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Thursday, June 16th, 2011
The central Adirondack region has a maze of trails in a topography that can range up to 3,900 vertical feet. Snowy Mt in Indian Lake, Blue Mt in Blue Mt Lake and Oak Mt in Long Lake are some of the highest peaks in New York. The Adirondack State Park is a perfect unspoiled back drop to your vacation adventure offering spectacular panoramic views overlooking dozens of crystal clear lakes.
The NY State Trail System in this central region has a rich variety of terrain for the beginner or expert; Sprague Pond offers the flattest, easiest and shortest trek of just .3 mi, more moderate to difficult trails Chimminy and Wakely Mts are 1.1 to 3 mile jaunts or the 7.9 mile difficult to steep Sucker Brook trail is in Indian Lake. Hiking Blue Mt has the Castle rock and Tirrell Pond trails that can even connect you to the Northville- Lake Placid Trial – which extends 130 miles for the hard core long distance enthusiast. But there are dozens of other trails Rock Lake, Baldface Mt, Sawyer Mt & Bullhead Pond just to name a few.
If you road bike Rts 28, 30 & 30N are the main thorough fares that will bring you to the towns of Speculator to south, Indian Lake, Blue Mt Lake, Raquette Lake to the northwest and Long Lake or Tupper Lake to the northeast. Just pedaling thru these areas will give you the true flavor & sheer beauty of the Adirondacks. You’ll see majestic mountains, blue lakes and picture perfect vistas at almost every turn.
All of the off road trails are good for hiking, many for moutain biking in the warmer seasons and snowmobiling, snow shoeing or x-country skiing in winter. In the town of Inlet there are some of the best mountain biking trails in the whole northeast. The Black Fly Challenge just sported over 390 contestants this past Saturday June 11th. For the avid mt biker contact Pedals and Petals for more info about the area and next years contest. Over $3,000 in prize money was given away at that event.
The local chambers of commerce have trail maps as well as many of the lodging facilities for easy review of the general area.
Blue Mt Lake is the epicenter of this hiking and biking mecca. Blue Mountain Rest has Hiking and Biking Specials for discounted lodging rates and is just one of the recommended lodging facilities there; as well as, Prospect Point Cottages, The Hedges & Hemlock Hall. Do a google search and enjoy your experience in the overwhelming expanse of the Adk State Park.
Sunday, June 12th, 2011
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 so he can spend some quality time with the whole family.
Does he like to go fishing, kayak, canoe, hike, mt bike, water ski, golf, horseback ride or go white water rafting? How about something more laid back like renting a flotilla like a pontoon boat for a lazy afternoon on a lake; go to the Adirondack Museum, take a dinner cruise on Raquette Lake or see one of the Great Camps at Sagamore. What about something a little more exciting like taking a seaplane ride to get a birds eye view of some of the most beautiful lakes and mountains in the central region of the Adirondack State park in NY.
Blue Mt Lake is the central hub of all of this activity where you will find some wonderful lodging and all of these fantastic activities. 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. For more information go to www.bluemountainrest.com
Sunday, June 5th, 2011
ADIRONDACK BOREAL BIRDS
Bird watching in the Adirondacks is marked by the Hamilton County Birding Festival, held annually the second weekend of June. This year’s Festival will be held June 10-12, and has grown to become a premiere regional attraction in celebration of Adirondack Boreal Birds. The three-day event will feature guided hikes, canoe excursions, driving safaris, walks, a cruise and evening presentations.
Registration is required for each outdoor activity. A complete festival schedule of activities is available at the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, participating Festival businesses, the Indian Lake Town Hall, at www.adirondackexperience.com or call 518-548-3076.
Welcome Birders… to the 7th Annual Hamilton County Birding Festival Featuring… The Usual Suspects: A Sampler of ADK Specialty Birds The Boreal birds of the Adirondacks Presented By John Thaxton, author, photographer and noted Adirondack Birder Saturday, June 11, 7:30 PM Indian Lake Theater Admission: $5.00 Sponsors: Hamilton County Tourism, Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, Town of Indian Lake.
INDIAN LAKE – As part of this year’s 7th Annual Hamilton County Birding Festival, join author and noted Adirondack birder, John Thaxton , for an evening of educational entertainment highlighting the lives and habits of boreal species found in the Adirondacks. John will present, “The Usual Suspects: A Sampler of Adirondack Specialty Birds”, Saturday June 11, 7:30 pm at the Indian Lake Theater. He will share information about bicknell’s thrush, black-backed woodpecker, palm warbler and others including: wood warblers, olive-sided and yellow bellied fly catchers, gray jays, three toed woodpeckers, boreal chickadees unique to the boreal landscape of Northern Hamilton County.
John is the author of 6 books and has written articles for “The Kingbird,” “Birder’s World” and “Adirondack Life.” He recently has started writing a regular column, “Birdwatch,” for “Adirondack Explorer.” John is also an accomplished photographer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and a veteran leader of birding field trips.
- In addition, during the weekend, participating Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce businesses, Adirondack Museum, Cedar River Golf Club, Hutch N Stuff, Indian Lake Restaurant, Marty’s Chili Nights Restaurant and Pines Country Store, will offer 10% discounts to Festival Birders. Blue Mountain Rest a year round lodging facility in Blue Mt Lake is offering 20% off their lodging rates or a Free Night go to www.bluemountianrest.com for details.
Discount coupons will be available at the Chamber of Commerce, Town Hall, at participating businesses and at www.indian-lake.com. For further Festival information, please call Kristina Eldridge at the Chamber: 518-648-5112.