Last Saturday I got to try my first-ever ski-O event (orienteering on cross-country skis). What a blast! There were options to use trails to each checkpoint, or you could bushwhack your way through the woods anytime you wanted. I used trails for the first 4 points (out of 10), except for a short few feet through some trees when I ended up on the wrong parallel trail.
In the next set of 4 points I saw some off-trail snowshoe tracks (which John had made while doing the Score-O version on snowshoes, collecting as many points as he could). This inspired me to attempt a longer off-trail stint, and that worked so well that I continued across the north section of the map hopping from trail to trail. The woods were open enough that I didn't have much trouble getting my skis in between the vegetation. And it was great fun trying this for the first time.
Plus it was real nav with a compass bearing instead of just following trails. In some cases I'm sure it was slower on the direct route, but I was having fun (and not caring about competition on that day) so I stuck with it for CP7 which was rather out in the middle of nowhere.
Then it was a fun, long ski back on trails and a climb to CP9 on the top of the hill. From there I wanted to take a direct route down the hill, but it was too steep for my ski abilities so I took off my skis and ran down. That worked great, a bit more skiing on trails for CP10, then downhill to the finish. John collected a bunch of CP's in 2 hours and we both enjoyed the day very much.
On Sunday we drove down to the FDR home, memorial, and library in Hyde Park. We spent some time on a tour of the house and grounds, wandered through the exhibits, and read lots of interesting information about these amazing people.
Eleanor and Franklin:
Their grave site on the property, the same size as his desk in the Oval Office:
FDR's childhood room:
Eleanor and Franklin's adjoining rooms:
A nice view down toward the Hudson River - must be very pretty here at other times of the year:
The stables - love the name on one of the stalls:
A flock of geese flying over the library - is it possible that Spring is coming eventually?
A couple photos of young Franklin:
Franklin's four freedoms, and a view of the Roosevelt Park in NYC that we would like to visit:
We went for a run on the snowy/icy trails up to Val-Kill (Eleanor's house) and Top Cottage (nice views) and down to the river. I love running around National Park trails, always interesting things to see.
John has been looking for a sledding location, but apparently you can't sled on the Vanderbilt property:
The Rip Van Winkle Bridge over the Hudson River:
And a view of the river itself:
It was a lovely weekend, despite the gray weather.