Small Disaster at Oakley Corners

The dog and I woke early this morning traveling to Oakley Corners State Forest in Owego, NY under a thick blanket of fog. Undeterred our plan was to hike and have breakfast along the back side of the pond. The trail was still a bit muddy from the heavy rains this past Friday. Making our way under a canopy of trees and filtered sunlight the woods were alive with song as an owl hooted away in the distance while other birds provided the chorus.

The dog was in all his glory, kind of a dog Disneyland complete with a waterpark. We came upon the pond and immediately he went swimming, snorting and sniffing and loving life. I reached into my pack and pulled out my camp chair setting that up first. I wanted to use my new twig stove again but the leaves, pine needles and twigs were still damp. Poking around looking for my fire starters I realized I forgot to pack them. This wasn’t starting off well. I tried getting a fire going to no avail. It was just to wet and damp.

Disappointed I couldn’t use the new stove I did however remember to bring my Jetboil system as backup. Soon enough water was boiling and coffee was brewing. Now time to break out my new 8″ fry pan and cook our breakfast. This mornings delicacy would be salmon filet and bacon. I could see the dog licking his chops already. The Jetboil fry pan has folding handles and a plastic plate that clips to the bottom as well for easy storage. Glancing over at the dog I set the fry pan on the burner and all of a sudden smoke starts to billow from the pan. I was like what the heck! Then I noticed I set the pan on the burner but never removed the plate. Oh I was pissed to say the least and melted plastic was everywhere.

I was frustrated as the dog peered at me with the look of hurry up and get breakfast cooked, I’m hungry. I finally get the melted plastic cleaned up, pan back on the burner and warming. Reaching into my cooler pouch I pull out a bag with a Tbsp of butter and our season salmon filet. I open the bag and put the butter and fish in the pan. The butter goes sliding right out of the pan and onto the ground. A quick thinking dog snatches the butter. I couldn’t help but chuckle. I mean what else might go wrong!

Finally the fish and bacon were cooking and the dog kept inching closer with those please feed me eyes glaring at me. I sipped my coffee as the aroma of breakfast waft through the air. After we ate my fury compadre felt he needed another swim. Packing our stuff up and doggie finished with his swim we were back on the trail. It was about another mile or so back to the car and we were on our way home. Windows down and a wet dog hanging his head high!

Despite my little mishaps I had a really fun morning just being outside., cheers!

Along the trail at Oakley Corners State Forest Owego, NY August 5th 2018. © Joe Geronimo
Pond at Oakley Corners State Forest August 5th 2018. © Joe Geronimo
Wet dog at Oakley Corners State Forest in Owego, NY August 5th 2018. © Joe Geronimo
Melted and ruined plate from my Jetboil fry pan August 5th 2018. © Joe Geronimo
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Our Winter Landscape

This afternoon I was able to get out for a short hike with my fine fury friend. Ruff loves the cold weather and snow. Heck he’d just assume sit in a snow bank all day.

Under sunny skies, a 4 degree temperature and a wind making it feel sub zero we headed to Nanticoke lake for our little adventure. Once we arrived I noticed there was more snow out there than here at home. But a lot of it seemed to be drifting. We made our way to the lake and met two guys ice fishing. I asked if they knew how thick the ice was and they said about 10-12 inches. It felt weird walking on a lake that I routinely paddle. Ruff was in dog heaven! It was cold, there was snow, other humans and the sniffs were abundant.

Our winter landscape can be beautiful if not stunning, I was in my glory as well.

 

Cheers!

Ruff taking in all there is to sniff at Nanticoke lake January 7th 2018. © Joe Geronimo
Ice fishing on Nanticoke lake January 7th 2018. © Joe Geronimo
Ruff loving Nanticoke lake January 7th 2018. © Joe Geronimo
Ruff & I Nanticoke lake January 7th 2018. © Joe Geronimo

Ghost of Christmas Past

Our first home in Johnson City, NY, December 1996.
Our first home in Johnson City, NY, December 1996.
Michael who is three in this December 2002 photo.
Michael who is three in this December 2002 photo is opening gifts at his grandparents house.
Christmas 2002
Christmas 2002 at my parents house.
Max who used to just put himself down for a nap fell asleep under our Christmas tree. He was just 7 months in this December 2002 photo.
Max who used to just put himself down for a nap fell asleep under our Christmas tree. He was just 7 months in this December 2002 photo.
Michael & Max Christmas Eve 2006.
Michael & Max Christmas Eve 2006.
Michael & Max with our new addition Ruff. We adopted him in October. Christmas Eve 2009.
Michael & Max with our new addition Ruff. We adopted him in October. Christmas Eve 2009.

Oakley Corners Snowshoe Adventure!

Ruff on the frozen pond at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Ruff on the frozen pond at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.

Today I was back at it, snowshoeing at Oakley Corners in the town of Owego, NY. I decided to bring the mutt with me. Ruff is a rescue, a mix of a Brittany Spaniel and English Setter. We’ve had him for several years now and he loves the snow.

I met up with friends Jim, Gwen, Chris and Chris’s dog Ruby. Conditions are still prime here for XC skiing and snowshoeing and the temperature wasn’t to bad at 19 degrees. Our hike took us around the perimeter following the yellow trail for 3.46 miles.

This has been a nice break from running and some great winter cross training in my opinion. Hopefully this coming Saturday I will get my older son Michael out snowshoeing before the real frigid temperatures arrive come Sunday.

All in all another great day here in the beautiful Southern Tier of New York!

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Myself and Ruff at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Myself and Ruff at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Myself, Ruff and Ruby at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Myself, Ruff and Ruby at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Gwen, Jim & Chris at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Gwen, Jim & Chris at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Ruff along the trail February 10th 2015.
Ruff along the trail February 10th 2015.
Gwen making her way along the yellow trail at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Gwen making her way along the yellow trail at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Gwen, Jim & Ruff taking in the beauty of Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Gwen, Jim & Ruff taking in the beauty of Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Ruby & Ruff getting acquainted February 10th 2015.
Ruby & Ruff getting acquainted February 10th 2015.
Gwen at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Gwen at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Jim is angling for a slobbery kiss from Ruff February 10th 2015.
Jim is angling for a slobbery kiss from Ruff February 10th 2015.
Chris is getting ready for some XC skiing at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Chris is getting ready for some XC skiing at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Making our way through the woods February 10th 2015.
Making our way through the woods February 10th 2015.
Crazy mutt enjoying the snow February 10th 2015.
Crazy mutt enjoying the snow February 10th 2015.
New York State trail marker at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
New York State trail marker at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.