Almanack Contributor Dick Monroe

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 @

Monday, August 28, 2023

Captured Canoes

90 miler 

2023 marks the 40th anniversary of The Adirondack Canoe Classic. Scheduled for September 8-10th, this year’s “90-Miler” is coming up fast! For a unique photo lookback chronology of last year’s race, click the link:

Monday, August 21, 2023

Cure Cottage Immortals

baseball doll and collectibles

 Matty League, Larry Doyle, and hall of fame baseball cards. For a glimpse into Saranac Lake’s youth league baseball and its cure cottage immortals, click the link & read on:

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Bedroom Window

sketch of a house

Thought I’d offer up a little change of pace. I penned this story during my time spent in Almanack exile. Since my return, I’ve had intentions of sharing it at some point.  Based on recent articles, discussions and commentary, it somehow seemed to me that time was now, & this story was apropos to today’s moment. For the full story, click the link & read on:

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Alone the night

lean-to at night

Have you ever spent a night alone in the woods? A highly recommended experience. To find out more click the link and read on:

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Dive Bar Décor

old bottles                 

Celebrating a fifty-year era of Saranac Lake Bottling History. One bottle at a time. To find out more click the link & read on:

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Cedar Log Surgery

cedar log surgery 

Someone cruelly wounded our Bull Rush Bay Cedar Log home! I gave my best effort. To see the results of my “Cedar Log Surgery”, click the link and read on:

Monday, July 10, 2023

Left-Handed Fish


man with fish
 Show of hands- Who’s ready to go fishing? For a tally of how the fish voted, click the link & read on:

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Scarred Cedar Logs

scarred cedar logs

Middle Saranac Lake’s Bull Rush Bay lean-to has been GOUGED! For this Zen boat discovery and photos click the link & read on:

Monday, June 26, 2023

Middle Saranac 1

middle saranac lake lean-to

Three generations ago, there was “Middle Saranac 1.”

A Middle Saranac Lake lean-to look-back collection of memories, artifacts, legends and photos.

For the full story, click the link and read on:



Thursday, June 22, 2023

Menu of memories

saranac lake high school

With high school graduation season now in full swing, another high school year will soon be but memories.  As I leaf back through my high school yearbooks, reflecting, I wonder. “What if I’d truly applied myself and majored in something other than lunch hour?” For a menu of memories, click the link and read on:

Saturday, June 17, 2023

My Dad Knew Smokey Bear

smoky the bear and a man with suit and tie


A Father’s Day tribute, looking back through the eyes of a child. For the full story, click the link & read on:

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Where Sentinels Soar

bald eagle

A celebration of eagles. An SLHS ’81 classmate collaboration, featuring Peggy Ivimey’s Adirondack bald eagle photography, framed with my words.

For the full story, click the link here:

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Hope Springs Eternal

geese on a foggy pond

“Hope Springs Eternal”

When predators are howling at life’s door and all hope seems lost, mother nature somehow still finds a way. For the full story click the link & read on.


Monday, May 29, 2023

Twenty-One Guns!


A Memorial Day tribute to those who have served and to the sacrifice of those who have fallen. God Bless America! Amen & Amen! Click the following link to read on:

Monday, May 22, 2023

The return of Dick Monroe: The River Calling

Editor’s note: We are so pleased to be able to feature Dick Monroe’s writing on the Adirondack Almanack. He previously shared some of his wonderful, insightful essays, poems and stories of his “Adirondack Outlaw” adventures coming of age in Saranac Lake, as well as his outdoor adventures and personal experiences. Read his previous Almanack submissions here and welcome back, Dick! We look forward to you sharing excerpts and snippets of your work with us.

saranac river with bridge

“The River Calling”

My ode to the Saranac River. My lifelong comfort, companion & friend. Its waters flow through my veins. Whether I’m hunting, fishing, exploring, swimming, canoeing or camping, wherever life’s next Adirondack Outlaw adventure takes me, I can hear it calling. Click here below to read the full poem.


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