Your Adirondack Basecamp
October 31, 2018
I know what you’re thinking. Sasquatch is just a mythical being along the likes of unicorns and fairies. What you can't deny is that as winter creeps in and days become darker, there is a bit of extra mystery that lingers in the woods. Most...
October 24, 2018
When most people think of mining towns, they might not think of the Adirondacks. Yet, this form of settlement shaped many towns here. One of them still lies deep within one of the most remote areas of these mountains, and it has a mining history...
October 10, 2018
Finding a place to sleep It was already dark when I pulled into our campsite with my dog, Wren, ready to pitch up our tent and prepare for a night in the cooling, early fall woods. For some people, the camping season ends with the end of summer,...
October 10, 2018
All the best places in the Adirondacks have a unique story. Each town has something special to offer, whether it’s a downtown coffee shop or proximity to the 46 High Peaks. Circle B Ranch, one of these unique Adirondack places, has been around...
October 9, 2018
A Muddy Put-in After toting my canoe down the Sucker Brook Trail at the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) in Newcomb, a mucky put-in wasn’t going to stop me and Wren, my dog, from getting on the water. And Wren was more than happy to slog...
September 27, 2018
Every autumn season I try to visit the charming mix of trees at the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb. This educational nature complex has everything for an immersive fall foliage experience, from groomed trails for hiking to knowledgeable...
September 18, 2018
What makes an Adirondack town perfect? Well, sure the mountains and waterways are exceptional. But, to make a town perfect you need all that and a local craft brewery. And not just any craft brewery, but one that has a beer garden, a selection of...
September 10, 2018
I have a favorite road in the Schroon Lake Region, Blue Ridge Road. It has scenic delights and fun attractions. This is especially true in the autumn. It runs between North Hudson and Newcomb through dense forest and across bridges, with frequent...
August 29, 2018
Love nature? Love fall? Love marathons? Well then grab your running shoes and start preparing for the Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival, happening Sept. 22-23. This is a weekend of fun and running, or walking, in the beautiful Adirondacks...
August 28, 2018
Every season in the mountains holds its own distinct beauty, but perhaps the most dramatic and photo worthy of them all is fall. Different shades appear as the season progresses, with the peak offering a show-stopping display of reds, yellows,...
August 16, 2018
Taking advantage of an opportunity Wren, my dog, and I had some work to do near Blue Ridge Road recently and we took advantage of it to check out part of the Boreas Ponds Tract – a nearly 21,000 acre parcel which the state purchased in 2016. It has...
August 3, 2018
Eric Bright is a Schroon Lake-based luthier with an eye for detail and a set of snorkeling gear. The wood he uses comes from the muck on the bottom of the lake; his guitars produce a timeless sound that's as soft as the ripples on the water's...
August 3, 2018
Newcomb, NY is a haven for hikers, with nearby trails leading to the eastern High Peaks, Mount Goodnow, and into Great Camp Santanoni. It also is home to Lake Harris and the Hudson River for boating, camping, or just relaxing.  And now...
August 2, 2018
Looking for summer relaxation? Consider an Adirondack lake beach, for a delightful blend of the familiar and the exotic. The familiar is the expanse of sand and sun, and the availability of picnic treats from beachside vendors. What might be...
July 19, 2018
Frogs and birds “I like mink frogs,” I thought to myself as Wren, my dog, and I pushed off onto the waters of Cheney Pond the other day, listening to their characteristic knocking calls from the cool shallows. They were adding a new voice to the...
July 19, 2018
Anywhere you go in the Adirondacks during summer is going to be great. Lakes, mountains, fields, and streams – it’s all great. But why settle for great when you could have spectacular? Schroon Lake is a small, unassuming mountain town located...
July 3, 2018
What does the Seagle Music Colony have planned for their upcoming season? A delightful mix of old favorites and rare classics. Oscar Seagle, world-renowned baritone, established this prestigious school for vocalists in 1915. It is still the...
July 2, 2018
If you frequently follow our Schroon Lake region blogs, you may have read my Schroon Lake Summer Bucket List, where I confessed having never been to Schroon Lake. Last week I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon in the wonderfully quaint town of...
June 18, 2018
The Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area is a gorgeous, 46,283-acre region that’s chock full of trails, lakes, mountains, and wildlife. It can be accessed from 11 parking areas, so there are lots of options available. That’s great for people who like to...
June 8, 2018
Finding time during a busy time of year I have a confession to make. As much as what I do revolves around birds, I often don’t have time – particularly during this season of the year when their numbers and diversity in the Adirondacks are at their...
May 11, 2018
Locals call it mud season, I call it lovely. There’s nothing quite like spring in the Adirondacks. Everything is changing — wildflowers start appearing along trails, birds return from their southern sojourn, and the melting snowpack sends water...
May 10, 2018
For many people, it's not summer until Memorial Day Weekend. Nowhere is this more true than in the Schroon Lake Region. When spring starts to happen, it happens fast, as everyone gets ready for the boating, fishing, paddling, hiking, and events...
May 4, 2018
You don’t have to own a Hobie Cat sailboat to participate in the third annual Schroon Lake Hobie Cat Regatta. The regatta happens every Father's Day weekend — this year it’s June 15-17. Event organizer Glen Repko said about 30 Hobie Cats will...
April 26, 2018
Whether you want to fish, swim, paddle, or sail, Schroon Lake is the ideal basecamp for your summer fun adventures! By the numbers Need proof? Check out these sweet facts: Ready, set, plan! So grab your gear, book your campsite, and start...
April 25, 2018
Warmer days are finally here and nothing compares to an Adirondack summer. Longer days mean longer adventures, and there is a never-ending list of outdoor activities to tackle. Before every new season I like to make a few goals, a bucket list of...

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