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.
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.
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.
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?!
For most people, skiing isn't something that crosses their minds until the temperatures drop or those first few snowflakes fly. At Oak Mountain, skiing is a year-round thought. From prepping the mountain to snow making, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to get Oak Mountain ready for their winter season.
We all have fears. Some people are scared of spiders (myself included), some people are scared of snakes, or clowns, or dogs, or small spaces. And some people are scared of heights. If you fall into this category, this may not be for you! But, if you're looking to cure your acrophobia, think about taking on the Fire Towers of the Adirondacks!
Summer has flown by and now we are headed into peak foliage season. But as much as I love fall, right now I have snow on the brain! If you are looking for a reason to visit this winter, here it is - it's the perfect opportunity and learn a new skill!
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.
By now, most locals - and I'd guess many visitors to the heart of the Adirondacks - have heard the hubbub about the Stillwater Fire Tower being open the public. Corenne and I were just as excited to hear about the July 3rd opening as everyone else. We quickly added the fire tower on our must-see list.
Fun with Friends
There is so much to do here in the Adirondacks, what better way to experience it than with friends??
Take a Swim
There are some really great places around the region to take a dip, from public beaches to hidden swimming holes, and they are all worth checking out!
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!