Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mike's Maze & Classic Cars

Last week we got out to Mike’s Maze with some friends to enjoy the last bit of autumn before the leaves fell. This year the theme was agriculture.

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From the elevated platform outside of the maze you can see the summit of Mount Sugarloaf.

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The little petting zoo this year had a surprise, a baby goat.

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When we pulled into parking lot for lunch we saw a little get together of old Ford’s.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Foliage, Gobblers, Fishing

I was in FL since the beginning of October, so I missed the peak foliage here. My wife and I always drive around to do a little leaf peeping in Quabbin, then head to Atkins farm for various fall foods and decorations. This year I added in a little time on the water. So with that said, let's get started.

As I was scouting the river for good spots I came across these guys eating some lunch.

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We got to Quabbin and still were able to see a lot of nice colors.

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We even saw another brood of turkey’s.

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They eventually saw us and went into the woods, not fast enough though.

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When I got to the water I wanted to test out fishing with streamers. I had brought my dad's old streamer wallet full of stuff tied 20 years ago. I first reached for a grey ghost, but had no luck. Then being inspired by the loud fall colors I grabbed a pink and yellow fly. No idea the name, but it was certainly loud.

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I casted upstream for a dead drift, then tried twitching, then tried pulsing. No luck. I cast ed downstream and let it hang there and twitched and still no luck. I moved spots and casted upstream, I felt the line stop and assumed I was on a rock. As I twitched the rod it bent over, I was to late and the fish spit the hook and jumped out of the water to tease me. I tried to get him again with that fly but no luck. I tied on the old confidence fly (elk hair caddis) and went back for him. I was higher up, so I had a good view and was treated to a great sight. I was able to see the fish follow my fly, swim behind it, rise up, and GULP. Normally I just get to see the fly and a splash. Within a few minutes he was in the net and all was right in the world again. It was a healthy rainbow. He didn't put up a spectacular fight, but it was admirable. After I released him I packed up the rod and headed home.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

News: **UPDATE** Hiker Missing Along Bash Bish Falls

From Masslive.com:

COPAKE, N.Y. – Authorities have been searching woods along the New York-Massachusetts border for a missing 28-year-old hiker. They tell local media that Kyle Pember of Northborough, Mass., was last seen by his father at about 3 p.m. on the Massachusetts side of the line near Bash Bish Falls. The falls are in the Columbia County town of Copake, 40 miles southeast of Albany. A search by air and ground failed to find him by early Tuesday evening. It was expected to be suspended after dark and resume Wednesday morning. Massachusetts state police say Pember is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs about 150 lbs. and has short wavy dark brown hair. He was wearing a checkered plaid, blueish hooded sweatshirt and jeans. “

***UPDATE ***

It looks like the hiker was found today (10/10) at 4am. That’s certainly good news, I”ve hiked that area a lot and it can be a tough hike.

From the Berkshire Eagle:

COPAKE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say they've located a 28-year-old man who got lost while hiking in rugged terrain in along the New York-Massachusetts border.

A dispatcher with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office says emergency crews found 28-year-old Kyle Pember of Northborough, Mass. around 4 a.m. Wednesday in Taconic State Park in the town of Copake, 40 miles southeast of Albany.

The dispatcher says he's safe but is still being brought out of the dense forest.

Authorities say Pember was hiking with his father Monday afternoon when the two men got separated. Police launched air and ground searches but didn't find any sign of Pember until he made a cell phone call late Tuesday night. It still took rescuers several hours to find him in the treacherous terrain.“