Saturday, January 20, 2024

Army troop of turkeys in yard, 130 mallard ducks in Inlet channel

Tufted titmouse

Winter has arrived a couple of months late, and the snowmobilers and skiers finally have enough snow to play on. This last three inches of snow that came yesterday morning [Jan. 14] was the best snow we have had all winter (and [we had] no rain following it when it stopped.) I saw a few people skiing down the trail behind the house and heard many snowmobiles going up the road out front. Sitting in my chair upstairs, I can see their lights coming down Limekiln Road from near the top of the hill to the ski trail parking lot. I know when it snows, as I can see the lights of the town crew plowing the road in the dark and I can also see them as they are plowing out the parking lot right from my bedroom window.

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Saturday, January 20, 2024

2024 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival set for Feb. 2-11

2024 creepy carnival Saranac Lake Wiinter Festival buttonSaranac Lake, NY– Visitors from around the world will travel to New York’s Adirondack Mountains from Feb. 2-11, 2024 to celebrate the annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival with a ‘Creepy Carnival’ theme. They join in the revelry alongside local residents who have made it their family tradition for generations.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the longest-running event of its kind in the eastern U.S. dating to 1897. The Carnival began as a one-day event to break the monotony of the long Adirondack winter and has grown into a 10-day festival that includes an Ice Palace, sports, performances, two parades and three sets of spectacular fireworks.

Over the years, the Winter Carnival has retained the warmth, charm and camaraderie of a community celebration. The Carnival is organized by an all-volunteer group called the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, or more formally, the Society for the preservation of Winter Carnival, Saranac Lake, Inc. It is a community-driven festival made possible by the efforts of many volunteers and sponsors.

One of the longest-running traditions at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the Winter Carnival button.The buttons are collected by residents and visitors every year, especially since “Doonesbury” creator and Saranac Lake native Garry Trudeau began designing the buttons in 1981. They can be purchased at various locations around Saranac Lake or by mail order. In 2012, Trudeau also began designing collectible posters as a fundraiser for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee. » Continue Reading.

Friday, January 19, 2024

Hickory Ski Center to reopen Jan. 20

Hickory Ski Center in Warrensburg

Warrensburg, NY – Hickory Ski Center’s lifts will run again. Hickory will reopen to the public for skiing and snowboarding on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024. Following several years of renovation, infrastructure investment, and fundraising, the beloved Adirondack ski area will feature its iconic steep vertical terrain (with breathtaking views from the top of the Three Sisters Mountains), a
beginner area for new skiers, and comfort food from Three Sisters Café.

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Juvenile loon frees itself from Old Forge Pond

Iced-in loon on Old Forge Pond

It is finally white outside, but with possible warmer weather [and] rain and snow coming this week, it may not last very long. Last Thursday night the temperature plummeted to near zero [degrees] with the stars and moon shining bright most of the night with no wind. All lakes in this area froze that night with a coating of ice. Not very thick, but they were mostly ice covered. [The ice is not thick] enough to walk on (and certainly not [thick] enough to snowmobile on.) Check any ice [thickness and conditions] before you travel on any iced-over, snow-covered lakes.

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

Camp Santanoni Winter Weekends: Jan. 13-15, Feb. 17-19, March 16-17

Camp Santanoni, photo by Nancie Battaglia

On January 12, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced three Winter Weekend events will be held in 2024 at the historic Camp Santanoni in the town of Newcomb in the Adirondacks. Hosted by DEC and Friends of Camp Santanoni, along with partners Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the town of Newcomb, and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Adirondack Interpretive Center, the Winter Weekends invite visitors to enjoy winter recreation and exclusive winter access to the preserved buildings of the former great camp.

The 2024 Winter Weekend events will take place during the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend, Jan. 13-15; Presidents’ Day holiday weekend, Feb. 17-19; and the weekend of March 16-17.

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Friday, January 12, 2024

DEC Reminds Anglers to Review Ice Safety Guidelines

ice fishingOn January 11, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded anglers to be safe when venturing onto the ice this season, especially given recent variations in weather conditions. Outdoor enthusiasts considering ice fishing this winter season should be aware of essential safety guidelines during ice fishing season and anglers should make sure the ice is thick enough before venturing out.

“Winter in New York provides outdoor adventurers with some of the very best opportunities to enjoy New York’s natural resources,” Commissioner Seggos said. “While 2023 was the warmest year on record and the start of the current winter season has been fairly mild, as temperatures drop conditions are improving for activities like ice fishing. However, even as it gets colder, wintertime anglers need to exercise extreme caution and always put safety first when heading out onto the ice for fishing.”

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Sunday, December 31, 2023

Champlain Area Trails Invites All to Start 2024 with A Hike

A young hiker stands by a trail marker

Champlain Valley, New York – Champlain Area Trails (CATS), an accredited land trust, is inviting everyone in the North Country to participate in the annual First Day Hikes on January 1, 2024. This event is a nationwide initiative to encourage people to exercise, connect with nature, and enjoy the outdoors on the first day of the year.


CATS will offer self-guided hikes on scenic trails in the Champlain Valley, including popular CATS trails like Cheney Mountain in Moriah, the Wildway Passage Nature Preserve in Westport, the Wildway Overlook Trail in Essex, the Long Pond Trail in Willsboro, Penfield Pond Trail in Crown Point, and other trails noted on CATS website’s events page.

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Saturday, December 30, 2023

Reminiscing as we celebrate 60th Wedding Anniversary

people gather around a campfire in winter

It is a white Christmas here at Eight Acre Wood, but just barely…with leaf cover showing through the
white stuff. Santa would have needed a motor vehicle (and not a sleigh) in most of the United States this
Christmas. I mentioned all the events going on this week in our lives including Christmas, the full moon, and our granddaughter’s wedding on December 30. [However,] I forgot the big one…and that was our 60th Wedding Anniversary [on] Wednesday, [December] 27. I surely would have been reminded if I missed that one, for sure. When you marry the girl next door, you cannot forget these things.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023

DEC tips for “sharing the snow” this winter

A group of people walking into the woods in winter

Winter is a great time to be outside in New York. Winter hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, birding, snowmobiling, hunting, trapping, and ice fishing are among the most popular activities available to residents and visitors alike. Whether you seek solitude or excitement, you can find it in New York during winter.

One Property, Many Uses
Many forms of winter recreation can and do take place simultaneously on the same public or private property without conflict. It just takes a little advanced planning, respect, and common courtesy among users. Whether recreating on public land or private land where you have permission, you should be aware of the types of activities that also may be taking place on the property you are using. It’s always a good idea to ask a landowner if others will be present when you wish to pursue your pastime, whether that involves snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, trapping, or hunting rabbits or deer. We all share the outdoors, the snow, the woods, and the fields. Just as it is the case during warmer months, being considerate of others is vital when sharing the snow in winter.

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Sunday, December 24, 2023

Beaverkill and Pisecos campgrounds open for 2024 camping reservations

nys dec logo

On December 15, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that both the Beaverkill Campground in the Catskills and the Pisecos Campground in the Adirondacks will be available for 2024 camping reservations beginning at 9 a.m. on Dec. 19. Adjustments to campsite numbers and new additions were made at both facilities for the upcoming season.

“DEC’s Adirondack and Catskill campgrounds provide a variety of natural outdoor experiences and adventures that families and friends can enjoy together,” said Commissioner Basil Seggos. “The changes made this season at Beaverkill and Pisecos campgrounds will offer more ease of use and new larger Family Site options for groups to gather. DEC’s campgrounds are very popular and often reach capacity, so I encourage all visitors planning a trip in 2024 to make reservations in advance and early.”

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Saturday, December 23, 2023

A Christmas cactus, 23 turkeys, and a whole lotta rain

Blooming Christmas cactus.

Well, winter went away in a heartbeat as it poured all night last night and I battled running water all day today (December 18.) It had rained most of the night and I looked out at the pond just after breakfast and a wooden box was swirling around over the outlet of the pond. I quickly put on my boots and rushed down as water was running everywhere. As I went down, I saw that water was running out of the safety valve outlet ditch at full stream. I had only seen this once before when the outlet pipe got plugged.

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Saturday, December 23, 2023

New Trailhead and Boardwalk at Cobble Hill in Lake Placid

Cobble Hill hiking trail boardwalk.

A short walk from the main street of Lake Placid, the 0.8-mile Cobble Hill hiking trail in Lake Placid has a new access point and boardwalk. At the corner of Mirror Lake Drive and Northwood School’s driveway, the new trailhead begins with a 250-foot boardwalk that connects to the natural surface trail to the 2,343-foot summit. There is no parking at the trailhead, hikers are encouraged to walk from town. All previous access points are now closed.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Wet, Dangerous Conditions in the Adirondacks and Catskills

Winter hiking

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today advised recreationists in the Adirondacks and Catskills of wet and dangerous conditions following recent mild temperatures and heavy rain.

The warmer weather and extensive rain melted much of the existing snowpack, swelling waterways and making water crossings dangerous with fast and strong currents. DEC advises visitors not to attempt stream crossings where bridges are not available. Water temperatures will be extremely cold and full or partial submersion can quickly lead to hypothermia. Waterways are not yet frozen and crossing of ponds or lakes should not be attempted. Avoid getting too close to stream and riverbanks as they may be icy.

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Thursday, December 14, 2023

Jenkins Mt. backcountry ski trails open to public in January

Cross country skier

Paul Smiths, NY – Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), Adirondack Wilderness Advocates (AWA), Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, and the Adirondack Powder Skier Association today announced that the Jenkins Mountain Open Woods Ski Area will be open to the public for backcountry skiing for a second full season, beginning in January 2024.  The 2023 season exceeded expectations, with a perfect safety record, high ratings from users, and establishment of thorough baseline criteria for the associated Visitor Use Management (VUM) project.

The Jenkins Mountain Open Woods Skiing Project was created with two objectives: develop an intermediate/advanced backcountry skiing area at Paul Smiths VIC to allow a safe, enjoyable and challenging backcountry skiing experience; and operate it as a demonstration Visitor Use Management (VUM) project to show VUM’s utility for managing recreational use on public and private lands within the Adirondack Park. The project is timely, as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is currently engaged in two VUM study projects for managing the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves.

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Saturday, December 9, 2023

Silver Bay YMCA receives Charles R. Wood Foundation grant

 Silver Bay YMCA Chaplain Karen Skalla makes apple crisp and apple pie with some teens at the teen center. Silver Bay YMCA is pleased to announce that the Charles R. Wood Foundation has awarded Silver Bay a $8,600 grant to help support the Silver Bay YMCA Ticonderoga Teen Center. Silver Bay YMCA’s VP of Development and Government Relations Walt Lender said on the awarding of the grant, “We are thrilled with the announcement of this grant for Silver Bay’s teen center in Ticonderoga. The confidence that the Charles R. Wood Foundation has placed in us to provide local teens with a safe and enriching environment is encouraging.”

The teen center is run through Silver Bay YMCA in partnership with the Town of Ticonderoga is open six days a week during the school year and provides free activities and programs such as basketball, cooking lessons, cake decorating contests, and pinata making for local teens. Teens also have the opportunity to suggest programs and activities for the teen center to do or are welcome to take advantage of one of the many hangout areas and do their own thing. » Continue Reading.

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