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While driving down Lake Flower Avenue toward downtown SaranacLake you might have noticed a little pale green house close to the road. You might know this house as the “peace on earth” house with all the lights and picture of the world out on the front lawn this time of year.  That little house is too small to be an apartment or a cabin and in too strange of a place to be simply a storage... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Arts
            On my regular walks along Lake Colby in Saranac Lake, I’ve been finding a variety of ducks and other water birds.  The other day was no different as I found five Bufflehead – all males – almost immediately as I started walking along the railroad bed.  There were also two Common Loons on the main body of the lake – both... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Dog Friendly, Fall, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife, winter
Take a cool Adirondack art community with talented artists, add some holiday cheer and you get a festive art attraction. New this season from November 22nd - December 28th, BluSeed Studios is bringing Saranac Lake a trendy twist on the craft fair. Dubbed the “Starving Artist Exhibit and Sale,” local artists will be presenting a range of new work on sale for the holidays. This month-long event... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Kennedy
Categories:winter, Shopping, Family fun, Exhibits, Events, Cultural, Arts
Artists often work alone, but like everyone else, they can find strength in numbers.This is the thinking behind a membership of artists, galleries, theatre and art related businesses in the greater Saranac Lake area, called ArtWorks. It’s not only a concept. It’s also a place!Saranac Lake has a wonderful, walkable, downtown area which groups most of my favorite shops, restaurants, and galleries... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Shopping, Exhibits, Cultural, Arts
Saranac Lake certainly has its act together when it comes to the arts. This evening I am attending the 1st Annual Saranac Lake ArtWorks “State of the Arts” Celebration at Bluseed Studios in Saranac Lake.Most of the cultural organizations in the greater Saranac Lake area have been invited and almost all are in attendance. It is an amazing gathering of visual artists, theatre artists, literary... [Read More]
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Author:Kathy Recchia
Categories:Theatre, Music, Historic Downtown, Exhibits, Events, Cultural, Arts
            I see muskrats almost every day that I’m out walking with Wren or looking for birds.  I find them in most streams, lakes, and marshes in the region from Bloomingdale Bog to the waterways which empty into Lake Champlain.  This is particularly true during the fall as our days grow shorter and after we change our clocks to... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Fall
With hunting season in full swing many hikers decide to take a bit of time off. The time off is not only to partake in hunting, but in some cases many hikers are quite nervous about being in the woods.  Hunting season isn’t a reason to become a couch potato; you can still have to get out there and enjoy Mother Nature and do some serious hiking. This is a great time of year to be in the woods... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:camping, Equipment, Dog Friendly, Family fun, Fall, winter, Wildlife, Snowshoe, Outerwear, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Gear
Part of the heart and soul of Saranac Lake is its art community. You can see it in the walkable downtown and in talking to the residents - here are 5 simple ways to experience it during your next visit: Live Performances! - The Pendragon Theatre is an award-winning professional theatre, the only year round professional repertory in the Adirondack Park. They offer a full range of... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Kennedy
Categories:winter, Theatre, Summer, Shopping, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Fall, Exhibits, Cultural, Arts
When you walk down the street in Saranac Lake, there is a distinct artistic vibe. Truly. It’s not just because there are so many art galleries and shops; though that certainly contributes. It’s reflected in the people who live here, and for a visitor, whether you’re stopping for a coffee on your way to hike a Saranac Lake 6er or in town for Winter Carnival, it’s easy to get caught up in that... [Read More]
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Author:Kim Rielly
Categories:Theatre, Events, Cultural, Arts
Through the grapevine I had heard about a new trail up Goodman Mountain, formerly known as Litchfield Hill. I knew nothing about the DEC forming a trail up this peak, but it would be a good idea, I thought to myself. I had been up this 2000’ peak a few years ago in winter and found the woods to be very open and a pleasant bushwhack; it would be nice to see it under different terms.  This... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:winter, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun, Fall
            The fall is the time of year when Wren and I take regular walks on the railroad tracks which run along Lake Colby in Saranac Lake in search of migrating ducks and other water birds.  But with all of the warm weather and southerly winds we’ve had this fall, the waterfowl migration has been slow to get started.  And so our... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Fall, Birding, Wildlife
Yoga. To some this is a lifestyle, to some it is an extracurricular activity and to some it is just too intimidating. I have had the recent pleasure of interviewing a local yoga instructor, Helene Gibbens. I have met and spoken with her many times, but this time it was her turn to educate me about her business and life. Helene is a very talented, patient and compassionate instructor. Take a... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Wellness
When among the millions of acres of Adirondack wilderness, we feel close to the natural world. Once visited, it has a magnetic pull on our heart which encourages us to return.This principle is embodied in a famous visitor. When I married a Saranac Lake native, his older relatives loved to tell me stories about the man in baggy trousers and wild hair, who always had a smile for the children he met... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Heritage
I get this question a lot, “What’s the difference between this trekking pole and this one?” While trekking poles are relatively simple to use, they can be confusing to purchase. Not only are there several different brands out there to choose from, but you have key features like materials, basket size, suspension or no suspension, grip ergonomics, weight, etc., to choose from. What I would like to... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Snowshoe, Family fun, Fall, Saranac Lake 6er, Equipment, camping, Birding, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Gear, Trail Running, Summer
There’s nothing like playing in the snow, especially when it’s the first of the season. While the flurries were reaching the village I knew I had to get up higher, above 3000 feet in elevation to really enjoy it, so I headed to McKenzie Mountain for a spell. It has been a while since I visited McKenzie, last December to be more exact and under similar conditions, and actually not since the... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Saranac Lake 6er, winter, Snowshoe, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking
            Warm sunny weather can be difficult to find in the region once the fall sets in, and I took advantage of a warm day to head out on Lake Colby in Saranac Lake for a quick paddle.  I set off from the boat launch making quick progress across the lake.  Lake Colby has a few arms which are fun to explore, and they also serve... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Summer, Paddling, Fall, Outdoor Recreation, foliage, Wildlife
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Entering the late fall period marks the transition from summer into winter. Sunsets come earlier every day and with it the gradual lowering of temperatures. Adirondackers tend to hunker down in front of the fireplace or wood stove with a hot cider on those chilly days and nights of late fall.Most of our outdoor events have had their day until the outdoor winter events begin, but this is the time... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Theatre, Music, Historic Downtown, Fall, Events, Cultural, Arts
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Entering the late fall period marks the transition from summer into winter. Sunsets come earlier every day and with it the gradual lowering of temperatures. Adirondackers tend to hunker down in front of the fireplace or wood stove with a hot cider on those chilly days and nights of late fall.Most of our outdoor events have had their day until the outdoor winter events begin, but this is the time... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Events, Cultural, Arts, Historic Downtown, Theatre, Fall, Music
As the fall foliage drifts away into the history books and winter is still a few weeks away, some ask what we do for fun during the in-between time?  We fully embrace the arts and indoor events  this time of year! Of course we still get outdoors as well, but indoor events are a most welcome distraction as the temperatures dip to the chilly level.This coming week it’s all about the... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Wildlife, Theatre, Heritage, Family fun, Fall, Events, Cultural, Birding, Arts
            Wren and I hiked St Regis Mountain north of Paul Smith’s the other day, taking advantage of the beautiful weather.  St. Regis is short enough to do in half a day and I stopped work early to make sure we had enough daylight. I’ve hiked St. Regis quite a few times before, but this is the first time I’ve hiked it since it was... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, foliage, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly
Have you ever gone on a hike, arrive at the summit and then realize you don’t remember the trip up? Most of us will take a hike, walk, or journey of some kind and go as fast as we can to get to the ‘reward’, but how often do we stop during the journey to enjoy our surroundings? Probably not very often.Edward Kanze is a naturalist, author, columnist, wildlife photographer, licensed guide, and... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Wildlife, Wildlife, Heritage, Cultural
            Wren and I took a hike at the Paul Smith’s College VIC this past weekend, enjoying the fall colors.  The day, like so many others of late, was warm and sunny, and the chance to get outside was not to be missed.  The VIC’s network of trails takes hikers through a wide range of habitats, and we started our walk along Heron... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, foliage, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly, Birding
What exactly is the trifecta, well, it’s nothing official by any means, but something I made up a few days ago. I would paddle Panther Marsh (unofficial name of wetland east of Panther Mountain), then paddle Panther Pond, and then hike Panther Mountain.  The sky was free of clouds but there was a slight cool breeze in the air, sounded and felt like a perfect autumn day.I started with Panther... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Wildflowers, Paddling, Hiking, Fall, Wildlife, Birding
            All this warm fall weather has had me wanting to get out for a paddle, and I was finally able to do so this past weekend on Jones Pond near Paul Smiths.  Since Jones Pond is not large, it can be covered in an hour or it can be extended for as long as you want.  And, since Wren does not generally want to lie still for... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Family fun, Fall, Birding, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife, Summer
            This past week was a golden combination of perfect weather and amazing leaves, and Wren and I took advantage of it by being out as often as we could manage it.  A few days ago we hiked Baker Mountain in Saranac Lake – one of the newly crowned Saranac Lake 6ers.  Baker is a great short hike if you don’t have much time,... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Hiking, Fall, Summer, Wildlife, Dog Friendly, Outdoor Recreation
            At this time of year I begin to check out the back side of Lake Colby in Saranac Lake for ducks and other waterfowl passing through our region on their way south.  We have not had a significant cold front in a while, so when I went to Lake Colby the other day, I wasn’t expecting much.  I was correct in my forecast.... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Fall, Birding, Wildlife, Summer, Paddling
The colors were bright; the sun was high in the sky without a cloud blocking its warm rays, and the wind, absent. This called for a perfect day to get a fall kayak trip in. I had never paddled Church Pond and was curious about the access to Osgood Pond and what it was like.So many times I have driven by Church Pond and the boat launch site, even gotten out of the car for a photograph or two, but... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Fall
            I keep a set of bird feeders up year round to attract birds to my yard.  They do remarkably well in that endeavor, and I’m excited when I find a new species of bird for my yard list.  But feeders also attract other things to the yard and I enjoy them as well.          ... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, Fall, Summer
            I was in Tupper Lake the other day and took advantage of my time there by adding in a quick hike up Panther Mountain during the afternoon.  Panther offers a short hike to a nice view of the distant High Peaks, and is therefore an easy hike to fit into a busy day.  It is only 6 tenths of a mile to the top.  ... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Fishing, Fall, Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Dog Friendly, Wildlife, Hiking, Birding
The 7th Annual Artist at Work Studio Tour is upon us and what a weekend for it! Reports say that our leaves will be at peak and I must say that nature’s landscape is just as stunning as the man-made works that I am seeing today.The Artist at Work Studio tour is a free, self-guided tour of 50 artist’s studios that is organized and presented by Saranac Lake Artworks. It extends from Jay, NY to Paul... [Read More]
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Author:Kathy Recchia
Categories:Heritage, Arts, Exhibits, Family fun, Events, Cultural
The Saranac Lake Region is blessed with numerous recreational opportunities from hiking trail to quiet bodies of water. The area also has some of the most scenic roadways in the region. With all that’s going on recreation wise, you now have the changing of the guards. As summer hibernates, the fall colors come alive with a show that makes the best 4th of July Celebration a bit humbled.  One... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Hiking, Family fun, Fall, Outdoor Recreation
This coming weekend - specifically Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29 - artists around the northern Adirondacks will throw open the doors to their studios and invite us in for this year's version of Artist at Work Studio Tour.  Each year on this weekend we get a rare opportunity to watch our renowned artists at work and see their workplaces.Last year I toured some of the artists'... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Family fun, Fall, Events, Cultural, Arts
            While many folks are waiting for changing leaves to grace our landscapes with color, I have always liked the late summer and very beginning of fall for the ornamental colors they provide.  As August advances and becomes September, wildflowers continue to bloom along trails, roads, and hillsides.  Their colors mingle with... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildflowers, Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun, Fall
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While the leaves are busy beginning to change for our annual Adirondack Fall spectacle, think about joining in on one of our regional events. Saranac Lake will be alive with many cultural and historic events during the next couple of weeks.A most popular weekly summer event comes to a close with the final Third Thursday Art Walk on September 19th.  Galleries and sidewalks come alive with... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Music, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Fall, Events, Cultural, Arts
Scarface for me started out to be a trail run, just to see how far I could get before the slopes overtook my legs. I remember from a few years ago that the lower portion of the trail is in excellent condition for running, so why not at least give it a go.I started very late in the day, possibly later than one should have for most hikes in the region, but I had my headlamp  just in case I ran... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Trail Running, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking
            I walk on the Bloomingdale Bog Trail throughout the year, but I love to go there for birds in the late summer.  It is a good place for finding post-breeding and migrating flocks of birds – particularly warblers – which feed in the brushy edges along the trail.  I generally find the south entrance north of Saranac Lake to... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Fall, Hiking, Wildlife, Birding
            Summer’s advance is marked on the bird calendar by the start of fall migration – a long process which extends into the cold months of the year.  In August and September it revolves around songbirds and shorebirds heading south, getting ahead of chilly temps and difficulty in finding food.  As a result, I’ve been in the... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Fall, Birding, Wildlife, Summer, Outdoor Recreation
The North Country seems to have a fascination with train depots. In Westport, the current Amtrak train station is also the home of The Depot Theatre which hosts professional theatre all summer long. In Saranac Lake, The Union Depot has been restored and is home to the Adirondack Scene Railroad. But once a year, it is home to more than just a lovely train ride.It is the site of Hobofest--an... [Read More]
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Author:Kathy Recchia
Categories:Summer, Music, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Events, Dog Friendly, Cultural, Arts
I am sure by now most everyone has heard of the Saranac 6. But if you haven’t it’s a hiking endeavor to climb six distinct peaks in the Saranac Lake Region; Ampersand, St. Regis, Baker, McKenzie, Scarface and Haystack.I had previously climbed all these peaks but have only done one since the start of the Saranac 6ers. A few weeks back I made way to the summit of Ampersand Mountain for my first... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Hiking, Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun
For the past few years there has been a unique event that is offered here in Saranac Lake, New York… The Farm 2 Fork Festival! This festival shows home cooks how to use local, fresh products in their everyday meals. There are demonstrations, workshops and of course lots of tasting with local ingredients. It’s held each year in RiversidePark at the end of summer (the first Saturday in September,... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Events, Wellness
            Last week The Wild Center hosted FlavorFest, an all day event built around the tastes of the North Country, and a great excuse to pay the museum a visit.  The event was held in conjunction with the museum’s weekly Thursday Farmer’s Market and the vendors were in their usual location in the outdoor tent.   ... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, Wellness, Family fun, Exhibits, Summer, Events
A surf and turf adventure is simple, first you paddle (surf) to a hike destination (turf) and then paddle back to your car. The Adirondacks are loaded with opportunities like these and the Saranac Lake Region does not fall short.For this adventure we started by hauling our boats a bit out of the area and ending up in the Horseshoe Lake Area for the day. We unloaded our car near Lows Lower Dam but... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Wildlife, Paddling, Birding, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Fishing
The fifth annual Hobofest takes place Sunday, September 1, 2013 at the Union Depot in Saranac Lake.Hobofest celebrates American roots culture and the independent spirit with free musical performances from noon til late.Chef John Varga of Eat and Meet will be at the grill. Blue Line Brewery will serve a signature "Hobo Brew" in the Depot building in the afternoon. Children's activities range from... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Family fun, Events, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Summer, Arts
 It will not be long before Mt. Pisgah is known for something other than skiing and tubing.  The recent addition of a mountain bike trail adjacent to the ski trail is absolutely fantastic, and more milage is expected in the future.  When I rode the trail last week with local volunteer, Josh Wilson, I could not believe that the trail was only a year old.  The section of trail... [Read More]
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Author:Matt Young
Categories:Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Cycling
Last Friday I was invited to take a much-overdue trip up the river to Kiwassa Lake from Lake Flower for some family fun activities on the water.  I jumped at the opportunity. I hadn’t been on a boat trip on the Saranacs in two years - way too long! We loaded up the coolers, towels, kids gear and adult gear and headed out on Lake Flower. Our destination: Kiwassa Lake.  My personal... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Dog Friendly, camping, Birding
As we pull into the parking lot of Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake on this Thursday evening, we are mighty glad that we have reservations for the closing performance of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The parking lot is packed and the theatre’s Managing Director is directing traffic in the parking lot and turning folks away who have not made their reservation.Art is center stage all over town this... [Read More]
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Author:Kathy Recchia
Categories:Theatre, Exhibits, Events, Arts
 Over the years there has been a lot of work going into the development of a multi-use summertime trail system at Dewey Mountain that is suitable for mtn. biking.  Many individual volunteer hours as well as work days hosted by the Barkeater Trails Alliance have turned Dewey Mountain into a 4-season resource for recreation in Saranac Lake.  The trail system has been carefully laid... [Read More]
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Author:Matt Young
Categories:Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Cycling
What a great august for paddling, there seems to be a nice cool breeze in the air – with almost the smell of autumn in there as well. The sun was high this past Saturday so we decided to head to Osgood Pond.I called my friend Mike Lynch to see if I could take him up on his offer of borrowing his Old Town Penobscot Canoe - kind of a test drive before we sprung any money on getting one for... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, camping, Birding, Wildlife
            This past weekend, I helped lead a Wild Center birding trip to Madawaska – one of my favorite places in the Adirondacks.  Madawaska is a collection of public land bordered by private easement land, such as the Santa Clara Tract, and the area is composed of a diverse array of habitats.  These varied habitats contain many... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Birding
I just so happened to be in the area of Horseshoe Lake and wanted to revisit the new trail to Black Pond, which I had found a few years back.  A few years ago I wanted to visit Black Pond so I planned a bushwhack course to its shore and followed through one day. Upon my arrival at the shoreline I discovered a herd path along shore that lead to a boat, which was on a DEC trail. I had no clue... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Dog Friendly, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Summer, camping, Hiking

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