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Of melting snow and frozen ice The first changes that come with spring are always exciting. I had to meet someone in Plattsburgh this week and I took advantage of the trip and the beautiful spring weather to look for birds along the Adirondack Coast. The valley will soon be devoid of snow as the warmer temps melt most of what was on the ground, but Lake Champlain will remain cold and locked for some time, as it did for much of...
Spring is fast approaching on the Adirondack Coast, and that means it’s time to hike. It also means the trails are likely to still be covered in snow, so if you’re coming from someplace warm don’t forget to pack those snowshoes. In the Lake Champlain Region, many of the hikes are low elevation so they don’t require a full day to finish. One of the best places to start is the Champlain Area Trails, an ever-expanding collection of trails...
If you're in the Adirondacks and you start to ask around about ice climbing, you're likely to hear the same thing: Talk to Matt Horner, a climbing guide with the Mountaineer in Keene Valley. Matt's social media channels make it pretty clear why. They're loaded with stunning photos of people wielding ice axes as they ascend impossibly steep, otherworldy-white-and-blue curtains of shimmering ice. It's inspiring, beautiful, and a little...
Submitted by guest blogger Lily Katherine Rasmus, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Here we are frozen in February, and since the groundhog didn't see his shadow we're in for an early spring. If you are planning a visit to the Lake Champlain Region this winter, don’t think you have to be cold while you're here. We have multitiple ways to stay warm after enjoying some winter fun! One of the draws to the area is of...
A great time of year With winter in full swing across the North Country, it is not only time to step into skis and to strap on snowshoes, it is also time to head to the Champlain Valley in search of birds. While the valley offers good birding all year round, winter can be excellent for a number of sought-after species, making winter trips a must. And so we birders head out questing for raptors like Rough-legged Hawks, waterfowl like Tufted...
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...
Submitted by guest blogger Troy Thomas Champlain Area Trails, or CATS, clearly states their mission on the website, which is simple and beautiful — saving land, making trails. Here, in Elizabethtown, a scenic, 30-minute drive from the Lake Champlain to the east or Lake Placid to the north, you'll find the the Blueberry Hill Trail system. This is a lovely wooded network of interconnected trails, for every...
Guest blog by Lily Katherine Rasmus Snowmobiling season is an activity that both visitors and locals patiently wait to arrive. Thanks to the hard work of local clubs including the Adirondack Trail Riders and the NYS Snowmobile Association, visitors have access to more than 20 miles of interconnected trails. The Trail Riders are a not-for-profit club and their trail system spans Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Moriah, and Schroon...
In the photos it looks like they’re gliding across the water’s surface, the clouds reflected in an enormous, aqueous mirror. The Nordic skates on their feet look a little too big, a little too cumbersome, striking an odd juxtaposition with the skater’s elegant movements. “On a good day, visually, your senses are on overload,” said Nordic skater Kevin Boyle. “There’s this amazing color spectrum. With the jet black ice, if you catch it when it’...
Contributing writer Chris Maron is the executive director of Champlain Area Trails. Winter is a great time to enjoy the Champlain Area Trails (CATS). They offer a range of outdoor experiences with easy to moderate routes good for cross-country skiing, some short climbs to beautiful views, and extended excursions through forests, fields, and along streams. The wide variety of CATS trails include wonderful excursions in the...
It’s that time of year again Like everything else during the holiday season, Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) sneak up on me before I am ready. There are emails a few months before the date, followed by more emails, and then the day arrives and I’m somehow mystified as to how that happened. Chalk it up to busyness and far too much to do. A great start to the winter season In the weeks preceding the counts, many folks head out to prep...
Whenever I set foot on the grounds of Fort Ticonderoga I feel a distinct sense of privilege. I am clearly aware I am treading on the same sacred soil as America’s first patriots and I know that, if not for their sacrifice, my life today may not be so blessed. I also feel indebted to the Pell family who began preservation of this American treasure over 100 years ago. With gratitude to their vision and effort I am permitted the unique...
Written by guest blogger Lily Katherine, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce When I was growing up my mother always planned ahead when it came to getting presents for us kids, that way she could begin with the classic family torture of “I know something you don’t know” in August. I openly admit that I have adopted that family tradition; nothing thrills me more than bouncing into a room, wiggling my husband while ...
The holiday season has a lot of heart-warming elements, but one of the most important is the feasting. Whether it is a couple's getaway for some rare us-time, or a large gathering of family and friends, the many wonderful farms and restaurants along the Adirondack Coast will provide some lovely touches to the festivities. At home Get some special ingredients for that upcoming gathering by visiting The Hub on the HIll. From produce to...
Since its beginning in 2009, the Champlain Area Trails' (CATS) ever-growing trail network has featured relatively short, easy-to-moderate hikes with big payoffs in outstanding views. CATS trails showcase a rich tapestry of scenic woodlands, wildlife habitats, pastoral farmland, historic villages and wetlands, ponds, rivers, and streams including the Boquet River and Lake Champlain. CATS publishes a beautiful free map of the...