Monday, August 17, 2015

September A.T. Yoga Hike to Jug End Vista and Yoga at the Kellogg Conservation Center

Sunday, September 27st from 10 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
Appalachian Trail Yoga Hike to Jug End Vista

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Have you ever dreamt of hiking the Appalachian Trail (A.T.)? Fuel your inspiration with a beautiful day hike with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Tracy Remelius Yoga. Hike the A.T. to the Jug End vista with Appalachian Trail Conservancy staff then soothe your tired muscles with an outdoor post-hike gentle restorative flow yoga class.
The hike will begin and end at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Kellogg Conservation Center (K.C.C.) at 62 Undermountain Road/Route 41 in South Egremont. Yoga will take place at the K.C.C. with Jug End as a backdrop.
The hike is 4 miles long and rated moderate to difficult, with views of the Berkshire and Litchfield Hills and North to Mt. Greylock. Bring at least 2 liters of water, lunch and snacks, sturdy footwear, and an extra layer. Trekking poles optional, but useful for the way back down. If you need a yoga mat, please let us know when you register.

Registration is required by emailing Silvia at or at (413) 528-8002. Event is by donation with proceeds to benefit the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s programming at the Kellogg Conservation Center.
Your guides!

The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

Where: Kellogg Conservation Center. 62 Undermountain Rd., Rte. 41. South Egremont, MA 01258
(7/10 of a Mile South of the Village of South Egremont- big blue barn . If you cross the AT where it crosses 41, you went too far.).

Take Rt. 7 south from Great Barrington
Take 23/41 west towards South Egremont
Take Rt. 41 south (left turn after the post office)
The KCC is about 7/10 mi south of South Egremont on Rt. 41 on the right. If you cross the AT where it crosses 41, you went too far.


Take Rt. 7 north to Great Barrington
Take 23/41 west towards South Egremont
Take Rt. 41 south (left turn after the post office)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Double Rainbow

The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist
Trees Need Not Walk the Earth 
by David Rosenthal
Trees need not walk the earth 
For beauty or for bread; 
Beauty will come to them 
Where they stand. 
Here among the children of the sap
Is no pride of ancestry: 
A birch may wear no less the morning 
Than an oak. 
Here are no heirlooms 
Save those of loveliness,
In which each tree 
Is kingly in its heritage of grace. 
Here is but beauty’s wisdom 
In which all trees are wise. 
Trees need not walk the earth
For beauty or for bread; 
B.eauty will come to them 
In the rainbow— 
The sunlight— 
And the lilac-haunted rain;
And bread will come to them 
As beauty came: 
In the rainbow— 
In the sunlight— 
In the rain.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Raising the Roof

The Kellogg Conservation Center got a new roof earlier this summer.  The existing asphalt shingles had deteriorated and were growing moss, and the gutters were regularly failing.  Since these two features have to be in good working order to protect the historic 1744 structure, ATC decided to invest in a new cedar shingle roof and copper gutters.  Due to a Historic Preservation Restriction on the buildings, we are limited to the type of roof coverings we can install.  Our options are to either replace with existing materials (asphalt) or install red cedar shingles. While this is a big-ticket item, we hope that the pressure-treated cedar will last considerably longer than replacing with asphalt.  Plus it looks really sharp!  The roof on the house now matches the barn roof, which was re-done in 2013.  While some of the outbuildings still have asphalt shingles, gradually we will replace those with cedar as well. The entire project took approximately 2 months from start to finish and our partners at Historic New England were very helpful with advice when planning the project.
Before, south side

Before, north side

Ice and Water shield is on, first courses of shingles started on west side of ATC offices

Soldering the copper gutters

Cedar roof and copper gutters on the ATC office

Front part of the 1744 house, with barn in background