Friday, August 7, 2020

What’s on your Adirondack summer bucket list?

Phil Brown canoes Shingle Shanty Brook in 2009People all over the country are flocking outside during this pandemic summer. And recent top stories from and reflect the strangeness of recreating amid Covid-19, I as wrote about in my weekly “Adk News Briefing” e-mail newsletter. (Click here to subscribe to it.)

I’m curious to know what’s on your Adirondack summer “to do” list. Have you tried something new this summer? Have you joined the crowds or ventured into more remote territory? Feel free to leave a comment or share an email:

For those interested in testing out a new outdoor rec activity, we’ve created a series of “How to” guides, with suggestions for outings around the region. Put together by summer intern Sierra McGivney, who is double majoring in journalism and expeditionary studies at Plattsburgh State University. We’ve posted them on the Adirondack Explorer website and linked to some of the many stories archived in the site’s “Adventure Planner.”

So far in the series, we’ve posted:

HOW TO: Canoeing

HOW TO: Kayaking

HOW TO: Stand up paddle

HIKING: For those looking for something new to do on two legs, here’s a “bucket list” of hiking challenges for all ages/abilities, pulled from the Almanack archive:

Above photo: Multimedia reporter Mike Lynch hiked Marcy recently for a story for the Explorer about the High Peaks. Here’s a photo gallery of images from that day.

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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.

4 Responses

  1. Dear Melissa,

    My Iist for this summer was to get really good photos of particular birds. As of now I have the American bittern, great blue heron, and bald eaglet. However, the belted kingfisher has eluded me. The pursuit continues…..

  2. MAC says:

    As much as I enjoy your publication I’m not sure you are doing anyone any favors by promoting new places to go. The trailheads are jammed with cars parked illegally as are the launch points for the waterways. Authorities are doing nothing to curb the parking issues and even less to deal with the rampant theft that is occurring at many launch points. All of us who read this love the ADKs but something needs to happen. For me my bucket list for this season has been ruined.

  3. Sula says:

    My bucket list involves sitting in my rocking chair on the front porch and sipping a gin and tonic while watching the deer graze on our plateau. Later on, we’ll have a fire if it’s cool enough and be thankful that we live in heaven.

  4. desolate hiker says:

    I wanted to do the trap dike this summer, but decided not to since I was hiking alone, and it was really, really hot. I was going to do Haystack instead to get some pictures, but took a wrong trail (Hopkins, trail #2) and discovered a seldom used trail toward Bushnell falls. I didn’t summit anything but had an awesome day discovering a trail that was completely desolate, except for me. Next time I think I’ll do it again as a loop back to South Meadows.

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