When it’s too hot to climb a mountain, I often get out my canoe and take advantage of outdoor air conditioning: cool breezes blowing over the water. If the breezes falter, I can always jump in the water.
It looks like we’re in for a string of hot days this week. And no doubt we’ll have other scorchers in the weeks ahead. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of links to paddling stories from the Adirondack Explorer to help you beat the heat.
In the latest issue of the Explorer, Brian Mann writes about kayaking to the little-visited Schuyler Island on Lake Champlain.
In the May/April issue, I wrote about canoeing on the Deer River Flow, a scenic piece of flatwater north of Meacham Lake.
In an earlier issue, Publisher Tom Woodman described a trip down the Jessup River and Indian Lake.
Tom also has written about canoeing the West Branch of the Sacandaga, one of the best river trips in the southern Adirondacks.
Last year, Dick Beamish, the magazine’s founder, paddled up Lower Saranac Lake and down the Saranac River, nearly circumnavigating Dewey Mountain in the process.
If you’re into whitewater, check out Mal Provost’s suggestions for novice and intermediate river runs.
And if you’re still looking for other ideas, check out my Adirondack recreation blog, where I describe fourteen paddling trips–with more to come. Scroll down to find a list of all the trips in the right-hand column.
Just to give you a taste, here’s what I wrote about the Grass River Flow.
Phil Brown is editor of the Adirondack Explorer newsmagazine.
Photo of grass along the Salmon River by Phil Brown.