SILVER BAY YMCA
Silver Bay, NY (Lake George)

In less than two days, we built a beautiful brick and mulch labyrinth near the lake. Previous to our arrival, a base had already been installed, as the area is sometimes marshy. Reports have reached us that the labyrinth is now widely used and they are thrilled with the way it fits into the setting.

Ruth and I were on our way to an event in Boston, so we flew out early, rented a car, and drove to Lake George. The facility is wonderful. If you need a spot for a conference, give it a consideration.

Bruce Tamlyn, our host, loves bread pudding almost as much as I do. That's a good sign. The weather was rainy, even on construction day, but not enough to slow us down. We laid out landscaping cloth over the base, drew the Chartres pattern onto the cloth with chalk, and then placed the bricks onto those lines -- all in one day, with half a dozen volunteers at any given time (rotating throughout the day). The next day we added the mulch in just a few very efficient hours.

The labyrinth is near the path along the lake that leads to the beach, so plenty of people will see it. They also bought a portable indoor canvas labyrinth, all with funds from a single donor. Then Ruth and I stayed for four more days, relaxing, sitting in the cozy library of the main lodge, watching the rain through the window.

 

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The bucket loader saved us a lot of time moving mulch onto the labyrinth. We lined up 5-gallon buckets under it, then dumped them where needed. .

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