A fun opportunity A few weeks ago, a guide friend of mine told me about the American martens that have been hanging out at the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Adirondack Loj in Lake Placid. They have apparently been coming to scavenge at the dumpsters and campground for scraps for quite a while this winter, presenting a good opportunity to take photos of these medium-sized members of the weasel family (collectively called mustelids). I immediately took the first day I could that offered nice weather for photos, and I went to look for the martens joined by a few family members who were visiting.... continue reading
Memorial Day Weekend Kicks off a Summer of Fun in the Adirondacks Usa Submitted by Guest Blogger: Jesse Macomber Opening day in the Adirondacks is upon us and we’re overcome with excitement! Campgrounds, hiking trails, and museums will come alive as outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide venture to our beautiful region to celebrate the season we live for – summer in the Adirondacks. If there’s one thing that the Adirondacks are known for, it’s our hiking trails and unique camping spots. With over 2,000 miles of trails that wind through forests, skirt beautiful... continue reading
I remember the first time I saw an Adirondack toilet paper tree. We were coming off of the summit of Cascade Mountain, a popular summertime hike, and I spotted a narrow path into the thick balsam forest. I figured most trails lead to a destination and decided to investigate. To my horror, that destination was a disgusting scene of human waste and used T.P. not 15 feet from the main path. This wasn’t a secret overlook or some other hidden beauty; it was a makeshift restroom. I’ve seen it all, from campsites set up a few feet from a stream to bags of garbage left next to a lean-to.... 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
Shoka’s day out was a huge hit in Lake Placid. This little husky stole the spotlight wherever she went. She is a 4-and-a-half-month old with an abundance of energy who recently traveled to experience Lake Placid and all it has to offer the four-legged world. To her owners' delight, Shoka encountered more adventure than expected due to the dog-friendly atmosphere of the region.  First Stop: Lake Placid  Shoka packed the essentials and was ready for anything. She may have even had a few extra bones packed because, after all, it is a vacation. She hit the road... continue reading
Simply Camping Nowadays with all the extra travel fees, weight limitations, etc., travel articles advise travelers how to pack lighter and provide tips on what to, and what not to, bring. The last travel tip article I read online advised that unless you are packing skis, snowboard equipment or golf clubs that you should leave the gear at home & rent while your there. This advice aptly fits into the research for the blog I’m currently working on - camping during your stay in Lake Placid, and more specifically, the notion of "no gear - no problem." A planned or impromptu Lake Placid... continue reading
Hard Work, Great People & Amazing Food In The ‘Dacks I participated in the Fall Work Weekend at Johns Brook Lodge in October of 2014 with my mom and we both enjoyed it immensely. Last fall’s Work Weekend was the first one I participated in, and I loved every second of it due to the great food, interesting people and the pleasure of “giving back to the mountains.” I headed back for the 2015 Spring Work Weekend by myself seeking the fun that I had last time.  Arriving at the lodge after hiking in the three-and-a-half miles from the garden parking lot, I was... continue reading
Spend, spend, spend... not so much! It can be expensive to take a vacation. We know that; I know that. I'm, admittedly, thrifty - okay, call it cheap, whatever. Here's the thing... you save up for a few months (or longer) to take a great vacation, and you want to make the most of it, right? You want to stay within your budget and still have a memorable experience. I know I do. And usually I choose my destination based on what I've heard about it from friends online. It's the way of the world these days. If one of my FB friends proclaims they went on a cruise and it was super expensive, I... continue reading
A campfire is what many consider a favorite camping pastime and one of tradition, skill, warmth, romance, and safety. Unfortunately in the High Peaks Region camp fires are not allowed. But what do you do for food when you can’t use an open flame to roast a hotdog, have s'mores, or fry up that delicate trout you just caught? Well, that’s when you have to turn to your stove and your imagination. Stoves have been used for years to cook food, but a similar pastime is using that open flame to do some of it for you. What I am about to talk to you about is no big secret and nothing that... continue reading
Staying out overnight in the High Peaks The weather's getting cooler during the day; can you imagine what the temperatures will be at night in the High Peaks? If you plan on coming to the region for an overnight in the wilderness, you better start thinking about staying warm. Before you know it, winter will be here and the temperatures will plummet even more. So, what I think I will do is break it down for you a little bit: let’s look at fall and winter on two separate scales. Fall wilderness camping in the High Peaks If you plan to come up over... continue reading


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