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North America » United States » New York » Adirondacks September 24th 2018

24th September 2018 Continuing our journey through Ontario and New York State (2 of 3) The Adirondack Mountains and Finger Lakes USA Now, where were we? Ah, yes, we had just crossed the border from Canada into New York State, USA. Let’s not get confused here. When we talk of New York you’ll probably be thinking of the Big Apple city of that name down there in the southeast corner of New York State USA. But New York is indeed a big State, and the Adirondack Park, our planned destination, covers an area of 6 million acres and includes more than 10,000 lakes and 30,000 miles of rivers and streams! The Adirondack Mountains extend southward from the St. Lawrence River valley, westward to Lake Ontario, east to Lake Champlain and south to the Mohawk River valley, ... read more
Ski-jumps at Lake Placid
High Falls Gorge
Hoss's Country Corner

North America » United States » New York » Adirondacks May 28th 2017

I left Swarthmore well before breakfast and headed North through Pennsylvania directly for Summit on secondary roads. No traffic, but lots of cops determined to prevent Memorial Day accidents. Crossed the Delaware on the US 202 bridge and headed into New Jersey. Daniel and Honor and Simon had prepared breakfast outside on the collapsadeck. It was fresh and cool, and we had a lovely meal. We engaged Simon with his new lawnmower (used to clean up after his dad's cut) and the sandbox -- he was his usual charming happy two year old self. Then I struck out North on the big freeways (technically referred to as the "slab") that are now becoming known to us with our visits to Burlington. Enjoyed the beauty of the empty road winding up through the Catskills and the Adirondacks. ... read more
Sign at the town park on the Schroon
Old Warrensburg in the background, Trump and Bernie (on another car) in the fore.
Thinking of Gwynn. Interesting how popular the gazebo is in public places.

North America » United States » New York » Adirondacks » Lake Placid February 28th 2016

Even though 2016 is not an Olympic year for winter sports, the Olympic spirit is alive and well if you travel to Lake Placid, New York in the sublime Adirondack Mountains. My family and I recently spent a fun-filled long weekend in this sports mecca, where we had been twice previously but never in the winter. Even though the weather was frigid with wind chills below zero Fahrenheit, the various activities we engaged in kept us warm (for the most part!). Upon our arrival on a Thursday afternoon, we strolled through the village’s charming and vibrant downtown area, which boasts many excellent shops and restaurants catering to everyone’s budget and from which you have sublime views of Mirror Lake and snow-capped Whiteface Mountain in the distance. The town was bustling with energetic youth hockey players who ... read more
Bobsled Run


We left Maine and spent 4 days driving through New Hampshire and Vermont. We drove through the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of Vermont. We decided to take all back roads on our way to the Adirondacks. There are streams and lakes every few miles by the side of the roads. Lots of interesting small villages to see and lots of friendly people who are surprised to hear of our long trip from Arizona. Lake Winnepesaukee in New Hampshire brought back memories of being there with my parents as a young child. There were sculptures along a walking trail which we enjoyed. At the foot of the Green Mountains in Vermont we stayed near Middlebury and enjoyed seeing the campus of Middlebury College. We stayed at Indian Lake Hamlet in the Adirondacks. ... read more
Sculptures at Lake Winnepesaukee
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North America » United States » New York » Adirondacks June 29th 2015

We got up early but took our time getting organized. After everything was packed we went to breakfast at the restaurant next door (the hotel doesn't serve breakfast but guests get a discount at the restaurant). We had a very full meal. Tamar had scrambled eggs with bacon, toast, potato and hot chocolate. Ethan had French toast with two eggs over easy, hot chocolate with whipped cream, and Gilat and I shared a vegetable omlete with toast and potatoes, and, of course, coffee. We set out on our way at around 10 am. A short drive to Lake Placid to see Mirror Lake. Very similar to Saranac Lake, with the picturesque town on the shores of the lake. We continued on our way to High Falls Gorge, but Waze took us through a high-end neighborhood. Really ... read more
High Falls Gorge Explanation

North America » United States » New York » Adirondacks June 28th 2015

Well, another rainy day. Almost makes me think we're in England. We had a breakfast of scrambled eggs sans salt, toast, pancakes & waffles at the hotel. Comfort Inn in Syracuse is ok, but no more than that. We drove north towards the small town of Dexter, to try to find Dexter's Marsh, home to wildlife, fowl & fish, but all we found were boat launching points for the fishermen and Harbor Battlefield park. So we continued to the Bonaparte Caves, where Napoleon's brother and his family supposedly hid out after Napoleon was kicked out. We didn't find that either. But somewhere along the way we rescued a baby snapping turtle that was trying to cross the road. Note to self: double check the directions for out-of-the-way places. On the road again, through the rainy Adirondacks. ... read more
Baby snapper
Totem?
Saranac

North America » United States » New York » Adirondacks May 22nd 2015

It seems incredible that we have been here for more than two weeks now and are heading into the final part of our holiday. It has been utterly fantastic, we have seen and done so much and the joy of wandering around with no fixed agenda has met every expectation. We have decided to head to Niagara for our final hurrah, so are slowly moving west. Leaving the trailer park (Spencer said the showers were grotty... I, as usual, used the on board facilities) we headed to Burlington, highly recommended as the best resort on Lake Champlain. We thought it pretty average really. The best thing we found was a proper bakery where we bought a loaf of French bread for lunch. Bread in America is generally sweet, soft and mass produced so it was a ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » Adirondacks February 7th 2015

When my husband came home on Thursday and said we're headed on out of New Jersey the next day I was all for it. During his ridiculously long day at work, he had managed to find us a weekend getaway and jam pack it full of fun stuff. Race, Chili Cook off, Painting, Wine, and a Helicopter Ride, I pretty much feel like saying out day was jam packed is an understatement! Both of us managed to get out of work early and we headed off. Where were we going you ask? Lake George! I had never really researched Lake George at all before, all I knew was that it was a party place in summer time but what was is like in the winter? We were about to find out. The easy 3 hour drive ... read more
Beer Sampler
Morning of our Race
4 Mile Race


A Fortified Journey to Lake George, New York By William Graham Poet, novelist and travel writer William Graham is a resident of Stowe, Vermont. His most recent novella is “The Red Planet President.” He has also traveled extensively around the world and is author of “Seven Continents: A Travel Memoir.” One of the books that always fired my imagination has been James Fenimore Cooper’s rousing adventure tale from 1826 The Last of the Mohicans, which featured one of the most iconic characters in American literature: Natty Bumpo, also known as “Hawkeye.” The story takes place in the wilderness surrounding Lake George, New York, which Cooper called Horicon in his tale. I wanted to see the area myself and explore the reconstructed Ft. William Henry that was at the center of the story and which has its ... read more
Ft. William Henry
Lake George from Prospect Mountain
Lake George Islands

North America » United States » New York » Adirondacks July 22nd 2014

Tupper Lake, New York, 22 juillet Ça y est, j'en ai fait le tour de ces gigantesques Grands Lacs! Quel régal pour le géographe, ce périple m'a fait découvrir plusieurs splendeurs de l'intérieur du continent! Depuis Niagara Falls, Canada, je longeai d'abord la rive Ouest de la rivière Niagara pour atteindre Fort Érié, sur le lac du même nom. Non loin de là se trouve le petit village de Cristal Beach et la promenade y fut agréable. Après avoir passé le «Peace Bridge», qui enjambe la rivière Niagara, j'entrai en sol américain dans la ville de Buffalo. Je dois avouer que je n'attendais pas grand chose de cette ville mais je fut surpris! Le développement industriel qui a fait prospérer la ville au 19e siècle est lié à l'ouverture du canal Érié qui reliait la ville ... read more
Buffalo, New-York
Buffalo, New-York
Buffalo, New-York




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