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We all know the major attractions of the Tri-Lakes area; all the Olympic facilities, High Falls Gorge, The Wild Center, etc., but do we ever really know what is right in our backyard.  I thought I was well educated with all the local attractions, but each day I learn about a new one. Well, this past Wednesday was no exception. I was asked to go on a scenic flight of the high peaks region.... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Outdoor Recreation
After spending all day at the office, what better way to end you day with a great little hike up Mount Baker! After my fiance and I got home from work the other day we realized how beautiful the day was. Bright blue skies, warm (but not too hot) and still sunny.  So we decided to put on more comfortable clothes and go across town for a quick hike before dinner. Mount Baker is right in town... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Hiking
This was a nice surprise for a short afternoon paddle on Follensby Clear Pond. It seems as though I have half day offs to go play, so I find myself on small excursions.  For some reason I chose Follensby Clear Pond as my destination on this day. I typically stay away from larger ponds where motorboats are allowed to power through, but I had never been on this pond before and wanted to check... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking
 One of the great things about Saranac Lake is the vast cycling opportunities in the area.  Quiet roads seem to leave the center of town in every direction to take riders to smooth stretches of undisturbed pavement.  Recently I met up with native Saranac Laker and Olympic hopeful Annelies Cook for a ride on Forest Home Road.  This is one of Annelies's favorite places to train... [Read More]
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Author:Matt Young
Categories:Cycling
 From the trailhead I enjoyed the mellow terrain under my feet; it makes for a bit of a nice warm-up to the day. I wasted no time passing by the trail to Route 30 on the right and jumped full-bore into the rolling hills terrain that was in front of me. The one thing about trail running is, you don't get much time to take pictures - which is too bad. Also I typically don't want a huge bulky... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife, Trail Running
It is late afternoon and I am on my way to BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake. Not for an art opening today, but for a workshop on paper making, and not just any paper making. Today is the Panty Pulping workshop, which is what first caught my attention.I read beforehand that this is a community empowerment workshop that gives participants the opportunity to transform their own underwear into paper... [Read More]
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Author:Kathy Recchia
Categories:Events, Arts
This past weekend I helped lead a birding trip for The Wild Center to explore Spring Pond Bog north of Tupper Lake, an area with a diverse collection of habitats. The bog itself is the second largest bog in the state, and the boreal habitats surrounding it are home to the last, best stronghold for spruce grouse in the state. And while we weren't lucky enough to find any spruce grouse, we didn't... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Birding
My wildlife research (focusing mostly on birds) has me in many places across the region at this time of year, and one of them is the Jackrabbit Trail in Saranac Lake as the trail heads out from McKenzie Pond Road. The trail leads into the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness and is one of the routes which hikers can take to both Mt. McKenzie and Mt. Haystack, two of the recently designated Saranac Lake... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Hiking, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife, Birding
The other day, I helped lead a birding trip for The Wild Center to Massawepie Mire west of Tupper Lake. Massawepie is the largest boreal peat land in the state, and it offers great habitat not only for boreal bird species such as gray jays and breeding olive-sided flycatchers, but its complexity of habitats make it great for many species which breed in deciduous and coniferous forests as well.... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Birding
With the weather warming up, getting on the water is looking more appealin by the day! To get you thinking about the great opportunities for fishing right here in our backyard, We were able to contact a fishing guide from Wiley's Flies in Ray Brook to share his knowledge about Fly Fishing.Tom Graham is a Pennsylvania native, but came up to the Adirondacks in 2007 to attend Paul Smith's College... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Fishing
I think we can all agree that the weather as of late has been rubbish. Isn't the old saying, "April showers brings May flowers?" NOT, "May snowstorms bring great skiing on theToll Road!" I know I, as well as many of you want warm weather to come and stay for a bit. But, I just can't sit around and wait for the sunshine, I need to seek out my own rays of hope and play outside anyhow. There have... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Birding, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking
A little rain isn't going to stop this town! Saranac Lake and Village Mayor Clyde Rabideau have been hard at work putting together the new hiking program "Saranac Lake 6er". The program was kicked off this morning with pistol start at 8am. Starting today, after you climb all six peaks you can ring the bell in Berkley Green's Gazebo six times and submit your dates and times to the Village and... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Hiking
I am sure glad I took advantage of the nice weather we had last week before the moisture settled in for an overextended stay - kind of like that third cousin who shows up unexpectedly with 1987 mobile camper with no exhaust and three hounds – not that I would know what that is like.I decided to only get out one kayak at this point and see what kind of trouble I can get myself into on the waters... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Wildlife, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Birding
May seems to be the month for loads of arts and heritage events in the region. From art exhibit openings and talks by local artists, to music and theatre events, there's something for everyone from adults to kids.Pendragon Theatre has opened their summer season this month with Alladin and the Wonderful Lamp, a delightful dramatization of the saga about the boy who found a Magic Lamp. Performances... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Heritage, Exhibits, Events, Arts
Spring is here! It's time to get outdoors and start hiking,biking, running, paddling, enjoying the beautiful spring and summer sunshine, and Fishing! Saranac Lake Fishing is such a popular activity and what better place to dothat in than in the incredibly gorgeous Adirondack region of Saranac Lake, NY? Not only is there great fishing in the local lakes and rivers, but there is a wonderful local... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Fishing
On May 23, Historic Saranac Lake will host the third installment of its May seminar series, featuring a book discussion with Anne Raina, the author of Clara's Rib. The true story of a young girl coming of age in a tuberculosis hospital in Ottawa, Canada in the late 1940s and 50s, the book is of particular interest to local residents because of Saranac Lake's unique history as... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Historic Downtown, Heritage
Historic Saranac Lake presents the second installment of its "History Matters" series on Thursday, May 16th  at 7 pm at the Woodward Boat Shop. Chris Woodward will lead a talk and demonstration about the history of guideboats and guideboat building.Adirondack guideboats have been built since the early 1800s. They evolved from a hunting skiff to today's highly refined design, virtually... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Paddling, Historic Downtown, Heritage
Canoeing isn't one of those sports where the learning curveis too hard, but it does take a sort of finesse that I have to improve on. It'sthe whole, sitting up high, balance combination technique that I always lackwhen I first sit in one. However, after the first half hour I kind of get inthe rhythm, my friend Mike Lynch might say otherwise.So what got me into this canoe was a text I sent to Mike... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Birding, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife, Fishing, Paddling
While I write a great deal about birds and birding – particularly as spring migration spreads its wings north and our breeding birds are arriving – amphibians offer us some of the first changes in the spring soundscape – before many of our birds begin to sing or even arrive from the south.The past few weeks have been marked with explosive breeding congregations of amphibians as warm weather has... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife
Can you believe the weather we are having? It feels like full blown summer and it’s just turned May, maybe it will melt away some of the black flies. They haven’t been too bad as of late, I see them buzzing around a bit and bumping into my face but I haven’t found any biters yet, hopefully you have had the same luck. Of course if they were biting, todays trail run/hike would have been the perfect... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Birding
This sunny Sunday afternoon finds me on my first visit to The Left Bank Café in Saranac Lake for the opening of Provence en Plein Air which consists of Cris Winters watercolors and drawings from the South of France from her visit in 2000. I've meant to get to this particular cafe many times before and am sorry it has taken me this long.But this is a great introduction to the eatery which already... [Read More]
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Author:Kathy Recchia
Categories:Exhibits, Events, Arts
Each day of the advancing spring brings with it new arrivals. A brown thrasher fed at my bird feeders for five days and finally left earlier this week, and a few days ago I was excited to find an early indigo bunting feeding with the dark-eyed juncos at my feeders! As Wren and I take our daily afternoon and evening walks, we also continue to find recently arrived birds, such as yellow-bellied... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Wildlife
Historic Saranac Lake will host the first talk in their Second Annual "History Matters" series at the Saranac Laboratory Museum in Saranac Lake on May 9.  If hunting is your thing, you won't want to miss this sure to be lively talk by Jack Fogarty and Joe Hackett, with slides provided by Billy Allen and moderation by Bob Brown.Our hunting heritage dates back to the first inhabitants of the... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Hunting, Historic Downtown, Events
This past weekend, a friend and I headed out with Wren for some nighttime birding in the Madawaska complex north of Paul Smith's. We drove in during the early evening while it was still light which helped us negotiate the soft and rutted road – a precursor of things to come. We parked in the parking area near Indian Rock, and hiked the mile and a half or so to Madawaska Pond on the wide two track... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding

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