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Signs of Fall

9.Oct.2015 by Caitlin Patterson

It’s unmistakably fall, and there’s no way you could miss it (or miss appreciating the changes) if you’re in Vermont right now! From multicolored bright leaves to tractors in the fields, morning frost on the grasses to geese making their presence known on the air currents, the signs are everywhere.  Here are a collection of photos I’ve taken over the past few weeks, since the GRP skiers returned from Austria, that exemplify the autumn season at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center and for the GRP.

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Many types of winter squash, stored away for fall and winter eating

Heather brings an armful of acorn squash into storage

Heather brings an armful of acorn squash into storage

Rowers Maggie and Liz transporting squash

Rowers Maggie and Liz transporting squash

A little mouse, looking for a warm spot to curl up. Not in our squash! (Luckily this was outside before we moved the squash in, but mice have been sighted fleeing indoors too!)

A little mouse, looking for a warm spot to curl up. Not in our squash! (Luckily this was outside before we moved the squash in, but mice have been sighted fleeing indoors in our house too!)

Frosty mornings!

Frosty mornings!

Campfire gathering to watch the eclipse

Campfire gathering to watch the eclipse late in September

It's hard to take a photo that captures how big and strangely red the moon seems, and yet also what a tiny part of the sky it takes up. If you look closely you can see the silhouette of the roof and trees, and just a tiny speck of the moon above.

It’s hard to take a photo that captures how big and strangely-red the moon seems, and yet also what a tiny part of the sky it takes up. If you look closely you can see the silhouette of the roof and trees down near the bottom of the photo, and just a tiny speck of the moon in the starry sky above.

Supermoon eclipse, a photo I took from outside our house in Craftsbury

Supermoon eclipse, a photo I took from outside our house in Craftsbury

Emily helps during a shooting clinic

Emily helps during a shooting clinic prior to the Oktoberfest biathlon Singletrack Shootout race. Some of the GRP organized or helped out at the race, while others of us competed – check the Outdoor Center website at www.craftsbury.com for results from the races.

Gordon and NIls (both former GRP) on the range, with Ethan and Hannah (current GRP) on the scopes watching

Gordon and NIls (both former GRP) on the range, with Ethan and Hannah (current GRP) on the scopes watching

Checkpoint Challenge - a crazy adventure/challenge/orienteering race that GRP skiers enjoy hosting every year - knot tie station

GRP rowers Maddie, Maggie and Liz and junior coach Anna during the knot tying station of the Checkpoint Challenge – a crazy adventure/challenge/orienteering race that GRP skiers enjoy hosting every year.  See the GRP Facebook page for photo albums with more photos from the Singletrack Shootout and Checkpoint Challenge.

Checkpoint Challenge log crossing/water carry station

Checkpoint Challenge log crossing/water carry station

Checkpoint Challenge winning team, with Gordon, Nils, Hannah, Sarah, returning to the finish

Checkpoint Challenge winning team of Gordon, Sarah, Hannah, and Nils returning to the finish

Ethan, Mike and Alex went goose hunting and came back with four. A few days ago we ate the geese for dinner at Elinor's, in the form of a very tasty goose schnitzel!

Ethan, Mike and Alex went goose hunting and came back with four. A few days ago we ate the geese for dinner at Elinor’s, in the form of a very tasty goose schnitzel!

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Seed-pods sowing

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So briefly bright and then on to decay

Kait rollerskiing through the colors of Jericho

Kait rollerskiing through the colors of Jericho

Late afternoon light makes the colors seem even more intense

Late afternoon light makes the colors seem even more intense – the GRP skier girls out for a dirt road cruise

Through a golden tunnel on our ride

Through a golden tunnel on our ride

Susan cruising up the hill

Susan heading back up the hill

A late afternoon all-girls dirt road bike ride

All smiles, enjoying the view (and waiting patiently for me to take a picture or two or a dozen…). Left to right, Liz, Susan, Hallie, Heather, Kait.

We finished riding through the sunset, and it got dark very quickly after that...

We finished riding through the sunset, and it got dark very quickly after that…

The rowers are off in Boston for Head of the Kevin now and preparing for Head of the Charles next weekend. Early next week the biathletes will be off to Lake Placid, NY for a training camp and the skiers fly to Park City, Utah for a fall training camp with the US Ski Team and many other club athletes.  Until next time, thanks for reading!

 

Chickies

2.Jul.2014 by Caitlin Patterson

This is the second year we’ve had chickens at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, raised by the GRP for their eggs.  Most athletes are known for eating rather large quantities of eggs, an easy and tasty source of protein, but not everyone is as intimately involved in the egg-making process as we are here.  For quite a few people, especially in rural VT like we are, raising chickens isn’t particularly unusual; however I know that not everyone is lucky enough to have the facilities to raise chickens, and to know so conclusively where their eggs come from.

New this year, the chickens are in residence in a field at Elinor’s, the skier house.  I can’t say I saw much of the chickens last year, when they lived near one of the rower houses, but I’m getting well acquainted with this year’s chickens as one of their caretakers. It’s fun, I like chickens! They’re pretty silly, sometimes annoying, often voraciously hungry and thirsty, but friendly and talk(sqawk)ative.  And softly feathery – I’ve been trying to help them acclimate to people, which will make them easier to be around and handle, so I pet them every day! Don’t worry, you can laugh, my teammates have been laughing and giving me a hard time about petting the chickens too…

Posing with a chicken post-workout.  Thanks to Andrew for the photo, and for coercing me into posing for it.

Posing with a chicken, post-workout. Thanks to Andrew for the photo, and for coercing me into posing for it.

Alex Howe, who’s had significant experience with animals and crops at his family’s farm, and a few other of the athletes got the chicken coop all set up last year.  That was the hard part of the process – the feeding, watering, and daily egg collecting is pretty straightforward.  The coop is right next to the ski trails and the main route between our house and the Center, so I can check on them as I run or bike past for workouts and commutes to the Center.  As long as I keep them well supplied with water and food, the chickens are pretty content and the number of eggs keeps going up.  Right now we’re getting 42-48 eggs a day, which should go up to closer to 65 soon, equal to the number of chickens.

The chickens are always eager to see me walking up to their coop, and they gather inside the solar-powered electric fence expectantly.  One of my favorite parts of the process right now is walking up to the chicken coop at twilight to shut them inside for the night – the fireflies are out in great numbers, adding their sparkle to the fields, and the chickens are softly clucking and settling down for the night.

 

Looking back towards Elinor's from the coop

Looking back towards Elinor’s from the coop

Gathered at the water dish

Chickens excited at fresh water and an empty bucket, with the solar electric fence in the background

Waiting inside the fence

Waiting inside the fence

I bring the chickens fresh water a few times a day, especially if it's hot like the current heat wave

I bring the chickens fresh water a few times a day, especially if it’s hot like the current heat wave

Entrance to the coop

Entrance to the coop

Inside the coop, with food buckets

Inside the coop, with food buckets

Egg boxes

Egg boxes

Eggs!

Eggs!

The day's collection

The day’s collection

Chicken feed + water + happy chickens + VT grassy pasture + attentive caretaker  = tasty eggs!

Chicken feed + water + happy chickens + VT grassy pasture + attentive caretaker = tasty eggs!

Once the eggs are in the kitchen, more fun begins, as we turn them into breakfasts, or snacks.  I have pictures of a few egg-creations, but not nearly all of them, because it’s often hard to remember to take pictures before something is devoured, by myself or others.  We eat lunch and dinner at the Outdoor Center dining hall, but breakfast at Elinor’s is a good opportunity to cook whatever we’d like. Recent favorites include: fried eggs on toast with jam and melted cheddar cheese (several of my skier teammates eat this often, and it’s great! I hadn’t tried the combo until a few weeks ago and it’s now solidly in my repertoire of breakfast options – highly recommended!), scrambled eggs, waffles, egg-banana pancakes and more.  A few nights ago we had an evening gathering and invited the rowers to our house, and I made deviled eggs for a snack.

Eggs, ready for consumption

Eggs, ready for consumption

Big eggs and little eggs, choose your portion

Big eggs and little eggs, choose your portion

Have you ever heard of egg-banana pancakes? I discovered them this spring and now I make them about once a week.  1 mashed banana, 2-3 eggs, dash of vanilla, dash of cinnamon -- yum!

Have you ever heard of egg-banana pancakes? I discovered them this spring and now I make them about once a week. 1 mashed banana, 2-3 eggs, dash of vanilla, dash of cinnamon yields a crepe-like not-too-sweet pancake ideal for topping with berries or peanut butter, and syrup.

Egg and banana pancake operation in progress, with blueberries, peaches, yogurt and VT maple syrup of course!

Egg and banana pancake operation in progress, with blueberries, peaches, yogurt and VT maple syrup of course!

Deviled eggs, garnished with paprika and chives.

Deviled eggs, garnished with paprika and chives.

Fueled by all of these nutritious eggs, and the rest of the fabulous food at the COC dining hall, we skiers are deep into summer training, with lots of running, rollerskiing, strength, etc.

One token training photo - track speeds a few weeks ago with the girls' team.  Left to right, Ida, Liz, Caitlin, Kaitlynn. More training photos coming soon, hopefully...

One token training photo – track speeds a few weeks ago with the girls’ team.  Left to right, Ida, Liz, Caitlin, Kaitlynn. More training photos coming soon, hopefully…

Turkeys!

9.May.2014 by Alex Howe
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The turkeys arrived yesterday from Hoffman Hatchery!

 

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For the first few weeks they live above the garage in the sign storage room.

 

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For the first couple days they are very susceptible to the cold so we keep two work lights on to keep them warm!

 

They love to peck anything shiny like Emily’s hair tie and fingernail polish!