Sunday, May 5, 2019

Feeder Canal Alliance Canoe and Kayak Race, June 1st

Feeder Canal Alliance Canoe and Kayak RaceThe Annual Glens Falls Feeder Canal Alliance Canoe and Kayak race has been set for June 1st.

The 5-mile race begins at the Feeder Dam on Richardson Street in Queensbury, and ends at the Martindale Boat Basin in Hudson Falls. The route follows the historic Glens Falls Feeder Canal, first constructed in the 1820s and still in use for commercial purposes today. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

A Local Inventor Helped Supply WW1 Gas Masks

Recently on Adirondack Almanack, two inventions of Ogdensburg native William Chauncey Geer (who lived in Potsdam for ten years of his youth) were addressed, one of them a writing implement to replace pens, pencils, and crayons (an idea that was ultimately relegated to oblivion). The other was a highly successful project resulting in a standard golf ball used by professionals for more than two decades.

Three of Geer’s other works deeply impacted America and the world. The subject here is the third most prominent among them — the gas mask. Its importance rose unexpectedly to critical levels during the First World War when the Germans began engaging in large-scale chemical warfare. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Selling Your Business Workshop in Saranac Lake

Bill Walton owner of Experience Outdoors in Lake Placid

Retiring business owners and entrepreneurs interested in taking over existing businesses are encouraged to participate in a free public event May 8th at the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake.

Local business owners, as well as business support professionals, are set to share their experiences with succession planning at the informational workshop and networking event presented by the North Country Center for Businesses in Transition from 8 to 10:30 am.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Poetry: Dragonfly Dream

You were a bright surprise.
Looking up, I saw you in flight,
Balancing on buoyant breezes,
Bravely, blithely,
From blade to emerald blade.
A mere wisp of twin wings, no more.
Honey, brown and black,
Sunbeams shone through you,
As I beheld your body, barely there,
I wished to be you,
And the change you herald.
Deftly floating like a whispered wish,
Or a daydream,
You perch prettily, precariously,
On green shoots pointing,
To heaven.
I bow to your power, tiny warrior,
As you greet me,
To grace me,
And the universe,
With your gentle gift.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Friday, May 3, 2019

Featured Hike: Rondaxe Fire Tower, Bald Mountain

rondaxe fire tower trailBald Mountain (2,350 Feet) is located in the 16,028-acre Fulton Chain Wild Forest, which includes about 20 miles of marked foot trails.

This very popular short hike leads to a long ridge with views and the Rondaxe Fire Tower, which has been restored and can be climbed. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 3, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, May 3, 2019

Drum Corps Showcase Returns to Glens Falls

7th Regiment of New LondonThe Glens Falls Music Academy Drum Corps Showcase has been set for Monday, July 22, at 7 pm.

Having returned in 2018 after a five-year hiatus, Drum Corps International, ‘Marching Music’s Major League’, is back at East Field in Glens Falls. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 3, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, May 2, 2019

A Call For Mandatory Boat Washing

The Adirondack Council is urging the NYS Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to protect the park’s priceless rivers and lakes from harmful invasive species by renewing the law that forbids the spread of non-native plants and animals from one lake or river to another.

The Council is also urging lawmakers to add a provision requiring that all boats be decontaminated before they are launched in Adirondack waters. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Recent Adirondack Rescue Reports

forest ranger logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (May 2)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water, lights and a map. When on the trail: keep the group together, watch the time, and be prepared to turn back. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in freezing temperatures. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, and a map and compass. Inform someone of your itinerary and before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

May 2nd, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

EAT ADK Restaurant Week Runs Through May 9

The annual ADK Restaurant Week is kicking off this weekend at fine dining establishments offering prix-fixe menu with prices of $15, $20, and $30. The special 8-day event continues through May 9 with wonderful menu options to explore. I like the ease of ordering a three-course meal at a fixed price. It gives chefs room for creativity at an affordable price-point for the customers. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Central Adirondack Art Show Opening Friday

chevy pickup truck painting The 2019 Central Adirondack Art Show, a long-standing Old Forge tradition, is set to open on Friday, May 3rd from 5 to 7 pm at View Arts.

Held for the first time in 1952 by View founder Miriam Kashiwa, in her front yard, the Central Adirondack Art Show is a testament to the significant place the arts hold within the hearts and minds of the residents and visitors of the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Tick-Borne Diseases Are On The Rise

tick life cycleEighteen years ago, when I moved back to New Hampshire, I rarely came across ticks. The dog didn’t carry them unwittingly into the house, and I could spend the day in the garden or on wooded trails and not see a single, hard-shelled, eight-legged, blood-sucking creepy-crawly.

Not so anymore. Now, from the time of snowmelt in the spring to the first crisp snowfall of autumn – and often beyond – we find ticks everywhere: on the dog, crawling up the front door, along kids’ hairlines, on backs or arms or legs, and occasionally (and alarmingly) walking along a couch cushion or bed pillow. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Youth Paddling Trips Explore Adirondack Waterways

2018 Northern Forest Explorers's trip in the Adirondacks There are still spots open in the Northern Forest Explorers program, which sends children aged 10-14 years old on five-day paddling trips in the Adirondacks.

The trips are organized by Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake and Adirondack guide Matt Burnett, in collaboration with the nonprofit Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Participating children are provided all of the essential camping and paddling gear. » Continue Reading.