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June 19, 2013

Dames ply Adirondack waters


Glass introduced Bethany Krawiec, 69, to the group near its inception, when they were all paddling Walden kayaks.

“My most memorable time (with the Dames) may be swinging from the rope swing near Buck Pond,” the retired math and science teacher at a boys’ boarding school said. “I go on as many trips as I can each year. In addition to paddling, I cross-country ski and hike whenever the weather allows, and quilt when I can’t. I take life day by day.” 

One would never guess Ellie McAvoy’s age of 74. The retired elementary-school art teacher, mother of five and grandmother of eight, who also lists herself as the “wife of Joe,” joined the Dames because she “wanted to paddle, and they paddle weekly. 

“In addition to the paddling, they’re a fun group of women,” McAvoy said.

Among her more interesting experiences with the Dames, McAvoy said, “We paddled out toward Lake Champlain, and it felt like we were paddling in the ocean. It was very different from our typical paddles.”

Besides paddling, she keeps busy gardening, quilting, hiking, running and skiing both downhill and cross-country. 

As for her outlook on life in general, McAvoy succinctly said: “It’s life. What do you want? I like it and prefer to keep doing it.”

So what do these intrepid women do in the fall? They transform themselves into a “hunting widows supper club,” even though most of their significant others are not in the search for game.

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