Spring Birds & Peepers

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.

23
May
2017
Author: Alan Belford
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Playground Hopping

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.

02
May
2017
Author: RaChelle Hosley
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Cats vs Dogs: 5 times dogs get the win

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.

26
Oct
2016
Author: Kim Andresen
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A detour in Long Lake

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. 

08
Jun
2016
Author: Jess Collier
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Care and storage of winter gear

The end of a long winter season is once again upon us, and even though the conditions weren't all that conducive to what might be called an excellent winter season, our gear did get periodic use and should be taken care of while hibernating. It's time to start thinking about how you should store your winter gear to reduce the risk of rust, mildew, mold, varmints, and other unseen casualties.

27
Apr
2016
Author: Spencer Morrissey
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Riding the bubble

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?"**

20
Apr
2016
Author: Kim Andresen
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A Beautiful Weekend for the 11th Annual Adirondack Birding Festival!

The three-day annual Adirondack Birding Festival was held for the 11th year in a row with perfect weather! Sixty-seven people traveled to Hamilton County to attend field trips, dine on the W.W. Durant, and attend a keynote presentation held at the Adirondack Museum. So many people return year after year, that one veteran field trip leader said it is akin to seeing old friends every June!

01
Jul
2015
Author: Joan Collins
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Camping in Hamilton County --- New York State Style

State camping in Hamilton County

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has numerous campgrounds throughout New York, but in the Adirondack Park we have some of the finest. Below you can find the ones within the Hamilton County Region and choose which ones will be best for you.

23
Jun
2015
Author: Spencer Morrissey
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The Black Fly Challenge... It's Epic!

It's almost that time of year again... Black Fly Challenge time! Maybe you've heard of it?  If you haven't, rest assured the Black Fly Challenge is nothing like what you are imagining. Here in the Adirondacks we are tough-blooded, we don't swat at the black flies... we simply out-ride them!

12
May
2015
Author: Michelle Clement
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Low-Impact Travel Tips

Green before "green" was cool!

Long before the first Earth Day was recognized on April 22, 1970, the Adirondack Park was setting a national precedence for being a "green" location. Green may not have been the term of choice in 1885 when the Adirondack Forest Preserve was first created, or even seven years later in 1892 when the New York State Constitution adopted Article VII, Section 7, (later renumbered Article XIV) which established the Adirondack Park - but green it was!

21
Apr
2015
Author: Michelle Clement
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It's Mud Season, and the Birding is Great!

Mud Season

In 1922, T.S. Eliot famously began his poem, The Waste Land, by stating, "April is the cruelest month." It may seem that way to some in the Adirondacks since it is also the start of "mud season." The world around us begins to thaw out. Snowmobile and ski season has ended. The ground is covered in wet snow and mud making it difficult to hike or camp. For birders, on the other hand, it is one of the most exciting months of the year!

14
Apr
2015
Author: Joan Collins
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Spring Skiing in the Round Lake Wilderness Area

 Since "winter" seems to be continuing right into spring this year, I had another wonderful cross-country ski trip with terrific snow conditions! I skied on Round Pond Road in the Round Lake Wilderness Area. It was an overcast day with continuous light snow.

11
Apr
2015
Author: Joan Collins
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Bluff Point Hill

A Raquette Lake Shoreline Adventure

Bluff Point Hill can be found on the northeast shore of Raquette Lake, right on the edge of the Sargent Ponds Wild Forest. It's one of those named peaks that might get overlooked or maybe even ignored by the passing crowd of paddlers and boaters. For me that makes it all that more desirable a peak to visit, my hiking companions and I would surely have a deserted summit to ourselves.

08
Apr
2015
Author: Spencer Morrissey
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Death Falls, Estelle Pond and Estelle Mountain

Hiking in Hamilton County

Estelle Mountain lays a simple 1.1 miles off the main corridor heading to and from Raquette Lake, and with such close proximity I just had to head out into the wilderness to see what was up there. I have a unique fascination with topo maps and wanted to get the most out of my day, so seeing that the hike looked to be pretty short, I wanted to play around a bit – if conditions would allow.

26
Mar
2015
Author: Spencer Morrissey
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The Origin of the Great Camp Style Architecture

The "Gilded Age" in America was a time of rapid economic growth, and those who achieved such wealth celebrated it like never before. It was during this era that the Adirondack Park became one of the favorite playgrounds for the rich and famous, and the origin of the American Vacation. In the second half of the 19th century, or "Gilded Age," the affluent population of New York City would "vacate" the hot and muggy city for the cooler weather at their luxurious camps in the Adirondacks and thus the "American Vacation" was born.

27
Feb
2015
Author: Michelle Clement
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4 Unique Locations to Say "I Do"

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Adirondack Mountains, a destination wedding in the Adirondack Park can bring your upcoming nuptials up to the next level. If you've dreamed of tying the knot in a unique spot, check out these wedding venues in upstate New York. The only challenge - picking just one.

02
Feb
2015
Author: Michelle Clement
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Hiking & Birding Wakely Mountain

Wakely Mountain sits as a lonesome sentinel brooding above the Moose River Plains, and it is one of the tallest mountains in the park outside of the High Peaks Region. Wren and I set out on the trail over the weekend with plans to reach the 3,744 foot summit which was blocked mostly in clouds from what I could see from the bottom.

17
Oct
2014
Author: Alan Belford
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Hike into Spectacular OK Slip Falls

New Trail To the Falls

Humans are inextricably drawn to water in all its forms. We are particularly captivated by falling water. The sights and sounds of waterfalls are mesmerizing. One of the highest, and certainly one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Adirondacks, OK Slip Falls, became accessible to the public on a newly opened hiking trail this past summer. It will no doubt become one of the most popular trails in the Central Adirondack Region.

07
Oct
2014
Author: Joan Collins
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3 Trail Running Destinations in the Indian Lake Area

While not all trails in the Indian Lake area are great for trail running, many you will find do fit the bill. Trail conditions and terrain play a huge roll in what's good and not-so-good. Trail running is a sport that is starting to hit the scene in a big way and what better place than here to start out trying something new. Are you a road runner? Maybe consider starting to venture off to the woods and hit the trails in search of a new endurance workout.

18
Sep
2014
Author: Spencer Morrissey
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Paddling the Bog River

Many of the most memorable paddles in the Adirondacks are quiet backwaters which take boaters into a watery wilderness away from the noise of motors and the din of everyday life. The Bog River is one such paddle. Wren and I took advantage of a slice of time we had the other day to explore the Bog River between Low's Lower Dam and Hitchins Pond, and we had a perfect day for it.

07
Aug
2014
Author: Alan Belford
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