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Oct 3, 2014 - Paddling Franklin Lake, Adironack Park

2014-09-03 Paddling Franklin Lake Another beautiful day in the Adironacks but the trees are losing their foliage quickly and what were beautiful, crimson and orange trees are now, bare. Of course, there is some color and in a way, these last vestiges of summer punctuate the gray of the bare trees and the green of the evergreen trees. We drove north around Whiteface to a fairly remote lake called Franklin Lake and launched the kayaks in the clear mountain water which was surprisingly warm. (Not as cold as the Atlantic Ocean or even Lake...

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Falling Leaves Tour

Jul 26, 2013 - Saranac Lake, NY.

We did not have anything planned for the day, so we slept in. At 10.30 decided to drive to Saranac and take our dirty laundry with us. We took the back roads to avoid Lake Placid traffic. It turned out to be a nice drive along the Saranac River. The first commercial building we see in town is the laundromat, so we stopped and got it done. It was next door to the scenic train that traveled between Lake Placid and Saranac. We watched it load up and leave while we were waiting. After that chore was done we drove through downtown. Lots of shops...

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Jun 21, 2010 - Saranac Lake & Lake Placid, NY

Saranac Lake, a small town east of Lake Placid, has been named best small town in New York State and ranked 11th in the 100 best small towns in America...of course we had to check it out. It is in a pretty area and it is a cute town, but we didn’t see anything that made it better than the other charming small towns we have found in NY. We walked the main street and enjoyed a little shopping before heading back to Lake Placid for lunch since we couldn’t find a restaurant offering more than sandwiches or pizzas in Saranac Lake. Friday we had...

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May 15, 2010 - Fish Creek and Osgood River

We headed back to our favorite camp ground in the Adirondacks, Fish Creek Pond. All the camp sites sit right on the lake. It sits right on the edge of the St. Regis Canoe Area and is also near many mountains for hiking. If you ever want to go camping in the Adirondacks, this is the place. Our first day we paddled about 3 miles up fish creek from our campsite. We stopped at a nice deep hole in a bend of the creek with about 4 dead fall trees and tried our luck at fishing. We were lucky that day. I caught a bass on my second cast. Minhee...

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Feb 13, 2010 - Saranac Lake Winter Festival

My parents came up to attend Saranac Lake's world famous Winter Festival and to see the Ice Palace. The Winter Festival began in the 1890's as an evil plot by the town's coffee shop owners to encourage people to freeze thus increasing their coffee sales. However, something went amiss and now the bars make the largest sales in whiskey and vodka. The town of Saranac Lake, which ironically sits on Flower Lake and not Saranac Lake, used to be the epoch center of the ice block industry. So every year the town cuts ice blocks from Flower Lake and...

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Sep 12, 2009 - Saranac Lake Canoe Trip

Me and Minhee took a 6 mile canoe camping trip from Middle Saranac Lake, up the Saranac River, and into Lower Saranac Lake. It was a great trip because we were able to go through the hand operated river lock between the two lakes. Lower Saranac Lake has lots of sheer rock cliffs coming down to the lake. We had to climb up a 20 foot rock to get to our camp site. It was interesting getting into and out of the canoe since there was no canoe landing, just a rock face with a small flat rock right at the water's surface. We didn't plan the timing...

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Aug 14, 2008 - Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake, just a little northwest of Lake Placid, is a quaint mountain village. It has distinguished itself over time with lots of honors and awards including #1 Best Small Town in NY, 11th Best Small Town in America, and one of the 50 Best Places to Live. Saranac Lake was first settled in the early 1800s but by the late 1800s it had become a health resort of sorts, particularly for the treatment of tuberculosis. Today, with its location in the mountains and along so many lakes, streams, and rivers it is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts...

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New York, 2008

Apr 26, 2008 - Ampersand Mountain

Spring is finally here in the North Country. A couple weeks ago we hiked up to 3,352 foot summit of Ampersand Mt. It was deforested at the end of the 19th Century for a land survey. The soil completely eroded from the top leaving only a granite summit providing the hiker a 360 degree view of the Adirondacks. Most guide books argue that it is the BEST view in the Adirondacks. Unfortunately not all the snow was melted from the mountain. We hiked the last 1.5 miles on a hard packed icy trail with out poles or spikes. The trail was about a foot...

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Feb 9, 2008 - Saranac Winter Carnival

With two feet of fresh snow this week, there was only one thing to do, snow shoe and then visit Saranac Lake Ice Castle. During the snow shoe trip I learned to always wipe off the snow from your eyebrows before you get your picture taken or else you'll look like a transvestite lumberjack. Every year since the 1880's, Saranac Lake has a Winter Carnival and builds an Ice Castle. They cut the blocks of ice right from the lake, stack them, and then freeze water on the walls to make them solid. It was pretty neat to see. They even made a tunnel...

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Aug 18, 2007 - Weller Pond

We then went on a canoe camping trip to Saranac Lakes and Weller Pond, 10 miles west of Lake Placid. Remote Weller Pond is connected to the large Saranac Lakes by a long shallow channel that only very small motor boats or canoes can take. Our camp site was surrounded by old growth forest. There was a memorial to Martha Reben at our camp ground. I found out that Martha Reben and Weller Pond was the Henry David Thoreau and Walden Pond of the 1950's. She wrote "The Way of the Wilderness" and "The Healing Woods". She went to the Adirondacks to...

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