I’ll admit that I’m not good with numbers, but this is the story of how 25 + 50 actually equals 86. When I saw that the Ausable River Association (ASRA) was hosting its second annual Ride for the River fundraising bike ride, I saw it as a great opportunity to explore some new cycling roads in the Whiteface Region and help the ASRA at the same time. The ride was organized...
Ride for a Cause So, I rode the Ausable River Association’s (AsRA) Ride for the River bike ride last year, and I plan to do it again THIS year on August 3rd.    The Ride for the River was launched in 2012 to celebrate the cultural and natural resources within the Ausable Valley, and continues to support the work that the AsRA is doing to build resilience in both the natural...
You might already have come to this conclusion yourself, but after reviewing 2014 events and images, I’d say that Wilmington has solidified its place as a premier biking destination - for both the knobby and skinny tire sets.    EVENTS The snow had barely left the building when the biggest biking event in the region took to the roads and trails during the...
I hear it all of the time: what are all of the cool kids wearing in the Whiteface Region?  While there are many, I’ve compiled an overview of the most prevalent outfits you’ll find on this region’s fashion runways. Though I should note that while they are not all exclusive to the region, you can’t go wrong if you pack some of these “looks” when you visit.  The Boreal Birder...
Who says that all good things must come to an end? Despite the mild weather, the crew at Whiteface Mountain did an outstanding job of maintaining super conditions on the alpine ski trails this past winter.   Because of their tenacity, you might be surprised that according to 10 out of 10 ski industry experts at the mountain, it’s just not practical to make snow all summer...
Did you know? Nearly 70 percent of visitors to the Adirondacks come here during the WARM weather? It’s true. So what’s that mean for Whiteface Mountain?  Yes, some folks remember that Whiteface Mountain hosted the alpine events for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. And yes, today’s avid skiers and riders know that Whiteface is THE place to experience the greatest...
I typically pride myself on being able to follow directions.   For example, as an admittedly not-very-confident cook, I’ll attempt simple dishes that I find on the internet. Once I choose a recipe, however, I read it carefully to make sure that I understand the order of events and required tools. I display the list of ingredients and numbered steps on my iPad, which I...
Here’s the lowdown on the High Peaks.   As a person with a built-in penchant for tree and rock climbing, I’d never thought about how being in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks could potentially affect those who are afraid of heights. The truth is that even if you find yourself at the top of one of the Adirondack High Peaks, you’re still actually on the ground. But I do...
Well, here we are in the middle of spring in the Adirondacks again. For many of us who aren’t fly fishermen, this season represents a seemingly endless transition between the last bit of skiable snow and the onset of mud-free mountain biking trails. So, while we wait for the trails to firm up, I’ve got a challenge for you.  Now, I know that it’s easy to get distracted by those pesky...
Spinning for Spring Have you ever attended a spinning class? I have. For the very first time this spring, I had the opportunity to sample a local trainer’s group spin classes. I figured it might be a good prep for spring cycling out in “the wild.”   Had I attended more than exactly two classes, I’m sure that would have been the case. It was much harder...
It’s officially summer in the Adirondacks, and that means… well lots of stuff. To me, summer means biking, hiking, swimming, paddling, climbing, and touring. The season also includes everyone’s favorite way to prepare for, or recover from, all of those activities.  No, I’m not talking about napping. Even better, I’m referring to picnicking.  Nature, up close So,...
If country roads that meander alongside flowing rivers with a backdrop of majestic mountains sound like a good place to ride a motorcycle, you’re in luck. We’ll even throw in a side trip to the top of an Adirondack peak.  Yup, you’re in for a first-rate tour of the Whiteface Region.    Begin in Keeseville, and take Route 9N toward Jay, about 17 miles total that...
I’m one of the quadrillions of people in the world who appreciate a good, ideally locally-brewed craft beer after a long day. However, my general rule is that in order to deserve that beer, I have to perform some sort of legitimate physical exercise that merits beer as a reward (and that will counteract the beer’s potential weight-increasing effect).   Exercise that qualifies includes...

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