Waking up in a beautiful place
My friend and I camped along Horseshoe Lake the other weekright along the St. Lawrence-Franklin-Hamilton county lines. Wren and I woke early while it was still dark, and I lay in my tent listening to the overhead nocturnal calls of migrants such as Veeries, a Wood Thrush or two, and an early Swainson's Thrush.
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.
Submitted by guest blogger, Alyssa Devlin.
Read on to see why Alyssa can't wait for the warmer months to roll around once again!
Here in the Adirondacks we have many great mountains to hike, but we also have tons of great rocks! With so many awesome sights to check out, it is hard to choose one favorite!
The secret is out — the central Adirondacks is a special place, and birds know it.
Car camping gone bad!
Although I grew up in the Adirondacks, I car camped only a few times. A couple of times was with my family, and once I went alone with my twins at Rollins Pond, when they were ten. I spent most of my time digging trenches around the tent due to the downpours, and when it cleared I was chasing after them on their bikes or keeping them out of the fire. Needless to say, it was stressfull! The plan was to stay five days — we stayed two nights!
My family hike into Spruce Lake
I'm not much for roughing it in the great outdoors. My idea of a vacation is a nice plush hotel with a big comfy bed, room service, and maybe, if I'm lucky, a swim-up bar. So when my fiancé told me his brother, who was coming home for our wedding, wanted the whole family to go camping, I got a knot in the pit of my stomach. Not only did he want to camp, he wanted to hike to camp, which meant no beds, no bathrooms, no cell service, and definitely no room service!
Trying to eat gluten free is one of the hardest things I have ever tried to do - I love wheat and wheat products. While being a celiac is not something we have to deal with, Corenne and I both have sensitivity to wheat. With this said, we try our hardest to avoid as much wheat as possible and we have found that on the trail it isn't as hard as it might appear. It just takes a little recipe trial and error - unless you want to rely on processed bars & sandwiches each and every time you head out.
The Adirondack Canoe Classic
(a.k.a The 90-Miler)
The end of a long winter season is once again upon us, and even though the conditions weren't all that conducive to what might be called an excellent winter season, our gear did get periodic use and should be taken care of while hibernating. It's time to start thinking about how you should store your winter gear to reduce the risk of rust, mildew, mold, varmints, and other unseen casualties.
Inlet is the perfect place for an Adirondack wedding getaway. My boyfriend Andy and I were invited to a wedding in Inlet last summer, and we decided to make a full weekend escape out of it, camping and paddling before the wedding then staying in a cozy cottage after.
Picking a sleeping bag is not all that difficult once you get a grasp on your personal comfort level. There are numerous companies out there making sleeping bags, and some are better than others, but I'm not telling you this to sway you toward a certain company or to coax you into buying more than you need. I am hoping to help you along a little bit with some of the most popular questions about one of the most intimidating pieces of camping gear to buy.
Every company that has anything to do with the outdoor retail industry is making a tent and placing it on the market. With different price points, features, colors, weight, and retail propaganda, they all seem to have a market. Variety and selection is what customers want and retailers know this, but how much is too much before it becomes overwhelming and maybe a bit unnecessary?
An Early Start on a Cool Morning
So Beautiful You Can't Stay Indoors!
A Beautiful Place
Guest Blogger: Sara Welch
Two Souls in Need of Rest
In search of trail potential
I have been working with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) off and on, trying to determine locations of family-friendly trails, in particular in Hamilton County and Eastern Essex County near Schroon Lake. On this day, I would meet up with my friend Joe from ACTLS, as well as Pine and Allison from the Northville office of the DEC, to do a bit of field scouting on Barker Mountain.
State camping in Hamilton County
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has numerous campgrounds throughout New York, but in the Adirondack Park we have some of the finest. Below you can find the ones within the Hamilton County Region and choose which ones will be best for you.
A Fully Accessible Campground
Green before "green" was cool!
Long before the first Earth Day was recognized on April 22, 1970, the Adirondack Park was setting a national precedence for being a "green" location. Green may not have been the term of choice in 1885 when the Adirondack Forest Preserve was first created, or even seven years later in 1892 when the New York State Constitution adopted Article VII, Section 7, (later renumbered Article XIV) which established the Adirondack Park - but green it was!
Wind in the Trees
I woke off and on throughout the night to the wind racing through the trees. A new weather pattern was rolling into the area. Wren and I were camping in the Moose River Plains Recreation Area in a quiet campsite, but the wind had plans to make noise. When it calmed at times I could hear the water from the nearby stream providing a peaceful ambience to the landscape, and I rolled over in my bag as Wren lay stretched out next to me. It had been chilly when we went to bed, but I could tell the temperature was climbing.
Heading into the newly opened Essex Chain Lakes Tract on a Sunday night with a mid-September forecast for 30 degrees should be a guarantee of solitude. It almost was. With only one other camping party on Third Lake, I had the Essex Chain Lakes Complex to myself.