The enormous pillar of stone seemed to rise from the mist like a brontosaur lifting its head. I had ascended the steep, bedrock-paved trail, clambered over boulders, and then, through the treetops, I saw it — the rock chimney of Chimney Mountain.
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!
You Can't Miss a Chance to Paddle Here
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.
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
The following was written by Christy Wilt, the director of tourism and economic development for Hamilton County. Christy has lived in the Adirondacks for over 20 years and has been an avid golfer for most of her life.
An Afternoon and Evening of Exploring Around Little Tupper Lake and Round Lake
A nice day to head out
While our recent weather has been wet and raw, it had been warmer not long ago and on a day when we could find a gap in the rain, Wren and I headed south of Tupper Lake to the area around Little Tupper Lake and the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area in northern Hamilton County.
Editor's note: The annual Black Fly Challenge will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Not sure what the challenge is or why you would want to take it? Check out this fun blog written by one of our very own staff cyclists - he was a newbie in 2016.
Memorial Day is right around the corner, and you know what that means... It's time for the Great Adirondack Garage Sale!
With sales from Speculator to Inlet to Indian Lake to Long Lake (and everywhere in-between), there are over 200 miles of sales. And if this isn't reason enough to visit the Adirondacks over Memorial Day weekend, here are a few more things you can do along the way.
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.
What is romance?
When some people think of romance, they immediately imagine the classics: candlelit dinner, fancy restaurant, picnic in the park... For romantic gifts, they revert back to the standard chocolate, roses, and for that really special someone: jewelry.
Now, there really isn't anything wrong with the classics -- after all they're classics for a reason. But, once you've found that special someone and you're ready to pull out all of the stops for the memorable "wow" moment, how do you find that unexpected spot to "pop the question?" Where do you begin?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!