Thursday, August 25, 2016

Clear Pond Mountain: 08/20/2016

The view from Clear Pond Mountain at Elk Lake Lodge, Saturday 08/20/2016.

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It’s understandable if you’ve never heard of Clear Pond Mountain. As one of several summits in the privately owned 12,000 acre Elk Lake – Clear Pond Preserve, its trail is open only to guests of Elk Lake Lodge. We got a chance to hike the mountain and enjoy its phenomenal views during a 2-night stay at the lodge last weekend.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Adirondack ski areas by the numbers: 2015-16 season

Adirondack ski areas by the numbers: 2015-16 season.

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Most eastern skiers would probably prefer to forget about the winter of 2015-16, also known as The Winter That Wasn't. Besieged by mild temperatures, lack of snowfall and one rain event after another, ski areas throughout the northeast pushed the limits of their snowmaking plants and crews to salvage what they could of the season. But you can fight mother nature only so much, and skiers suffered through limited terrain, event cancellations and a shortened season. Skier visits in the northeast were down a whopping 28% from the previous winter. Whiteface and Gore followed that trend, with significant decreases in both skier visits (down 21% and 44%, respectively) and revenue (down 21% and 37%, respectively). Here are the numbers:

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Truro Hills and Ponds: Mountain biking and paddling in the Cape Cod National Seashore

Mountain biking in the Cape Cod National Seashore.

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It's not like we've uncovered all the locals' secrets, but in the nearly 10 years that we've been coming to the Outer Cape we've gotten pretty good at finding the off-the-beaten-path spots that most of the tourists miss. My ride the other day took me to some of our favorites along the Truro / Wellfleet border.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Peaked Mountain: 07/17/2016

Peaked Mountain Pond, Sunday July 17, 2016.

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They say that variety is the spice of life. In my opinion it’s also one of the keys to a successful family hike. My kids are all about the streams, waterfalls, woods, ponds, plants, wildlife, wetlands, cliffs, caves, cabins and fire towers along the way that make the hike interesting. For them, getting to the top of some mountain just for a view is “boring.” Well, you can’t beat the hike to Peaked Mountain Pond and up Peaked Mountain for variety, so off we set this past weekend.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Pole Hill Pond Preserve: 07/04/2016

View of Lake George from Walnut Ridge in the Pole Hill Pond Preserve, Monday July 4, 2016.

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Picture perfect weather for the holiday weekend meant ideal conditions for family gatherings, cookouts, swimming and fireworks. By the time Monday morning rolled around, we were ready to forego another round of hotdogs for a more active Independence Day, so Beth and I set off to explore one of the Lake George Land Conservancy's lesser known parcels, the Pole Hill Pond Preserve.