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!
Submitted by guest blogger, Alyssa Devlin.
Read on to see why Alyssa can't wait for the warmer months to roll around once again!
Inlet is a small town in New York, populated by just over 300 year-round residents. It is situated in the western Adirondacks not far from Old Forge. Although it is a small town, it is one with lots of historic happenings. Some spookier than others...
Ducks on the move
Cat vs. Dog
You know how they say there are dog people and there are cat people?
I am a cat person. Cats are cuddly, cute, and natural heating pads on a cold fall evening. They are smart, sassy, and independent — not unlike my favorite people.
However, I have to admit I am slowly becoming a dog person - by default. You can't really blame me. It's simply a hazard of living the mountain life.
A lovely new area has been opened to the public for paddling and fishing in the Town of Long Lake. County Line Flow and Fishing Brook can both be paddled, and fishing is allowed from the shoreline of Fishing Brook. There are two put-in locations — one on the southeastern edge of County Line Flow and one at a bridge over Fishing Brook to the west of County Line Flow. I opted to put my boat in by the bridge over Fishing Brook.
Fall is Here
Gone are the late sunsets and warm nights. Shorter days and cool night are here... I'm not quite ready for winter yet, but there is nothing better on a chilly fall night than a campfire surrounded by friends.
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!
I have been there. You're not going to stop traveling just because it's football season. But when you're at your destination, you need to figure out how to see the game.
A notable temperature shift has been happening over the last couple of weeks, making many people realize summer is coming to an end! While we may be packing away the beach chairs and getting ready to head back to school, paddling or hiking are fun ways to take in the ever-changing fall foliage, or perhaps you'd enjoy warming up next to a fall campfire. There is still plenty to do in the Adirondacks! We love this season, and we celebrate it the way all good Adirondackers should — with great fun and good food while surrounded by gorgeous foliage!
If you're looking for fall foliage you'll find it in the central Adirondacks, but did you know there's more than one way to see nature's most vibrant display of the year? Check out this list of our nine favorites.
1. take a cruise in Raquette Lake
The secret is out — the central Adirondacks is a special place, and birds know it.
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?
The road from Tupper Lake to Long Lake, routes 3 and 30, is for the most part nice and wide, smooth and straight. It's a relief to have plenty of room to open up the throttle after tooling through towns a bit. But before long, I get tired of the straight and not-so-narrow, so I usually take one of my favorite bike detours in the world. When you see signs for Sabattis Circle Road and the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area, turn right.
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?"**
2015 TOP 3 BLOGS IN REVIEW
We scoured our blogs for the most popular, most informative, and just downright oddest pieces from the past year. In case you missed them on the first go-round, here are our top 3 Adirondack Experience picks.
An easy hike with a splendid view
An Early Start on a Cool Morning
So Beautiful You Can't Stay Indoors!
Until about a week ago, I truly believed that I had one of the best jobs anyone could have ever ask for. I had been lucky to say that a good portion of what I did for a living was to go out, explore the wonders of the Adirondack Park, and then share those experiences with you. Along the way I have felt the need to not only share the pristine and perfect side of the Adirondacks, but also the unique aspects that sometimes fall on the borderline of odd, weird, and even a little creepy. After all, no place is perfect...
Adirondack seasonal transitions occur as summer gives way to the fall, and the fishing season segues to the annual big Game Hunting Season; as traditions and transitions blend in the chill of the Great South Woods.
A Nice Walk Before Our Paddle
Starting with a Hike
October has always been my favorite time of the year. The cool crisp air, the new colorful landscape, and Halloween! There is still so much going on in the Adirondacks!
8.31.16 Editor's update: As the calendar changes from August to September, we're reminded that it's time pull the sweaters out of the closet, grab a pumpkin spice dessert of some sort, and get ready to delve into our favorite fall activities. Wondering where to begin? We pulled this blog from our archives (originally published 9.29.15) and freshened it up to bring you some great travel ideas. Plan now to visit the Adirondacks over the coming months and truly experience an awesome autumn getaway.
Sunny Paddling Weather!
Being "bitten by the birding bug" can be a positive, life-changing experience. Bird watching can become such an all-consuming activity that it is often hard to recall what life was like in the pre-birding days!
A Long and Winding Road
It's Simple Math:
Oak Mountain + Oktoberfest = Oaktoberfest
Mountain Biking + German Festival = 1 awesome weekend at Oak Mountain
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