Club Partcipation & SupportIt's a disappointing Monday looking out into the backyard.
At one point this month, I was staring at white mounds of freshly fallen snow and tracks from snowmobiles, deer, and other winter scavengers. Now I look outside and see a mix of a few areas of melted snow, green and brown grass, and several puddles with a little bit of an icy topping. Welcome to Central New York, right?
Well, in our neighboring north counties we still have some snow and trails are still being ridden and worked. I had the chance to catch a glimpse of a few live cameras up in the Adirondacks and it would seem that there are many places where we can still venture this weekend if planning a trip. In the photo to the right, you will see four webcam shots from today. BigMooseCam.com, HighMarketSports.com, Park Motel of Tupper Lake (www.parkmotel&cabins.com/webcam), & OldForgeSnow.com… All great stops on the web portal to check up on snow and ice in our northern counties.
Another tidbit of information, check your daily newspapers for events coming up, or just news in general on snowmobiling. In the local Watertown Daily Times there is an article on a group that is looking to break a record for number of snowmobiles in a single ride! Check out the article "Group aims to break world record for largest snowmobile parade in Osceola" at the link provided below. Just a quick snapshot of the article, the ride is being organized for Saturday, Feb. 1, by the Osceola Snowmobile Association with the hope of hosting 1,000 snowmobiles. That amount of participation would shatter the 2004 record of 820 riders in Wisconsin, according to the Guinness World Records website. (1)
So if you're looking to be a part of something huge and definitely fun, this is worth your time and money! Registration is a $10 donation towards the club, as they raise funds for the association, which runs about $13,000 in the hole after covering the cost of the monthly groomer payment, fuel, insurance and trail maintenance. To many clubs in our great state, there is minimal support to what they do as volunteers. There is much involved in the preparing, grooming, maintenance, and costs to which they have to endure to keep our trails open and safe. In the event that there are no volunteers to maintain these trails, we lose out as riders. So please keep in mind that the trails you are riding on, are those that are kept by many volunteers to clubs and they do their best to keep them open. If you have time, money, or even two hands that can help… please ask a local club in need of support if you can donate any of those! Let's help our local clubs stay alive!
In yet another local newspaper, the Utica Observer-Dispatch released an article for the Stillwater Hotel. One of the many favorite stops, just north of Eagle Bay. Holding strong as a restaurant, a small hotel/motel and gift shop… it is a must stop for many a snowmobilers traveling through the area. Stillwater says it's the snowmobile season that keeps them afloat. Let's continue to keep them in business! (2)
Until next time…
… aaaand that's a braaaap!