.

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We all made it up to the top of the tower.

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You are here.

Mt Arab bench

“Hey someone built a bench here!  Sean, take our picture.”

Lake Arab

What a great hike!

morning fishing

This year, fishing took a higher priority than it has in past years. Dale can be thanked for that, as he has inspired the boys to want to fish more often.

Steve has been particularly interested in bass fishing this summer, and he has been determined to get himself photographed holding a big ole bass by the mouth. He caught one that fit the bill when we visited Long Lake over Memorial Day weekend, but there wasn’t a camera or anyone to get his picture with that one.

The second night of the Rollins Pond trip, Steve decided to throw a few casts just after sunset and another opportunity for that photo-op presented itself. As he landed the fish he urged Nathan to run up the hill to the campsite and grab the camera. When he returned he was ready to snap the picture.

Bassquatch

This was Nathan’s first attempt at the photograph. At this point the bass was nicknamed “Bassquatch”. Steve tried to continue to hold the fish by the lip and help Nathan get the camera set so that the flash would go off.

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Steve struck the classic fishermans pose with the fish and Nathan snapped away. As Nathan tried to show Steve the picture of his fish the bass made a valiant flip and flop from the grasp of Steve’s fingers, eluding Steve of the postcard picture with a big ole bass. As you can clearly see though, the 15-20″ bass was certainly a memorable catch.

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Tuesday morning was by far the best fishing of the week. Sean in particular had a great day. He  caught too many pumpkin seeds to count, and a few perch and a small bass.

Evening-fishing

On Saturday night Steve and Nathan headed out for a dusk fishing excursion.

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Boy it was worth it too. Nathan landed this 13″ bull head all by himself. He still hasn’t stopped talking about it.

I think the boys have found a new pastime.

 

Sean-early-morning-fishingThe good news about fishing in the Adirondacks, is that when the fish aren’t biting, you still get the most serene views that can be found anywhere in the world. Above, Sean is taking an early morning cast from our canoe.

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This was the early morning view from the shore in front of our campsite.

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A Rollins Pond sunset.

morning loons

The quintessential Adirondack view – a pair of loons.

seagulls get a snack

As the loons were being photographed, Steve neglected to pay attention to the fishing line that he had out on the water. Well, a pumpkin seed ended up swallowing the hook. Which ended up being to the delight of the seagulls flying above.