The ravens croaked at us from the blue ledges above the Hudson River as we ate sandwiches and shared stories about the rapids we'd encountered. The birds — large, shiny-black, intense-looking creatures — soared and perched, as if both curious and offended by our presence. The whole thing felt amazing and wild: A spring rafting trip through a remote section of the Adirondacks, along a turbulent river that stretches from the mountains to New York City.
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.
Oak Mountain Bike Park
In Speculator when we say, "Let's go mountain biking," we mean it literally. We're not talking a nice ride on a dirt road, or a double track with a few bumps. We're talking Oak Mountain. I mean come on, if we can ski it, why wouldn't we ride it?
I'm not old. I'm experienced. Or mature. Or something that sounds dignified while also portrays me as a fun-loving spirit. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
However, as I took an early-morning ride with my coworkers last fall, I can readily admit to feeling my age. As they piled into the car chattering excitedly and ready for the day's adventure, all I could think was, "Damn, I need more coffee. Now." And, "How the heck are they this cheerful, they're more animated than my overly-talkative six-year-old. It's morning. It's early. Stop talking. Where's my coffee?"**
It's Simple Math:
Oak Mountain + Oktoberfest = Oaktoberfest
Mountain Biking + German Festival = 1 awesome weekend at Oak Mountain
Now Show Your Work:
It's almost that time of year again... Black Fly Challenge time! Maybe you've heard of it? If you haven't, rest assured the Black Fly Challenge is nothing like what you are imagining. Here in the Adirondacks we are tough-blooded, we don't swat at the black flies... we simply out-ride them!
Confessions of a Whitewater Virgin...
We all associate the Adirondack Park with being a pristine wilderness area full of endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. But, like all places, there is more to these small towns and villages in Upstate New York than simply what fits on a postcard. From "The Boob" to conspiracy theories, the Adirondacks has its share of oddities. Don't believe me? Then, check out this list of weird things that are sure to leave you wondering.
A Winter Fire Tower Challenge~~~Kane Mountain plus some
My buddy Jim and I have this crazy obsession with trail-less peaks and we are always looking for new places to explore and new terrain to break trail on. This week our eyes focused on the Indian Lake area, and a particular 3000'+ peak located in the West Canada Lake Wilderness. We focused on Cellar Mountain, no not the 100-highest peak located in the Moose River Plains area, but this one a bit further south near Lewey Lake.
A Girl In Boy's Clothing
Ok - so I'm not exactly the proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing, but this week I am trying to be one of the guys. You know, I am trying to be laid-back and just go with the flow. Ugh.
You see, I am surrounded by the male gender - always have been - I grew up with 3 older brothers, and I can tell you this much, when I was old enough to break free from my tomboy ways, I did (for the most part) and I have been fairly successful (I think?) at being a girl ever since.
Goodnow Mountain - Looking back on a sunset hike
Have you ever had one of those days where you just needed to get outside and leave everything inside behind? Inside your head I mean. You know that lousy day at work, fight with a family member, or maybe the stress of higher than normal heating bills? Well, a sunset hike might be just the ticket - at least it was for me on a cold and frosty pre-winter evening.
As we say farewell to 2014 - and welcome in 2015 - there are a variety of events and activities that are sure to catch your attention! Do you like to participate in an event, or are you a great spectator? Perhaps you just want to relax, browse or shop ? Yep, you can do all that here!
THUNDER ON THE HILL!
Who says you need a lot of snow to have fun? (most of the time we do! )
As I lay in our teardrop camper thinking about the bears the ranger had advised us about at Eighth Lake State Campground I realized I'm really not afraid of bears any longer. There was a day when I'd practically have a heart attack at the sight of the bear we had around our house when we first moved in during the late 1980's. It was only the second time in my life I'd actually seen a bear in the wild, the first when I was about 7 years old on a highway near Keene Valley.