Kim Rielly

Recent Blog Posts

Nobody has ever accused me of being patient. Despite residing in the restorative, protected wilderness landscape of the Adirondacks, I’ve adapted easily to the fast-paced, social media-infused, 24/7 news cycle world in which we all live. Given that default, anyone who can successfully coerce me into adopting a mode of quiet contemplation for more than two hours must really know what they're doing. At least one such individual exists in the Adirondacks. I met Helene Gibbens in late summer of 2016 when she first launched her new business, Adirondack Riverwalking. I have now participated in... continue reading
 
Inside story Ever wondered what folks who live and work in Lake Placid do for their lunch break during the summer? Well, speaking for just a small sample of those who work in my office, the answer varies, but here are some top options: a mountain bike ride at one of the local trail systems a walk around Mirror Lake, or “ATL” as we call it a quick swim at the Mirror Lake beach quiet contemplation in an Adirondack chair at an undisclosed location a visit to one of the nearby eateries on Main Street a round of golf Golf?! No, I am not allotted an extravagant 4-hour lunch break. That last... continue reading
 
So here’s the challenge: You’ve only got 72 hours (three days) to explore the Adirondacks. Lake Placid is your home base, and the extraordinary menu of possible activities and experiences is daunting.  You’re in luck. We’ve consulted the visitors service specialists at the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau, the undisputed experts based on research, personal experience, and direct feedback from visitors and residents, and they helped to compile the following half- and full-day menu items made-to-order.   Day 1 This is unavoidable: Upon arrival, plan to spend at least... continue reading
 
I bet you’ll agree with me that the Adirondacks are the perfect place to learn about climate change. After all, Lake Placid is America’s First Winter Resort, and is especially attuned to the challenges associated with fluctuating, unseasonable temperatures and the continuous threat of extreme weather events.   This winter, we have a unique opportunity to learn more about this scientific phenomenon and some things we can do to mitigate its impact, simply by taking in a town-wide art exhibit. Green Team The Adirondacks enjoy a very long history of environmental leadership and vision. Way... continue reading
 
To many, fall means football season, pumpkin spice season, back to school season, scarf and sweater season, a new season of your favorite sitcom, or some years, crazy political pundit sparring season.  Those things are all fine (except the pumpkin spice - I’m completely over that). But to me, the arrival of fall also means it’s time for golf in Lake Placid. If you’ve played golf in Lake Placid at any time of year, you’re already hooked and probably don’t need to hear any more from me on the subject. However, for those that need more intel, I’ve drafted... continue reading
 
AUTHOR'S NOTE 9/21/16: On my daily commute to Lake Placid, I often spy rock climbers on some of the popular roadside crags along the route. During a recent drive on Route 73 to Keene Valley, I saw some folks on the Spider’s Web, and it reminded me of this blog I wrote a few years ago about climbing on that very cliff.  The rock climbing memory cited in this blog is cemented in my brain, and so is the fact that it was rock climbing that cemented our decision to live in the Adirondacks forever. Guess you’ll have to read it to find out why!  (The following blog was originally published 6/6/12... continue reading
 
So, I’ve been riding a motorcycle for years now, and initially rode primarily as a way to commute on nice summer days to work and meetings. That is, until my husband got his own motorcycle a couple years ago and my commute vehicle swiftly became more of a recreational touring machine - a fun way for us to travel around together on our separate motorbikes.  And we live in one of the best places for it. The Adirondack region lends itself nicely to touring - via car, bicycle AND motorcycle. In my humble opinion, the latter two are the way to go.  On two wheels, whether a... continue reading
 
Be Fore Back in the olden days, I used to promote the many great golf courses in Lake Placid at a series of consumer golf shows during the winter. You know, those events where golf aficionados, itching to get out on the course during a long winter, walk down aisle after aisle in a big convention hall looking at the newest golf gear, doodads that are supposed to make your swing better, and of course, destination representatives all hoping that their location is where you and your buddies will plan your next golf getaway.  Being the Lake Placid rep was tons of fun - almost... continue reading
 
Lake Placid, adirondacks, usa — The spring “turnover” of Mirror Lake and concerns about water salinity levels was the topic of a special meeting of community and municipals leaders from the Village of Lake Placid and Town of North Elba on March 30 in Lake Placid. Testing and sampling of Mirror Lake over the winter have indicated a rising level of salinity due primarily to road salt used by road maintenance crews to melt snow and ice on the western side of the lake, along Main Street. The recreational epicenter of the popular year-round vacation community,... continue reading
 
I’m asked by visitors all of the time, and YES, those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the Adirondacks do realize that we live in paradise.  It’s a paradise that includes untouched wilderness, majestic mountains, pristine lakes, thousands of hiking trails, paddling opportunities galore, fine dining, robust arts and culture, craft breweries, community supported agriculture, and sites of world-altering historic significance like Fort Ticonderoga, John Brown’s home, and an ice rink where a miracle happened.   For the lucky residents of the Adirondacks, though, it’s likely that if you... continue reading
 

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