Almanack Contributor Alan Jones

Alan Jones came to the Adirondacks for the first time to attend Camp Onondaga on Long Lake in 1947 when he was 10 years old. He continued coming to the camp for five years and then came back in 1957 as a counselor for a group of 10-year-olds in the same cabin he was in in 1947. After marrying Barbara and having three children, the family began camping at State campsites in the Adirondacks – primarily Rollins Pond. In 2019, Alan and Barbara retired to California to be close to their two daughters.

Monday, March 11, 2024

Canoe Trip: Long Lake to Rollins Pond

Lower Raquette Falls

In 1988, my wife, Barbara, and I were camping at Rollins Pond near Upper Saranac Lake. We wanted to take a canoe trip from Long Lake back to our campsite. After inquiring at Hickock’s Boat Livery, we found that the owner of the pizza shop just across the road from Hickock’s offered shuttle service.

We hired him to take our canoe and us to Long Lake. When he dropped us off in the hamlet of Long Lake, Barbara wanted to make a phone call to see how her father was doing. He was in the nursing home section of his retirement home and not doing well. She was on the phone a long time talking to the nurses. I became aware that we might have to abort our canoe trip and travel to Alexandria, Virginia. If we did, I decided I would go over to Helms Aero Services and have them fly us to Rollins Pond. The nurse convinced Barbara that her father was doing okay so we started canoeing north on Long Lake. We spent the night at the site of the former Riverdale Boys Camp not far from the outlet. 

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