22 New Slides are Reasons to Visit the Backcountry
Irene left some 22 new slides up in the mountains. That means new vistas and changed trail routes. Stream beds, like Syles Brook, have eroded to expose previously unseen geologic history. Backcountry powder skiing is getting more popular. Whiteface is open already. The luge track is hosted World Cup races next week. Come visit!
In the meantime, the two of us, Dave Mason and Jim Herman, have been stiring up a new conversation about the future of ADK Park. It is proving to be a very optimistic project. Take a look at it here. Our goal is to widen the scope of the conversation to include the future of the communities as well as environmental issues.
The Town of Keene has a new, greatly improved, website with a lot more information than the old one. Check it out here. I am working on changing my links from the old site to the new one. If you find links that don't work, please let me know. Here is the new link to hiker parking and shuttle information.
Recovery from the flooding caused by Irene continues, even after two years. The Keene Fire House has been finished. Things still to be fixed include Hulls Fall Road, the Keene footbridge and the Marcy Field swimming hole dam. A couple of homes are in the FEMA buyout process which should conclude this winter and their lots will become park land. As I write this, there is work going on in John's Brook to try to restore it to something like the boulder strewn stream bed that is was before. It takes a long time to put a small town back together after a flood!