The air is super crisp, cold, and clean as I drop my skis down at the trailhead. A fluffy poof of snow jumps into the air where the skis land. I take a deep breath and look around.
The boughs of the balsam trees hang heavy with big clumps of snow. A super-fine dusting of snow falls, very slowly filling in the tracks from an earlier skier. I close my eyes and listen - it's unbelievably peaceful.
We are right in the thick of winter here in the Adirondacks and let me tell you what, it has been COLD! There have been many consecutive nights of negative temperatures — some nights as low as -20, with wind chills closer to -40!
While there are tons of great outdoor activities in the Adirondacks, after a few hours of playing in the snow you may just want to do something inside. Here are a few ideas to keep you toasty!
When I was a kid I didn't like brussel sprouts. Seeing these mini cabbages on my plate would trigger schemes for their disposal. Fortunately, there was a dog available.
Now I think roasted brussel sprouts with butter and romano cheese are delicious. The problem wasn't the brussel sprouts. It was how they were prepared. Turns out, boiling them to mush is not the best way of cooking them. (Sorry, Mom!)
I have found this applies to many different things. So, maybe your problem with winter is... the recipe.
Wintertime gear includes so many innovative contraptions to strap onto your feet!
And... maybe you JUST got those brand new ones and you are DYING to try them out! Well, come on up to the heart of the Adirondacks and give your new skates, skis, or shoes their first trial run.
C'mon, everyone! Get ready for some winter fun!
(And maybe cross a few gift purchases off your list!)
When I woke up this morning, it was 4 degrees. There's also a nice 2-inch layer of fresh snow on the ground.
So...There might still be Thanksgiving turkey in the fridge but winter is a-comin' and that means....SNOW SEASON IN THE ADIRONDACKS!
Are YOU ready?
We are just getting our first official snowfall, so now is the time to get prepared so you are not caught off guard!
If you own your own snowmobiles, now is the time to get them registered, insured, and serviced!
OK, I know what you're thinking:
"I just got done trick or treating with the kids."
"I'm still fighting with my spouse over that last Reeses Peanut Butter Cup."
"I have 17 relatives coming for Thanksgiving dinner!"
Driving through the Adirondacks, no matter what time of year, is always beautiful. But if you've ever driven though our little towns, you have probably seen a few of our roadside oddities. And if not, maybe it's time to take a drive!
Fall is a favorite time for many here in the Adirondacks. I have quite a few reasons of my own for loving the season, but I decided to ask around to see what everyone else had to say.
It was one of those days that looked like the weather was not going to cooperate with us, so we postponed our anticipated autumn summit hike. But it turned out we were wrong — can you believe it? So, instead of wallowing in our poor decision, we decided to go outside.
With its lakeside location, nearby hiking trails, beach, restaurants, and diminutive yet bustling downtown, Inlet is a choice spot for an Adirondack getaway. It's a hub for boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, and relaxing. The whole place even smells outdoorsy and sweet, thanks to the towering pines sprinkled throughout the hamlet.
We are just as sad as you that summer seems to be coming to an end far too quickly. However, just because summer is almost over, it doesn't mean the fun has to stop! There are tons of great events continuing through the fall!
Check out all of the great events we have coming up.
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.
The Adirondacks are a great place for many things such as hiking, paddling, and camping. But one of the things done really well here is food! I haven't had the chance to eat at all of the great restaurants we have here, but I do have quite a few of my own favorites.
My adventures in car camping days began a few years ago . While paddling on a local lake, I encountered a friend paddling with other people from the Albany area. I was all ears when they told stories about their camping excursions, and consequently they invited me to join them. I did a couple of nights with them that summer with borrowed equipment. Now with my own equipment I camp with them four or five times a summer at various New York state campsites. In October of each year they get together to decide campgrounds they want to book; I just go with the flow!
Summer is upon us, and do you know the best way to cool down? Head to a lake! Throw a blanket, some towels, and a snack in the car and go to the beach to take a swim. There are plenty of local swimming holes you can walk to, but I think we have some of the most beautiful beaches in the Adirondacks, with the most breathtaking views and cool attractions.
Take a look at some of our public beaches and the unique amenities that come along with them.
We all have our favorite experiences and adventures.
But I wanted to know what draws others to the mountains, so I reached out and asked, "What's your favorite Adirondack experience?"
After a rainy start to the summer we finally had a beautiful, sunny, warm day. My friends and I were feeling adventurous and wanted to do some mountain biking. We searched for different options and decided Fern Park in Inlet had what we were looking for.
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
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.
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.