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!
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.
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!
Licks and grins
Summer is here and along with the heat comes the opening of many seasonal specialty shops. This week we're talking ice cream in the Adirondacks, and we were more than ready to go out and sample the local wares.
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.
The celebration of Hamilton County's Bicentennial is happening this year, and we have been doing a little delving into our history! While 1816 marks the inception of the county, Wells and Lake Pleasant are actually the only two current towns that also existed then. Hope was formed in 1818, then Morehouse in 1835, closely followed by Arrietta in 1836 and Long lake in 1837, Indian Lake came along in 1858, Benson in 1860, and finally Inlet in 1902 when it broke away from Morehouse.
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2015 TOP 3 BLOGS IN REVIEW
We scoured our blogs for the most popular, most informative, and just downright oddest pieces from the past year. In case you missed them on the first go-round, here are our top 3 Adirondack Experience picks.
Got the itch? No, not that kind of itch! I'm talking about the one where you are pacing back in forth in front of your sled, just waiting for enough snow to get out on the open trail. I know plenty of riders here in the 'dacks that are waiting impatently for that moment. While you wait, ease that anticipation by planning your rides of the 2015-16 season. Then when the snow does fly, you can spend more time riding and less time arguing with your buddies as to where you want to go.
Adirondack seasonal transitions occur as summer gives way to the fall, and the fishing season segues to the annual big Game Hunting Season; as traditions and transitions blend in the chill of the Great South Woods.
As the calendar changes from August to September, we're reminded that it's time pull the sweaters out of the closet, grab a pumpkin spice dessert of some sort, and get ready to delve into our favorite fall activities. Wondering where to begin? Read on for some great travel ideas, then start planning now to visit the Adirondacks and truly experience an awesome autumn getaway.
Durant Days and Boat Parade Weekend
August 1st and 2nd
Come out and celebrate William West Durant the inventor of the Great Camps Style Architecture, who was born in Raquette Lake. You can take a boat tour of Raquette Lake, tour great camps, and listen to music performed by a wide variety of artists. The night will end with a fireworks show. If you are interested in the history of Raquette Lake this is something you won't want to miss!
Blogger's note 3/1/17: I have to admit, this was one of my favorite blog adventures ever. I haven't been on the trails yet this year - it's obviously time to go back and relive this true Adirondack experience. Who's with me!?
2014 in the 'DACKS
As we get ready to ring in a new year and bid farewell to an old, we often find ourselves reflecting over what has happened throughout the past year. It may be that as the family gathered together for the holidays, you shared photos and stories from last summer's camping trip. Or maybe you have found that 2014 wasn't a year that you could get away during and are looking forward to planning a family ski trip or romantic Adirondack getaway in the new year.
"To complete the Challenge and receive the official full-color patch, hikers must climb and document, by date, ascents of at least 23 fire tower summits: 18 of 23 Adirondack Park summits and all 5 Catskill Park summits. Climbing each tower itself is not required, nor in fact recommended, for those towers that have not been restored for safe public use. The mountain should have a standing fire tower on the date of your ascent." Information from adk-gfs.org (www.adk-gfs.org/firetower.challenge.php)
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Date Night in Raquette Lake, New York
Recently I had the opportunity to experience one of the Adirondack's most relaxing attractions and intimate dining experiences: Raquette Lake Navigation's Traditional Dinner Cruise aboard the W.W. Durant.
Great food, good company and even a little history along the Sacandaga River Pathway
This week I had a meeting in the Speculator, New York area of the Adirondacks. When my meeting concluded, I stepped out of the air conditioned building and was greeted by sunshine and a warm, gentle breeze. It was so nice out, that the though of going back indoors to eat lunch didn't appeal to me. Therefore, I decided that I would grab a sandwich and eat outside.