Sunday, October 22, 2023

Aerial Reconnaissance

aerial mountain view

The Anniversary Gift of a Lifetime: An Adirondack Plane Ride 

Have any folks out there besides my wife & I ever wondered what it would be like to see the Adirondacks from above in a private small plane chartered flight?

 What an adventure!

 For a bird’s eye view of our anniversary Adirondack High Peaks region overflight route, click the link & read on:


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A veteran north country writer & story teller raised in Saranac Lake, Dick enjoys “Living in the Day I Am In”, and then writing about it. A severely speech impaired 3x cancer survivor, his pen is his voice. He shares many of his Adirondack Outlaw adventures & tales here. Read the rest on his blog @

9 Responses

  1. Phil Fitzpatrick says:

    Great post. Thank you.

  2. wash wild says:

    Any consideration that you were flying over wilderness areas where people go to escape mechanized noise?

    • That comment is so utterly ridiculous I don’t even know how to respond.

    • Paul says:

      Sorry, what wilderness area in the US doesn’t have a plane fly over it?

      The Cape Air pilot points out Mt. Marcy to passengers twice a day!

      • Steve B. says:

        I have as yet not had a trip to Forked Lake in August in the past 8 years when we have not heard jet fighters flying overhead, presumably aircraft from Burlington conducting training missions at Fort Drum. To do so they fly over any number of wilderness areas in the region. There is no requirement that they not do so. The Adirondacks may have so called wilderness areas, but it’s not the north slope of Alaska. We have aircraft flying over all the time, seaplanes, jet airliners heading to and from Montreal I assume as well assorted military aircraft. It’s expected in this part of the world.

  3. So, Mr. Wild, after sleeping on your comment/question, & having the night to mull it over, here is my response: As a 3x cancer survivor with multiple sclerosis, completely tube fed, with half a jaw & no tongue, having not tasted human food in fifteen years, and physically unable to safely return on my own, even assisted, on the ground, to terrain I once upon a lifetime ago time roamed freely as a vibrant, healthy, full of life young human, I was thrilled beyond words at the news that our three wonderful children, with a full and deeply ingrained appreciation for my heart’s Adirondack lifeblood connection, which I have shared with them to the best of my abilities as my wife and I raised them, that our children held all of that with such deeply ingrained respect, appreciation and regard, that, despite their young years and financial challenges, saw their way clear to book my wife & I an anniversary Adirondack flyover, knowing I would never again visit that terrain otherwise. I did as I do with each and every day of life, seized the moment, “Living in the day I am in”. I loved them for this gift, and for the ability to share that terrain with my wife, which I would never have been able to do otherwise. Then in an effort to share my survivor’s life celebration with others, I worked, as I quite frequently do, to put together a story about it, which Melissa & the folks at the Almanack were gracious enough to share here with their readers. For ANYONE to disparage that- to see that as anything other than a survivor’s celebration of life- all I can say is, I feel sorry for them, & would respectfully suggest that folks of that mindset take close stock of their life, and all that God’s grace has given them.

  4. joel rosenbaum says:

    Dick Monroe, thanks for a great aerial trip through the great range! It was very
    nostalgic for me, as a 90 year old, to see the terrain that I had roamed many years ago
    as a youth from Massena, and later Syracuse University. A marvelous photo-essay!
    Joel Rosenbaum

  5. Thank you, Dr. Rosenbaum. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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