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!
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.
We all know people who are just impossible to shop for. Well, let me break down the perfect Adirondack gifts — by personality!
The Adventure Seeker
Do you know someone who's an adrenaline junkie and always looking for that next big thrill? We have so many awesome activities here in the Adirondacks for them to get their fix!
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?
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!
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!
A warm day was a-brewin' as we set out for our first adventure on the south side of the Hudson River. We had been scoping out Casey and P Gay mountains for some time, and if I had anything to do with it we'd also venture over to Bell Mountain to finish off the day. Of course, we would have to see how the legs were holding up at that point.
Starbuck and Harris Rift Mountains
Arriving about a week and a half later to the same region, we found ourselves attracted to Starbuck and Harris Rift mountains. Some of this would tread through the woods and bring us over new additions to the Hudson River Gorge Primitive Area — a bit in the beginning, middle, and end.
The hands are pretty easy to monitor and layer up because they are usually the first to feel the effects of cold temperatures. However, if in the past you have had frost nip or frostbite to your digits, they are more susceptible to cold issues in the future. It is unfortunate, but a large number of winter enthusiasts suffer from the ill effects of cold injuries. I am one of hem.
Owls Head, always a fun trail
I think my curiosity to find cool and interesting stuff wins over more often than not, kind of like my lack of self-control when it comes to baked goods, but I like to think that exploring and hiking is a bit better for my waistline. Corenne and I planned on a different trip for this day, and were supposed to meet up with a friend in Lake Pleasant for Hamilton Mountain, but we must have turned off the alarm in our sleep because we didn't wake up until it was too late, so we had to postpone.
Starting from the bottom
Let's Make Tracks!
3rd annual Snocade
From February 12th through February 22nd of 2016, Indian Lake will kick off SnoCade, a festival of all things snow! This is Indian Lake's 3rd year hosting this event, and it grows bigger each year.
Be sure to protect that noggin
I'm not a doctor and my nickname isn't "Doc," but I do know one thing: I can regulate my temperature like a thermostat by putting on or taking off my winter cap. The saying goes, and I believe it's true, "You lose most of your body heat through your head." Putting on a hat can warm up your entire body, even your feet. Taking off your hat will quickly cool you down or keep your body temperature stable and comfortable.
Behind the ADK Ski Scene
For those who love winter sports, this "snow drought" is starting to make us a little antsy. I feel like a child waiting for Santa, counting down the days until Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, it isn't as easy as simply pinpointing a date and time — but wouldn't that be nice if it was?!
As the cold sets in you may want to bundle up and wait the winter out - but then you would miss out on so many great events going on in the heart of the Adirondacks! From ice fishing to snowmobiling to winter festivals, there are so many things to choose from! (Click on each event name for more information)
Let the Countdown Begin!
All I can say right now is WOW! Is it really the middle of November already? It seems like the high water and awesome rapids of spring were here just yesterday. In a blink of an eye summer and fall are behind us and now we are quickly moving full steam ahead to winter, or as I look at it - ski season! While part of me wants to be nostalgic about all of the fun that came along with the seasons past, I much rather reconnect with my winter friends as we get ready to hit the fresh powder on the trails and slopes.
Exploring a remote peak in the Siamese Pond Wilderness
Note: Please respect the rights of property owners and stay on the trail — there is no public access to Kings Flow at this time.
A Half Dozen snowshoe destinations in the Indian Lake Region for the entire family
Indian Lake is home to some the finest snowshoeing available in Hamilton County ranging from tough excursions to perfect beginner destinations. If you are a bit more seasoned you could venture into the Little High Peaks Region and climb Snowy Mountain for a bit of a tougher outing. But if you are looking to have a fun family day out in the woods, these six places to go might be right up your alley.
Humphrey Mountain, a little of this and a little of that = a great day in the woods
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.
An Adirondack winter outing: Snowshoeing the Sagamore Lake Loop
A Winter Carnival Event
This outing was an event planned by the Great Camp Sagamore as part of the Long Lake/Raquette Lake Winter Carnival in February 2014. So please keep this in mind for this year's winter carnival where similar events will be planned and run throughout the weekend.
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! )