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Spring has Arrived! While winter took a while to be defeated this year in the Adirondacks, the spring movement of waterfowl and other species in the Lake Champlain Region was not to be deterred. For instance, just the other day a friend of mine found 17 species of waterfowl in Bulwagga Bay from Crown Point and Port Henry. So, when the weather turned to warm and sunny just in time for Earth Day, Wren and I wasted no time in heading out...
It’s drama time for our rivers, creeks, and streams. Melted snow and spring rains have filled their banks to capacity. They are putting on quite a show as they race down the mountains and into the valley, all in a hurry to reach Lake Champlain. It’s my favorite time of year to go out on a waterfall watch and see the fantastic displays. I find moving water mesmerizing; I love the sounds and the sparkle as it splashes onward. Here are some of...
On May 4, 2018, the most accurate Star Trek set reproduction in the world will welcome back the person who created the starship captain. On that day, it will be 51 years, 7 months, and 26 days since William Shatner brought Captain Kirk to television. This beloved show was actually obscure in its time. But that was before there was a man on the moon and a computer in the palm of our hand. Now, Star Trek isn't a show which barely hung on long...
Westport was born from its lovely natural advantages, and this tradition continues as the concept and experience of "leisure" has changed through the centuries. If you like staying in historic lodges, dining on the water, and exploring nature from the beach to the mountaintops, Westport beckons. I do love Westport. Let me count some of the ways. Home of The Chair To give an idea of the character of this charming town, remember that the...
Located directly along the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain is the Town of Moriah — an incredibly scenic community with phenomenal views at every turn.This town is large and is comprised of several hamlets: Moriah Center, Moriah Corners, Witherbee, and Mineville, as well as the village of Port Henry. For this week's blog we are fortunate to have talented local photographer, Shawn Michener, share some of the seasonal magic he’...
Wild Windy Weather The wind was howling when Wren and I walked down to the beach at Noblewood Park in Willsboro with a plan to scan through the birds there. White-capped waves rolled and crashed along Lake Champlain, and the strong gale made scoping difficult at best and impossible at worst. The fact that it began snowing didn't help my cause either. I eventually had to give up and walk away – my face numb and my eyes tearing -...
Submitted by guest blogger: Katelyn Chevier A Local Way to Combat Winter Blues  At the same time every year, as the monotony of winter drags on, I begin to feel stuck on autopilot. Tiredness ensues, as I see no light at the end of the tunnel promising spring. Getting creative with outdoor hobbies throughout the season is smart in this region, but what if you require a little shake-up to your frosty repertoire? A local...
An exciting stop on the way to the valley On our way to check out birds in the Lake Champlain Region, my brother, nephew, and I decided to check out Ausable Club Road where, as the name suggests, the Ausable Club sits. There had been a report of possible Common Redpolls and Pine Grosbeaks there, neither of which have been around this winter, so it was worth a stop. Our day had already started with a Northern Shrike along Old Military Road...
Each March we are lucky to be treated to two NYS Maple Weekends - a celebration of that honorable upstate tradition of harvesting the sap of the sugar maple on the cusp of spring and boiling it down into maple syrup. However, here on the Adirondack Coast, we love our maple all year long! If you are wondering where you can get some of the best maple syrup around, boy do I have a tip for you. North Hill Maple Farm is a sixth generation...
Today the Adirondacks are the destination for enthusiastic and athletic individuals from around the world. They come here wishing to feel the thrill of adventure that only our unique winter landscape can offer. Whether you are into skiing, ice climbing, nordic skating, or snowshoeing, many excellent opportunities await the winter visitor.  But what of Adirondackers from a century ago? Did these hardy inhabitants of our rustic frozen...
If you have visited a mountain town in the last few years, you may have noticed that fat bikes are steadily growing in popularity. More than ever, riders are taking to the snowy roads and trails, adding another outdoor hobby to their list. I have picked up mountain biking over the past few summers, and love that fat biking allows for year round riding and an additional winter activity when the skiing is subpar. Some riders are even...
Birds everywhere! Our wildly variable weather has produced birds throughout the Lake Champlain Region all winter from Snowy Owls to an array of ducks. Unfortunately I've been so busy I haven't been out as much as I'd like, so when a few free hours presented themselves on a recent trip to the Plattsburgh area, I took advantage to see what I could find.  Ausable Marsh I was running a bit late when I left, and so I had...
We're quickly approaching that mid-winter day when everyone who is coupled-up is faced with the big question: how to give their sweetie a special treat. It can be a challenge. Do you do one of the standards and stick with  chocolates or roses, or do you plan an adventure. I can give you a few suggestions for a romantic getaway that will last longer than either flowers or sweets! Why not make some memories this year? How about...
Ready to visit some place new this year? Consider this 48-hour escape — I think it's a great choice for a quick weekend jaunt that you will find quite rejuvenating; visit Elizabethtown, or E’town as it is affectionately known by locals. A Welcoming History Elizabethtown is a quaint community located on the fringes of the High Peaks. Much of the hamlet’s current architecture is listed on the National Register of Historic Places....
Submitted by Guest Blogger: Troy Thomas CATS, or Champlain Area Trails, clearly states their mission on the website, which is simple and beautiful - saving land, making trails. Here, in Elizabethtown, a quick 30-minute scenic drive from the Adirondack Coast or Lake Placid, you'll find the The Blueberry Hill Trail system. This is a lovely wooded network of interconnected trails, for every member of your family,...