Friday, March 1, 2024

Naughty Girls Snowshoeing/Hiking Weekend

Four women in snowshoes by Indian Lake

Every year, a subgroup of the Mohawk Valley Alpiners hiking club, the Naughty Girls, spend a weekend at Troost Lodge [at] Camp Fowler, for a snowshoe adventure. This year’s trip fell on Feb. 9-11. I had heard stories [about this trip], but was invited for the first time this year so [I] was not sure what to expect. My mother and I skied at Oak [Mountain], then wandered around the former Zeiser’s Hotel, now Tracy’s Rustic Relics, to use up time until we could check in to Camp.

(Robert Garrow’s lawyer once found a death threat on his napkin at Zeiser’s when he came back from the bathroom.) Here is an excerpt from an interview with lawyer Armani:

Armani: “Oh.. .Yeah. During the trial, I go out to my car, I’m going to leave. We usually had a meeting at Zeiser’s, . . . we had a room there, and that was kind of like the library.”

The business now is a coffee/tea/bakery/gift shop. My mom and I walked through the various rooms, then purchased a raspberry scone and two blueberry lemon muffins for breakfast. We finally checked in at Troost Lodge–9 of us in all.  Every year there is a theme.  A few years ago these ladies snowshoed in prom dresses. This year the theme was “hippies.”  We dressed in our tie dye and headed to the Acorn Pub for dinner.  People stopped by and commented that we were the “fun” table!  I ordered the special–oh my gosh, who could come up with this? Bouillabaisse with big pieces of fish, mussels still in the shell, large shrimp with a delicious broth, all ladled over mashed potatoes and green beans!  After posing for several photo ops, we headed back to the cabin.

The gang at dinner.
A woman dressed as a hippie
My mom in hippie garb. Photo by Laura Bellinger.

After breakfast on Saturday, we piled into cars and drove to Indian Lake. We wanted to snowshoe the 3.9 miles to Pashley Falls.  We decided on boots with spikes since we were following a snowmobile trail.  However, the trail turned through the woods, and we were sinking all the way.  It took 1.5 hours to travel 1.7 miles, so we decided to hike back out.  Just then the sky turned black, thundered, and it poured!

Indian Lake
Indian Lake. Photo by Laura Bellinger

We drove back to Camp Fowler, at which point the sun came out.  We snowshoed around, then across the lake.  There was some standing water, but not too bad.  Some people were ice fishing.  Those two hike/snowshoes weren’t enough for my mother, so we took a big walk around the camp.  I saw what appeared to be two shuffleboard tables on a camp deck.  We checked them out and found them covered with carpet and instead of a disc, there were pool balls! We made up a combo pool, bocce ball, shuffleboard game. I Googled this table when I got home and found that it’s called carpetball.

After dinner Saturday night, the trip leader, a librarian, had asked each of us to bring our favorite book.  She laid them out on a table and we had to guess who brought what.  We were terrible at this game!  Then she brought out muffin pans with numbers inside.  We had to bounce a ping pong ball until it rested in one of the muffin holes, then we won a prize.

All in all, [it was] a great weekend.  Good food, lots of exercise, and laughs. I hope I’m invited again next year!

All photos provided by the author.

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I am a retired teacher who enjoys the outdoors, especially the Adirondacks. My parents took us camping when we were kids, then we attended 4-H Camp in Speculator (a former CCC camp). As an adult, I served on the Camp board for 8 years. I went to my friend's camp in Bloomingdale (Saranac) for 10 years. We enjoyed cross country skiing, canoeing, fishing, snowshoeing, etc. I still hike, cross country and downhill ski, snowshoe. I bicycle and ride a Harley. I play the organ at a 300 year old church.

4 Responses

  1. MrMMG says:

    May I be allowed the observation that the ‘Naughty Girls’ were likely last naughty when Bill Clinton was president.

  2. laura bellinger says:

    ha ha, that’s what great about these women! I recently saw a great bumper sticker: “underestimate me, that’ll be fun”. My mother belongs to about five hiking clubs. Besides hiking, they downhill and cross country ski, snowshoe, kayak. My mother went to Norway a few years ago and had to fill out an application and be approved by the Appalachian Club, proving she could ski 15K/day at a high elevation. They do zumba and yoga. My mother rides a Heritage Softail and a 750 Honda Shadow. A few years ago her friend took her to Deal’s Gap to ride the “Tail of the Dragon”.

  3. Chas D says:

    Camp Fowler! So many fond childhood memories!
    But if there were Naughty Girls there then I must’ve missed them.
    Thanks for the story though.

  4. Way to go, Naughty Girls – keep enjoying life! Cheers to your healthy, active mom!

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