Wow, Dan and I were busy today. We started off with a stop at the Claryville Fire Department’s monthly pancake breakfast. There we were lucky enough to spend a little time with Bob Richards and Michal Heron, who live on Red Hill. They told us some great stories, which will definitely become part of Neversink Transmissions.
Here is a very rough edit of some audio we recorded during the day.
Next we were off to meet Joe Weise at his place down the river. We chatted in his workshop for 45 minutes or so, and then he took us across the road to the river, where he showed us Junction Pool, the spot where the east and west branches converge. We also stopped at the river across from the church, where we saw a small dam built in the 1850s, and the beginnings of the raceway that fed the tannery. We also had the opportunity to gather some excellent branches for the tower!
After that visit, we spent a lovely hour at the Wellington residence. We went for a swim, ate some watermelon, and saw Duke’s trout pond. Pat and Duke told us about the trout pool and the water system that brings spring water to the pool and the house. We also heard about the massive rock that slid down onto Frost Valley road back in the early 90s. It became the source for much of Duke’s rock work.
Our final visit of the day was on the west branch of the Neversink. We rode our bikes up to Leroy’s pool, where we met Hovey and Margaret Brock. They showed us their beautiful swimming hole and told us about the changes they’ve seen there over the years. Then they took us up to meet Gioia and Mitchell, Hovey’s parents. Their family has lived on this part of the Neversink for generations. In fact, it is they who are responsible for the lack of power lines going through this part of the river! Gioia’s mother decided that the power lines should run on land, up in the forest, rather than disrupting the her scenic river. To this day, the west branch of the Neversink is free of power lines, and the power company has to send its men hiking in the forest to do maintenance!