In early August, the ChaseDesign Adirondack High Peak Hiking Club scaled the heights once again, and two more members drew to within two peaks of becoming official Adirondack 46ers: Jonathan Fitch who has just Colvin and Blake to go, and Tanner Gjersvig, with only Esther and Whiteface remaining.
This week, Chris Andrews, Jon Cammarata, Jonathan Fitch and Tanner Gjersvig challenged the trails of Bear Swamp and emerged triumphant. The evening ride covered 11 miles with 1,100+ feet of elevation gain, and benefited from perfect weather.
Senior Designer Jonathan Fitch has created our latest front panel. Jon notes, “I wanted to explore my day-to-day desktop tablet’s capabilities in a way I hadn’t before. Growing up near a small lake, I've always counted wakeboarding as one of my favorite summer activities. The stillness of the water during a sunset is the most amazing time to be on the water and this is my attempt at evoking that experience.”
Early in June, ChaseDesign’s David Aureden and 10Red Design’s Michael Vine treated themselves to the Gorges Ithaca Half Marathon, hilly but beautiful, with a downtown Ithaca staging, passing through Fall Creek, along the Waterfront Trail at the base of Cayuga Lake, up to majestic Cayuga Heights and the scenic Cornell University campus.
Sean McNaughton, Senior Strategy Director, has taken a short break from words and numbers to create a new front panel for the Genesee Studio. He writes:
“One of my earlier memories is chasing fireflies in my grandmother’s rural Missouri back yard. (I think she called them “lightnin’ bugs,” but I’m not certain that’s a real memory.) Summer days always felt like a blast furnace to a little boy accustomed to Upstate’s more gentle summers, but the heat would (usually) break in the evening, when there was still light enough to play outside before bedtime.
Speaking about the front panel he has created for the Genesee Studio, Silas Pandori of 10Red writes, "There is something simple and pure about Spring as everything is coming back to life. The child in the illustration represents this feeling of innocence and life. My wife and I are bringing a child into the world any day now as well.
On the first Sunday in May, Strategist Margaret Lee and Senior Design Director Andy Schweitzer were among the 2,000+ runners who challenged the hills of the Mountain Goat Run in Syracuse. In its 37th year, the race takes runners from the city's downtown up to some of the highest points in the west and east neighborhoods, requiring 15-story climbs but providing great views.
Can one drive all the way around Skaneateles Lake (which is 16 miles long) in one lunch hour? Two carloads of Chase employees were brave enough to try, and enjoyed an al fresco five-minute luncheon with a group photo at the scenic overlook.
Photos by Chris and Julianna