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Avatar SusanDOctober 3, 2011
Elinor's Field

Elinor's Field

Misty mornings.  Waking up engulfed by a cloud.  Trees slowly materialize out of whiteness. Half an hour into our rollerski, the fog has completely burned off in the Black River Valley.  A perfect fall day.

King Farm Road overlooking Little Hosmer

King Farm Road overlooking Little Hosmer

Dylan works on building a sauna out of scrap wood.

Dylan works on building a sauna out of scrap wood.

300 lbs of crisp fall apples are stacked, crammed, into the back of a red minivan.  They totter and shift precariously as we wind and rattle over dirt roads.  Parking behind the dining hall to unload, we open the trunk carefully in case they fall.  We carry them in waxed cardboard boxes, salvaged from the recycling, and the bottoms threaten to give out.

Winter squash harvest from the garden at Elinor's

Winter squash harvested from the garden at Elinor's

During an off day in Lake Placid, a few OTC residents decided to go apple picking.  I found this interesting specimen, probably caused by an apple sawfly.

During an off day in Lake Placid, a few OTC residents decided to go apple picking. I found this interesting specimen, probably caused by an apple sawfly.

Some tasty oyster mushrooms.  Foraging is a new hobby that I'm cautiously embracing.

Some tasty oyster mushrooms. Foraging is a new hobby that I'm cautiously embracing.

Running on a forest trail, through a tunnel of blurry color.  Bright splotches of yellow and red leaves crunch underfoot.  Later in the week, it rains and they compress into muddy mats.

Hiking adventure in the Adirondacks with the biathletes

A hiking adventure with the biathletes

Fall in the Adirondacks!

Fall near Paul Smiths in the Adirondacks. This area was a favorite haunt of Teddy Roosevelt during his teenage years.

I fall asleep to the rhythm of rain spilling off the roof and wailing gusts of wind surging against the windows.  It is cozy inside, warm and dry under a down comforter.  But it hasn’t let up by morning, and it is time to go out, to train, in the pouring rain, in ski boots still waterlogged from yesterday.   And following practice I’ll have an immediate date with my rifle cleaning supplies.  These are the hardest days to motivate.

Lifting up a giant boulder in Elmore State Park.

Lifting up a giant boulder in Elmore State Park.

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