Adirondack Explorer12 min letti
Missed Opportunities
After riding my mountain bike a few miles up the D&H Road, I turned off onto an old logging road and pedaled a few more miles to a large clearing with scenic views of the Loon Lake Mountains and Plumadore Range. Beyond the clearing, the road was a me
Adirondack Explorer3 min letti
Editorial
An important conversation about race is happening in the Adirondacks. You might be part of it already. We all should be. There is plenty of opportunity to get involved. The Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI), in partnership with the Adirondack Nor
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Letters To The Editor
Because black flies are true flies, unlike dragonflies and butterflies, it is two words. It seems that black flies probably have some ecological uses besides hummingbirds feeding their young, and a couple weeks of being the major food of trout every
Adirondack Explorer2 min letti
Viewpoint
At the outset of 2020, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) and the Adirondack Watershed Alliance (AWA) announced that events and activities traditionally run by AWA, including the Adirondack Canoe Classic, would be transferred to the care of NFCT
Adirondack Explorer9 min letti
Green Mountains, Green Power
New York’s carbon-slashing ambitions are skyscraper tall, and the forested park that covers one-fifth of the state is set to help achieve them. The Adirondack Park’s trees, solar installations, dams and wind turbines all have roles in meeting the dem
Adirondack Explorer5 min letti
Loon Lake Loop
Fourth of July, hordes of tourists, a pandemic—I would have to put on my thinking cap if Carol and I were to escape the crowds and mitigate the risk of contracting the coronavirus. We knew we wanted to mountain bike, but we feared that our go-to plac
Adirondack Explorer7 min letti
Trailhead Transit
When outdoor adventure-seekers prepare for multi-day outings, measuring out food, sorting gear and packing bags, they also have to weigh their transportation options. Unless they plan to travel round-trip and end up back where they started, travelers
Adirondack Explorer4 min letti
Tots In Tow
Much has been said about the importance of getting kids outside, but the enthusiasm of the “No Child Left Inside'' movement tends to leave out pre-school-age children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, many children under age 5 fail to
Adirondack Explorer3 min letti
Birdwatch
When we first started birding in the Adirondacks, we really wanted to see a black-backed woodpecker, and so we went, repeatedly, to the places where birders reported seeing them. Even though we heard them drilling several times we never got a look at
Adirondack Explorer5 min letti
Briefs
New York State won’t stock brook trout in 13 unnamed ponds throughout the Adirondack Park in 2020 and 2021 so biologists can study the resilience of wild fish swimming in those waters. After tracking improvements in water quality—specifically acid/ba
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It’s Debatable
Editor’s note: Readers responded to a July/August Explorer feature about hiking with dogs by debating the practice online. We excerpted some of them for “It’s Debatable.” Not all fit neatly in our usual Yes-No format, and some who prefer leashes were
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Adirondack Explorer
Publisher: Tracy Ormsbee Ext. 21 tracy@AdirondackExplorer.org Editor: Brandon Loomis Ext. 22 brandon@AdirondackExplorer.org Associate Publisher: Betsy Dirnberger Ext. 23 betsy@AdirondackExplorer.org Designer: Kelly Hofschneider design@AdirondackExplo
Adirondack Explorer6 min letti
Trailblazer
For the first time in 30 years, the iconic dinner cruise ship W.W. Durant is sitting uncharacteristically quiet at the dock in Raquette Lake in the height of the summer season, due to COVID-19. No steaks are grilling. No stories of Adirondack history
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Brief Bio
Age: 61. Residence: Old Forge. Occupation: Retired hairdresser, and currently a basket weaver and instructor. Accomplishments: My husband and our daughters would be my greatest. Secondly would be that I have been able to be self-employed most of my a
Adirondack Explorer3 min letti
On the Wild Side
Once I climbed St. Regis Mountain near Paul Smiths on a fall day with some guiding clients, and we found ourselves standing inside a cloud—not of water droplets but of dragonflies. The insects were green darners, which migrate long distances south in
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Testing The Limits
Hiker restrictions may come sooner than expected to the Adirondack High Peaks. In a sense, the coronavirus pandemic has led New York to start imposing restrictions already. New parking limits in place this summer at the Adirondack Mountain Reserve co
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How Road Salt Kills Lakes
Sodium chloride (road salt) harms our aquatic ecosystems in ways that can’t easily be seen. Bodies of water with lower nutrient levels, like those found in the Adirondacks, can experience a shift in forms of algae, the base of the aquatic food web, f
Adirondack Explorer8 min letti
Peak Lagging
Where there’s a will, there’s wilderness. I formed that conclusion about the High Peaks Wilderness experience somewhere on the northeastern flank of Mount Haystack, where I had pointed my walking sticks to evade the summit and its throng of alpine wo
Adirondack Explorer9 min lettiSociety
A Place For All
Matt Hughey was at work in the North Country when a police officer pulled a gun on him. Hughey, a 29-year-old Black man raised in the Plattsburgh area, was about 19 at the time, working near his company truck and wearing a company uniform. A police o
Adirondack Explorer7 min letti
Wild Nights
Public lighting of a sort dates back to the ancient city of Antioch, but it was really King Louis XIV—the Sun King—who put street lighting on the map and turned Paris into the celebrated City of Light. With electricity came a blaze of glowing adverti
Adirondack Explorer7 min lettiSociety
Stranded Assets
The coronavirus pandemic has bludgeoned businesses in the Adirondacks and across the globe, and one of the latest worries for them is having enough people to work as the economy reopens. Rural retreats such as the Adirondacks often rely on internatio
Adirondack Explorer3 min letti
Editorial
Something must be done about the tens of thousands of tons of road salt dumped on Adirondack roadways every winter and the contamination of hundreds of wells throughout the North Country (see “Salt in the Wounds,” May/June). So it’s imperative that t
Adirondack Explorer3 min letti
Letters
ANCA stands with our black sisters and brothers in this time of nationwide grief and protest that have resulted from the murders of George Floyd and so many others. We stand with our black sisters and brothers in declaring that Black Lives Matter. We
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Briefs
Early this year Gov. Andrew Cuomo held what one might call an uplifting budget presentation before an audience of state workers and legislators packed in the Kitty Carlisle Theater at The Egg in Albany. READ MORE Cuomo is known for his pomp and circu
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Birdwatch
On a gloriously sunny day we headed north out of Elizabethtown, raring to go birding, only to find ourselves going 5 mph behind an enormous yellow tractor. As I frowned at the slowness of our progress I noticed a great blue heron with a stick in its
Adirondack Explorer1 min letti
Adirondack Explorer
Publisher: Tracy Ormsbee Ext. 21 tracy@AdirondackExplorer.org Editor: Brandon Loomis Ext. 22 brandon@AdirondackExplorer.org Associate Publisher: Betsy Dirnberger Ext. 23 betsy@AdirondackExplorer.org Designer: Kelly Hofschneider design@AdirondackExplo
Adirondack Explorer4 min lettiSociety
A Woman's Place revisited
To appreciate Lorraine Duvall’s book, “Finding A Woman's Place: The Story of a 1970s Feminist Collective in the Adirondacks,” it helps to understand the inequality women faced in those years. Women earned 59 cents to every dollar men made, according
Adirondack Explorer2 min letti
Brief Bio
Margarethe (Molly) Gallagher Age: 58. Residence: Athol. Occupation: Retired (spring 2020)! Accomplishments: Almost 38 years with my wonderful husband, Jim. Thirty years of volunteering with a nonprofit animal shelter, wildlife rehab and environmental
Adirondack Explorer5 min letti
It's Debatable
COVID-19 may change where people vote this year, or allow you vote by mail. Regardless of how you receive your ballot for Election Day on Nov. 3, or how you plan to cast your vote, don’t forget to turn over your ballot and vote “yes” on the Restore M
Adirondack Explorer6 min letti
21st Century Lakes
As climate change ripples across the Adirondacks, researchers and activists are worried they don’t know what warming water is doing to fish in the region’s thousands of lakes and ponds. Now they’re looking to an old problem for a solution. In the 198
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