Adirondacks 2015

Day 1. To the Adirondacks   (4 July 2015 Saturday)
  • drive to Sabael NY via Stockbridge MA - 270 miles 3 hours 40 minutes
  • kayak the Housatonic River in Stockbridge MA
  • check in at Burke's Cottages in Indian Lake NY
  • Day 2. Indian Lake and Chimney Mountain   (5 July 2015 Sunday)
  • in Indian Lake Village
  • kayak the Indian Lake
  • hike to Chimney Mountain
  • Day 3. Speculator Village and Lake Pleasant NY   (6 July 2015 Monday)
  • kayak Lake Abanakee
  • joyride to Speculator NY and Lake Pleasant NY
  • Sacandaga River Pathway
  • Day 4. Blue Mountain Lake NY and Adirondacks Museum   (7 July 2015 Tuesday)
  • to Blue Mountain Lake NY village - 15 miles 18 minutes
  • kayak and swim on Blue Mountain Lake
  • Adirondacks Museum in Blue Mountain Lake NY
  • Day 5. Lake Placid NY   (8 July 2015 Wednesday)
  • to Lake Placid NY - 80 miles 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway Lookout
  • 1pm Summer Jumping Series at the Olympic Jumping Complex
  • Day 6. Fort Ticonderoga and Lake George NY   (9 July 2015 Thursday)
  • drive to Fort Ticonderoga NY - 68 miles 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Fort Ticonderoga, King's Garden, Heroic Maze
  • drive to Lake George Village NY - 38 miles 1 hour
  • at Lake George Village NY
  • Day 7. The Wild Center in Tupper Lake NY   (10 July 2015 Friday)
  • drive to Tupper Lake Village NY - 45 miles 55 minutes
  • The Wild Center
  • Saranac Lake Village
  • Day 8. Kayak on Lake Durant   (11 July 2015 Saturday)
  • kayak on Lake Durant - 9 miles away
  • drive back home to Norfolk MA - 268 miles 4 hours 50 minutes
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Day 1. To the Adirondacks   (4 July 2015 Saturday) About Adirondacks Park - The Forever Wild Park
    The Adirondack Region offers unparalleled outdoor recreation throughout its dazzling lakes, wild mountains, and charming towns and villages. Established in 1892 by the State of New York amid concerns for the water and timber resources of the region, the Adirondack Park today covers an area larger in size than New England, and more expansive than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Canyon and the Great Smokies National Parks combined. One of the nation's few mountain areas with extensive lake access, the Adirondacks offer a unique wilderness destination experience. Thousands of miles of Adirondack waterways provide endless adventure on the water, from ultimate wilderness canoeing and kayaking, to windsurfing, sailing and trophy bass fishing on the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain. Paddle the pristine backcountry waterways of the Adirondack's vast network of lakes, rivers and ponds. Encompassing millions of acres of public, constitutionally protected forest preserve, as well as privately owned land, the park – in a word – is epic.
    7am depart Norfolk MA for Stockbridge MA - 124 miles and 2 hours and 10 minutes driving time
    10am to 12noon Kayak the Housatonic River
  • put in at Park Street in Stockbridge MA; park along Park Street or in the parking lot by the skate park; short path to river
  • be aware of boulders and construction debris in the water under the bridge; take out at Glendale Middle Road in Stockbridge MA; pull off by rail road tracks east of the bridge.
  • dam downstream of take out
  • estimated distance 3.5 miles
  • 12 noon drive to Indian Lake NY - 140 miles and 2 hour 30 minutes driving time
    4pm Check in at Burke’s Cottages at Lakeshore Drive, Indian Lake (Sabael) NY 12864
    Come and enjoy a relaxing time along the shore of Indian Lake in the heart of New York’s breathtakingly beautiful Adirondack Mountains.
    Cottage #4 has two bedrooms, a living area, a bath and a screened porch that faces the Lake. There is a sofabed in the front parlor, and the cottage sleeps six total. A picnic table, charcoal grill and two adirondack chairs are outdoors. A cabin in the woods is the ideal lodging for many visitors when planning a trip to the Adirondacks. Smell the fresh air and renew yourself. Imagine awaking, making the coffee and stepping outside onto your own personal deck overlooking the tranquil Adirondack scenery! $1,000/week. $300 deposit paid. Rates do not include maid service, meals, or linens (pillows and blankets are supplied). Cottages are fully heated and used year round, have hot water, full kitchens, including pots, pans, dishes, utensils, drip coffee makers, etc. Picnic tables and charcoal grills are supplied for outdoor barbecues. Phone 518-648-5258 or 321-454-3007 Website
    Day 2. Indian Lake and Chimney Mountain   (5 July 2015 Sunday)
    About Town of Indian Lake NY
    Nestled in the Adirondack Wild, the Town of Indian Lake is a robust community offering exciting attractions, a vibrant heritage and pristine wilderness reach for year-round exploration. Discover the town’s history on a walking tour featuring 13 sites and glimpse into the past as historians navigate legends and facts. Learn about the pioneers who settled the Town of Indian Lake, planting the seeds that would grow to become Hamilton County’s largest town – now home to more than 1,400 residents. Animal lovers are usually treated to a nice surprise when they visit Indian Lake. Moose are often seen walking along roads and near water in the Indian Lake area. And the reasons that moose are drawn to Indian Lake are the same as yours – the water, the trees, the air, and the land.
  • Abanakee Studios – Located in a turn-of-the-century barn on Lake Abanakee, find antiques, gifts, an art gallery and workshops in the summer months.
  • Indian Lake Theater – Enjoy watching current blockbusters, independent films during Art House Thursdays, and classic movies. Located in downtown Indian Lake, this historic theater also offers performing arts events, including concerts and plays.
  • Town of Indian Lake Museum – Explore the museum’s collection of Indian Lake historical artifacts and displays. Open June through October, the museum is located at the intersection of Crow Hill Road and Main Street.
  • Indian Lake has two extremely well-stocked convenience stores and a general store (The Lake Store - an Indian Lake institution). During the summer, there's also a farm truck that brings fresh local produce to town twice a week. But otherwise, fresh produce can be hard to find in town. There are full-sized groceries in nearby North Creek and Speculator; and, of course, mega supermarkets on the edges of the Park in every direction.
  • Kayak the Indian Lake
  • put in at Route 30 at the southern tip of Indian Lake
  • paddle north to Burke's Cottages
  • estimated distance = 8+ miles paddle time 3+ hours
    Indian Lake is a 14-mile long body of water in the south central Adirondacks. On Indian Lake you are never too far from civilization or wilderness. NY Route 30 runs close to the west shore yet to the east lies the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area. Dominating the landscape to the west is a long ridge of mountains, most notably Snowy Mountain. Immediately after launching into the southwestern arm, the outlet of Lewey Lake comes in from the left. Continuing north on the left shore you pass lakeside campsites, which are part of the Lewey Lake State Campground, unfortunately they are also highway side too. Soon the shoreline pulls away from the road then a small island is passed at Poplar Point about 1.5 miles from the start. Some private land comes next as you paddle by the lodge and cabins of Timberlock summer family resort in Sabael. Long Island, with six campsites, is seen to the east. While rounding Watch Point you’re now in the main body of the lake. In a small cove is a picnic area next to a waterfall on Griffin Brook. Campsite 11, the only campsite on the west shore, is on a point just past the cove, and has a sandy beach on the north side of the point. The High Peaks can be seen in the far distance. You are now about four miles from the launch. It is not long before Route 30, private land, and cottages dominate the shoreline all the way to The Narrows and the dam, built in 1898, at the lake’s north end which controls the level of the lake. Source
  • Hike to Chimney Mountain - in Indian Lake NY 13 miles 30 minutes driving to trailhead
    Chimney Mt. is a small mountain even by Adirondack standards, only rising 2,700 ft. above sea level. That being said, it is a very popular mountain in the central Adirondacks. There are three factors that contribute to Chimney's popularity. The first factor is that the summit offers 360 degree views, a rarity for the central Adirondacks and even more rare at a such low elevation. The second factor is that the trail to the summit is a steep class I trail that is just over a mile long, making the mountain accessible to many hikers of all ages. The third factor is a geologic oddity. Just below and before the summit there is a chimney formation. Along with the chimney there is a system of caves and rock crevasses. The chimney and other rock formations provide many opportunities for climbing scrambling and caving. The view from the chimney area is pretty good but the true summit offers sweeping views of the central Adirondacks and beyond. It is reached by a heard path the starts just below the chimney. Chimney Mt. is located in the Central region of the Adirondacks. The trailhead is accessed following NY 30 0.6 miles south of Indian Lake village and turning onto Big Brook Road and following this to the end (there will be signs through a number of intersections). This road ends at Kings Flow (Pond) and a set of Adirondack Mountain Club cabins. There is a nominal parking fee. Source
    This is a great hike to interesting and unusual geological chimney formation surrounded with a maze of caves and crevices near the summit. This 1.4 mile round trip includes scenic overlooks and unusual geological formations known as rock “chimneys.” This is a popular trail because of the great broad views and unusual geological chimney foundation. Explore the maze of caves at the summit.
    More About Adirondacks
  • Is it just wilderness? A common misconception is that the Adirondack Park is primarily wilderness, with little infrastructure and entertainment to interest travelers outside of the outdoorsy type. Within the 6 million acre park, 100 towns and villages each offer a distinctive Adirondack flavor. The historic village of Saranac Lake was known as a cure center for tuberculosis patients in the late 1800s through the 1900s. These days, it is known for its thriving arts community. Lake Placid has hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice, and is a renowned destination for winter sports, offering some of the best off-hill nightlife in the east. Fort Ticonderoga was an important military outpost during the Seven Years' War, colonial conflicts and the American Revolutionary War. Located on the shores of Lake Champlain, it is a U.S. National Historic Landmark open to the public for tours, events and reenactments. Source:
  • Day 3. Speculator Village and Lake Pleasant NY   (6 July 2015 Monday)
    Kayak on Lake Abanakee
  • drive to Lake Abanakee - 5.5 miles 9 minutes from Camp Driftwood Cabins
  • put in at Chain Lakes Road in Indian Lake NY
  • paddle south upstream and return
  • estimated round trip distance = 7+ miles
    Lake Abanakee has everything the recreational paddler would want. Easy to get to, easy access for launching and spectacular views everywhere you look. Approximately 4 miles long and ½ mile wide, Lake Abanakee winds around islands with nesting osprey and eagles. Both large and small mouth Bass are abundant, as are the more elusive Northern Pike. Lake Abanakee is exceptionally quiet. Rare is the loud motor boat, though trolling motors are welcome. Paddle enthusiasts will find hours of leisurely touring. Source and
  • Joyride to Lake Pleasant NY - 28 miles 35 minutes
    Mountains, Lakes and Leaves. The drive on Rt. 30 from the Village of Indian Lake to Speculator is one of the most spectacular scenic tours in the Adirondacks. As you descend the western shore of Indian Lake, the surrounding mountains are reflected in the surface of the lake. In autumn, the display of color is awe-inspiring. This scenic drive starts in the hamlet of Indican Lake, and travels along the remote Route 30 for almost 24 miles to the village of Speculator. After you leave Indian Lake, expect your cell phones to die and the wilderness to unfold before your eyes. This relatively wild section of Route 30 will give you glimpses of both Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower, Snowy Mountain Fire Tower. Source and
    Speculator Village and Lake Pleasant town
    The Town of Lake Pleasant (pop. 876) is the County Seat of Hamilton County and a very active tourism destination, surrounded by vast amounts of New York State Forest Preserve: the Silver Lake Wilderness Area, the West Canada Lake Wilderness Area, the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area, and the Jessup River Wild Forest. Many public recreational opportunities exist within the Jessup River Wild Forest and adjacent lands owned by Lyme Timber. Wholly within the town lies the Village of Speculator, the economic and social center of the town with many dining, lodging, and shopping facilities. The community of Lake Pleasant occupies the strip of land between the two lakes, and becomes 'outdoor central' each summer when park visitors arrive. Located about 60 miles from Utica and 70 miles from Schenectady, Lake Pleasant and its two large lakes are the destinations favored as base for exploring the natural wonders of Adirondack Park. Source
    Sacandaga River Pathway in Speculator Village
    This river walk features boardwalks and trails through Adirondack wetlands. The entrance is across the road from the town beach, behind a baseball field. This handicapped-accessible pathway is visited and enjoyed by thousands of people each year, and consists of boardwalks and trails winding through an Adirondack wetland.
    The Pathway is a 1-1/2 mile long boardwalk & path, which provides a unique opportunity by making wetlands, transitional forest, and upland timber areas accessible to all fitness levels. There are also several educational opportunities identifying the unusual plants that make the wetlands their home. Additionally, there is a picnic area with grills and a view of the river. (Carry in- Carry out Policy) Rest areas are located at the Pavilion and the Fire Hall next door to the entrance.
    The trail starts off on a beautiful boardwalk, one of the signs along the boardwalk explains how the trail system was built. The boardwalk itself floats on about 20 feet of root mass and decaying plant matter. It was designed that way to allow the visitor to get up close and personal with nature. Source
    Sacandaga Lake in Lake Pleasant NY
    Sacandaga Lake and Lake Pleasant are the crown jewels of Hamilton County, anchor community of central Adirondack Park. Sacandaga Lake is located on the west side of Lake Pleasant, and the west shore is partially within Adirondack Park's West Canada Lakes Wilderness. Some private properties are located on the lakeshore, and a popular state campground occupies a portion called Moffitt Beach on the northeast shore. Sacandaga Lake has many bays and 13.2 miles of shoreline, of which approximately half is forever wild state forest preserve. A navigable channel connects Sacandaga Lake with Lake Pleasant. With over 1,500 acres of water surface, Sacandaga Lake offers plenty of fishing and boating fun. There are no major inflowing rivers into Sacandaga Lake, but a small watercourse called Sacandaga Outlet empties into nearby Lake Pleasant. This Sacandaga Lake is not to be confused with Great Sacandaga Lake, a reservoir downstream along the Sacandaga River which begins at Lake Pleasant. Source
    Lake Pleasant - the lake in Lake Pleasant NY
    Located only a few hundred yards away from Sacandaga Lake. Although a bit smaller at 1,475 acres, Lake Pleasant offers a marina which rents pontoons, ski boats, fishing boats and motors, kayaks and canoes; makes repairs; offers winter storage, launching facilities, and mooring apace; and sells marine supplies. An elevated fishing platform is located on the northeast corner of the lake, and a town boat launch near the outlet at the Sacandaga River off Route 8 is just outside of the Village of Speculator. A public beach is also located in Speculator. The Sacandaga River flows out of the north end of the lake into a series of wetlands and eventually becomes a sizable river tributary to the Hudson River. The two lakes are very popular for water skiing, pontooning, boating, canoeing and kayaking. Source and
    Day 4. Blue Mountain Lake NY and Adirondacks Museum   (7 July 2015 Tuesday)
    drive to Blue Mountain Lake NY - 15 miles 18 minutes
    Blue Mountain Lake - mountain, town, lake
    Historic Blue Mountain Lake, home of the Adirondack Museum. is on both the Adirondack Trail and the Central Adirondack Trail Scenic Byways. Visit the village, that's named for the Lake, that's named for the Mountain --- a very typical example of the inter-relationships of Adirondack places and place names. Many visitors are drawn to the village of Blue Mountain Lake to spend time at the Adirondack Museum. For more than fifty years this museum has been showcasing the interaction between the people who have lived, worked, and spent leisure time in the Adirondacks within the context of the Adirondack region's challenging and rewarding geography, climate, and beautiful wilderness appeal. At the Adirondack Center for the Arts join other visitors, seasonal residents and year-round residents for visual and performing arts including performances, workshops, exhibits and educational programs.
    Throughout the area you can visit shops and galleries that feature the works of local painters, photographers, potters, authors, jewelers, quilters, and furniture makers who are inspired by the magnificent beauty of the region. You'll find antique shops, outfitters and sporting goods stores, and general stores offering a wide variety of merchandise. There are plenty of four season recreation opportunities around Blue Mountain Lake, including hiking, boating, camping, and snowmobiling on an extensive trail system.
    A two-mile trail leads to a rocky summit and a fire tower with views of the central Adirondacks and where an interpreter may be on hand to answer questions. Trailhead is located on Rt. 30 just above Adirondack Museum in Blue MT. Lake. Trail is 2 miles with a 1300 feet. elevation gain. An accessible fire tower provides complete views of Blue Mt. and Raquette Lakes plus the High Peaks. Source
    kayak and swim on Blue Mountain Lake
    Full of crystal-clear water and public islands, Blue Mountain Lake is ideal for boating and picnicking. Public beach in Blue Mt Lake open from Memorial Day to Labor Day with lifeguard. Blue Mountain Lake is the perfect size for exploration with a canoe or kayak. There are several shallow sandy coves where you can take a refreshing summer swim. Other areas of the lake are a hundred feet deep. The south and east sides of Blue Mountain Lake are lined with houses, cottages, and hotels, but other areas have been preserved as wilderness. There are a few smaller islands scattered around Blue Mountain Lake that are fun to explore on a picnic paddle.
  • Rock Island, boasting a 10' ledge where you can jump into 30' of water.
  • Osprey Island, complete with a 200 foot sand beach great for swimming
  • Seagull Islands sporting a shallow aquatic environment great for snorkeling
  • Rustic Pioneer Covered Bridge built by William West Durant in 1891, leading into Eagle Lake.
  • Adirondacks Museum in Blue Mountain Lake NY
    The Smithsonian of the Adirondacks - The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake is located at the geographic center of the Adirondack Park. With a campus spanning several acres, it is one of the largest museums in northern New York – and one of the most acclaimed. Likened to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C., the Adirondack Museum's open-air exhibits offer tangible connections to history, creating an interactive experience that explores each facet of the Park's past – from classic Adirondack furniture to environmental conservation efforts.
  • Boats & Boating in the Adirondacks Boats and Boating illustrates the importance of boats for transportation and for leisure in the Adirondacks. More than fifty boats are on exhibit each year. Featuring displays of guideboats — an indigenous craft — and wooden canoes built by John Henry Rushton, including the Sairy Gamp, a ten and one -half pound canoe on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. Also on view are the 1905 Gold Cup race boat Skeeter and El Lagarto, the Leaping Lizard of Lake George.
  • Work in the Woods: Logging the Adirondacks explores the history and traditions of one of the region's most important industries. Discover the tools used and species harvested in the Adirondacks as well as the products made from wood. See what life was like in a logging camp and how the industry has changed.
  • Adirondack Rustic Rusticity is an American expression, inspired by romantic notions of wilderness as untamed nature. This concept of wilderness was really an imaginative creation since by the mid-19th century most "wild" land was tamed and lived in. Nevertheless the idea spawned an extraordinary output of furniture, architecture, and art. Rusticity was, to a large degree, defined and refined in the Adirondacks. Ingenuity and imagination, novelty and fantasy are hallmarks of Adirondack rustic creations. The enduring fascination with rustic objects coincides with the enduring attraction of untouched natural places, and the importance of wilderness in American thought and culture. The Adirondack forest has served as a remarkable resource, fueling settlement, offering recreation, providing habitat and watershed protection.
  • In Adirondack Rustic: Nature's Art the response to wilderness is to tame and capture its form in the things of everyday life: chair, bench, desk, dwelling. One man's lumber is another's artistic inspiration.
  • Boating in the Adirondacks illustrates the importance of boats for transportation and for leisure in the Adirondacks. More than fifty boats are on exhibit each year. Featuring displays of guideboats — an indigenous craft — and wooden canoes built by John Henry Rushton, including the Sairy Gamp, a ten and one -half pound canoe.
  • Roads and Rails: Everyday Life in the Age of Horses - The museum's largest exhibit showcases transportation and community life. Sleighs, buggies, a horse-drawn hearse and many other vehicles create a sense of Adirondack life before cars. Displays about community life include the farming gallery, peddler's wagon, and a complete blacksmith shop.
    Admission $18. On Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake NY. Website:
  • Day 5. Lake Placid NY   (8 July 2015 Wednesday)
    9am drive to Lake Placid NY - 80 miles 1 hour 40 minutes
    About Lake Placid NY A Summer of Endless Winter
    SUVS loaded with bicycles and kayaks are making their way down Main Street, headed for dusty mountain trails and inviting waters. Vacationers sit sunning at outdoor cafes, and children frolic at the town beach. But close by, what appears to be a pile of snow is slowly melting, continually replenished by the frosty scrapings cleared from ice rinks by Zambonis. Farther down Main Street, a bobsled sits baking in the sun, and a few doors beyond that, a luge visibly radiates heat. It’s summer in Lake Placid, host to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and now the home of an Olympic training center that attracts accomplished winter athletes from across the country — and they don’t take the summer off. Inside the Olympic Center on Main Street, skaters are playing hockey, racing on speed-skating courses and leaping in double axels. Outside town, skiers practice their jumps, streaking down an incline covered in porcelain tile and landing on a plastic approximation of snow, while luge champions perfect their running starts on refrigerated ramps.
    LAKE PLACID can feel cryogenically frozen in time — 1980 to be exact, which was when this secluded pocket of the Adirondacks hosted its second Winter Olympics. But over the last few decades Lake Placid has quietly been adding non-Olympic attractions, including sophisticated farm-to-table restaurants, higher-grade lodgings and a gleaming convention center. Luckily the downtown has not lost its aura of Adirondack authenticity, with A-frame cottages and unpretentious boutiques drawing plenty of nonskiers. If the town were not smothered in Olympic logos, visitors might forget about its Olympics connections and think they had wandered into an idyllic Swiss hamlet. Source
    Whiteface Veteran's Memorial Highway
    Taking the Whiteface Veteran's Memorial Highway to the top of 4,867-foot high Whiteface Mountain, New York's fifth-highest peak isn't your typical automotive experience. How many other roads do you know that lead you directly to the best seat in the house—the house being the Adirondack Park and the show being gorgeous views spanning hundreds of square miles of wild land reaching out to Vermont and Canada? Nowhere else is the beauty and vastness of the Adirondack Park so apparent and so easily accessible. The paved road rises over 2,300 feet in five miles from the Toll House. At the summit, a few things you don't often find atop a peak: a castle built from native stone, a restaurant and gift shop, an elevator carved deep inside the mountain top itself and a truly spectacular 360-degree, panoramic view of unparalleled beauty. Along the way up are nine designated spots where you are encouraged to stop to enjoy the view and discover more about the mountain surroundings from the posted information signs. Admission $10 for car/driver + $7/passenger. Website
    1pm Summer Jumping Series at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid NY
    How do they do it—get so good at something so difficult to practice? With their landing pad typically a steep, snowy hill a few stories below, mistakes can hurt for freestyle aerialists and nordic jumpers. Freestyle aerialists practice their flips and twists over a 750,000-gallon pool. It allows the athletes to safely fine-tune their jumps all summer long, and it makes for great entertainment. Athletes launch themselves up to 40 feet in the air before flipping three times and twisting up to five times. You'll learn how they fit all those spins and flips into a few seconds of untethered hang time—and how after all that they stick the landing and do it again. The country's best ski jumpers are spending their summer training and competing in Lake Placid—and they'd like to share their high-flying sport with you. Come see these athletes, riding skis longer than the skiers are tall, streak down the inruns at nearly 60 mph. If you're thinking, "You couldn't pay me enough money to leap off those towers!" don't worry, we wouldn't let you. But you can watch the athletes step out onto a platform nearly 27 stories high, calmly fold themselves into an aerodynamic tuck, slide straight down the steep inrun and fly for the length of a football field. Admission $16/$10. At 5486 Cascade Road, Lake Placid NY 12946. Check calendar for availability (3 times a week) 1pm. Website
    John Brown Farm - a State Historic Site at 115 John Brown Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946
    High in New York State's Adirondack Mountains is the home and grave of abolitionist John Brown. Many Americans know the song "John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave," but most do not associate the words with this simple farm at North Elba, New York. On the night of October 16, 1859, Brown and his followers assaulted the U.S. Arsenal at Harper's Ferry, planning to use the captured arms in an extensive campaign for the liberation of the slaves in the South. Brown was captured on October 18, 1859, imprisoned at Charlestown, Virginia, tried by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and hanged on December 2, 1859. Park website:
    Shops in Lake Placid
    As you stroll in and out of the dozens of stores on Main Street you may notice that many of the shops' owners can be found behind the counters; this is true for so many shops in the Adirondacks, we love where we live, we love what we sell. After you stroll the main strip, be sure to take a ride (by car or by trolley) and visit the shops leading in and out of Lake Placid. One of the best things to do is to visit the many Lake Placid antique shops where curiosities can be found! Time worn or pristine, antique furniture of the Adirondacks and unique pieces from around the world, these pieces from times gone by evoke a nostalgic feeling in the shopper. You will love shopping Lake Placid's many antique stores. Truly no other form of shopping leaves you with the same sense of having found a treasure! Source
    Day 6. Fort Ticonderoga and Lake George NY   (9 July 2015 Thursday)
    drive to Fort Ticonderoga NY - 64 miles and 1 hour 20 minutes
    Fort Ticonderoga
    Fort Ticonderoga is where the clash for empire and struggle for liberty happened! Fort Ticonderoga is America’s Fort and is one of the most significant and oldest historic places to visit in North America. It tells the story of how the armies of Great Britain and France struggled to control a continent and where a generation later Americans fought to establish a free nation. It celebrates how America remembers its past and finds inspiration in the power of place to preserve its epic history for future generations.
    Our Story America made history at Fort Ticonderoga! For a generation this remote post on Lake Champlain guarded the narrow water highway connecting New France with Britain's American colonies. Whichever nation controlled Ticonderoga controlled a continent. During the American Revolution Fort Ticonderoga was the scene of America's first major victory in its struggle for independence and the United States' northern stronghold protecting New York and New England from British invasion from Canada. A popular destination for history lovers since the early 19th century, Fort Ticonderoga is one of America’s earliest historic preservation projects with efforts to preserve the site dating back to 1820. When the restoration began nearly a century later in 1909, the museum’s founders began a legacy of sharing Ticonderoga’s epic history that has continued for over a century.
  • Key to the Continent Tour: Setting the Scene for 1776 - daily 10:15am, 1:15pm, 3:15pm. Trace the footsteps of American soldiers who converged on the historic French Fort at Ticonderoga in 1776 to make their stand against a British invasion. Learn how American soldiers put their ingenuity, endurance, and mettle to the test to defend their new nation.
  • Musket Firing Demonstrations - daily 11am, 2pm. Does Hollywood get it right? Imagine what it was like in 1776 to guard earthen walls, keeping a cool head to load, aim, and fire a musket to hold your ground. Make up your own mind about the movies.
  • The King's Garden - The walled King’s Garden was originally designed in 1921 by leading landscape architect Marian Coffin. The formal elements – a reflecting pool, manicured lawn and hedges, and brick walls and walkways – are softened by a profusion of annuals and perennials, carefully arranged by color and form. Heirloom flowers and modern cultivars are used to recreate the historic planting scheme. Visitor favorites include the lavender border, towering hollyhocks, bearded irises, dinner plate dahlias and many types of phlox.
  • Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure! Explore our six-acre corn maze designed especially for Fort Ticonderoga! Visitors will find clues connected to our story as they find their way through the maze. Share time with family and friends while exploring a unique corn maze located on the shores of Lake Champlain at Fort Ticonderoga. Getting lost in this life-size puzzle is part of the fun as you look for history clues among towering stalks of corn! Winding paths will confuse and delight the entire family. The Heroic Maze is designed to be challenging, but still allows visitors to exit quickly if needed. The maze is divided into two phases so you can customize your experience! Open 9:30am to 5pm. Admission $18 includes Kings Garden and Heroic Maze. Website:
  • drive to Lake George Village NY - along Route 9N 38 miles 1 hour+
    About Lake George the lake
    Lake George is approximately 32 miles long and nearly 2 miles wide. Much of the shore line, particularly the eastern shore, is unsettled. Due to tight restrictions, through federally and state administered conservation efforts, it will forever remain so. The shoreline ranges from beautiful, quiet, sandy beaches to rocky crags, cliffs, marshes and tall hemlock stands. The water quality and clarity is excellent. In fact the water is so clean, most of the summer and year round residents take their daily drinking water directly from the lake, without purification. Boating on the lake runs the gamut from small personal watercraft like jet skis, to the larger tour boats. Fishing, kayaking, canoeing on the lake is very popular and don’t forget to look up from time to time to see someone parasailing over the beautiful waters of Lake George.
    At Lake George Village NY
    Lake George Village is the hub of the resort area. One can walk the streets and be entertained by magicians and clowns, sit by the lake and enjoy a concert, swim or sunbathe, eat in a gourmet restaurant, or stroll with an ice cream cone or piece of pizza. Something new and exciting is happening every day, from fireworks on Thursdays, big bands on Tuesdays, to wonderful boat cruises and carriage rides every night. The Village of Lake George offers the largest mix of attractions, restaurants, shops, nightlife. You can walk within a two-block radius and go fishing or rent a boat, watch a war reenactment, relax on the beach, take a cruise, play miniature golf, parasail, hit the arcades, ride in a horse drawn carriage, have a cocktail overlooking the lake, enjoy a micro-brew or wine tasting, or just relax on a bench and watch the world go by. Stroll or drive through some of the finest shopping in the Northeast. You’ll find everything from T-shirts to the finest designer apparel at the numerous area shops, many within a few blocks of each other. There are Outlet stores, with brand-name merchandise at deeply discounted prices, and high-end boutiques. Be sure to bring home local foods and crafts, which can be found both in stores and at festivals. And, there’s plenty of Adirondack furniture to be found; this is the Adirondacks after all.
    Sources and
    drive back to Indian Lake NY - 46 miles 52 minutes
    More about Adirondacks
  • What does "Adirondack" mean? The word ‘Adirondack' originated as a derogatory term given to the Algonquin tribe by neighboring Mohawk, meaning "barkeaters."
  • Over 240 lakes and ponds and hundreds of miles of river and stream provide for endless outdoor activities during the summer months. There is no place more popular for a family week of swimming, sailing and waterskiing, or a leisurely canoe trip into the scenic heart of Adirondack Lake Country.
  • Day 7. The Wild Center in Tupper Lake NY   (10 July 2015 Friday)
    drive to Tupper Lake Village NY - 45 miles 54 minutes
    Tupper Lake Village
    Tupper Lake is on two Scenic Byways and is home to the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, known as the WILD Center. The Village of Tupper Lake has long been known as the “crossroads of the Adirondacks” because of its geographic location in just about the exact middle of the six million acre Adirondack Park. A gentle rolling landscape of hills, lakes, ponds, and streams makes Tupper Lake the headquarters for the "10 Rivers Region.” Tupper Lake was the lumber capital of New York in the early 1900s, and its lumberjack heritage and today’s lumber based businesses give the town a distinctive North Woods atmosphere--with a dash of Quebecois, there's a part of town that locals call the French Village. Make sure to visit the town’s beautiful historic synagogue, and the restored old movie theater.
  • Historic Beth Joseph Synagogue - A New York State and National Historical Site. Beth Joseph is the oldest Synagogue in the Adirondacks. The site recently celebrated its centennial. Founded in 1905 to serve the few year round Jewish households living in Tupper Lake, the congregation never exceeded more than 35 families. After being closed for nearly four decades, the 1980s saw a successful fundraising and restoration effort for the building and its contents.
  • The Wild Center - The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks
    There's a day's worth of things to see and do at the 54,000-square-foot Center and on our 81-acre campus. Come explore the exhibit halls, create your own work of art, meet one of our many animals at an animal encounter, take a woodland snowshoe down to the Raquette River, join us for a live show, or watch one of many amazing films produced by The Wild Center. It's all covered by your single admission.
    Unique Museum Experience. The Wild Center in Tupper Lake is a museum like none other. Its exhibits are living, breathing ecosystems designed to educate visitors about the natural and civilized realms of New York's Forever Wild Park. Artifacts and exhibits are rarely hidden behind glass, curators do not require white gloves to touch anything and there is no need for hushed voices.
    Acres of Adirondack Wilderness. Situated on 31 acres near the geographic center of the Adirondack Park, the museum is dedicated to understanding the park's ecosystems and educating each new generation about the fragile balance of man and nature. As a not-for-profit, science-based museum, each exhibit and program is carefully created and installed to maximize the visitor experience.
  • Planet Adirondack fills its own hall for daily guided events where you can watch the Earth come to life in an amazing display that will help you see the world with new eyes. The exhibit gives you a space-eye view of Earth, and using a high tech system of cameras, staff can show you incredible views from space, that show everything from airplanes taking off and landing across the planet in a 24-hour period to watching storms in real time. Using this technology we are able to bring global events to a local level here in the Adirondacks.
  • The Meadow Bird & Oxbow Overlook trails lead you past The Wild Center's Cairn down to special overlooks on an unusual oxbow on the Raquette River. The Canoe rides are located on this river.
  • The Flammer Theater - widescreen theater features a series of films shown daily throughout the year. Each film depicts an aspect of the natural world, as well as its history.
    Wild Adirondacks (18 Minutes) - Enjoy the wonders of the Adirondacks through the stunning photography of Carl Heilman. Show times: 10:30am, 3pm
    A Matter of Degrees (25 Minutes) - Travel back to the age of mastodons and ice to see the difference a few degrees can make. Narrated by Sigourney Weaver that explores the icy history of the Adirondacks. Show time 3:30pm.
  • Moments, Reimagining Nature through Art is an interactive experience where you can see how much art you have in your own hands. The natural world is filled with wild moments — the split seconds that animals come in contact with each other and the world around them. Artists capture these moments and let us learn new ways to see into the moments around us. You can walk into the Moments experience, use your camera or canvas to catch time, and leave with new ways to witness the natural world and deepen your understanding of animals, plants and the landscapes we inhabit.
  • The Wild Walk will take visitors up a trail of bridges to the treetops of the Adirondack forest. It’s designed to transform the way we see into the natural world by offering up the perspective of the rest of nature. The Wild Walk experience includes a four-story twig tree house and swinging bridges, a spider’s web where people can hang out, and chances to just sit and observe the forest below. There’s a full-sized bald eagle’s nest at the highest point where visitors can perch and imagine. Our own human view is usually head high, and when we see a picture taken from another perspective it often surprises. Put a camera looking up through the moss, or looking down from on high, and you see something new. At Wild Walk, you can ascend, foot by foot, leaving the view we see most often, and wander into planes you may not have seen since you scraped your younger legs up a tree trunk.
  • The Wild Supply Co. Our store is worth its own visit, with quality gear, beautiful decorative items for the home and garden, and exclusive Wild Center merchandise. Also visit our Green Gifts section of the store which features an entire array of unique sustainable gift and household items.
  • The Waterside Cafe - Our condiments are housemade, produce is local, roast beef and turkeys are roasted here, and our bread is fresh and local. Come and make an enjoyable waterfront meal part of your Wild Center experience. The cafe is open daily in the summer season from 10am-5pm. The café has indoor seating and outdoor seating on a covered terrace overlooking Greenleaf Pond.
    Open 10am to 6pm. Admission $17. Website
  • Saranac Lake Village - 21 miles 26 minutes from Tupper Lake NY
    Historic Saranac Lake, on the Olympic Scenic Byway, has a vibrant downtown, pleasant riverwalk, and dozens of cultural activities. When you visit Saranac Lake, you'll understand why it was named the best small town in New York State and ranked 11th in the United States in The 100 Best Small Towns in America. In the early 1900's the Village of Saranac Lake, with its fresh mountain air and rejuvenating climate, became an international destination and pioneer health resort for people suffering from tuberculosis. Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau discovered the cure for TB, gaining worldwide attention for this quaint mountain village. Many “cure cottages” still exist today and appear as they did in the 1900’s. Visit the museum at the restored Saranac Lake Union Depot and board a train for scenic excursions through the Adirondacks. If you're a paddler, Saranac Lake is a great base for exploring the “ancient highway of the Adirondacks,” the chain of lakes that connects Saranac Lake with Old Forge, 90 miles away. Source:
    Day 8. Kayak on Lake Durant   (11 July 2015 Saturday)
    Adirondack Park History
    When the Adirondack Park was created in 1892 by the State of New York - this diverse mountain landscape was a wild place. Full of pristine waterways, boreal forests and the towering Adirondack Mountains. It was land ripe for cultivation or conservation, and it was already on the brink of wide-spread deforestation. Clear cutting was a growing concern for many in the late 1800s, but it wasn't until 1894 that the Adirondack Forest Preserve was established and recognized as a constitutionally protected Forever Wild area. Of the Adirondack Park's 6 million acres, 2.6 million acres are owned by the state. The remaining 3.4 million acres are privately owned. Within the Adirondack Region is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States. It is also home to 105 towns and villages. There is often a misperception that the Adirondack Park is a national or state park, yet the region's mix of public and private land allow for conservation and civilization to thrive. Source
    morning Kayak on Lake Durant at Durant Road in Blue Mountain Lake NY - 9 miles 12 minutes drive
    Originally known as the "34 Flow", Lake Durant was created by the lumbering industry to impound water used in the rafting of logs to downstream sawmills on the Hudson River. After use for lumbering, the area was left with flood killed trees. During the 1933-1935 period, the flooded area was cleared by Civil Works Administration crews. In August of 1938, the Lake was christened as "Lake Durant", and dedicated for "recreational purposes" to the general public.
  • paddle west, portage around foot bridge and continue to Rock Pond
  • estimated round trip paddle distance = 5 miles
  • 10am drive back home to Norfolk MA - 268 miles 4 hours 50 minutes
    4pm Home Sweet Home
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