Beginning tomorrow the list of Adirondack Almanack contributors will grow once again with the addition of our first dedicated outdoor recreation writer – Kevin MacKenzie, known as “MudRat” at several hiking forums where he is active (including Summitpost and ADK High Peaks Forum).
MacKenzie will be offering a weekly contribution on a variety of outdoor sports topics, including covering issues around access, events, sensitive flora and fauna issues for the back country, DEC camping policy, and more. His regular reports will appear on Monday afternoon at 3 pm.
Kevin’s love of the Adirondacks began, he says, “even before I was born, when my family bought a small bit of property across from the Ausable’s East Branch.” Only a half day’s drive away from where he grew up, the Adirondacks became a central theme to all his family vacations. Time spent in “the mountains,” MacKenzie told me, made an impression that intensified throughout his childhood and into his adult years. “The only problem was,” he said, “by that point, I’d lived on west coast of Florida for nearly twenty years and was pretty entrenched.”
Kevin finally returned for good to the Lake Placid area in 2003 after encouragement from a Lake Placid friend (who he now calls his wife); he is Assistant Registrar at St. Lawrence University in Canton.
Kevin’s focus is on exploring the High Peaks back-country and slides, always with a camera in hand. He has been combining his photography and writing and describes his explorations at http://www.mackenziefamily.com/46/46r.html; he constantly adds pictures to the archives of his photography business Creative Nature Photography.
Please join all of us at the Almanack in welcoming Kevin MacKenzie.