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Rainy day fun Rainy weather didn’t stop us from having fun in the woods when I helped out with a Lake Placid Middle School field trip at the Paul Smith’s College VIC. Thankfully the steady rain abated early in the day and we were left with mostly damp and misty conditions. Students alternated between stations to look at stream invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, and... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Dog friendly, Family Fun, Hiking, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, spring, Summer
Adirondack hiking is rightly famous for its millions of acres of rugged wilderness. Isn't hiking about getting out into nature? Isn't "luxury hiking" a contradiction in terms? Not when we are hiking at the Paul Smith's Visitor Interpretive Center, a short drive from Saranac Lake. It's hiking in ways the whole family can appreciate. Known locally as "the VIC," this project was developed in 1989... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Arts, Birding, Dog friendly, Fall, Family Fun, foliage, Hiking, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation
There’s nothing more Saranac Lake than Third Thursday ArtWalks. Every third Thursday in June through September, the galleries open their doors and showcase their artwork. Art and oftentimes the artists who created it literally spill onto the streets from 5-7:30 p.m. There’s music and laughter everywhere, providing a lively backdrop to the positive energy and celebration of all... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Arts, Events, Historic Downtown, Music, Summer
I love standing on a mountaintop, surveying the surrounding landscape and watching clouds roll by, but I don’t always have time to get to those wonderfully out-of-the-way places. That’s one of the many things I love about living in Saranac Lake — there are options to be had — and since I've been too busy to do long hikes I love having a list of easy go-tos.... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Family Fun, Hiking, Outdoor Recreation, spring, Summer
A Chilly Start to Spring While winter held off the arrival of spring this year with both hands, warm weather is finally coming on in full force – and birds are coming with it. After all, even with the chilly weather we’ve had this spring, birds have been on the move – with ducks like Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, and both Hooded and Common... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Events, Family Fun, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, spring, Summer
Spring has Sprung! Each walk that Wren and I take during this time of year is an exploration of what birds have arrived since the last time we were out. As such the species mix often changes from day to day or even between morning and evening. That’s true of whether we’re exploring the trails around Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, or whether we’re in the surrounding valleys. After... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Hiking, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, spring, Summer
The New York State Department of Conservation runs twelve fish hatcheries, or fish culture stations, across the state. In turn, these hatcheries raise and stock fish into more than 1,200 public waters. Hatchery programs help improve recreational fishing and restore native fish populations. Doing their part to keep fishing in the Adirondacks a real experience for anglers today and in years... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Conservation, Family Fun, Fishing, spring
What are the coolest paddling routes in the Saranac Lake area? That's a tough question, because we are the Lake Country, a paddler's paradise. Canoe, kayak, or even innertube, we have an adventure to fall in love with. To help with this question, I asked some local guide services about their favorite places. What do they recommend most often? Where are the places that are extra scenic, or... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Dog friendly, Fall, Family Fun, Paddling, spring, Summer
The beauty of this 'Round the Mountain race is... it doesn't have to be a race. You don't even have to be in it to revel in the fun. It's a great way to kick off the paddling season and get those competitive juices flowing, or be a spectator, cheering the first boats and experiencing the scenic and picnic possibilities along the shores of Lake Flower. Any time, it can be a... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Events, Family Fun, Historic Downtown, Paddling
Chilly Spring Weather While it may not have been welcomed by many folks, my skis and I were happy about the chilly weather we had for much of March and April. I was out skiing and enjoying the snow as much as I could. But, when the weather turned warmer and finished off the cross-country skiing season, it ushered in spring birding and I happily set aside my skis for my binoculars... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Hiking, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, spring, Wildlife, Winter
Of course, when it comes to getting away, "girls" can be any age. Because no matter how accomplished a woman is, she will always enjoy a time away from her responsibilities. The greater the challenges, the more necessary stepping away can become. It is incredibly rejuvenating to find a welcoming atmosphere, where one can be herself, with her friends, and do fun girl things. I love it... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Summer
When I think of Cris Winters' work, I think texture. Her Pink House Gallery downtown is full of different layers. Sometimes it is overt, as when she uses multimedia techniques to create a mood or landscape. Other times it is conceptual, where her work suggests depths that are not physically there. But always, there is a great engagement with nature, which is a constant theme in her work.... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Arts, Cultural, Exhibits, Shopping
In the microclimate of Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), I find myself in a winter wonderland, as if a Hollywood special effects crew came through and sprayed and hosed down the vast landscape with deep, sticky, fake snow, but this is real stuff here - natural.  An intimate museum  In the center of this special museum is the map table giving you an... [Read More]
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Author:Troy Thomas
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Winter
Blue Skies and a Day of Birding With a beautiful blue winter sky above us, my brother, nephew, and I set out the other day to enjoy some boreal birding in the Bloomingdale Bog Complex north of Saranac Lake. The afternoon was forecast to turn rainy (ugh) anyway, so we wanted to enjoy the snow and winter before that happened. And for those of us who aren't yet ready for spring, this is... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, spring
Saranac Lake is a beautiful conglomeration of mountains and people. The downtown captures this essence in a wonderful way — eclectic eateries are interspersed among art galleries, music is on everyone’s mind, and mountains and lakes play peek-a-boo from behind the historic architecture. People visit for a lot of reasons, but they always find more than they expected while they... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Historic Downtown
If your kids are anything like mine they love breaking records. And second best to holding the record, is knowing the record - biggest number (Googolplex), smallest state (Rhode Island), fastest animal (Cheetah), funniest Minion (Stuart), smelliest feet (Dad for the win). I had been waiting to bust out my trivia challenge for just the right day. "Tallest tree?" I asked. Silence.... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Conservation, Snowshoeing, spring
A Happy Change in our Snow Fortune I’m not going to lie. A few weeks ago I was pretty miserable about our lack of snow. In fact I was really quite grumpy. The ground was muddy and brown with patches of ice. The sky threatened rain and then delivered on its promise. And I looked continually at the forecast in the hopes that it would turn to more seasonable temperatures. It finally did. In... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Dog friendly, Family Fun, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Skiing, Winter
So much to do I just love winter and sometimes I feel like there are not enough days to do everything I want to do: downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and ice skating. It is also hard to squeeze in the not-so-fun things that I must do, such as laundry, cleanin,g and filing income tax! On this particular Sunday I had promised myself to do laundry and file my income tax. Plans... [Read More]
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Author:Lisa Sciacca
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Winter
I’m not a history buff, but one thing that’s always fascinated me is the Adirondacks’ place in the world. If you ask the right people, big names get thrown around. Bill Clinton has visited; Melville Dewey, creator of the Dewey decimal system, lived in Lake Placid; and poet Sylvia Plath broke her leg on Mount Pisgah in Saranac Lake while visiting in 1952. The ... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Family Fun, Historic Downtown
A change in the fortunes of the weather Let’s be honest. January was a frustrating month in the Olympic Region for anyone who loves skiing and winter sports. Check that – January was a wildly frustrating month for anyone who enjoys such activities. Our variable and constantly changing temperatures gave us rain and warmth followed by frigid drops which froze everything solid –... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Winter
Turns out, maple syrup has a connection with Mark Twain. Mark Twain Mapleworks is a sugarhouse on the shores of Ampersand Bay on Lower Saranac, part of the same complex where Mark Twain stayed for the summer of 1901. It's utterly appropriate, as it turns out. A list of "Mark Twain's Favorite Foods" reads: maple syrup, cranberries, raccoon, garden produce, canvasback ducks, and... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:spring
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Author:Pamela Merritt
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Saranac Lake is home to some great waterways. Popular fishing and paddling waters are now frozen over and the shanties and augers are out for ice fishing. Before you head out, here are five fun tips to ensure you get the best out of this cold-weather experience! 1. Get there early to get your favorite spot  [img:41737lpr.jpg] Lake Colby is a popular ice fishing spot. It seems like... [Read More]
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Author:Brooke O'Neil
Categories:Fishing, Outdoor Recreation, Winter
If you’ve ever been to Saranac Lake, especially in winter, you’ve probably heard of Winter Carnival. It’s the longest-running event of its kind in the U.S., and it’s also one of the quirkiest. Let me explain. Every year, volunteers pull large blocks of ice from Lake Flower to build the ice palace, a stunning blue structure that people can walk through after the 10-day... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Events, Family Fun, Winter
In winter, this Adirondack village is a haven for skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking challenges, snowmobiling, and exploring a lively downtown full of artsy shops and restaurants. A favorite time of year is when the snow flies and locals and visitors can get out into the woods on skis or snowshoes, and embrace the season with outdoor events. This February, there is more reason to celebrate... [Read More]
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Author:Carrie Gentile
Categories:Winter
Researching! In early November a group of us had hiked into Black Pond and Long Pond. We vowed to go back to check out the Woods and Waters trail. At the end of November we returned for another hike via the same entrance, the Black Pond trail. For some reason Paul Smiths seems to get more snow than the surrounding areas; I knew that as I grew up in Paul Smiths. However,... [Read More]
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Author:Lisa Sciacca
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Equipment, Exhibits, Family Fun, Hiking, Outdoor Recreation, Skiing, Winter
As I got ready for my thrift shop expedition, my husband cautioned me, "Now don't go crazy." I don't know why he is always asking this of me. I consider my enjoyments to be springing from enthusiasm, and there's nothing wrong with enthusiasm. Like in the photo above, where I found a beautiful purple coat for only three dollars. Who wouldn't be excited about that? The... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Historic Downtown, Shopping
As I stroll through the village of Saranac Lake, a virtual Norman Rockwell or Currier & Ives painting, I keep waiting for the horse-drawn sleigh to pass by — the passengers in stocking caps and mittens, colorful quilts piled on top of them.  The horse-drawn sleigh never materializes, I shiver and zip up, and one word comes to mind — coffee. [img:rs90646-a69i6892lpr.jpg... [Read More]
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Author:Troy Thomas
Categories:Historic Downtown
Monitoring the snow depth The beginning of ski season is often a game of figuring out how much snow depth we have and how much snow coverage is needed to explore certain trails. So early season skis tend to be on open trails and fields which catch more snowfall – unless the wind is pushing it off. With the depth of our snow increasing of late and with the storm late last week, Wren (my... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Dog friendly, Family Fun, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Skiing, Wildlife, Winter
Winter is finally here! It took a long time to show up this year with our crazy warm fall, but winter weather has finally started to arrive in the northern Adirondacks. Our recent wet weather aside, little by little we’ve built up some snow as evidenced by my regular need to shovel. It all makes Wren, my four-legged companion, excited as she plays with her tennis ball in the snow... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Dog friendly, Family Fun, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Skiing, Winter
Lets do this! With less than a week until Christmas, its time to check those final things off your gift list. In Saranac Lake, shopping downtown offers a low-pressure experience and so many different options. Plus, smaller stores mean shorter lines. So, go! Find the ideal gift, make it meaningful…and get back to enjoying the holiday season. Here are six gifts for those types... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Historic Downtown, Shopping, Winter
New Year's Eve is a special, even unique, holiday. It is the only one which celebrates both the old, and the new. It is a time to look backward and forward. To take the stress off of such endeavors, you should also have a good time. To help with that, Saranac Lake's First Night gives you many choices to celebrate the turn of the year — your way. It's also a great gift... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Events, Winter
The Adirondacks are a geological treasure chest. They are an extension of the Canadian Shield, one of the world's largest continental shields. These mountains, rivers, and lakes have the ancient magma, glacial errata, and billion years old rocks that make for fine hunting. Iron ore seams, dramatic sandstone layers, and plenty of igneous minerals add up to a delightful mix of... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Arts, Family Fun, Historic Downtown, Shopping
Goodbye warm-weather gear! Sadly, on November 1, I hung the kayak and canoe in the garage, but I was still holding out for another bike outing which was scheduled for November 7. Unfortunately, as that date approached the nights grew colder and so did the days. Biking in 30-degree weather was not something our group wanted to do - so we changed plans! [img:20171107-... [Read More]
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Author:Lisa Sciacca
Categories:Outdoor Recreation
The first Friday of every month, the galleries of downtown Saranac Lake host art openings, highlighting their featured artists and providing an opportunity to mingle and discuss. My girlfriend and I consider this a favorite activity. It's a great time for us to go off and have a girls' night. Saranac Lake is an art town. Photography, painting, jewelry, and crafts of all kinds pop up... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Arts
Submitted by Guest Blogger: Kathy Barlow Ten Reasons to be grateful in and around Saranac Lake This year, after a rainy (and cool) spring and summer, autumn gave birth to warm days, cool nights, and a festival of colors in the mountains. The extended good weather gave us more opportunities to take advantage of all our area has to offer. Now, as the days are getting shorter and the stars shine... [Read More]
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Author:Guest Blogger
Categories:Heritage, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Wellness
The weather The saying goes, “Wait 5 minutes and the weather will change.” In this case one day made a huge difference. The previous day I biked with Gretchen and Trisa on part of the Oregon Trail, and it was cold. We even had layers and gloves on, and our feet were cold!   The next day, the weather was grand. I wanted to bike again, so I texted... [Read More]
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Author:Lisa Sciacca
Categories:Outdoor Recreation
Saranac Lake is not only a beautiful Adirondack mountain town, ringed by crystal blue lakes and countless hikes to amazing vistas, but it also has a lively, walkable downtown. Main Street and Upper Broadway are replete with artists’ studios, restaurants, and bars. Now that Saranac Lake is my hometown, I’ve done my due diligence and “researched” the numerous eating and drinking... [Read More]
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Author:Carrie Gentile
Categories:Beer
Warm Weather The warm autumn weather we’ve been having beckons me to use my canoe, and so Wren and I have been trying to get out whenever we can in order to enjoy the water before the cold settles in for good this fall. Time is often a fleeting commodity, and with light waning with each passing day, it is fortuitous that we have so many great local paddling destinations from which to... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Dog friendly, Fall, foliage, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Summer
A Quick Hike If time to fit in a hike is short, then Mount Baker is always a good bet. After all, it is only about a mile to the summit, and it offers a rewarding view for the effort. And so, with a few friends in town in search of an easy hike, Baker was our choice. [img:rs54863-044a3260lpr.jpg] Colors and Birds Wren led us up the trail, through a golden beech forest on the... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Dog friendly, Fall, foliage, Hiking, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Saranac Lake 6er, spring, Summer, Wildlife
Amazing Fall Weather Our weather as of late has been nothing short of amazing, and so my friend and I decided to take advantage of our sunny streak by squeezing in an evening paddle after work the other day. That’s one of the best things about living around here – there are so many lakes and ponds to explore that you can easily add a quick paddle in on a busy day. And at this point in the... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Fall, foliage, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling
If you have ever listened to music for the purposes of relaxation, you have the beginnings of what the Sound Healing experience is like. A friend and I set out for a session from two different sets of experiences. I'm a fan of soundscape music and an experienced meditator. My friend has never meditated and was not familiar with the full variety of sounds we would experience. We both agreed... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Arts, Heritage, Wellness
Submitted by guest blogger: Jeremy Evans On a recent Saturday, my family and I awoke to perfect hiking weather - cool and clear with low humidity. My wife and I chose Azure Mountain because we were looking for a hike that our youngest son, who had just turned 4, could do on his own. He is a big kid and he outgrew our baby pack long ago. Since then, I have carried him when he got tired or bored... [Read More]
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Author:Guest Blogger
Categories:Fall, Hiking, Outdoor Recreation
My friend Peggy and I had planned a camping trip to Lake Harris but due to a bout of uncooperative weather, we cancelled and Peggy came to visit me for a few days. We figured we could hike, bike, or paddle as long as there weren’t downpours. The first full day of Peggy's visit was cold and rainy, so we spent the day reviewing an overseas bike trip for 2018. The... [Read More]
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Author:Lisa Sciacca
Categories:Cycling
Get ready, get set, get lost! Leaving downtown Saranac Lake heading west on Route 86 is a straight and scenic drive for eight miles. The only tough part is keeping your eyes on the road because the views are so darn good. After Moody Tree Farm, on your right, yet before the Brighton Mini Mart, on your left, turn onto Hobart Road in Gabriels. Continue down the road until you... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Fall, Family Fun
A Chance to Explore Outdoors It had been a long, busy – too busy! – week, and I was chomping at the bit to get outside and do some exploring. Our beautiful weather found me wanting to paddle all week. And so as Friday afternoon came, Wren and I loaded up the canoe and headed for the water – first taking an afternoon walk along Lake Colby. The walk was pleasant and we found... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Conservation, Dog friendly, Fall, foliage, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling
My favorite place to be has always been on the water. Sure, mountains offer a great trip and spectacular views from above. But being on the water is an experience unique unto itself. Each pond or lake is a ‘valley’ which gives you a new perspective on the woods that surround it. Far enough away from the tree line to take in the view, but close enough to still notice the smaller things. I love... [Read More]
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Author:Glenn Pareira
Categories:Fall, foliage, Paddling
One of the premiere pleasures of our Adirondack fall foliage season is taking to our roads for maximum viewing angles. The varied geography here changes from lush forest to scenic meadows, with mountain ranges forming a colorful backdrop to the intensity of the leaves seen up close. Below are some loops that are great for biking, motorcycling, and of course, scenic drives. [img:... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Cycling, Fall, foliage
My favorite thing about fall in Saranac Lake is that it is possibly the best place in the world to revel in the amazing colors of autumn. I spent some formative years in a place with no change of seasons. Now, I love watching the leaves on the trees change colors, and also having so many trees that will happily do that for me. Adirondack trees are just the right mix of species to provide maximum... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Fall, foliage
Let's go! My friend, Kathy, and I both love to paddle for as long as the water is flowing - from spring to late fall. Recently we had the chance to meet up for a spontaneous fall outing. We decided to meet at the intersection of routes 186 and 30 in Lake Clear. I then followed her north on 30 for approximately 1.2 miles to our launch site, an unmarked dirt road on the left, which... [Read More]
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Author:Lisa Sciacca
Categories:Paddling
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