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Hiking and Mountain Biking in the Adirondacks

Took my first mountain bike ride in ions.  A quick jaunt to the old Lake Durant carriage road.  Pretty lake side ride.  Perfect biking weather, about 56 degrees and sunny today.

Have been a member of the ADK Mountain Club for 3 years but inactive.  I just found out they get together every week for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, snow shoeing & x-country skiing.  Wondering about mt. biking. Gotta get the old bones moving again.  And want to experience the lakes with the club.  So many lakes near Blue Mt Lake.

Sure there are higher mountains elsewhere but it is sure pretty here in the Adirondacks.  There are some great trails for hiking too.  Trails to Blue Mt, Snowy Mt and Oak Mt are all less than 15 minutes away.  With the exception of the High Peaks in Lake Placid these are some of the highest mts in The ADK’s.

Lenny Baglieri


Blue Mountain Rest

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A Poem about the Adirondack State Park, New York

     Here are the reasons why you come to the Adirondacks.            

written                   7/26/07

Shadows in the Mist

Lying in the Valleys of the Adirondacks

Morning light

And shadows in the mist

                                    Silhouette pines

Breaking through

The suns insistence to bring a brilliant new day.

Stillness in the air,

Blankets the endless forests

That shrouds the endless vacationers

            Enveloped in log cabins tucked deep in the woods

                        Or million dollar homes perched on lakefront shorelines.

On golden pond

                        In these mountains

Kayakers wade through high reeds or open water.

Rampant rivers

 Bring anticipation to whitewater rafters.

Campers breathe crisp clean air

                        The discriminate smell of evergreen,

                                                                        Inert & intrinsic.

Hiker’s objective,

                        Conquest of stone & rock.

You can’t ignore the harmony between

            Sun, water and wind

                        In this beautiful land

                                    Ancient and prodigious.

Your mind lays at rest

Sitting between the valleys

And the shadows in the mist.

Giving up life’s frivolities

And stepping into a metaphysical realm

Of oneness with the earth

And oneself.

Children swim,

            In the soothing breeze and the tepid haze at sunset.

Fast boats race across the calming waters

            And you never want to leave this understanding

                                                That is too brief and intoxicating.

Loons are the iconic sounds

            That breaks the night’s silence

                        And tell us- we are here.

Sitting by the fireside, fueling the embers of our soul

Are moonlight and starlight

                        That dominate the landscape deep within us.

Completing the circle of the day.

Dawn again brings morning light

            And the Valleys appear unscathed

                        Only inundated by the shadows in the mist.

If you ever need lodging contact Lenny Baglieri at Blue Mt Rest located in the Central Adirondacks. 845.236.4071 or

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Great Upcoming Events in the Adirondack State Park, NY

Memorial Day Weekend kicks it all off, not only in a series of upcoming events in the central Adirondacks but this is the true beginning of the 2011 summer vacation season.  In the following weeks there will be several major events: the Birding Festival, Black Fly Challenge, The Americade and Fathers Day Weekend throughout the Lake George, Indian Lake, Moose River Plains, Blue Mt Lake and Inlet areas.

May 26th -31st

Memorial Day Weekend-  Everything opens

Bring your boat or rent one:  canoe,  kayak, speed boat for water skiing, pontoon boat or fishing craft. Camp sites open & golf courses.  Take a seaplane ride or go horseback riding, whitewater raft or fish in dozens upon dozens of lakes all around this mountainous and majestic region.   Take a dinner cruise on the WW Durant in Raquette Lake, go to the Adirondack Museum or Cultural Center in Blue Mt Lake or the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.  Take a hike on the interwoven NY State trail systems throughout this region or up some of the highest peaks in the Adks in Indian Lake and Blue Mt. And Inlet offers some of the best Mt Biking in the Northeast.

June 4th – 12th

The Americade in Lake George hosts one of the biggest biker events in the country.  Tens of thousands of motorcyclists descend upon this well known tourist area each year.  Besides having access to all the outdoor adventures, Lake George has shops, clubs, restaurants and some great night life overlooking one largest and most beautiful lakes in the Adirondacks. If you come to this event be ready to party!

June 9th -13th

Want a little something more subdued? Come to the 9th Annual Birding Festival in Indian Lake and Blue Mt Lake.   Peace, serenity and solitude is on the agenda as you literally get a birds eye view of indigenous wildlife.  Your binoculars will not only yield a colorful array of  bird species but my even pick up a rare siting of a cotton tail, coyote, coy dog, black bear or moose at a distance.

June 11th

Ready for a ride and something more vigorous?  Sign up for the Black Fly Challenge- a 40 mile mountain bike event that starts in Indian Lake, continues thru the Moose River Plains and ends in Inlet.  Contact the local chambers in Indian Lake and Inlet for all the event details and prizes.

June  17th – 19th

Fathers Day Weekend.  Get Dad out of the office and into nature.  Is he the outdoorsy, adventurous type?   Book a room in a rustic cabin, cottage or lakefront resort and spend some quality time with the whole family.   Blue Mt Lake is the central hub of all of this activity where you will find some wonderful lodging.  A few to mention-  some historic seasonal full service resorts like The Hedges & Hemlock Hall or more moderate, cozy accommodations like Curry’s Cabins or Blue Mountain Rest who was featured in Time Out Magazine,  NY.   All dressed in Adirondack decor and a great place to give dad a relaxing respite from the everyday.

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