Adirondack Gadabout (outdoors), by Joe Hackett

Find the cure on a pair of skis

Although it is easy to forget or overlook the Adirondack region’s long-lasting legacy of providing guests with an opportunity to benefit from the “healing woods,” there was a time when such efforts were known worldwide. Fortunately, we were recently reminded of that impact when a ...

A natural change of pace during snowless stretches

As I gaze out the window of my home in Ray Brook, it is easy to forget that the annual big game hunting season has not yet received a single day of tracking snow. Although the Northern Zone will continue to draw hunters from all across the state, the season will officially close at sunset on ...

New kid’s lifelong tools of the trade

As a youngster, l was considered to be somewhat of a scallywag, which is a polite Irish term that was often used to explain that l was just a regular old pain in the ... butt. In current day medical terms, l would be considered a hyper-active youngster suffering from Attention Deficit ...

Sharing the woods, waters and trails in hunting season

With the annual big game hunting season up and and running in full gear, there will be archers, muzzleloaders, hand-gunners along with an assortment of riflemen and women taking to the woods and waters. Woods walkers and leaf peepers will soon have to deal with an additional influx of small ...

It’s getting a little squirrelly around here

With the opening day of the annual big game hunting season set to arrive on Oct. 20, outdoor travelers should take the usual precautions, and be aware that hunters will be in the woods. Although most hunters tend to avoid the popular hiking trails, they will at times, use the marked hiking ...

Communication is key for autumn travelers

As the summer finally fades away and the possibility of a fresh dumping of snow grows closer with each passing day, sportsmen and women, anglers and an ever-growing contingent of woods walkers will continue to prepare for the plethora of outdoor opportunities that only autumn can ...

Learning to adapt to changing weather patterns

As another big game hunting season looms on the near horizon, hunters will again most likely be confronted and confounded by the obvious lack of snow on the ground, especially in the upper elevations. In the good old, pre-global warming days, Adirondack big game hunters could always count on ...

Trust your gut to get through hunting season

At this time of year, the ever-diminishing length of daylight hours triggers a natural hormonal responses in all wild creatures. These range from whitetail deer to brook trout, wild turkey and the always entertaining woodcock, which is an odd-shaped bird that can be found dropping out of the ...

A playground and patchwork like no other

Despite more than two centuries of both natural and man-made stressors and pressures on the finest wild lands in northern New York, the state has managed to expand the availability of such areas. Fortunately state forest lands have long been protected and guided by regulations and management ...

Weather report from a backwoods airhead with a college education

Despite the best efforts of man or beast, weather is likely more often to be the determining factor in any type of outdoor endeavor. Weather systems, barometric conditions and wind patterns all come together to deliver the day’s weather. In the Adirondacks, weather patterns tend to be as ...

Christmas in the heat of the summer season

It is the heat of the summer season in the Adirondacks, as a visitor stops along a backcountry trail. Trooping along ahead of her is a small team of stylists, lighting experts, makeup experts, photographers and producers. The scene has been designed to show off the latest winter fashions, and ...

Revamping old connector routes could thin the crowds

Following another full week of outstanding weather, the summer season continues to provide visitors and locals alike with an unending list of recreational options. Although the local hiking trails continue to attract a lot of traffic, they have been holding up quite well so far. Of course, ...

Finding relief in a pond or mountain stream

Seasoned outdoor travelers have long claimed that the Adirondack region knows only three seasons, which include winter, not quite winter and bug season. The determining factor is established by what is in the air. If smells like smoke, it’s likely to be winter, and if it isn’t, you’ll ...

Unveiling a bounty of backyard berries

Over the course of recent days, l have spent a lot of time on my knees. I wasn’t scrubbing floors or praying to the patron saint of anglers either. And yet, my time wasn’t for naught. In fact, it provided a bonanza ... of berries. While berry season has long been a rite of the ...

Outdoor skills from one generation to the next

I learned to camp from my father, who had been the director of several summer camps for boys back in the 1950s. He was also an archery and riflery instructor and physical education instructor. Although he served in the US Navy in World War II, he wasn’t the most avid camper in the family. ...

Back to basics as the mercury rises

With the heat of the summer season already bearing down on the region, it is time for bass anglers to go back to the basics. This means tossing crayfish or shiners for the kids or skiddering topwater plugs such as hula poppers, chuggers or similar offerings that are intended to provoke a ...

Don’t underestimate the economic role of granola crunchers

There is a common myth that remains firmly entrenched in the psyche of many tourism and hospitality experts. It has lingered far and wide, even in the face of evidence to the contrary. It is a quaint antique among those in the know, and a worrisome notion for the future of outdoor ...

Summer days spent with pack, paddle and poles

As the long Fourth of July holiday arrives to usher in the the summer season, there is no reason for anyone to miss out on the multitude of outdoor adventures that are currently available across the Adirondack region. I spent a majority of last week wading small streams in pursuit of large ...

A presidential visit and a look back at sport casting

Congratulations to Vince Wilcox, the owner of Wiley’s Flies, a small flyshop located in Ray Brook. Wilcox recently guided former President Barack Obama for an afternoon of fly fishing on the backwoods waters of the Adirondacks. Historically, whenever a sitting US President is featured with ...

Chasing chills, thrills and bass on the waterways

Hot, muggy weather has finally arrived in the Adirondacks, as have deer flies, horse flies, mosquitoes and the little bugs with a big bite — the no-see-ums. Although summer remains the shortest of all seasons, locals and visitors alike continue to pack a whole lot of fun into the brief ...