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Rochester Museum and Science Center
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Our monthly meetings are open to the public

Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Non-members are cordially invited to attend.

Our meetings are educational and entertaining. You will hear about future activities and have the opportunity to talk to active members (they are friendly) and ask questions about the club. The meetings are free to all. Come check us out.  

Meeting cancellations due to inclement weather will be announced here on our website (www.gvc-adk.org), on our information line (585-987-1717), on www.13wham.com, and on WHAM 1180 AM radio.

For more club information please call the information line at: (585) 987-1717.

ASL Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

A sign language interpreter is available upon request for the deaf and HOH at this month's meeting. Please contact membership@adk-gvc.org. The request must be received one week before the Chapter Meeting.

Upcoming Meetings 

Next meeting -- January 14, 2015

Camino de Santiago: Story and Photographs by John Solberg and Louise Paulsen

In the spring of 2013 my wife, Louise Paulsen, and I walked the Camino de Santiago. It is also known as the Way of St. James, and is one of the three major pilgrimage routes of the Middle Ages together with Rome and Jerusalem. Its history extends back to the 9th Century. According to tradition, the bones of the Apostle James are buried in Santiago de Compostela, the end point of the pilgrimage.

Our own personal journey was not motivated by religious beliefs or even a spiritual quest. We had seen and enjoyed the movie “The Way” and the idea of walking across Spain was the kind of adventure we got excited about. We both love hiking, and had both walked the Rochester Marathon, so we knew we had some serious training to do. We gathered the equipment and clothing we would need, minimizing weight the best we could.

Finally, four months after we started our preparations, we were off. We walked the “French Route” from St. Jean Pied de Port in France, over the Pyrenees and across northern Spain, arriving at our destination 500 miles and 34 days later in the city of Santiago de Compostela. The Camino was a walk through the present reality and a thousand years of history. The openness of the countryside filled us with wonder, and the narrow, winding streets of the old cities were filled with echoes of the past. There were days of sunshine, rain and snow; days of long and strenuous climbing and steep descents; and days on the plains.

It was a journey of the feet and a journey of the heart. It was also an experience shared with other perigrinos from all over the world; a deeply personal experience and at the same time, a collective one of community. Many of the towns and cities we walked through were first established to provide shelter and food for the many people who first made the pilgrimage to Santiago. The tradition of providing for those who travel the Camino continues in the form of special hostels, called albergues, and meals prepared especially for the “pilgrims.” We really had very few concerns about where we would stay — the tradition is that if there is “no room in the inn” that room will be made somewhere! On one such occasion, we joined another dozen pilgrims in a gymnasium equipped with mats, a gym floor, a shower and bathroom facilities. What more could you want?

Over the course of the days on the Camino, I took thousands of photographs, trying to capture some of the history and the beauty we experienced, and the ever-present Camino itself. Back in Rochester the long process of selecting and processing the photographs has resulted in two exhibitions — one at the William Gallery at First Unitarian Church and the other at Image City Photography Gallery. We’re pleased now to be able to share both our story and also a collection of photographs from the Camino.

Champion: Jan Abernathy

Looking back to recent chapter meetings

Election of 2015 Chapter Officers

Election of 2015 Chapter Officers

The following were elected at the December 2014 chapter meeting to serve as 2015 Officers for ADK-GVC.
  • Chair: Nancy Donny
  • Vice-Chair: Annie Fogarty
  • Secretary: Grace Fuller
  • Treasurer: Peter Collinge
  • Director: Shirley Thomas
Congratulations and thank you!

Looking back - November 12, 2014

Jeff Meade & Stina Bridgeman: Killarney, French River & Georgian Bay

Some of us read books about great places to go and things to do, but when Jeff Meade and Stina Bridgeman read “Georgian Bay: A Paddler’s Guide to Killarney and the French River” by Kevin Callan, they waste no time in living the dream!

Experienced canoeist, Jeff Meade and a fellow talented kayaker, Stina Bridgeman, allowed us to stay safely in our seats as they brought us deep into the wilderness of Ontario, Canada’s Killarney Provincial Park and French River Provincial Park.

The French River empties into Georgian Bay very near where Killarney is and where Stina paddled on Georgian Bay. French River Provincial Park is managed by the same park superintendent that manages Killarney Provincial Park. The two parks are about 8 miles apart. They both have significant shoreline on Georgian Bay.

Jeff mentioned the available Killarney car camping as he paddled his solo canoe right by the area to begin his wilderness trek over lake and portage around the perimeter of the expansive park. It was the pink granite rocks and countertop-smooth boulders formed and shaped by multiple glacial ages that drew him further away from civilization ... and showers. We were treated to spectacular photography, including water and rock mirror images in the exceptionally quiet and clear waters of Killarney. Jeff explained that they are all too clear due to extensive acid rain damage which killed much of the life in the water. However, recovery is now in progress.

Stina shared her kayaking experiences in Georgian Bay, which borders Killarney — an area known as the “Thirty Thousand Islands.” Different than Killarney, it is big water and not suitable for open canoes. Stina described the special mapping her paddling partner devised and the complexities of navigating around multiple islands at water level despite the maps. Occasional fog, marvelous views, and a naughty camera “screeching” a tiny hole in one of the (thankfully repairable) kayaks, made for a spectacular and challenging trip. We also learned that there was no need to carry tent stakes when you are camping on boulders ... just use big rocks as tie-downs!

We also got a good lesson in wilderness and water equipment — a different kind of thinking than other modes of trekking. Thank you Jeff and Stina for taking us to Canada and taking our breath away!

October 8, 2014

The videos of the October ADK meeting (10/8/2014) are available at the links below.

Business Mtg

Presentor- Dr. Kleiman

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