Monday, October 30, 2023

Locked Up

construction being done on an Adirondack lake

Locked Up

For an on site October update on the DECs Saranac Lake Upper Locks construction project, click the link & read on.


Photo provided by Dick Monroe.


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A veteran north country writer & story teller raised in Saranac Lake, when not busy chasing new Adirondack adventures or sharing his survivor’s voice at Adirondack Center for Writing’s “Barkreaders” open mics, Dick enjoys weaving new outlaw stories, poems & tales. “Most of them are all pretty much true. Then again…maybe some of them ain’t.” He shares many of them here. Read the rest on his blog at

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  1. Charles R Conkling says:

    Just to let you know Mr, Monroe, the sign for the bellverdere restaurant that you were standing next to and the access to the bicycle ramp to go to the restaurant isn’t there anymore, in the infinite of the dec and the planners of the rail trail only certain people and businesses get access to the trail, and by the way it’s a road not a trail, it’s black asphalt that’s going to melt that much faster in winter warmer or rain, not mention theres not enough room for two snowmobiles to bed by each other, and choice vac fencing, what is going to happen when a snowmobile bed that

    • Hmmm… Oh! Ok. You confused me for a moment. This comment is in reference to the “From Rail to Trail ” story. Sorry to hear the Belvedere sign came down. I rather liked it. Thought it was a nicely done popular local business promoting touch, and a great idea to boot. Sorry to say, I have no insight into the whys or wherefores of how that happened. You are the second person to comment/raise the issue/concern regarding trail width for two snowmobiles passing each other (or one snowmobile passing anyone else). I must admit, as a non-snowmobile person, I hadn’t given that much thought. Seems like a legitimate concern though, especially given the high speeds snowmobiles tend to travel at, and the lack of trail (or road, if you prefer- I will grant you, the paved portion does more resemble a road), narrow trail shoulders (or none at all, where bridge crossings are) and the presence of steep drop-offs in many locations. All valid points. Clearly a work still very much in progress, with many issues remaining to be addressed and resolved. Let’s hope the powers that be take note.

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