Yup - the old days
What's that thing on Whiteface?
What's that thing on Whiteface?
For me, Whiteface Mountain is home to a veritable bucket load of bucket list items. Hike a High Peak? Check. Ski the biggest vertical drop in the East? Check. Get married on top of a mountain? Check. But even after all of that, Whiteface still holds a few of my unchecked bucket list items. I still haven’t hiked to the top in the winter and I still haven’t skied down the Whiteface Veterans … [Read More]
Going behind the scenes of Christmas at Santa's Workshop
Going behind the scenes of Christmas at Santa's Workshop
It's not easy to make Christmas happen all year long! But they manage to make it happen at Santa's Workshop, and they do it with a smile and plenty of Christmas cheer!Santa's head helper, John Collins, was kind enough to take some time out of his day during this very busy season to give me a behind-the-scenes tour of the property. He told me all about what it takes to spread Christmas cheer year … [Read More]
Arto's Spirit Lives On
Arto's Spirit Lives On
Not all Halloween stories are spooky ghost tales that leave you wondering, what if? Some stories are merely a memory of what once was. The Land of Makebelieve in Upper Jay is now a ghost town destroyed by the forces of nature. Sadly nothing remains of what was once a child-size amusement park that left kids feeling like they had just jumped into a page of a favorite fairytale story.From Arto's … [Read More]
Six degrees of separation: Kid Rock to Whiteface Mountain
Six degrees of separation: Kid Rock to Whiteface Mountain
There are a lot of rocks in the Adirondacks — one of the most exposed expanses of anorthosite granite in the world occurs here — but what about that other kind of rock? Kid Rock. Is there a connection between the man who helped pen “Bawitdaba” and the Adirondacks? It turns out, there is. I found six degrees of separation between Kid Rock and Whiteface Mountain, a popular peak that's home to … [Read More]
A museum where you need it
A museum where you need it
As you slowly meander up the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway, you start to wonder about the plants around you. They’re so different and sparse up here on the high-elevation rocks. How do they survive? What makes them different from plants in the valleys? Are there animals that live up here? How do they do it? It’s sure nice here in the summer, but what’s it like in the winter?  … [Read More]
Taking a dip into history at the Jay Covered Bridge
Taking a dip into history at the Jay Covered Bridge
I’ve driven past it without taking much note dozens of times. But I finally got a chance to stop and explore the Jay Covered Bridge earlier this year, and I was thrilled that I did.The site of the bridge is gorgeous. There’s a beautiful little park with benches and a roomy parking area, there’s wonderful signage around the bridge that explains its historic significance to the area, and the river … [Read More]
My inner Rondeau
My inner Rondeau
On the right day, even the popular Copperas Pond feels like a secluded backcountry oasis.Go there, as I recently did, when the snow is blowing and the temperatures struggle to stay above zero. It's possible, even a mere half mile from the road, for the intrepid afternoon explorer to feel alone with the mountains, trees, and animals.Perhaps there's a hermit in all of us.My inner hermit began to … [Read More]
Leggett Mountain: an 1876 exploit
Leggett Mountain: an 1876 exploit
It was 1876 when a very rudimentary map was created for St. Armand, Wilmington, North Elba, and Keene. Essentially it was a wide overview of Essex County and showed basic locations of mountains and other features, but one feature caught my eye: Leggett Mountain.What is Leggett Mountain? I had never heard of it, and it surely doesn’t exist on any maps I had ever seen before. Researching other old … [Read More]
DRIVING TOPLESS
DRIVING TOPLESS
When we begin to notice the late-summer sun slanting more and more toward fall, I like to hop into our bright blue 1995 Mustang rag-top, put the top down and ride around the North Country with the wind whipping around and the sun beating down. A convertible is especially great for viewing fall foliage this time of year.  Although the foliage hadn’t really started on this third week of … [Read More]
Notch Mountain
Notch Mountain
Exploring an obscure peak in the Sentinel RangeAs a sort of five-year reunion, I decided to head back into the Sentinel Range - but more specifically onto Notch Mountain. The Sentinel Range is a large tract of land resting in a true wilderness state along Wilmington Notch; hence where it got its unofficial name. Notch Mountain cannot be found as such on any map, but as a rock climber this … [Read More]

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