Alder Creek Cabin
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Location: Alder Creek Cabin (), Cedarlands, Long Lake, NY
Dates: February 12-13, 2011
Who: Scouts: Mike M., Chris S., James S., Nick M., Oliver P.
Adults: John Koslosky, Brian Pratt, John Ivory
Dogs: Nola (Pratt)
Notes: This was our first visit back to Cedarlands since May of 2008

In all honesty, this trip was an absolute blast.

We trekked our way in for only about a mile, from the parking lot right next to the juncture of three roads, all the way to the Alder Creek Cabin, right next to the main waterfront of Cedarlands (near the big old fireplace).  Depending on the route that was taken, it was about 90 minutes of hiking.

As you can see here, we were equipped with snow shoes and XC skis.  Good thing, as the snow was roughly 2 feet deep in spots.  If you fell over, it was pretty tough getting back up. 

Three sleds of gear (mostly food) were brought in, in addition to our back packs.  The boys all did great.  The temperature during the day was in the 20's, but well into the single digits during the night.


Nola is a new addition to our troop, joining the ranks of other such noble beasts as Shelby, Nova, Max, Chance, and Trip.

In this case, she carries a special honor.  She comes to the Pratt family by way of Freedom Guide Dogs, and will someday be the mother of future generations of guide dogs.

She did just wonderful with us, and we look forward to her joining us on many other adventures.

As is also becoming tradition for us, we ate like kings!  These outings are not weight loss clinics.

For lunch, we had pierogies and bratwurst on a bed of fried onions and green peppers.

Dinner was a killer white chili, on a bed of crushed spicy Doritos, and layers of melted Colby cheese.  All cooked in only two pans with easy cleanup.

Desert and general snacks included amazing chocolate cookies (Ritz crackers  & peanut butter, dipped in Almond Bark), clementines, pepperoni, cheese, crackers, and trail mix (the last mostly for Koz).

Breakfast was hot oatmeal and donuts.  As a complete surprise, there was even a microwave in the cabin!

The accommodations were snug, but we could easily have supported 2-3 more people.  The boys did a great job of finding firewood for the stove that kept us warm.

And a growing troop favorite is the game of "Go", courtesy of Oliver.  It takes moments to learn, but a lifetime to master.

And as much as I'd like to tell you what it was we were all looking at in the night sky, we've sworn an oath of secrecy.  Suffice it to say we had 8 for 8 success.