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.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Canoe camping, Follensby Clear Pond: 06/26/2016

Canoe camping on Follensby Clear Pond, 06/26/2016.

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At 12 and 8, our kids are the perfect age for camping. After some island camping at Lake George last weekend, we headed north to one of my favorite parts of the Adirondacks for some canoe camping this weekend.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Lake George island camping, Fork Island: 06/18/2016

Island camping, Lake George, 06/18/2016

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In the 35 years that I've been exploring Lake George I've done a lot of paddling, hiking, motor boating, sailing and water skiing, but I think the best way to really soak up the beauty of the lake is camping on one of the islands. There's nothing like going to sleep at night and waking up in the morning with the lake lapping at your campsite, surrounded by water. No cell phones, no tv, no distractions, just you, the lake and the mountains.

With a perfect weather forecast last weekend, we loaded our family's boat with paddling and camping gear and headed north from Bolton Landing up into the Narrows.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sleeping Beauty Mt: 06/12/2016

Sleeping Beauty Mountain, Sunday 06/12/2016.

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We've done Sleeping Beauty as a family hike in the past, but on a cold (temperatures in the low 50s), blustery mid-June Sunday the kids' enthusiasm level for hiking hovered between 0 and 1 on a ten-point scale. So the kids stayed with the grandparents while Beth and I did the hike. Win - win.