One of my favorite times of the year is coming up — and it's coming up fast!
I don't know about you, but when I think about summer, I think about camping, s'mores, fireworks, and parades.
Well, here in the Adirondacks we have plenty of all of the above to go around! The Fourth of July falls on a Tuesday this year, so I feel like we get to spread the holiday right out!
As many of you know, our beloved museum in Blue Mountain Lake has undergone a lot of changes in the last few months. They have changed from The Adirondack Museum to Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake. While the old name was pretty straightforward, the new name really gives you an idea of what they are hoping you will take away from your visit — the Adirondacks aren't just a place, but an experience.
For as long as I can remember, I have spent a portion of my summers camping. As a family, we would always go once right when school got out in June, and again before heading back to school in early September. The love of pitching a tent is part of who I am!
Over the years, I have learned so many different tips and tricks from my parents and other campers that make camping trips so much easier. From what to pack to meal planning, there are tricks up my sleeve for all of it.
A Break in the Weather
The following was written by Christy Wilt, the director of tourism and economic development for Hamilton County. Christy has lived in the Adirondacks for over 20 years and has been an avid golfer for most of her life.
Prepare to be amazed.
Great Camp Sagamore has a series of themed weekends which cover a broad range of interests. Enjoy luxury lodging and dining with wonderful hands-on learning in a setting that marries great natural beauty with extraordinary man-made achievements.
You'll want to talk other people into coming with you. Because this is a fantastic experience to share.
An Afternoon and Evening of Exploring Around Little Tupper Lake and Round Lake
A nice day to head out
While our recent weather has been wet and raw, it had been warmer not long ago and on a day when we could find a gap in the rain, Wren and I headed south of Tupper Lake to the area around Little Tupper Lake and the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area in northern Hamilton County.
Editor's note: The annual Black Fly Challenge will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Not sure what the challenge is or why you would want to take it? Check out this fun blog written by one of our very own staff cyclists - he was a newbie in 2016.
Memorial Day is right around the corner, and you know what that means... It's time for the Great Adirondack Garage Sale!
With sales from Speculator to Inlet to Indian Lake to Long Lake (and everywhere in-between), there are over 200 miles of sales. And if this isn't reason enough to visit the Adirondacks over Memorial Day weekend, here are a few more things you can do along the way.
Have you been as stir crazy this year as I have been? It seemed like the cold weather just didn't want to let go. Well, now that the snow is gone (and hopefully we won't see any more) all I can think about is how nice it will be to get out of the house! I love going for walks or bike rides with my kids, or even taking a nice leisurely drive.
When I was younger, my mom and I would always go on different hikes throughout the summer.
It had been a while since we had had this opportunity - you know how life is... I've gotten older and started working! Last week when I saw the weather report, and the sunny and 70-degree days, I started craving a hiking day with mom.
Trout season is open here in the Adirondacks, so I decided to sit down with an avid angler to talk about his love of fishing.
What is romance?
When some people think of romance, they immediately imagine the classics: candlelit dinner, fancy restaurant, picnic in the park... For romantic gifts, they revert back to the standard chocolate, roses, and for that really special someone: jewelry.
Now, there really isn't anything wrong with the classics -- after all they're classics for a reason. But, once you've found that special someone and you're ready to pull out all of the stops for the memorable "wow" moment, how do you find that unexpected spot to "pop the question?" Where do you begin?
As a child I loved to read adventure stories. Climbing Everest, exploring remote jungles, and searching for the North Pole sounded very exciting.
But as I grew up, reality intruded. I was on the clumsy side, and I really shouldn't be staking my life on upper body strength. I'm miserable in humidity, and jungles are very humid. And those arctic explorers... couldn't bathe very often.
In my house, Murphy's Law is not a thing. We refer to it as RaChelle's Law... if it can go wrong, it already has - or it will! This is the way my life goes in general, but especially over the last few weeks.
It's nearly impossible to miss: A few miles north of Speculator, right next to Route 30, there's a boulder painted to look like a pig's head.
Affectionally known as "Pig Rock," the man-made landmark is a welcome site for locals and travelers alike. It means you've arrived here, in the Adirondacks.
Spring fever... cabin fever... Call it what you will — I'm feeling it!
We've had a fantastic winter season, but lately we've had a lot of warm temperatures and rain, usually followed by plummeting temperatures and snow. It's making me stir crazy!
I'm ready for flip flops and tank tops, hikes and beach days. But in the mean time, I'll make the best of what I have.
Blogger's note 3/1/17: I have to admit this was one of my all-time favorite blog adventures. I haven't been on the trails yet this year - it's obviously time to go back and relive this true Adirondack experience. Who's with me!?
(Flashback blog from the archives: originally published 3-16-15)
So far this year, we have had a fantastic winter. There is certainly no shortage of snow! Storm after storm has dumped plenty of the fluffy white stuff on us.
The fantastic thing about winter in the Adirondacks is the abundance of cold weather activities available to partake it.
While this will be mine and my husband's first Valentine's Day as a married couple, it is hardly our first rodeo. This will be our 11th Valentine's Day together. Our first being on the day of the Valentine's Blizzard of 2007.
With temperatures regularly lingering below freezing, don't forget to pack your ice skates for your next Adirondack adventure!
This year, I made a resolution to stay home more.
Well, that went out the window fast! There are just way too many great events going on to sit at home and miss out. There is a little something for everyone. I can head out with a few of my friends, have a "day date" with my husband, or head out with the family to one of the many awesome family-friendly events. Why would I want to stay in and miss out!? Here are some upcoming not-to-miss events!
Raised in the ADK
I have lived in the Adirondacks my entire life. I've grown up experiencing all that the mountains have to offer, and I have to say, one of my favorite places to go as a kid (and now!) is Oak Mountain.
It's a new year, so why not take the time to learn something new? Here's something easy you can learn, and that's sure to impress your friends at your next party — how to bartend! Learning how to make a few of your favorite cocktails is easy and fun. So, as you get ready to pack your bags and head to the Adirondacks for a long winter weekend, don't forget to bring these essentials!
2016 Top 3 Blogs In Review
We scoured our blogs for the most popular, most informative, and just downright funniest pieces from the past year. In case you missed them when they were originally published, here are our top three Adirondack Experience picks. Enjoy!
While the ice is currently not quite thick enough just yet, I've been giving a lot of thought to something I've always wanted to do but never have — Ice Fishing. I figured I better do a little research before my first trip out on the ice, so I asked some friends that I know are seasoned at this sport, and they came back with some great stuff for me.
Christmas is just around the corner, and while we sit here and cross our fingers, pray and do snow dances in hopes of a good winter, it's never too early to think about summer. Maybe your family is planning a vacation, or you know someone who would love to take a trip to the Adirondacks. This year, why not give the gift of an Adirondack Experience?!