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Youth enjoy a breath of fresh air

My favorite part was the kayak to Crab Island, James O'Connell commented. It was a lot of hard work to kayak out there and then we learned historical things about the Battle of Plattsburgh.

Day two was a hike up Pokomoonshine Mountain in Keeseville. The view from the top is spectacular enough, but the newly opened fire tower offered 360 degree views and a map labeling all the mountains on the horizon for easy identification.

Mitchell Kilkeary was one of several participants that had never climbed a mountain before.

This was the best time of my life, he said. It was radical to climb a mountain.

The final day was a kayak trip on the Saranac River from the Bowen Road access to the Cadyville Beach. The trip was about 6 miles and required 2 to 2 1/2 hours of paddling. While the group paddled, Mel Defayette made preparations at the beach for a cookout to celebrate the accomplishments of the ten teens who were working up an appetite.

Upon finishing the kayak, the teens chatted excitedly about their experiences. Many hoped they would be fortunate enough to participate again next year.

This was mad sick bro, Will Pellerin said with a grin, because we got to hang with the homies. My favorite part was the kayak down the river, my arms were totally spent.....word!

This sure gets you ready for sports practices, commented Ben Alberry, J.V. football practice starts next week.

This has been a great opportunity for these kids to get out, Trombley said. It went so well we are talking about doing two programs next year so more kids can participate, and we may add another hike to the program so it will be four days.

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