Mountaintop to Tap

Trek Guestbook

The guestbook has closed to new entries. Please enjoy the messages posted during and after the trek in 2007.

Meg Johnston, Wampus Elementary School - 9/6/2007 2:22:29 PM
I have just finished reading your journal entries and looking at your photography exhibit. Your strength, wisdom, attitudes and sense of adventure are inspiring. If you would like to come and share your knowledge of protecting our fresh water sources with our elementary students, please come visit us in Westchester. We are also working hard to live for a sustainable future and we can all benefit from learning together. Thanks for working so hard and for sharing your story with all of us.
Sean Soto - 8/9/2007 7:28:47 PM
Yes .WE dID iT ! AND I THINK IT WAS WORTH IT AND I WOULD'N Mind Doing It Again
Dave Arscott, Christchurch New Zealand - 8/7/2007 6:53:01 PM
Well done to all! I've followed your trek with great interest. I'm hoping to see you all in a great documentary about the worlds largest surface water fed drinking water supply. It sure was an amazing adventure. Continue to let people know what you have learned and experienced!
Cheers,
Dave Arscott (previously as Stroud Center Scientist)
Connie Fitzgerald - 8/7/2007 5:36:07 PM
What a fantastic trip - where do I sign up?!
Regena Biondolillo - 7/31/2007 4:56:02 PM
Congratulations to all who participated. What a cool thing to do. I wish i could have come on the journey with you.

DEP Watershed Secretary. Regena
Becky Olinger - 7/31/2007 4:42:12 PM
Congratulations on your great trek! I have really enjoyed reading your postings and following your journey. I am sorry that I was unable to be there when you arrived at Central Park on Saturday, however I was rowing around Manhattan in a whitehall gig. A first for me, but I think not for some of you Harbor School kids. I have to say that I was wishing I was back in high school and had the summer off to do what you had the opportunity to do!
Melissa Siegel - 7/31/2007 4:25:39 PM
I only learned about your trip the day after you got back, and I work for DEP! I enjoyed reading your journal entries and looking at your pictures. I only wish I could have been there to welcome you all back from your amazing adventure!
Michael J. Biondo - 7/30/2007 2:02:39 PM
Great job! What an adventure for anyone let alone some kids. I'm glad for all involved!
Floyd Howard - 7/28/2007 11:04:15 PM
It was a thrill! I came down today to pick up my son Todd and came away wit a great feeling! What an experience. Todd and Murray and Wes a great job! Adrienne, nic and the Places' had a great trip. Very proud of you all!

Papa
Ruth Schenk - 7/28/2007 11:15:13 AM
-Sarah Place
We've had fun following your trek and waiting for the next journal entry to get posted! It looks like you've all had an amazing time. Wish we could've tagged along! Can't wait to hear more.

Aunt Ruth
Gina Nichols - 7/27/2007 10:14:52 PM
Hi Marissa,
What an incredible adventure! You should be really proud of yourself. I sure your mom is glad you'll be back soon. Stay safe and welcome home! Gina
Karen Shields - 7/27/2007 8:39:56 PM
Marissa, I have been out of town for much of the month of July. Got the website from your mom while I was in sunny California and have just now spent the last hour perusing your incredible journey. I am so proud of you, I am sitting here with big sappy tears running down my face!! I will see you in August and you can tell me all about it, I can't wait! And, I am hoping you and your mom and dad will make it to Virginia soon; Kenny will whip up his famous mac & cheese! Best wishes, have fun tomorrow!!! Congratulations!
Nate Dudley, Principal NY Harbor School - 7/27/2007 6:19:47 PM
I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this historic event, especially the students from the New York Harbor School. This trek is truly one of the greatest events and accomplishments in our school's history and will mark a milestone in our school's development. All of your strength, determination, and perserverance will long be remembered. But equally important you have brought with you an important message about where our water comes from and how important it is for us as New York City residents to be ecologically and politically respectful of the source of this most important resource. I know that this Trek was not easy, and that there have been some difficult times. But that makes your accomplishments all the more impressive. It has been great reading of your adventures along the way. We are proud of you, and know that we greatly value all that you have done for our school, our city, and our state. Congratulations.

Nate Dudley, Principal
NY Harbor School
Adam Soroka - 7/27/2007 3:08:08 PM
Hey Bryan, is it weird that your going camping for a week after this trek?? Haha oh well you will be used to it I suppose. If you lose your sense of humor out in the woods somewheres i'm making you go back and get it.
Jamie Blaine - 7/27/2007 7:29:29 AM
Wes, Todd, and Sara,
Amid the great excitement over what the 12 trekkers have accomplished, I want to take a moment to thank you -- and the other adults who have been on the trek along the way (Ed McGee, Tizoc Gomez, Christina Medved, Murray Fisher and Jen Ostrow) -- for all you have done to make this an unforgettable experience. You have truly been role models for us all. Thank you. Jamie
Jamie Blaine - 7/27/2007 7:06:47 AM
Hi, Asha and Rob, Marissa and Leydi, Gabe and Sarah and Sarah, Jerriel, Brian, Natalie, Becca and Sean,
I'm already here the Big Apple because I want to make sure I have a front row seat to celebrate your entry into Central Park tomorrow afternoon. You all must be exhausted and excited, ready for your own beds and yet jazzed by all you have accomplished in the last three weeks. You have had an incredible adventure . . . and you have allowed those of us who have followed you in person and on the Internet to share in your thoughts and your lives. Over three weeks you have grown from great kids ready for adventure to remarkable people ready for leadership in life. Thank you for showing some many of the rest of us the way and thank you for representing the dreams and diversity of nine million people who use the water you have followed and publicized. Hooray for you each and every one of you. I can't wait to see you tomorrow. All the best, Jamie
Adrienne Paternoster - 7/26/2007 9:30:05 PM
Hi Dad, I really miss you Daddy. I saw you picture on the web site. Love Adrienne
Nicholas Paternoster - 7/26/2007 9:22:57 PM
Hi Dad I miss you. I can't wait to see you Dad. We are going to have fun at the party.I saw the web site. I am watching Sleepy Hollow and Papa said you were there. What have you been eating? I love you and I'll see you on Saturday. Aunt Lisa and Uncle Jason are having a baby girl. I love you, Nic
The Bagley's - 7/26/2007 8:15:25 PM
Hello Mr. Paternoster,
We enjoyed the photos and the information.
Keep up the great work.
Cheers,
The Bagley crew
Roselyn Olowu - 7/26/2007 10:44:25 AM
Hi JJ, Greetings to u from the island of spice, Grenada. Good Morning to u and all the trekers, hope u guys are enjoying urselves and staying safe. Take care am off to work to take care of my patients. Love u
Becky Place - 7/26/2007 4:01:36 AM
Hi, Sarah Place!
It was nice to talk with you tonight. I'm sorry it wasn't for long because I was getting ready for work. Here I am now...it is 0345 and all of the babies that I am taking care of tonight are content and sleeping, so I thought I would take some time to look at the website and write you a note! I enjoyed reading your latest journal entry and looking at the newest pictures and of course, look back at everything else for the 100th time! Enjoy the remainder of the trek. It's hard to believe that you are all near the end of it! See you soon! Say "Hi" to everyone for me!
Love,
Mom
Roselyn Pope-Olowu - 7/26/2007 12:02:40 AM
Hi to all the hikers, especially to my little cousin Jeriel, I am so proud of u. I just got back from Barbados and ur mom called and gave me the address so i can see what u guys are doing. I always know that u have ambition and u will continue to do great things by the grace of our lord Jesus Christ. Keep the faith.
Well, I will be seeing u next month, tell me what u want me to bring for u. I can bring up some sand and seawater for u (lol). Just keep that smile on ur face Mr. Handsome and I will see u soon. Love u and see u soon. Enjoy the rest of ur trip.
Mellissa velez - 7/25/2007 2:26:19 PM
Hey Leydi,
IT'S your lil sis mell just wishing alot of good luck, with your program. I think it's cool what your doing.Your the coolest big sister ever. Stay safe and keep in touch, i miss you and love you.
P.S
Watch out for dad and
keep him safe!!!!
With Love, Your lil sis mell
Bryan Price - 7/25/2007 1:58:43 PM
Hey Bea--I will see you in Central Park on Saturday!! I am getting excited to see you and your fellow trekkers get back from the bush. Stay dry (including your sense of humor)...lol.

Dad
John Schwartz, NYC DEP - 7/25/2007 9:14:18 AM
Hey Trekkers!

It's "Johnny Depp" here - I just wanted to check in one last time and reiterate what I told you on Monday as we ate our soggy lunch in the pouring rain: you guys (and gals) are a real inspiration, and I am INCREDIBLY impressed by your ongoing dedication to this project. Bee stings? No problem. Poison ivy? No problem. Torrential downpours? No problem. Exhaustion? No problem. Unfriendly pavilion people? No problem (those folks should be ashamed of their selfishness - they could learn something from you!). The list of obstacles is endless, but so is your fortitude.

One of the things about your trek that really stands out to me is the obvious team spirit you have all cultivated after spending 2+ weeks braving the elements. On Monday, I watched in admiration as you methodically checked your supplies and then once again shouldered those enormous, soaking wet, and clearly VERY HEAVY backpacks - all the while laughing and trying to avoid toppling over from the weight on your backs. Good grief - some of those backpacks were bigger than the person carrying them!

I am looking forward to seeing you again on Friday, and I especially cannot wait to see you greeted by your friends and family in Central Park on Saturday. Until then, have a safe (and hopefully dry) journey into the City.

PS - It still cracks me up that I drove back to Kingston on Monday with ~20 unopened bottles of Aquafina water from your box lunches because you preferred to drink tap water from your refillable Nalgene bottles. This proves to me that (a) you learned something about the quality and value of NYC tap water, (b) you no longer believe the hype surrounding the bottled water craze, and (c) you have become good environmental stewards who are interested in a sustainable future. Keep up the good work and continue to spread the message!
Tizoc - 7/25/2007 8:05:56 AM
Trekkers!

I dip my hat to you all. I just finished reading your journals and I wish I was there with you.

-I want Pizza too! lol!

Seriously, I write to push you on. Just a few days left and I will see you all again. I might meet up with you in the Bronx as you make your way to Central Park. Look for the URBAN ninja at a corner near you!
James Pate - 7/25/2007 6:24:37 AM
Sarah Pate -

Got word of the site from your folks. Very impressive. Looks like you have had quite an adventure and opportunity to learn a lot. Look forward to hearing about it when you get back. Sorry I can't see you on the 28th since I'll be in Indiana. Good Luck!
Greg - 7/24/2007 10:39:35 PM
hey becca,
hope your having fun, I miss you so much and cant wait to see you on the 28th i hope your having a good time ill see you soon


love
Greg
Audrey Jeffery - 7/24/2007 9:17:07 PM
Sarah, We attend church with your mom! We are very excited about your trek. I have read the web page and it is an amazing thing you are all doing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!! I have learned much by reading the information and the journal. Keep on keeping on, all of you!
Stephanie Strong - 7/24/2007 6:21:46 PM
Hi Becca - Your journey is almost over. I love the journal entries and the pictures. Your smile is wonderful, it looks like all of you are having a great time, and working hard. The boats are beautiful, and I love reading about your rowing skills. You are all amazing. Keep having fun, and stay safe. We all miss you,especially Greg.

See you soon :)
Eddie - 7/24/2007 9:41:56 AM
Just came across the weblink to your project when I checked the NYC/DEP website. I always wondered what was involved in getting us the clear, delicious water we enjoy in NYC. I guess you folks know alot about that!
Your trip doesn't look easy, but the project looks wonderful!
Keep up the good work!

Best regards, Eddie
Grandpa Fontanez - 7/24/2007 12:08:05 AM
Dear Sarah,

We hope you haven't gotten seasick on the way to Central Park and that you're having a great time. Maybe you'll be a sailor!

Love,
Grandpa Fontanez
Tammie (is amazing) Harris - 7/23/2007 8:29:17 PM
Sidney Kids: You rock my world!
Mrs. Papastrat - 7/23/2007 7:30:25 PM
Dear trekers,
I hope all is going well, and that you're staying dry! ha ha! you must be excited and sad to be on your return. Please share your many learning experiences with us when you return. Congratulations to all of you and to Mr. Paternoster! Love, Mrs. Pappy
Daniel Maddalone - 7/23/2007 7:21:17 PM
Sarah and Rebecca!(and other campers who I know!)
I hope everythings going well. One interesting thing is that I will be in NYC on the 28th for my Rage Against the Machine and Wu-tang clan concert. I wonder how far away Randalls Island is from where you guys will be. How funny would it be if I spotted you all somewhere while I was running around NYC? Well Im glad you're doing well and Sarah thanks for the reminder on this. I had to ask tammie for the site and everything. I totally forgot. Miss you and good luck!
Have fun and I'll see you all soon!
Dan
Alex Rybak - 7/23/2007 6:37:05 PM
Hola Sarah and Trekkers!!
I've been reading all about your trek and looking at all your photos. It's really awesome! Keep up the good work. Sarah, we all missed you at the wedding, but when you get back you will have to show me your photos and you can see the wedding pics.

See You Soon,
Alex
Jennifer Ostrow - 7/23/2007 6:18:04 PM
Greetings trekkers from Ontario, Canada, where I am spending some time with my family. I just wanted to let you know that I was thinking of you on this final leg, and how much I enjoyed seeing you when I dropped off the boats for the rowing portion of the journey. Keeping repping the waves, and I can't wait to see you back in the city. Pa'lante, siempre pa'lante. --Jen
Rebecca and Michelle from the Newburgh Dock - 7/23/2007 12:40:21 PM
Hi guys! Hope your travels have been great. We enjoyed meeting you and interviewing you in Newburgh, and love your blog! We'll be looking for you on Good Morning America and the South Street Seaport. Good luck on the rest of your journey and in your upcoming year in school.

Rebecca Burdett and Michelle D'Amour
Rebecca Stafford - 7/23/2007 11:38:57 AM
Hi Jeriel Greetings from 16000 miles away.writing to know how you are doing and to let you know that we all miss you and cant wait to see you home again we know that u are enjoying yourself. Everyone misses u and is wondering when are you gonna come home. Have fun and remember the Lord is by your side. We will be there to welcome you back home. Lots of Love Bye.
Murray Fisher, NY Harbor School - 7/23/2007 11:28:37 AM
Trekkers:
Wow, I miss you guys!!! I was so lucky to join you from Tuesday night until Friday morning. I wish I could have said goodbye better, but you all rowed off so quickly!!

What an amazing time I had with you all...It was wet and complicated and challenging and I was EXHAUSTED afterwards... But it was so fun because you are 12 of the coolest kids I know, and the Hudson River valley is one of the most beautiful places on this earth.

Sara #1 - You are the strongest little person I've ever met! And you've got the best rowing form I've seen in a long time! Way to set the pace down the Hudson!

Sara #2 - You are hilarious and smart and you've got to use that intellect to help lead the group more!

B.P. - You have the driest and best sense of humor. Keep the group laughing, it's their best medecine out there!

Rob - I had such a good time with you on the Consititution Marsh hike/row. You are perceptive and intuitive and it will serve you well as an engineer.

Marissa - You suprised me so much how you endured difficult situations - especially the close quarters on the Green Lantern! Congratulations for maintaining a positive attitude.

Becca - You were a powerful rower and quiet leader! You should seriously look into rowing in college - lots of good schools have teams.

Jeriel - Your positive attitude is one of the most important parts of this trip. Keep smiling, keep encouraging your fellow trekkers, keep asking questions, and keep the group in perspective!

Asha - You are the most adventurous, fearless person on this trip! Watching you drive the Green Lantern into Garrison in the torrential downpour was one of my proudest moments at Harbor School.

Natalie - You are the one on the trip who makes sure things get done. Who would have thought one of the youngest trekkers would be the one who took the most initiative and volunteered to do everything! You made sure the group functioned well with your helpful attitude.

Leydi - You never cease to amaze me with you ability to comfort others who are having a bad time. You make everything seem like it will all be okay and take care of everyone. Keep up the good work!

Gabriel - If something needed to get done, and everyone else was too tired to do it, Gabriel would be the one who would find the extra energy to get it done. You made me so proud, whether volunteering to do something or looking out for your fellow trekkers, you are an amazing representative of Brooklyn and the Harbor School!

Sean - You suprised me the most on this trip. You acted much more like a man than a boy - you learned to deal with your feelings, and you took on any new experience or challenge with immense energy and no fear. Nothing is more important than courage, and you showed tons of it!

I am so proud of each one of you. Your sense of humor and adventure keeps you going in difficult times. I cannot wait to be with you on Wednesday to hear you share your stories with others, and I'll be there on Saturday to welcome you with open arms to Central Park!!!
Madeline - 7/23/2007 9:34:54 AM
Hi Sean,

I am so proud of you and I can't wait to see you on Saturday. I check the website everyday for new updates and the pictures.
We all miss you.
Love Mom

Julio alverio - 7/23/2007 8:17:51 AM
Hi guys,it's great that you can have so much fun,and still have an educational experience! this trek will help you to really appreciate the natural world, that those of us that live in big cities take for granted. (Hi Sean,I"m very proud of you,everybody at ace asks for you everyday, be good. Dad)
Paco Ollervides - 7/23/2007 7:56:39 AM
Hey you guys. We are very proud of what you are doing and hope that this experience is helping you become better informed of the crucial needs we have for protecting our water. I look forward to hearing more about your adventures and in the future of working with some of you to ensure we have clean water to swim, fish and drink. Waterkeeper Alliance, Senior Field Coordinator
Joe & Kitty Behnke, Sidney NY - 7/22/2007 8:21:37 PM
Sarah Place, Your mom gave us this website today...WOW!! What an awesome opportunity! The pictures and journaling has told us "your story". We are impressed. We are so glad to be able to "share" this with you.
Love & Prayers (for your strength and health - and that you will always be upwind on the days between showers :)
"T" Gomez - 7/22/2007 7:58:02 PM
Greetings Trekkers!

It was definitely a sad sight for me as we rowed away from the beach Saturday. You all worked really hard to come down the river by boat and I want to commend the group as a whole. You all learned that when you pull together, you can go places.

By the end of the first day, I saw some clean rowing and some pretty mean coxing skills; both skills that usually take longer to master. Despite the bad weather that one day, it was truly a pleasure for me to have rowed with you all. I hope you all can look back on this part of the trip and really let it sink in what you guys did for 4 days on the river.

I loved watching you all get comfortable in your own seperate positions on board, as well as watch you guys switch out when one of you tired. It is teamwork like that that has gotten you this far, and it is teamwork that will carry you all safely home.

Be good to each other. Right now, "we," those people around you, is all you have. The last leg of the trip has just begun and pretty soon all this will come to an end. Cherish every bend in the trail ahead, lend each other hands for support, and help pull the load together. As the grat coxswain in the sky once said: "set ready to row... and ROW TOGETHER!

I will see you all very soon.

Mad props to Bryan who rowed the entire trip down as 1st Engine. Bryan, you can be 1st Engine on any one of my commands, anytime.
Barbara Joseph, Birmingham, AL - 7/22/2007 12:13:38 AM
Sarah P. Your mom shared this website with me so I could follow your adventures. What all 12 of you are doing is fantastic as you educate yourself and the NY public on their water source. I would enjoy the challenge of a trek like this and would have loved the music of Molly and Jay! Hang in their as you deal with "roughing it" each day. I'm sure this will be the first of many awesome experiences for you. Have a safe rest of the trip!

Love and prayers,

Aunt Barbara
Jeff Pate - 7/21/2007 6:26:58 PM
Hi Sarah, It was nice to talk to you on the phone tonight. I am sorry to hear that you have gross blisters on your hands from rowing. I forgot to tell you that I picked up the latest Harry Potter book for you today. You probably want to know if Harry lives or dies? Well Harry, just kidding!! We look forward to seeing you in NYC on the 28th. Enjoy the rest of your trek, and try some gloves next time you row.
Love Dad, Mom, Corey
Adrienne Paternoster - 7/21/2007 11:34:22 AM
HI Dad. I hope you have a good trip walking to New York City. I love you and I will see you in Central Park. I hope you have a good time with us at the party. I love you Dad and I miss you. Love, Adrienne
Mrs. Papastrat "Pappy" - 7/21/2007 10:01:16 AM
Dear Sidney students and Mr. Paternoster,

What an amazing adventure. I love reading your journals and seeing the photos. We can't wait to hear more stories when you return. You are so lucky to have a teacher like Mr. P to make this trip possible. You will all be so much smarter than you already are! The breakfasts sound pretty good! Enjoy the rest of the trip and bring us back some stories. I've already stopped using water bottles! Love you all, Mrs. P
steven place - 7/21/2007 7:49:41 AM
I just looked at the pictures of the rowboats on the river. Now I know what they look like. Really nice. You seem to be getting a little wet? Could it possibly be raining in New York State? Just think of this as an object lesson: From the clouds to the mountaintop. See you.
Bill Morton - 7/20/2007 11:52:44 PM

Marissa,I'm super impressed at how strenuous this trek has been.Any trips I have taken with scouts or my dad pale in comparison.Keep up the great work.You,and all your fellow explorers keep safe.The sailing on the Hudson looks to be a dream come true.I'm sure the backpacking is very tough but very rewarding.Only what you can carry, and always pack it back out. Dad
Rochelle Gandour, Trout in the Classroom - 7/20/2007 4:02:31 PM
Dear Trekkers,

Today, while you were traveling further down the Hudson River, a couple of us checked out the trail that you'll be taking when you cross into NYC--into the Bronx.

After doing this hike, and imagining what you'd think of all that you'll see that day, it has been a real treat to finally come to this website and read all your journal entries and see your fabulous photographs.

I am so amazed with the words and images that you've posted. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us.
Bern Sweeney - 7/20/2007 1:35:59 PM
On behalf of everyone here at the Stroud Center and every person on this planet concerned about providing clean water for the life in our watersheds (including us), I thank each and every one of you for the following:
1. your genuine interest in our environment
2. your willingness to sacrifice your summer vacation in the spirit of understanding and ultimately improving the stewardship of the watersheds providing the residents of NY City with their drinking water
3. your fortitude in light of the many challenges alng the trek (rough terrain, inclement weather, callouses, grumbling stomachs, etc)
4. your patience when you have been directed one way but think you should be going another way
5. your courage to seek and explore the unknown and to test yourselves in ways that you never might have imagined
6. your kindness by helping us bring more attention to the water issues of NY City and increasing the probability that the watershed agreement will be successful
7.your perseverance in completing a volunteer assignment despite the hardships that have cropped up along the way

and finally

8. your enthusiasm for working as a team and and approaching the task with such team spirit that is infectious and has everyone who is following your trek cheering for you with every step and paddle you take toward the City

Thankssssssssssssssssssssss soooooooooooo much!
Bern
ROSE MARABETTI - 7/20/2007 11:09:50 AM
Kudos to you wonderful Kids!! What a creative and concerned way to spend three weeks of your summer trekking from the upstate New York Watershed to the downstate City consumers. I know young and old New Yorkers are looking forward to learning about our great-tasting water supply system from you, and to hear and see on film and in photos the many fun-filled experiences you had along your 100-mile journey. Enjoy the rest of your trek from the mountaintop, and know that we at DEP and your fellow New Yorkers will be in Central Park to greet you and toast the New York water supply system!
Betsy Morton - 7/20/2007 9:07:28 AM
It was great to meet all of the trekkers while in Kingston. Grocery shopping was fun with Leydi, Asha and of course my Marissa. Did you all enjoy your energy bars? You are on the water now which means I will see you soon in NYC!
Love and Miss you, mom
Doreen - 7/20/2007 8:14:25 AM
Hello trekkers.

I miss Sarah terribly.

Well I hope you are all having fun outdoors. :)
Pat Howard, Sidney - 7/20/2007 5:43:41 AM
Trekkers, I have really been enjoying seeing our photos-they are beautiful, but I have enjoyed your journal entries most of all. Reading them, I can imagine being there, and it sounds like such an amazing experience! Thank you for being so willing to share your thoughts and feeling! I hope you all enjoy the last week of you amazing journey.
Mr. DeWayne Scott - 7/19/2007 7:50:30 PM
To ALL THE TREKKERS!!! It sounds like the kids are having a wonderful time and learning about leadership and teamwork and a lot about the water shed which feeds New York City. I have been reading some of the messages about the Watershed to Tap Trek and I have found it vary interesting reading. Please pass this message on to Sara Scott that I hope she will be able to finish the Watershed Trek and enjoy the experience for herself. Great Job Sara
Christina Medved - 7/19/2007 4:02:17 PM
Trekkers!!!!
I miss you all terribly but I know you are all having a great time. I wanted to share some great news with you....all of you just received an amazing invitation. Read what I have posted below, think about it and hopefully you're parents will see it posted here too and we will be able to figure out who is available to attend.

Teaching the Hudson Valley would like to invite the students and program leaders who participated in/planned the Watershed to Tap Trek to attend the final day of our annual summer institute on August 2, free of charge of course! On August 2 Christopher Swain, who swam the length of the Hudson River to draw attention to stewardship concerns, will be our keynote speaker. It seems that his talk would be of particular interest to the trekkers.

The institute is in the Wallace Center at the Roosevelt Home in Hyde Park. There is more information regarding the institute on our website at: www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org
Kay Dixon - 7/19/2007 3:49:26 PM
Hello Trekkers! Wow what a journey!!
I am the fortunate one who gets the first look at all your photographs and then I send them on to Bob Caputo.
There are some really awesome photos....keep it up...experiment.. take lots... get close to your subject and make sure you don't wiggle the camera. You are ALL doing a great job of documenting this monumental trip. By the time you get this you will almost be to NYC...well done and best wishes...just enjoy every minute even if it is wet...really wet.
See you in NYC.
Grandma Jimmie Hankey - 7/19/2007 12:14:53 PM
Bryan, Do you team mates have a sense of humor? If so here is my suggestion: What I have read has much appeal . Could I help? This is within my abilities I am able to sit under the stars, eat smores and converse, however I would need to be carried by from one location to the next. How about it?
Seriously, what you are doing, learning and experencing together is valueable than any of you may realize.
antonio j chevalier - 7/19/2007 12:06:46 PM
hi,i think it,s great what you people are doing.keep the great work.
Aaron Bennett - 7/19/2007 10:34:46 AM
Hey Trekkers! I miss you all already. I truly cherished the time I spent with you all in the Catskill Mountains, and wish I could be with you now. My work schedule is just too crazy for this "Mountain Ninja" to make appearances in the lowlands, but I will check in with Wes occasionally to make sure things are okay. I am planning on meeting you down the Park on the 27th - and hopefully I can bring Hudson!

Remember that when you get to West Point that about 1,200' below you is all that clean Catskill Mountain water you studied and swam/tubed in is traveling down to the big city.

Aaron


Janet Loibl - 7/19/2007 10:07:12 AM
Hey Rob,
Sounds like your having a great time and some wonderful experiences. I check the website everyday for new updates. Keep up the good work!!
Love and miss you....mom
Jamie Blaine - 7/19/2007 7:18:20 AM
Who says grown men don't cry? For there was something in my eye early yesterday morning as I watched you set off in two row boats from the Kingston dock, heading for the mighty Hudson River, on a new leg of your extraordinary journey to New York City. Some of you had never rowed and had expressed some fears the night before about how it would go, about being on deep water, about being crowded together in a boat . . . and yet there you were oars at the ready, waiting for the word from your two coxswains, Leydi and Becca. Suddenly, one of the boats was heading for a dock, but after a brilliant maneuver by Sean the bowman, you were all headed in tandem downstream. It was magical to watch, and you all are inspiring to follow. What a trek! What a journey!
Floyd Howard - 7/18/2007 11:52 PM - 7/18/2007 11:54:10 PM
Hi kids!

Just a hello from Mr. Paternosters dad.

I will see you all at Garrison tomorrow. I will be bringing Todd's kids with me.
See you soon

Floyd
Linda Aponte - 7/18/2007 10:52:10 PM
All projects have unintended consequences. In the case of your trek it could be inspiration. You remind me that it is important to push the limits of what we can and should do.
Without having met you, I am proud of you! Keep strong-- upbeat -- cheerful -- dry? You are more than half way there!
Cheers,
Linda
Charlotte Fahn - 7/18/2007 10:21:10 PM
Hi,

I'm a volunteer with Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct and hope to greet you at Draper Park (in Hastings) on July 26. Your journal entries are great, and your whole adventure is inspiring. Happy paddling!

Charlotte
Nathan & Robyn Howard - 7/18/2007 9:50:03 PM
We met my brother, Todd, tonight in Poughkeepsie, where my wife and I live. He was very excited about the remaining days ahead for he and the crew. Todd spoke wide-eyed about traveling down the Hudson River by boat. I must say that I'm a tad jealous.

Todd did look a bit scruffy, but that isn't much different than the norm. Anyway, it was great to see him and great to see he was having such a great time. See you soon, Pod!
Susan Miner - 7/18/2007 7:58:10 PM
Hi Becca - It was fun visiting you and your fellow trekkers in Kingston! What at a team effort on the grocery shopping - bravo!!!! Hope you all have an awesome time on the Hudson - stay safe, keep writing, and enjoy every moment!

Love you and see you soon Sis!
Marge Johnson - 7/18/2007 2:02:45 PM
Hello to all of you! I just checked out all of your journals and pics to date. AWESOME!! Keep going and hang in there...I am both envious and proud of you. So, to my Sidney Trekkers...love you and take care of yourselves. To all of you trekkers...you are great.
Susan O'Handley, Wildlife Learning Company - 7/18/2007 1:54:29 PM
As an environmental education professional throughout my career, I must say that this is an amazing project. I have no doubt that every one of you who is participating will be changed by this journey. I applaud all of your hard work in making it through from start to finish and love reading your journal entries - they show strength as well as a sense of appreciation, and understanding. I wish you all sunny skies as you progress through your Trek - and will look forward to your entries along the rest of your path. Good luck! Susan
Somer Morton - 7/18/2007 11:29:24 AM
So you guys are pretty much amazing! I'm very proud of all this hard work your doing marissa..Your going to be a real mountain girl when you return! Your def. the braver sister, I would have cried after the first thunderstorm in a tent! Don't worry I havent been wearing any of your clothes...mom and dad are making sure:) Love and miss you..have fun!!
Your wonderful sissy<3
Rebecca Metcalf - 7/18/2007 8:36:44 AM
Greetings Sarah and Trekkers-
I love reading about your adventures, what a wonderful time you are having! Cudos to you guys, this will have a positive effect on your futures and teach us all about our water supply in the meantime! Sarah, cant wait to see you and get the full account!

until then- Aunt Becky
Kim Estes-Fradis, NYC DEP - 7/18/2007 8:27:47 AM
I just read all of your journal entries again. They are filled with great stories and your spirit of adventure and search for knowledge. I am so impressed with you and in awe of your determination. You are simply amazing!
Bryan Price - 7/18/2007 1:39:12 AM
Bea, it was great to see you earlier today. I was thrilled to meet your fellow trekkers and the enthusiasm that you all posessed. Good luck to all of you.

Dad
Tom Tarnowsky - 7/17/2007 9:28:19 PM
I am enjoying your trek as much as you are from reading the descriptions in your journals. Stars, mountains, and salamanders! No one has complained about blisters yet either. It is a great experience for you to stretch out and go beyond things you have done. Challenging projects in your future will not look as difficult after this watershed trek. I look forward to seeing you all as a volunteer guide on July 28 for the last day of hiking from Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx to the Highbridge Aqueduct where we cross to Manhattan. At that point we will be back on pavement, following the NYC route of the Croton Aqueduct. Lots of history and some good architecture too. The air will not be quite as fresh as you have been breathing, but the water is still good.
David & Carolyn Soroka - 7/17/2007 6:18:48 PM
Hang in there Bryan, you are all doing a fantastic job. This experience you'll remember always.

Have fun and be safe.
Adam Soroka - 7/17/2007 6:11:26 PM
Wow, i'm pretty upset

Bryan, I would have loved to come see you, but my answering machine apparently likes to give me messages days after they are received...

Oh well, I'm sure I will get another chance soon

Hope your all well
Becky Place - 7/17/2007 5:03:40 PM
Hi Sarah Place!
Your Dad & I really enjoyed meeting up with you in Kingston today! You looked happy and still ready for more adventures! It was great getting to meet your fellow trekkers also! I had a lot of fun following you guys around in the grocery store, snapping pictures as you shopped! You all looked like you were working together to get the job done.
Diane Galusha - 7/17/2007 10:57:43 AM
What an impressive, intelligent group! You definitely kept me on my toes last night. Here are some answers to the questions you stumped me on!
Cost of dams and dikes of the Catskill and Delaware Systems (9 reservoirs total, including Kensico and Hillview east of the Hudson, and Silver Lake on Staten Island, all built between 1907 and 1965): $118 million (a bit misleading, since the value of $1 in 1907 was not the same as $1 in 1965.) This does not include replacement roads and bridges.
Cost of 2 major aqueducts and 7 delivery tunnels, including City Tunnels 1 and 2, and first and second Narrows crossings to Silver Lake: about $368 million. Another $15 million was spent in 1967 to replace the surface Silver Lake reservoir with underground storage tanks.
Keep in mind these were contractors' bids, and do not reflect NYC Board of Water Supply costs for engineering, surveying, administration etc.
Cost of land for Cat-Del reservoirs and the Catskill Aqueduct, most take by condemnation: $38 million. (This does not include Silver Lake takings.)
Labor Unions: Workers belonged to several unions, and there were a number of strikes and job actions during construction of Catskill and Delaware projects.
The Delaware Aqueduct crosses beneath the Hudson River at Chelsea (location of the emergency water pumping plant) about 10 miles south of Poughkeepsie, between Newburgh and Wapppingers, about 65 miles north of NYC. So you will row right over it, and the Catskill Aqueduct too, between Storm King and Breakneck Mountains!
It was wonderful to meet you all -- Happy Trails!
Shane Riordan - 7/17/2007 9:54:39 AM
Hey Harbor School! Looks like you are having a great time! I hope that this trip is rewarding and fun for all of you! Wishing you a safe journey back to NYC. Hopefully I can meet you guys at the Park!
Murray Fisher - 7/17/2007 12:24:50 AM
We leave tomorrow at 5 AM from South Street Seaport Museum in New York City to join you guys. We're bringing two Whitehall rowing gigs, one 30' sailing sloop, all hauled by the Museum's trusty W.O. Decker tugboat. Jenn, Tizoc, Capt. Aaron and I should arrive tomorrow (Tuesday) night late, but we'll be coming in hot and ready for a great trip down the river!

I really can't wait to see how everyone is doing!! But I'm really eager to hear from our Harbor School folks: Leydi, Gabe, Asha, Jeriel, Sean and Natalie... AND SARA!!!

See you soon (before you read this, probably)
Murray
Alex Matthiessen, Hudson Riverkeeper - 7/16/2007 11:29:13 PM
You kids rock! I am so impressed with what your doing and your dedication to protecting our shared and magnificent watershed resource. You are no doubt having an amazing time -- an adventure you will never forget and that will help shape and form you for a lifetime. I look forward to joining you en route. Alex
Christine A. Smith - 7/16/2007 9:40:48 PM
Hey Sidney Mountaineers!

I truly enjoy reading your journals and the pictures are amazing! It looks like you are have an awesome time! I can't wait to hear your stories! Sara we miss you at FH!

Have fun and keep learning!

Miss Smith
Kathy Croasdale, Boulder, Colorado - 7/16/2007 9:40:05 PM
Hi Trekkers-
This trek is so amazing! I wish I could be there with you. I am currently getting my Master's in Environmental Studies-I will tell my class about you. What a great quest for a great cause.
Stephanie Strong - 7/16/2007 7:42:56 PM
Hi Becca - WOW! What a amazing adventure you are on. You all look like your having a good time, but with alot of hard work. We all miss you. Love all the pictures. Stay safe and have fun.

Good job to all trekkers!
Eliza - 7/16/2007 7:10:33 PM
I kayaked from Albany to Manhattan one summer, but what you all are doing is so much cooler - starting from the Catskills and mixing boats and hiking. I hope the bugs haven't been too bad and that you are having good times around the campfire at night! You are creating incredible memories for yourselves and inspiring everyone around you!
Jody again - 7/16/2007 4:18:20 PM
Murray, this is such an amazing trek that even I wish I was there. The outdoors looks sooo beautiful--but did they carry Stearns and Foster mattresses with them?
Jody Geist - 7/16/2007 4:05:51 PM
WOW! What an impressive adventure, especially for NY City students. You will really learn a lot about what pristine nature is like. I'll bet you never leave the water running again! (I'm trying to get my husband to stop that).

Jody Geist, Friend of the Harbor School
Anne Stroud Hannum - 7/16/2007 3:59:25 PM
I so look forward to reading your journals each day and to seeing your photos. Keep writing; it's inspiring!
Sierra Houck - 7/16/2007 1:23:57 PM
Marissa Cheree,

I finally got this website from your mom. She called me today. I just got done reading your journal entries. I really hope that it's going good and i can't wait for you to be home! I just wanted to let you know that i'm soo proud of you for doing this!! See you in about a week!
<3 Sierra
Olivia Ostrow, Toronto ON Canada - 7/16/2007 12:11:05 PM
You guys are inspiring to others to be undertaking this physical and mental challenge while raising awareness about an important issue of our environment- our water supply. This will be an experience you'll likely never forget. Thank you and keep up the great work!
John Schwartz, NYC DEP - 7/16/2007 8:40:14 AM
Greetings Trekkers - It was great meeting all of you this past weekend as we explored and learned about the Esopus Creek, Shandaken Tunnel, and Ashokan Reservoir. I hope everyone dried out and relaxed a little after the soaking rainstorm we experienced hiking in the woods!

I am looking forward to joining you a few more times as the trek progresses...keep up the good work!
Dave Montgomery A.K.A. Big D. - 7/15/2007 11:30:36 PM
Hope you all had a great weekend. I loved backpacking with you all. You should all be proud of that accomplishment, that was some of the toughest trails I've backpacked. The teamwork used to keep everyone safe was awesome. Looking forward to reading about the rest of your adventure and checking out your pictures. Even if you all don't develop a love for nature and the environment, I trust you will gain knowledge and respect for it.
Knowledge is Power! You have the power to influence and educate others on the importance of solving problems from a watershed perspective.
Stay cool, stay safe, and cherish this opportunity. Big D.
Hailey, Emily, Phil & Deb - 7/15/2007 9:01:21 PM
Marissa: Hope you are having a great time. You'll be in amazing condition by the time you finish! Hailey is seriously impressed with your long trip because she will be at camp for two nights only.
We will be following your trip, thinking of you and hoping for clear skies!
We love you.
Fran and Rich Martin - 7/15/2007 6:57:34 PM
Beeca - Enjoy your trek. We love following your trip and right now you are pretty much in our back yard. Soak up the beautiful countryside. See you in Kingston.
Jennifer Ostrow - 7/15/2007 11:47:16 AM
Hi Natalie (Happy Birthday!), Leydi, Asha, Sean, Gabe, Jerriel, Sara, Sara, Sara, Becca, Marissa, Wes, BP, Rob, T and Ed . . . I had the most wonderful time with all of you, and it was a true privelege to hike with you through the backcountry. I hope tubing yesterday was a blast. If you can believe it, while I was going to sleep in my bed, I was wishing I was under the stars on the ground instead! Again, I have never been prouder, and have never seen anyone repping the waves like you are. Abrazos--Jen
Natasha Rybak - 7/15/2007 10:36:51 AM
Hi Sarah and the Trekkers,
It was wonderful to just read your journal entry,
I almost felt like I was there! This is certainly an experience you will never forget. We missed you at the wedding, but your trip is definitely worth it. Enjoy every day, the time will fly by!
Love, Tasha
Rich Townsend - 7/15/2007 8:48:00 AM
Hello Sidney Trekkers! Your journal entries are great. I'm proud of you for sticking it out through the tough spots. There were a few Sidney students back home (who shall remain nameless) who thought that you wouldn't make it to the top of Slide, but you proved them wrong. Getting any good samples for the USWP Rob?

Keep up the good work. Take good care of Mr. Paternoster when he joins you. He might get distracted and wander off!

Naomi Morton - 7/14/2007 9:47:21 PM
Marissa

You look like you are sitting on top of the world.
What a view! You are truly blessed to have this experience, even tho I would never have been brave enough when I was young.
Looking forward to see you when you return to Sidney.
Your Gram from Jacksonville, Fl. who will be visiting in Sidney.
Patricia Hulse - 7/14/2007 3:21:13 PM
We have watched the pictures and journal entries. It is so exciting and such a great experience for all of you. Can't wait to hear from you when you get back. Have a great trip.
Betsy Morton - 7/14/2007 2:56:58 PM
Marissa
It looks like you are having the time of your life! I loved your journal entry and read it over and over again. We miss you but are so happy you are having this wonderful experience.
Love, Mom
Dan Davis - 7/14/2007 2:12:58 PM
Yo MT2T Trekkers - I really enjoyed my time with you on Esopus Creek and would have loved to join you for the tubing. Hopefully all went well and you had a blast riding the recreational release from the Shandaken Tunnel. Did you see any wildlife along the "riparian buffer"? I often see minks along the shore. I'll keep checking in to see how its going. And if you have any questions about the geology we covered today give me a shout at ddavis@dep.nyc.gov and of course one more time - Happy Birthday Natalie!

Cheers from that "crazy geologist" :)
Robert Loibl Sr. - 7/14/2007 1:53:00 PM
Rob:
Looks like your having quite the experience. I really enjoy looking at the pictures. I check everyday to follow you along on the trek. Good Luck
Murray Fisher - 7/14/2007 9:26:34 AM
Natalie:
Your mother called me to make you were wished a "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!" Today is your 15th birthday! Congratulations!! She is proud of you and misses you!!
Becky Place - 7/13/2007 3:38:20 PM
Wow! What a great experience you all seem to be having! I have so enjoyed reading your journal entries and looking at the photos and I check the Stroud website at every opportunity---hoping for updates! You know, Sarah, that I would love to be trekking right along with you---but I realize that this is YOUR time, just as I have had some of my own! Soak it all in! Take lots of great pictures! Above all, be safe and have a great time!!

Love, Mom ;)
marilyn - 7/13/2007 12:41:41 PM
Hi Sarah,

We all missed you at the wedding. Looks like your having a great time, the pictures are neat.
What kind of wildlife have you seen?

Love,Nana
Mary Pate - 7/13/2007 12:21:48 PM
Hi Sarah and all Trekers,
Sounds like you are all having a great time. Sarah, "Hello from ALL the family"! They are looking forward to tracking your trek.
Miss you, be carefull, and have fun!

Love,
Mom, Dad, Corey, Willy and Bugsy
Philip - 7/13/2007 11:38:28 AM
That sounds like a wonderful trip to a part of the country I have never seen, but have heard was pretty amazing.

Have a fun journey and watch out for the bears.
Anna - 7/13/2007 11:21:41 AM
This is so entertaining, what a wonderful experience for you all.
Scott Reed (Murray's cousin) - 7/13/2007 11:05:52 AM
"What a fantastic journey! I look forward to following your progress through your journal entries.

When you get to the NYC aqueducts, please take and post pictures. I'd love to see what they look like.

I bet not one in twenty people really know where their tap water comes from! Your experiences on this trek are unique, so share what you learn with the world! Good luck."
Laird - 7/13/2007 10:05:57 AM
Great idea! It sounds like a good trip and I look forward to following their progress and seeing some pictures of our drinking water.... oh yeah please mind where you pee.
Murray Fisher - 7/13/2007 9:21:37 AM
Hey everyone!! I hope you keep doing well! One of the city's ran a big article about how much better for the environment it is to drink NYC tap water than bottled water. You see, we're all trying to get the word out about this amazing resource! Keep telling the story everywhere you go! The article is below:




City seeks to pull plug on bottled water
Email this story


By Justin Rocket Silverman, amNewYork Staff Writer
jsilverman@am-ny.com


July 13, 2007

Don't just shower with it, drink it -- that's the message of a city campaign aimed at discouraging New Yorkers from buying bottled water.

"Bottled water uses a lot more energy than tap water in both production and transportation," said Emily Lloyd, commissioner of the city Department of Environmental Protection.




"We have some of the best tap water in the world, and it is much better for the environment."

With a series of ads in subways and businesses, the city is promoting its own "delicious," "fat-free," and "refreshing" tap water as a better alternative to plastic bottles that are used once and thrown away.

In doing so, New York joins a growing movement away from bottled water. Some restaurants in California have stopped offering it, and in September, Mario Batali's Del Posto on 10th Avenue will become among the first to do so here.

"We don't look at it as losing money, we look at is as investing in the world," said Del Posto co-owner Joe Bastianich, who said the restaurant will make and sell its own mineral water on site using tap water.

Nearly 50 million gallons of oil are used annually to produce plastic bottles nationwide, Lloyd said, with more burned shipping the water to stores.

The bottled water industry stands to lose big from the city's campaign.

"I think the campaign is a little misguided, quite frankly," said John Sicher, publisher of Beverage Digest, a trade publication.

"Try getting a glass of tap water while walking up Third Avenue on a hot Saturday afternoon. What these well-meaning policy types may fail to understand is that this is not an issue of taste, it's about portability and convenience."

Lloyd said she understands that New York is a "grab and go city," but the hope is that once residents get used to drinking tap water, they will carry a reusable water bottle.

The campaign is also to show young people that tap water is safe and good tasting. Recent immigrants may also avoid tap water, not knowing that its quality is tightly controlled.

Jane Lazgin, a spokesperson for Nestle Water, maker of Poland Spring and Deer Park, said that 70 percent of what Americans drink comes in packaged containers. To target bottled water, she said, may inadvertently encourage consumers to make less healthy choices.

Bottled water makers also say that their plastic is recyclable. Lloyd pointed out that only about 12 percent of the 40 million bottles consumed each day in America are recycled.


Lynne Dionne - 7/13/2007 9:15:08 AM
Enjoyed reading your journal entries! What a great experience for all of you. I can't wait to read more. Have a great time!
Stephanie Strong, Sidney NY - 7/13/2007 8:30:36 AM
Becca - I'm so proud of all of you. What a great thing your doing, and what an experience. Hope you're having lot's of fun. We miss you. Stay safe.
Bryan Price - 7/12/2007 7:44:08 PM
Hey Bea - I miss you. I hope that you are having a great time....
Bryan Price - 7/12/2007 7:40:11 PM
Hello Bryan and all other trek participants. I am proud of all of you for embarking on this historical trek. The experiences that you share will surely open doors in the future as well as create goodwill between two regions of fellow New Yorkers. Good luck to all!!!

Bryan - I miss you A LOT. I will see you soon. Dad
Adam Soroka - 7/12/2007 7:32:50 PM
Hey whats up trek people! Hope everything is well. I've been checking on those pictures and I must say it looks like you've been having a good time. Bryan, everyone back here in Sidney misses you, so it better be worth 3 weeks away! See you at camp and have fun everyone else :]
Stephanie Place - 7/12/2007 7:20:29 PM
Hey guys! Great job on the trek. It looks like you're all having lots of fun! Keep on moving you're doing great! P.S. Sarah Place you're amazing! (Where is your Schenk Guitars Hat??????) :)
Sonia Strobel - 7/12/2007 6:26:33 PM
So proud of you guys! What an amazing trek!
Rob Baron, Groundwork Hudson Valley - 7/12/2007 5:15:15 PM
Go Trekkers! We're really excited that you're going to be coming down the Old Croton Aqueduct, the first of its kind! And enjoy your visit and stay in Yonkers!
Gloria Papastrat "PAPPY" - 7/12/2007 4:37:03 PM
Dear sarah, sarah, bryan, tim, marissa, becca, and Mr. Paternoster,

Neat!!!! My son Alex is a chemical engineer major at the UofR and he is thrilled with your work. What an awesome experience for you all. You are all great young people and will represent Sidney well. Good luck, have fun and can't wait to hear your stories!!!!!
Ann Fraioli - 7/12/2007 11:32:37 AM
Hey Harbor School! (Asha, Leydi, Natalie, Sean, Jerriel, and Gabriel and we can't forget Sara!)

And Hi to the Sydney High crew! (Robert, Becca, Marissa, Sarah, Sarah and Bryan)

I am so proud of you guys! I hope you are really soaking in the nature out there and enjoying each others' company. I am very jealous because right now I am going to school every day from 8am to 6pm for my masters degree in a building with too much air conditioning.

I loved seeing the pictures and reading the journal entry. Aren't the stars amazing?

Keep up the good work and Rep' dem' waves!

Ann.
Linda Aponte - 7/11/2007 11:29:40 PM
Lots of people can't follow the source of their drinking water. Lot's of people don't care. I think more care than don't.
I bet a lot of people/adults would be very interested in going on a smaller version of a trek like this.
I for one am interested in taking students on something like this. I can't wait to see the exhibit.
What a wonderful idea.
Keck - 7/11/2007 9:02:13 PM
woooooohooooooooo i love you rob walk it out...we didnt go to park because we didnt wanna go with out you so we should go when you get back...I just got back from the island maby weel see you on the next trip down...
BRowe - 7/11/2007 9:00:37 PM
Whats going on Rob. Life in upstate is boring with out ya... When you get home we deff going to have to hang out. Maybe we will plan a party at kecks house for ya. To the rest of the sidney fellows I hope you are having a great time. I wish you lotsa fun. Have fun and good luck


~browe~
Marjorie Olson - 7/11/2007 7:40:55 PM
I just want to give a shout out to the "crew" from Sidney. We're so proud of you and the significant work that you're doing. Am looking forward to hearing all about your experiences in person ... (including YOU Mr. Paternoster)! Hope you're finding creative ways to 'beat the heat'. Safe travels, Ms. O.
Timothy Sykes - 7/11/2007 7:40:10 PM
I must commend you all both for your inspiration and your well kept hair. But seriously, remember to keep some of your experiences to yourself. They are uniquely yours. And while everyone wants to hear about the wonderous things you are doing, you cannot expect them to understand them as deeply as you. They are your expriences, treasure them.
Marge Johnson - 7/11/2007 7:39:32 PM
Wow....I just checked out the Stroud Website. What an awesome experience you are all having! I will be thinking of you and checking in often. I can't wait to hear all of your stories and excitement. Enjoy!
Lauren Davenport - 7/11/2007 7:18:17 PM
Hey Peeps. Good times. Miss you all. Is there reading time on these journeys?
:-) Stay cool.
Tizoc Gomez - 7/11/2007 4:13:38 PM
Wow, I miss you guys already. But dont fret! I will see you all on Saturday for some tubing!

You guys are making history. Remember that. People will want to hear your story so write on, my mountain bretheren. Tell it as you see it. Sean, awesome entry. Leydi, thanks for the company on my hike out. Hope you all arent missing me too much, cuz I sure am missing all of you!

See you soon.
Janelle, Waterkeeper Alliance - 7/11/2007 3:28:51 PM
Hi Trekkers-- It looks like you're having a blast and learning a lot, too! Best of luck, stay dry, and enjoy this amazing trip!
Sharon, Waterkeeper Alliance - 7/11/2007 2:30:53 PM
I'm so envious! Enjoy the water! ('cause it's hot in Topica!!)
Bana Malik, Waterkeeper Alliance - 7/11/2007 1:58:51 PM
What a cool, creative way to bring people closer to their environment! I know this trip is going to be a wonderful experience for you guys. The wisdom and knowledge you gain on this trek will help all of us New Yorkers because we all depend on this water so very, very much. Have a wonderful, wonderful journey!
Maya McCoy - 7/11/2007 1:16:27 PM
Wow, it looks like you guys are having a blast. The journals sound exciting (loved your journal Sean. You made me proud.) and I'm glad everyone is enjoying themselves. Some how I knew that it was Gabe who fell in, even before I even read his name. lol. Keep up the good work guys. Hi Natalie, Leydi, Asha, Jeriel, Tizoc, Jen, Murray and any other Harbor peeps I missed.
Annette Hammond - 7/11/2007 12:27:00 PM
Hello All, I just went through the Stroud website and the journal entries and pictures, and I have goosebumps. I am so proud of all of you and cannot wait to talk to each of you when you get back to school! What a great experience for all of you! Go Sidney! Have a great time! I will be following you all the way! You will be in my thoughts constantly!
Jane Fisher - 7/11/2007 11:51:52 AM
Wow what an experience! Congratulations and good luck to everyone involved in this inspiring trip. Tell everyone you meet that even people in Virginia are watching and learning, and we wish that Virginia was as proactive about protecting our drinking water as NY has been. What a model for the rest of us.

And don't forget to have fun!
Marc, Waterkeeper Alliance - 7/11/2007 11:50:32 AM
Hey trekkers! We are so excited to hear that the trip is going well. We are very proud of all that you are doing. Thank you for raising awareness about drinking water. We hope you have a great trip that you remember for a lifetime! Be safe and good luck.
Marsha Ward - 7/11/2007 11:26:01 AM
Hi Becca!!! Hope you are having a great time. After looking at the pictures I wish Rachel had gone with you - maybe next year???? Don't worry we will take care of your Mom & Dad for you while you are gone. I'm sure this will be a trip of a lifetime.

See you in a couple weeks!!!
Sharon Czapiewski - 7/10/2007 11:48:34 PM
Hello Christina and all the trekkers!
Greetings from the Great Lakes State of Michigan!
What an outstanding idea and opportunity for a life changing experience...I admire you all for having the enthusiasm and willingness to be on a trip that can have such a long lasting impact on each of you, and those you are connected to, also. Best of luck, sleep tight, keep the faith...and I'll be rooting for you all, and checking on your progress and experiences daily!
Emily - 7/10/2007 7:52:09 PM
Yippeeee Yeahhhhhhhh!! Go Trekers, I wish you all the best as you journey thorough the waters. Good Job Christina and your treker crew!!!

Jamie Stover - 7/10/2007 5:49:03 PM
What a great experience for you all. I wish I had a similar experience when I was in high school. I am very much looking forward to following your Trek through the journal entries. Keep up the good work.
Gretchen Behl - 7/10/2007 4:11:27 PM
Hello ,all you trekkers! What a great idea! I'm a resident of the Catskills and a member of the Catskill Center. You will see and hear some amazing things up this way. Hope you end up loving and appreciating this region as much as I do. Safe journey!!
madeline alverio (Sean's mom) - 7/10/2007 4:06:05 PM
It sounds like you guys are having a great time. Keep informing us on your trip and be safe.
Roger Morton - 7/10/2007 3:56:51 PM
Marissa, We are very pround of you for doing this. It is somthing you will remember for the rest of your life. You will make lasting frienships. Remember to enjoy yourself. Oh and also remeber to wish me a Happy Birthday on the 27th in your journal entry.

Uncle Roger
teri schunk - 7/10/2007 3:55:06 PM
good luck-what a great experience-hi becca miner
Susan & Robin Miner - 7/10/2007 3:47:36 PM
Hi Becca - miss you honey!! Can't wait to see you in Kingston!! Love you -

Awesome job on the journal entries and pictures everyone - I almost feel like I'm with you when I read your entries and look at the pictures. Don't worry - cooler weather on the way!

Libby Geist - 7/10/2007 11:52:06 AM
Im a HUGE fan of the Harbor School and am so excited about this trip! Cant wait to hear more about how things are going out there -- quite an adventure. Have fun and soak it all in so that you can educate everyone when youre back. So proud of you guys!
Pia Mohsen - 7/10/2007 11:35:04 AM
Best of luck to all students on the trip! A shout out to Harbor School, whats up!! Id like to say hi to the Harbor Crew- Leydi, Gabriel, Asha, Jeriel, Sean, and Natalie. An extra special something to my fabulous advisee, Asha, have fun kiddo!

See you guys in the fall, I cant wait to hear all about your trip.
Deborah DeWan - 7/10/2007 10:49:56 AM
You all are terrific! Sounds like youre seeing and learning a lot about nature and culture of the Catskills and the source of NYCs world class drinking water. I have privilege of serving on the Catskill Watershed Corporation board (Environmental seat), and work with The Catskill Center, and I am delighted that we are supporting this Trek.
Have a fabulous trek!
Tom Alworth/ Catskill Center - 7/10/2007 10:17:23 AM
The start of a very exciting trip... Today youre heading into the heart of the Catskill Park, the Slide Mountain Wilderness area... a spirit-filled and magical place. Look for the plaque at the summit of Slide commemorating the great Catskill Mountains naturalist and writer John Burroughs. Listen carefully for the evening hymn of the Hermit Thrush, one of Burroughs favorite birds. ENJOY!
Susan Gill - 7/10/2007 9:56:04 AM
I wish everyone a successful trek. This is a unique experience that you will remember for many years to come. You will also be bringing the important message of the need to preserve our water to those you meet along the way. You are an inspiration to us all!

Best of luck.
Vivian Williams, Stroud Water Research Center - 7/10/2007 9:48:46 AM
Greetings all,
I just read about your first three days and saw the amazing photos. It is really hot here in southeastern PA as well, but I dont have an azure pool surrounded by forest to jump into. Youve done a wonderful job of writing about your experiences so far. Keep us all posted. I look forward to following your adventures on-line.
Moira Potter - 7/10/2007 9:00:19 AM
Wow! It looks like you guys are having a GREAT time and learning lots. I cant wait to hear all about it when we get back to school in the fall. Write lots and lots in your journals. Be safe and have fun!
Nate Dudley - 7/9/2007 11:45:11 PM
We are very proud of the students from New York Harbor School and Sydney High School. We look forward to hearing their reports and to making history, as we follow the water down to NYC. It is a great opportunity for all us to understand more about our most important resource: water. Good luck trekking!
Emily Neville - 7/9/2007 11:24:18 PM
Cant wait to hear more - this is so exciting! Please keep posting as much as you can. And get people to stop drinking bottled water all along the way! Hi Leydi!!
murray fisher - 7/9/2007 11:05:33 PM
Rep dem waves, Harbor School!!!! Cant wait to see you guys in Kingston! Have a great couple first days! I miss you all and hope you are repping school and NYC well!!
Tammie Harris - 7/7/2007 9:06:50 AM
Sarah, Sarah, and Becca: I lovvve youuu! Im gonna miss you guys!
Ben Fenton - 6/26/2007 8:59:38 AM
I hope the students will not only learn about how water gets from the Catskills to the city, but how the protection of the watershed economically effects the communities within it.