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ON THE SCENE: Designing and maintaining woodland trails

An essential contribution to a hiker’s enjoyment of the Adirondacks is the quality of the trail. Is it steep, filled with mudholes and rocks? Does it seem over-used, or is it relatively easy to pass along on our way to our destination? While for a hiker, a trail is often a means to an ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Herbert is fiercely determined to get back in shape’

If you have lived in the Adirondacks for long, you have probably experienced the annual warm-up which typically occurs in January. As children in their rubber boots splash in the snow melt, old-timers nod their heads and say knowingly, “Oh yes, it’s the January thaw.” What you may not ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 76 years ago

Pfc. Dennin missing The story of the 106th infantry’s baptism of fire will live long in the minds of the men who withstood that steel and flame thrown at them during the Battle of the Belgian Bulge. Pvt. Fred Dennin, son of postmaster and Mrs. Dennin of Lake Placid, was reported missing in ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Try skiing through the Bloomingdale Bog

There are two trailhead locations for the popular Bloomingdale Bog trail, which is an old railroad bed. Bloomingdale end: Follow Route 192 north from the four corners in Bloomingdale. After almost 2 miles you will see parking for an old railroad grade trail on both sides of the road. This is ...

ON THE SCENE: America will remember Jan. 6, 2021

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump smashed their way into the United States Capitol as the House and Senate began the certification of former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris as this country’s next president and vice president. The ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘Torpor is apparently a sort of hibernation-lite’

St. Agnes’ Eve-Ah, bitter chill it was! The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold; The hare limp’d trembling through the frozen grass, And silent was the flock in woolly fold ... — “The Eve of St. Agnes” by John Keats --- January is the coldest month in the ...

WORLD FOCUS: Flashback to witnessing a coup d’etat in Czechoslovakia

While watching the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump on Jan 6. 2021, on TV, I had a vivid flashback on the Communist coup d’etat in Prague, Czechoslovakia. In late February 1948, the Communist party of Czechoslovakia, with Soviet backing, performed a coup ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 55 years ago

Toboggan chute (A photo on page 1 showed the new toboggan run at Mirror Lake, as seen looking toward the top from the lake.) Not merely a run but a parkway or expressway or freeway or something big, because this is it. The toboggan chute is a great addition to this winter sports center. It ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Climbing Castle Rock and walking the loop

This snowshoe trip is a 3-mile out and back to Castle Rock or a 3-mile loop, depending on conditions of the backside of the loop and out and back might be the best option. Initially you will be following a private dirt road, please stay on the marked route. The trail markers are on the ...

ON THE SCENE: New Year’s hopes for 2021

Traditionally at this time of year, aside from recovering from being up nearly all night partying and watching college football the next day, people often make new year’s resolutions and articulate their hopes for the coming year. As 2020 was especially brutal for society as a whole and ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘This will be the summer my flower beds will flourish’

What a way to begin the new year. Political insanity and inanities ride the airwaves, while new, improved (from the virus’ point of view) strains of COVID kill, bereave, sicken, terrify and inconvenience the world’s population. I suppose those of us who are merely inconvenienced should ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Exploring Height of Land Mountain

The Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area is one of the largest wilderness areas in the Adirondack Park. It extends some 24 miles north and south, 18 miles east and west, and is made up of over 114,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands. During the early 1900s, logging was an important industry in ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago

Lake Placid movies More pictures have been made in Lake Placid this year than in any resort in the country, including Miami, according to the report of motion picture men who have been working here for the past two weeks. Nine subjects have already been photographed by representatives of Fox ...

‘Everywhere I go I see masks on the ground’

As I write this column, we are in that strange no-man’s land between Christmas and the New Year. There is always such a terrific buildup to Christmas, and then it is just—gone. We are left standing in a pile of ribbon and debris, tired, a piece of fruitcake in our hand. Come on, fruit cake ...

ON THE SCENE: Staying happier in the new year

Wishing someone a “happy new year” feels a bit odd, to say the least, during a pandemic and its resulting economic crisis. It’s made worse by a government incapable of providing relief to individuals and state, county and local governments, and, through them, first responders, ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Big Pond: A nice afternoon ski or snowshoe destination

From the trailhead, you will begin and remain mostly on a gentle surface for your 3-mile round-trip excursion to Big Pond. Be sure to plan on a couple hours for this trip, but leave yourself some wiggle room for the what-ifs, poor conditions and just to be safe. The start brings you through ...

HISTORY IS COOL: 102 years ago

Influenza pandemic London, Dec. 19 — The Times medical correspondent says it seems reasonable to believe that throughout the world about 6 million persons perished from influenza and pneumonia during the past three months. It has been estimated that the war caused the death of 20 million ...

ON THE SCENE: Cat-proofing the Christmas tree and Biden picks

When I was growing up at our motel on Wilmington Road, having a Christmas tree was a bit of a challenge. We had cats that liked to leap up at low-hanging ornaments, especially the round silver or gold ones, really anything that had a reflective or sparkly surface. Once they were destroyed, ...

MARTHA SEZ: ‘For me, Santa Claus was no big deal’

Hey, did you get my present (Christmas card, cookies)? That time-honored excuse, “It must have gotten lost in the mail!” has taken on new credibility this holiday season, as the United States Postal Service, Fed-Ex and United Parcel Service all founder in a sea of undelivered envelopes ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: My Sharps Ridge romp

It doesn’t matter where I go in the Adirondack Park, I always feel like home. Do you think it’s the plaid I wear? Maybe it’s my rustic middle-aged charm. Whatever it is, it always whets my taste buds to explore more of the park and spread out a bit. When I took this hike, the trails ...