Archive for April, 2011

The Hudson River at Glens Falls

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Wifey and I went down to the Cooper’s Cave overlook, under the bridge that goes over the Hudson River between Glens Falls and South Glens Falls, to check-out the water coming over the dam. There still is a very deep snow pac up in the Adirondack mountains left from this winter, and it’s melt and the runoff from recent rains, has the Hudson running at historic levels. I took some video of the high water that I’ll post for you to check-out. The power and force of the water coming over the dam at Glens Falls is amazing to experience. Unfortunately, I’m finding I can’t upload onto my blog any of the video I took because of file size? I was able to upload some of the video on my facebook page, so you can go there to check it out. It’s worth the trip over to see and hear the Hudson coming over the dam and over the rock that is known as Cooper’s Cave, from the James Fenimore Cooper story, “The Last of the Mohicans”. Since I couldn’t get a video to upload, I took a few pics of the dam on Sunday to post. While it’s not as dramatic as Saturday morning, you’ll get the idea.

Eric and Tani with a view of the flood gates open at Glens Falls

Eric and Tani with a view of the flood gates open at Glens Falls

The churn of the water under the walkway to the Coopers Cave overlook.

The churn of the water under the walkway to the Coopers Cave overlook.

The water coming over the dam

The water coming over the dam

Weather Update

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Not much different in the forecast. Remains mainly wet, with a short break over the weekend. Sunday looks like the best opportunity for flying, ( the long-term forecast discussion tells the tale) if the flying area is not too wet by then.

Happy Easter Bunny

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

We’re still stuck in that April showers, brings May flowers weather pattern. I know everybody is whining about the weather, including myself, but April, being a battle ground month between winter and summer, typically would be wet with alternating cool and warm temps. Since we had what I would consider an old fashioned winter, maybe we’re due an old fashioned spring/summer/fall. Sooooo, maybe we will get some nice streaks of flyable weather come the summer flying season, like I remember I used to get back in the 80’s and 90’s. That would be a nice change from the weather we have been getting in the 2,000’s, which has had its’ frequent wet periods and not so nice flying conditions.

Weather Update for coming Weekend and into early next Week

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

The forecast for the weekend and early next week isn’t looking very promising for flying. Looks like we are settling into a somewhat typical spring weather pattern that we see here in the Northeast, a cutoff low hanging around Eastern Canadian with cyclonic flow over the region and a stalled, stationary front, producing¬† showery, blustery weather.

Balloon Ride Flying Weather for Week of 4/11

Monday, April 11th, 2011

The forecast right through the weekend isn’t the best for getting any flights accomplished. On a positive note, spring has truly sprung with temps in the mid 70’s today. Looks like there will be lots of weather hanging ’round tho, right through next Monday – which is as far as the forecast looks into the future, as of now. It’s just the start of the long flying season, and kinda typical of what we see in April in the Adirondacks. Looking forward to those May flowers that these April showers bring!

Dinner and Hockey

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Last night was dinner at Raul’s Mexican Grill on the round-a-bout in downtown Glens Falls and an Adirondack Phantom’s hockey game at the Civic Center. Raul’s is a small restaurant that serves a Mexican/fusion, rather than Tex/Mex style of dinning, which wifey and I prefer. As I said, place is small, so at times it’s hard to get a table on a walk-up with no res. So far, I haven’t had a bad meal and have tried something dif each time we have visited. We were joined by son Eric, and his friends Jay and Kara. After dinner, we all headed over to the Civic Center to catch the last game of the season between Adirondack and the Albany Devils, Adk won 4-1. The hockey is very uptempo like today’s NHL, this is the AHL, one step below the bigs. Adk is the Philadelphia Flyers top farm team and Albany is naturally the Devils farm team. Funny, my sis and her hubby, the captain, are rabid Devils fans. To them, the hated rivals are, naturally the NY Rangers, and….the Flyers (my sis almost got into a flight w/a Flyers fan in the ladies room one time when we were at a game at the Devils old arena at the MeadowLands). By coincidence, the Phantom’s moved here from Phila when their arena was torn down to make room for parking for the Flyers new arena, and the Devils around same time moved their farm team from MA, back to Albany, just 50 miles apart makes for a heated rivalry and the game shows it.

Eric and Tani chating at Raul's

Eric and Tani chatting at Raul's

In it's previous life, Raul's was a barber shop on the cornor of downtown, now a round-a-bout.

In it's previous life, Raul's was a barber shop on a corner in the center of downtown, now the round-a-bout.

The game

The game

A Phantom's power play

A Phantom's power play

They score a power play goal...

They score a power play goal...

Weather Forecast for the Week

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Quite a weather forecast. Looks like Spring has finally sprung! Flying season will open sooner, rather than later. All we need is a little firming of the ground out in flying country.

It's about time to get out there and fly some folks again!

It's about time to get out there and fly some folks again!

Just some happy customers

Just some happy customers

Cheers - It's flying time again....

Cheers - It's flying time again....

Our Peacock Balloon, ready to fly.

Our Peacock Balloon, ready to fly.

March Madness

Friday, April 1st, 2011

We had our own bit of March Madness around here recently, and I’m not talking about hometown boy Jimmer Fredette that plays for BYU and got as far as the NCAA Sweet 16, but, the New York State Public High School basketball championships, the NYSPHSAA. I met up with high school chum, Pat Corcoran, who was in town from Maryland to watch the semi and finals of the tourney. The most impressive game that I caught was the Saturday afternoon game between Mt Vernon and Half Hollow Hills West. The most impressive player was the big kid from Jamesville-DeWitt, Dajuan Coleman, a 6’8″, 280 lb Junior who was the MVP of the tourney in class A, and, who drew the attention of the University of Kentucky head coach, Jim Calipari. Calipari was at the Sunday championship games at the Civic Center to check out his prospect Coleman, who I understand will be playing for Kentucky after he graduates from high school.

Saturday's semi final game between Harborfields and Byram Hills

Saturday’s semi final game between Harborfields and Byram Hills

April Fools!!

Friday, April 1st, 2011

After all the hype about the pending nor’easter, the storm wimps-out and is downgraded to only a couple of inches. Hey, I’ll take it. For those of you visiting the area, and looking for something fun to do, there is a Brewfest this Saturday 4 – 8 at the Queensbury Hotel in downtown Glens Falls. Here’s some more info on the brewfest. Also, check-out the VisitLakeGeorge web site, it’s whitewater rafting and maple sugar season. These 3 are your best opportunities if you are looking for something to do this weekend. It’s too early to hike the Adirondacks, you can get info from the Adirondack Mountain Club on that.