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2015 Soapstone Mountain Trail Races

Today was the 31st annual Soapstone Mountain Trail Race. The joy that Soapstone brings never fades. After 16 years total and 12 or so with Debbie as the Race Director, you would think that the race would be tiresome. There is no question that it is a lot of work, and that it impacts our household during the weeks leading up to the race, but we love it so much. We have met so many people through our involvement in the event. We miss many of the names from the past, but we enjoy meeting new people.

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Thankfully, our Shenipsit Striders running club is going strong after more than 35 years. We still have some original members in the club, but it is the new members that are important to keeping both the club and the races, including Soapstone and also the NipMuck Trail Marathon, growing. The course is part of what makes the race so special. 138 runners finished the 22 kilometer race and 70 runners finished the 6 kilometer Soapstone Sampler.

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We had summer weather after several weeks of warmer than usual temperatures, so the trail was dry. Unlike the past few editions, there was little mud to be found. It was dusty and the heat made it challenging for the runners. After such a long and harsh winter, many of them looked like they were melting in the sun.

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There were a few minor injuries, including the usual falls resulting in cuts and bruises; but no one was seriously hurt. There were also a few cases of dehydration. Notably, the overall leader through aid station three (the last one) was left debilitated by his case of dehydration and he did not finish. That left the door open for Samuel Jurek, to take the win in 1:51:00. He was followed by super master runner, Brett Stoeffler, in 1:52:45. Brett is 20 years senior to Sam, and he was hot on his heels. That brought a smile to my face. The first woman, Kehr Davis, had an awesome result, finishing third overall in 2:00:25. Stanislav Trufanov was the third men’s finisher. Kehr, was followed by Stacia Broderick in 2:21:33 and third was Peggy Horgan.

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I ran the Sampler with our son, Shepard. He wanted the company and I’m taking it easy, though I still managed to take a hard file after tweaking my ankle. Oh well. If you don’t fall, it isn’t trail running. Our son had a great time, particularly at the quarry/sand pit, where the dry conditions forced the runners to scramble hand over fist up the loose slope. We had a some folks lose their way and go off trail, but by the afternoon, everyone (in both races) was accounted for.

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The first finisher in the age/gender graded (handicap start) Sampler was AJ Fournier. He was followed by Jason Dominick and then by last year’s winner, Luke Stoeffler. This is a very family friendly race. We made it that way years ago and we have kept it that way. The evidence is right here in the results with both Stoeffler’s (father and son) on the podium of their respective events. Brett’s Dad, Dick, was standing at the top of the sand pit taking photographs. I gave him a big hug and apologized for beating him in the Sampler in 2003. I’ve always felt guilty about catching him in this Dipsea Trail Race inspired event that was the brainchild of longtime Soapstone Race Director, the late Jerry Stage. Dick told me, “I’m over it,” which made me feel a whole lot better!’

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Further evidence of the family friendly environment is our kid’s race. About 20 little ones lined up and ran either a 1/2 mile or full mile loop that included single track, rocks, roots, and a fair amount of horse “poop.” It was exciting to watch and as our son put it, the course was “rugged.” Nothing like a little challenge to introduce the next generation to the thrill of New England trail running.

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The core of Shenipsit Strider volunteers, and also many friends, pulled together to help Debbie with the production. Special thanks go to Dominic Wilson who is Debbie’s right hand man. He helped her mark the course yesterday and stayed with us until the last of the items were packed away in our van and we had returned the Reddington Rock Riding Club to its pre-race status. It is also important to thank Barbara Schieffer and Joe King, who have manned the cook shed for years. They are responsible for serving the post-race vegetarian feast. Barbara, my mother-in-law, does a ton of work in support of Debbie. There were about 30 volunteers total, between the three aid stations and the start/finish area. Thankfully, we don’t have to worry as much about timing nowadays. That was handled by Jerry Turk and Kerry Arsenault at RAT Race Timing.

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Soapstone was the third race in this year’s Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series and the fifth race in this year’s New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series. Historically, Soapstone has benefited the Connecticut Forest & Park Association and supported the wonder work done by CFPA’s trail volunteers. The next race in both series is on 07 June at the Goodwin Forest Trail Run. Soapstone is also the first race in the Blue Dot Trail Race Trilogy, which is the invention of NipMuck Dave Raczkowski, the longtime Race Director of the NipMuck Trail Marathon. Goodwin is the second race and Southern Nipmuck is the third. There is no shortage of great trail races in New England.

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We had everything packed up by 3:00 P.M. It will take a few weeks to clean up all the gear and organize everything in our basement, but it won’t be long and we will be making plans for the 32nd edition of the Soapstone Mountain Trail Race.

Race Results

2015 Alcatraz Swim

This morning, I departed from my usual swim training (laps at the local YMCA), and swam from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park Cove in San Francisco. That may not seem exotic if you live and swim regularly in San Francisco, but for guy from Connecticut, it was a lot of fun and very different from my normal open water swimming in the local lakes or Long Island Sound.

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The Alcatraz swim is a rite of passage if you swim in the Bay Area. The experience was made possible thanks to my friend Tony, who shares a passion for endurance sports. Debbie, the kids, and I have been fortunate to be hosted by Tony several times in the past few years, including during last summer’s Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Run.

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Now I owe Tony again! I’ve taken him mountain biking in his native Connecticut in the past (rocky trails) and I’ll have to take him mountain biking in Vermont or hiking in New Hampshire, or something very New England oriented again. I need to do something to tire him out. We tend to get in trouble when we hook up, like in Truckee last summer, when during a long road bicycle ride, we got pulled over for running a red light.

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I was entrusting him with my life, swimming from Alcatraz! He is a member of the venerable South End Rowing Club, where there is an incredible tradition of long-distance swimming. Members, going back more than 140 years have accomplished amazing feats in the water, including English Channel Swims, 100 mile swims, and all kinds of crazy aquatic adventure.

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Tony shares my adventure spirit and has multiple Ironman’s under his belt, including the 2010 Ironman Brasil, where we met for the first time. It’s hard to believe that was five years ago this month. The swim in Brasil was twice the distance of Alcatraz and in rough ocean water. We had a blast. Tony has several notable swims on his palmares, but his Crater Lake swim is probably the coolest record he owns. Being first at something like that increases the endorphin rush by multiple factors.

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Bay swimmers have many challenging routes, including Alcatraz, which isn’t as extreme as many of the other swims they do, but still has the “cool” factor thanks to the island’s rich history. This weekend, they have a big swim to the Bay Bridge and back. I would stick around for that too, but after nearly 10 days of family fun in Marin and San Francisco, it’s nearly time to get back to work.

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Yesterday morning, I ran down to the cove and swam for 25 minutes to get used to the water temperature and make sure my goggles didn’t leak. I had my wetsuit and a neoprene cap, so it was very tolerable. Yesterday afternoon, Debbie, the kids, and I did the tourist version of the Alcatraz cruise and tour. The swim and tour is what I call “training.” My other research consisted of listening to Coach Al Lyman’s podcast with Gary Emich, one of the most experienced Alcatraz swimmers/guides of all time.

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Gary literally wrote the book on Alcatraz, which Coach Al brought for me to read when we met up at last weekend’s Miwok 100K . The book is not just about Alcatraz, but is a great overall guide for open water swimmers and triathletes. Both the book and Coach Al’s podcast are highly recommended. Gary’s co-author is Joe Oakes, who has Western States Endurance Run pedigree. A plaque hangs on the wall at the SERC with a list of 100-mile run finishers and Joe’s name is up there for the 1979 WSER. Next door (literally) to the SERC clubhouse is the Dolphin Club, friendly rivals. Their swimmers have also done crazy stuff. I had a blast walking through both clubhouses admiring all the cups, plaques, and certificates that line the walls. The old boats are gorgeous. So, you can see how this ultraswimming/ultrarunning/triathlon/rowing thing all fits. Adventurers tend to stick together.

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The plan worked perfectly and Tony’s logistics were spot on. Our pilot was SERC mate, Andy. He took us out to the island, called the swim in to the authorities (I presume Coast Guard or harbor master), snapped photos, and piloted a safety boat next to us as we made the 41 minute swim. The current wasn’t super strong, but it did pull us a bit west in the direction of the Golden Gate, which is clear when you look at the GPS data.

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I’m not much of a swimmer, but the sport of open water swimming favors participation over speed, so I fit right in. I can see how once you do a few of these iconic routes, you get the itch to do more. Of course, a true open water swimmer skips the wetsuit and sticks with the Speedo. I’m game.

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When I left to run down to the cove this morning, my daughter said, “Daddy, I hope you survive.” I didn’t have doubts, but after her trip to Alcatraz yesterday, I understand why she said it. I’m happy to say that I’m more alive than ever.

2015 Miwok 100K Trail Run

The 20th Miwok 100K Trail Run is what I call a “classic.” It’s one of the iconic American ultramarathons, and has been on Debbie’s “to do” list for many years. She skipped another iconic event, the 7 Sisters Trail Race, in favor of Miwok after running it 15 years in a row. The Sisters course was built for Debbie’s strengths, but it was time for a change. I’m sure that she will return to the Holyoke Range of Massachusetts again, but this time the first weekend in May was all about Miwok.

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She last ran in the Marin Headlands in 2002 when she did the Headlands 50K. One look at the results, and it’s evident that it is an all-star list of men and female ultrarunners both past and present. It’s great to see that many of them are going strong into their 40’s and 50’s. She was 27 at the time. It was her first ultra outside of New England after doing the Vermont 50 in 1999, 2000, and 2001. Miwok was her first ultra as a 40+ runner, which is a noble distinction and a very competitive group to join. Ultras favor the wise.

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In 2002, I joined her on the trip and fell in love with the trails north of San Francisco. We’ve been here a few more times over the years and she ran the Way Too Cool 50K in 2007, six months after our first child was born. That race wasn’t in the Headlands, but it was in northern California near Sacramento.

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Since then, we have been to California for several other races, including the 2013 and 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs. Debbie was also here as a crew member and pacer at the 2014 Western States Endurance Run. We have come to love both the trails and the great ultrarunning community.

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Miwok’s Race Director is Tia Bodington, who is past editor of Ultrarunning MagazineI’ve worked with Tia many times in the past as a periodic contributor to the magazine. She told me about the magic of Miwok many years ago and when the opportunity came to register, Debbie jumped on it. She was in the Western States lottery, but had no luck, so jiggered her 2015 plan and made this event a priority.

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Despite a long, cold, and snowy winter, she is in very good shape. The race went well for her. The most important results were that the issues that bothered her in 2013 and early 2014 didn’t crop up. She has put her stomach issues behind her and a couple of pesky soft tissue injuries were not aggravated. She ran a “clean” race.

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The Miwok course changes from year to year, though many of the trails are the same. The direction and combination of trails changes. This year, the course ran a southern loop first and then a northern loop second. The course is known for its relentless up and down, with more than 22,000 feet of elevation change. In my opinion, nothing is better than the combination of mountains and oceans. The coastal course has amazing views.

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Debbie was joined by her longtime coach, Al Lyman. He finally joined her at an ultra as a fellow runner. This was his longest run to date, and he had a gutsy performance. If I can move my body at the age of 55 like Al, then I’ll be pleased. Al’s partner Terry, and his son, A.J. were the core of his crew. Debbie had support from our son, daughter, and our cousin, Dan Roy.

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Dan has been a fixture crew member and pacer at several of Debbie’s bigger ultras in recent years. I last saw Dan at the finish line of last month’s Boston Marathon, where he had a fine performance. He hails from Northern Maine, but drove up from Los Angeles, where he currently resides, to help us again.

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We flew in to San Francisco last Thursday and set-up our headquarters in Muir Beach, right near the course. We got to check out some of the trails on Friday morning. The weather was spectacular with warmer than usual temperatures, and fog-less blue skies. That changed a bit as the weekend approached. The race day weather was cool and overcast in the morning with low-lying clouds, fog, and mist. However, late in the day, the sun burned off some of the overcast layer and the temperature warmed up. It was perfect running weather.

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The start/finish was at the Stinson Beach Community Center about 25 minutes north of Muir Beach on the Pacific Coast Highway. We were on east coast time, so it wasn’t a problem to get up early on Saturday and drop Debbie and Al off at the start. We watched the more than 480 registered runners file up the steep steps on the Dipsea Trail. It was a hilarious bottleneck to observe.

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We were able to see them at several aid stations, including Tennessee Valley (miles 13.8 and 26), at Muir Beach (mile 30.3), at the Randall Trailhead (mile 49.2), and at the finish. The first half of the race ran much quicker than the second half, where there was much more climbing. It seemed like after the second time through Muir Beach, the gaps increased and the pace of the runners slowed.

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I’m sure Debbie will have a more detailed race report, so I’ll only share highlights. She ran very well through Muir Beach and was in the top three women most of the time. At one point during the race, she dropped back to fifth, but quickly moved back to fourth, where she remained through the finish. She was only five minutes behind third at the end of the day.

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She slowed a bit after 40 miles with the big climbs up Cardiac and to the Bolinas Ridge. When we saw her for the final time at Randall, she was in good spirits, but low on energy. Dan joined her with 13 miles to go and I’m sure that his company helped her pick up the pace, particularly after the final ascent and subsequent big plunge downhill to the finish. Apparently, she really wanted to be done because she hammered the last bit of the course.

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The kids and I were waiting for her at the finish in Stinson Beach, and we were very happy to see her. Coach Al was a farther behind, so Terry and A.J. had taken their own vehicle to Randall. We left them and A.J. waited for Al and then escorted him a ways back up the hill. We were moderately concerned about the tight cutoff on the Bolinas Ridge and decided to go check on Al. So, after Terry and A.J. met up with us at Stinson Beach, Dan and I decided to run up and intercept Al to see how he was doing.

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It took us about an hour and 15 minutes to connect with him when he had four miles to go. He was moving well, though slowly after 58 miles on his feet. Dan and I passed so many runners headed towards the finish. The trail was narrow, so we would step off and cheer them on. Some were thrilled that they had only a handful of miles to go, whereas others were a bit discouraged by our reports of how close the finish was.

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The views were amazing with lush green grass and rolling hillsides. We got a chance to see the famous abandoned and rusted out car. The sun was going down, low clouds and fog had rolled in, but the combination made for a visual delight. Dan and I encouraged Al as he picked up the pace when the trail pointed downward. After the race, we were laughing about our repertoire.

Our list of favorite sayings:

“Good job!”

“Nice running.”

“Way to go!”

“Drop the hammer.”

“Keep pushing.”

Dan joked that, “The next thing I say is going to be the best thing you’ve ever heard.” We both agreed that in the future we will try to avoid the usual catchphrases and come up with more proprietary stuff to say. When we finally emerged from the wooded trail on to the street that led to the finish line, we practically ran in to A.J. He and his Dad have a tight bond. The thrill of Al’s finish is something I’ll remember for a long time. A.J. was ecstatic. I ran alongside his Dad for the last 150 meters letting out whoops and screaming “Yeah baby!” at the top of his lungs. It was a fantastic way to end the day.

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The volunteers were awesome. Tia and her crew work hard to put on a race that is on protected land and involves major logistics and coordination. I’ve heard that working with the various government agencies, including the park service is challenging. I’m sure the runners appreciate the work that she and her team do to keep this race going on such beautiful lands.

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We didn’t get to watch much of the fast men. They seemed to always be ahead of our crewing pace. We did get to see many of the top 10 as they came and left Randall. Miwok doesn’t attract the same depth in the elite fields as it used to, but there were still many strong performances on a difficult course. The first man was Benjamin Stern, a young ultrarunner at age 23, who ran 8:50. He was followed by Galen Burrell and Christopher Wehan. The drama in the women’s race was high with several lead changes.

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Last year’s winner, Bree Lambert, ran strong and led much of the way, but was overtaken by a surging Laura Richard, just before Randall Trailhead at 49.2 miles. Laura had moved up steadily throughout the race and looked very strong both descending and climbing. Bree didn’t give up and came out of Randall charging, but eventually lost ground. Laura took the win in 10:54. Bree followed her and then Julie Fingar was third. Debbie wasn’t far behind Julie.

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It was great to see old friends and meet new ones too. It was wonderful to see Mary Fagan Churchill. She (and her twin sister Liz) have Connecticut (and Vermont) roots, so I was cheering loudly for her. Mary won that Headlands 50K back in 2002. That’s when we first met her. She and Debbie have stayed in touch all of these years later. They have raced together, run together on her occasional visits to New England, and each raised families. Mary lives in the Bay Area and these are now her trails. It was great to see her smiling on the trails.

It would be awesome to see the Headlands unspoiled when the Miwok’s lived here and ruled the land. Their name lives on and the tradition of tramping on foot is alive.

Speaking on behalf of all the Livingston’s and our crew, we had a great time at the Miwok 100K.

Race Results (ultralive.net)

Race Results (final)

Note: apologies for the awful watermarks on these images. I’ll fix when I get back to “my” Mac. Working from the road has its drawbacks. I’ve have many more (and better) pictures to share too. 

2015 Fat Tire Classic

I got a great workout at today’s Fat Tire Classic at Winding Trails in Farmington, Connecticut. This is a race I’ve done many times, so it is a great benchmark. It was the second race in this year’s Root 66 Northeast XC Mountain Bike Series. The weather was cooler than normal, but the trails were dry, but still grippy.

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I was happy with my ride. I was able to maintain my pace without slowing too much in the second half of the 20 mile/four lap race. I felt like my last lap was pretty strong. I rode my single speed Seven Sola and cleared a tough hill on the last lap that I had run the previous three. It was a great way to finish strongly.

Despite the lack of any spring warmth, there were a lot of people at today’s race. The fields seemed larger than at Hop Brook two weeks ago. We got to see many friends. Debbie, our kids, and our niece and nephew hung out and played while I rode. We will be back at Winding Trails in June for the Summer Tri Series. Three other Horst Engineering Cycling Team riders tackled today’s race. Mike Wonderly had a strong ride, as did Paul Nyberg, and Art Roti.

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I was worried that my four-minute effort at yesterday’s Fight For Air Climb would tire me out, but alas, I didn’t have much to worry about. I rallied and despite still hacking from the stairwell dust, I got in another good effort as I work my way back to full strength.

Race Results (will be posted when available)

2015 Hop Brook Mountain Bike Race & Bimbler’s Bash

Yesterday, the better weather that spring is known for was finally felt throughout southern New England. While winter weather still grips the north country, Connecticut, has seen most of the snow melt in the past two weeks. Two important race series kicked off on Sunday with their first races of the year.

The Livingston’s had to split up in order to take part in the fun. Debbie headed to the Bimbler’s Bash 10Kish Trail Race in Guilford, Connecticut. It was the kickoff race for the 2015 Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series. Both of us raced the Bash in 2014, but I’m on the slow road (rather trail) back to fitness, and am avoiding any technical trail running while my left foot slowly heals from the battering it took in early 2014. I’m also easing my way back from the fractured scapula and related injuries that pretty much shut down my 2014 season completely in late-August. Debbie had a fine race, one of her better Bash’s in recent years.

She said the trails were in good shape and that the runners were in good spirits. The bright sunshine and milder temperatures really helped.

Bimbler’s Bash Results

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I went to the Hop Brook Mountain Bike Race for the third time. I love the venue and again, it was the kickoff for the Root 66 Northeast XC Mountain Bike Series. I raced my rigid single-speed Seven Cycles Sola on the undulating course. There were several muddy sections, but largely, the trails were in better shape than I expected. The only difference from 2014 was that they cut our race from four laps (5.2 miles per lap) to three, which was OK with me considering that yesterday was my first mountain bike ride of the year. I just changed the tires on my bike last weekend and hadn’t even ridden it yet. A warmup lap plus three laps and a cool-down was enough for one day.

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Hop Brook Results

Both races have wonderful organizers and volunteers that make them possible. Next up for the Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series is Traprock 50K on Saturday in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Next up for the Root 66 Series is Fat Tire Classic in Farmington, Connecticut on 26 April. Join in the fun!

Mohonk Mountain House

Last weekend, Debbie, the kids, and I visited the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York. It is adjacent to the Mohonk Preserve, which I wrote about in 2007. We have visited the Mountain House several times. We were last there for the 2013 Survival of the Shawangunks, which I also did in 2012.2015_Mohonk Mountain House Trip_April3

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Another big event I did in New Paltz was the 2008 American Zofingen Duathlon. That race has an amazing bike course that loops the preserve and the house properties. This past Saturday, I rode two laps of the course (the race has three) and it was a fun reminder of how hard that race was. Each lap has 3,000 feet of elevation gain and the scenery is spectacular.

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Our stay at the resort was fun. Most of the trails were still closed, but we still explored a bit. We toured the Barn Museum, which was awesome. The building is loaded with all kinds of tools, artifacts, and other items from the Mountain House’s 145 year history.

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Operated the entire time by Smiley Brothers Inc., the 5th generation of the family is now working in the business. I love great family business stories and this is one of them. Visiting the Mohonk Mountain House, which is a throwback resort hotel from a bygone era, is a true joy.

Trash Museum

Today, Debbie hosted her Cub Scouts from Den 5 (Bolton Pack 157) at the CRRA Trash Museum in Hartford, Connecticut. She took our children to the museum a few years ago and in her role as Den Mother, thought it would be a good idea to lead a trip with her boys and their families. I joined the kids and parents for what turned out to be a fun-filled education tour. The Reduce/Reuse/Recycle/Recover/Rethink methodology deserves a lot more attention. Our family has always been very good about minimizing our waste and recycling everything possible, but we still learned a lot of new information during today’s visit.

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I’m more motivated than ever to improve our home recycling while also stepping up efforts to get the 140 employees at Horst Engineering and Sterling Machine to care more about their own consumption. Some of the statistics we learned at the museum are shocking. Each Connecticut resident produces an average of 4.4 pounds of trash per day.

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The CRRA plant on Murphy Rd. is a single-stream recycling facility. The 6,500 sq/ft museum is attached to the processing plant. We saw how the delivery trucks bring massive amounts of mixed recyclable items to the site. The workers use various technologies to sort the different items, including corrugated boxes, bottles, cans, jars, and the other items that are handled by the CRRA. Interesting, our hometown of Bolton is not a part of the 40+ town group that is served by the CRRA. Our recycling is managed by a different local organization. It is also odd that some of the recycling rules (e.g. what you can mix together) are different from what we learned today.

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One good example: we were confused about plastic bottle caps. Our docent said that they should be removed and that not all of them are recyclable. She indicated that any time there is a question about an item, it is discarded (e.g. trashed). Her comments led me to believe that the whole system is quite inefficient because there seems to be little education about recycling. The fact that we were touring the museum with the Cub Scouts is great, but we sought out the education. I’m curious how much is taught at our kids’ schools. It’s important that the children learn the rules, but it’s also the adults who need to get more educated.

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The lack of a standard likely contributes to recycling confusion. I know that ignorance is a big factor in the lack of recycling success because I pick plastic bottles and containers out of the trash at our factories all of the time. That is despite having separate containers, signs, and constant reminders. Many folks just don’t care. They don’t care what they consume and they don’t care where it goes when they are done with it.

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Unlike the old days when landfills leached toxic chemicals in to the water supply, improvements have been made to the way we manage trash. Of course, the improvements in the United States don’t mean that other countries operate the same way. A lot of trash is now incinerated and the byproduct of the burning process, including the ash, is buried in special landfills. Garbage technology has come a long way.

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The numerous exhibits explained all different types of trash processing. The kids got to explore the exhibits, many of which were interactive. We watched a video about the various methods used to process the trash. We also got to go to the mezzanine and view the actual plant through large windows. The docent led a craft building exercise where the kids learned how to turn trash in to art. They built little robots with styrofoam, aluminum foil, and other items. I thought I was knowledgeable about waste and its various streams, but I got a good primer this afternoon and I’m interested in learning more. At work, we have always been diligent about recycling the metal scrap that is generated from our precision machining processes, but I’m anxious to improve our handling of the every day trash that we generate.

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I use the eyeball method to determine that we generate a lot less waste that our neighbors. We only have to “put out the trash” one day a month, and that is often only one bag. Our town picks up the trash every week, but we don’t have enough. One big reason is that we don’t put any food in our trash. We are vegan/vegetarian and we generate very little food waste. Anything we don’t eat gets composted in one of two composers, which we maintain year round. We try to avoid packaged products, particularly packaged foods. We still consume some, but at a lower rate than the average household. We also reuse the containers when we can and we recycle everything that is eligible. Seeing the piles of garbage at the CRRA plant was a stark reminder that there is so much waste in the way we live.

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I recommend the tour of Hartford’s Trash Museum. If you can’t come to Connecticut, find a trash museum near where you live. It will change the way you think about trash.


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The really little parts are important too. This is a collar made @horsteng from Inconel 600 on a #cnc Swiss #screwmachine We can make a lot of parts out of a 12 foot length of bar stock. #Aerospace #machining #cncmachining #instamachinist #manufacturing #madeintheusa #horstengineering Made it back in time for the @horsteng pre-Memorial Day Weekend cookout. The new van livery looks great. #horstengineering #manufacturing #precisionmachining #instamachinist #madeintheusa Great #washington view from the rooftop at the #donovanhouse My second #Apollo image of the week. This guy #jackswigert never made it to the #moon but he still made his mark on the world! Great #capitol @uscapitol tour with friends from the @ypowpo NEUS board after our meeting ended. #washington #ypo #colorado #uscapitol Went to a business meeting and surprisingly kicked it off with wheelchair relays and #basketball My team won 3-0 after 20 minutes of intensity. Saw things from a different perspective. Our "coach" was @1fastamp and this is her #paralympic gold from the Beijing 100m. Amazing story that resonates with me. @horsteng founder was an amputee. He would have been blown away by the advances in #prosthetics technology. She has awesome legs! @ypowpo #ypo #washington I love this technology! I never tire of seeing the #Apollo Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) "space suit." At the @neamuseum #newenglandairmuseum for the #Aerospace Component Manufacturers (ACM) annual meeting. #manufacturing @horsteng #horstengineering #madeintheusa #SoapstoneMountainTrailRace Sampler. The infamous sand pit. #trailrunning #shenipsitstriders #silkcitystriders #notaroadrace #SoapstoneMountainTrailRace Sampler. Tackling the sand pit. #blueblazed #trailrunning #shenipsitstriders

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