AROUND THE REGION
The Ride for Missing Children on Sept. 20
ALBANY – The awareness continues at the Albany Ride for Missing Children, a 100-mile, police-escorted, paced, bicycle ride through the Capital District. The ride is sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, NY Regional Office, to raise awareness of the plight of missing children, prevent child abduction, molestation and sexual exploitation. Your support will provide abduction and sexual exploitation prevention in your community and training for law enforcement and child serving professionals.
Every year in the US, the FBI receives over 460,000 reports of missing children. Approximately 19,000 children are reported missing annually in New York. One in seven endangered runaways are victims of child sex trafficking. The Ride for Missing Children is a unique charity ride where the cyclists ride together as a team, 14-17mph. The riders are escorted by local law enforcement, halting traffic along the route. The NCMEC/NY staff provides Child Internet Safety programs at targeted schools.
The Friday, Sept. 20 ride starts at the Guilderland YMCA, near Albany, and makes rest stops at elementary schools, before ending at the YMCA. The individual fundraising goal is $300. Help the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, New York branch keep our children safe, one child at a time. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Register, volunteer or become a sponsor today at therideformissingchildren.com.
Fall Guided Hiking Week at Garnet Hill Lodge
NORTH RIVER – Join Garnet Hill Lodge from Sunday-Friday, Sept. 29-Oct. 4 for a four-day/five-night guided hiking trip, and experience breathtaking views of the Adirondack fall foliage. Discover some of the best hikes in the Siamese Ponds Area at the peak of fall foliage colors in the Adirondacks. Each day, choose from an easier or a more challenging hike. In the evening, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner with the group followed by time spent around the campfire, in the Garnet Hill pub with new friends, or listening to music by a local musician.
Easier hikes will include about four to six miles each day without significant elevation and on easier terrain, at destinations such as John Pond and Boreas Ponds. Highlights will include a hike to a lunchtime cookout at an old Sugar House where maple syrup was once made in the early spring, and a trip to the Adirondack Experience museum to discover the history of the Adirondack Park, as well as the land, industries, transportation, architecture and wildlife that exist within its boundaries.
Challenging hikes will include about seven to 10 miles each day, some of which will include elevation of up to 2,000 feet, to include outings such as Peaked Mountain, a summit in the High Peaks, a through-hike starting from Chimney Mountain, and ending at Garnet Hill Lodge, and a multimodal day of canoeing and hiking. Families and groups of friends are welcome and encouraged, but those bringing children should be mindful of their child’s ability. For pricing, details and booking, call 518-251-2444 or visit garnet-hill.com.