Welcome to Woodchuck Lodge
“These hills fathered and mothered me. I am blood of their blood and bone of their bone, and why should I not go back to them in my last years?”
John Burroughs, Literary Naturalist, 1910
Next Wild Saturday program: September 5, 1 p.m., Paul Misko, avid hiker and hiking historian, will talk about John Burroughs' attempts to climb Slide Mountain in Ulster County, the highest peak in the Catskills at 4200 feet. Take home the companion audio book! (See below.)
Special tours can be arranged for groups. Call President Bill Birns, 845-254-6025.
On your next visit to the Lodge, pick up the new audio book, "Afloat and Afoot," containing two unabridged essays by John Burroughs: "Pepacton, A Summer Voyage" about his paddle in a home made boat down the East Branch of the Delaware; and "The Heart of the Southern Catskills," recounting his efforts to climb Slide Mountain in 1885. Produced by Silver Hollow Audio, the 2-CD set was supported by a grant from the O'Connor Foundation and includes commentary from Woodchuck Lodge trustees Bill Birns and Diane Galusha. FMI and to download: www.silverhollowaudio.com
Here's a sample of what 65 folks enjoyed on a stellar June afternoon last year. Click on the full screen icon!
This is "The Walk," written by John Jacobson (fiddler on the tune), inspired by John Burroughs' advice that the walk you take today, should be the walk you took yesterday, and the one you take tomorrow, as nature is ever changing, and there is always something new to see. . .
Thanks to Brett Barry for the audio, and to Fred Margulies for syncing the amateur video with the professionally recorded sound.