Family Time, by Diane Chase

Watching the churning water at Buttermilk Falls

The leaves are at their peak and it’s not always enough to just glimpse the brilliant golds, reds, and oranges through the car windows. We need to plan a picnic and explore the roads, making sure that the locals become the tourist once in a while. One of our favorite spots while driving ...

Carousel provides indoor activities

Every time I step into the Adirondack Carousel, I am in awe of the craftsmanship of each animal and the hand painted scenes surrounding its exterior. In addition to providing a unique experience, the carousel provides an expanded interior play area and games to idly pass the time away. With ...

Strolling through the Jay Covered Bridge

One of our favorite places to go all year round is the Jay Covered Bridge. While during the frosty months we are hypnotized by the swift current and ice formations. In the heat of summer we are drawn to the cool waters below. Now that it’s autumn, it is the perfect place to view the changing ...

Banned Books Week: Challenging censorship

Every year I am saddened by how many books still remain challenged or banned from various schools and libraries. According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since the inception of Banned Book Week in 1982. These banned and challenged books ...

Henry’s Wood Rocky Knob Trail

Recently I have felt less like a parent and more like a taxi driver. Though this has been my previous experience on parenting a pre-driving teen. I am grateful for the commute that allows me to catch up on school days and be included in various aspects of life between school, sports, and other ...

A wagon ride to Great Camp Santanoni

There are numerous books and articles written about the Adirondack Great Camp era. The mystic and the opulence is part of the core of the settling of the Adirondacks. There are still many of the “great camps” in existence , but most remain in the private sector. Only a handful of these ...

Robert Louis Stevenson and the Stevenson Cottage

It has been a few years since I’ve been back to the Stevenson Cottage in Saranac Lake. Walking across the front porch and through the front door feels like stepping back in time. The original furniture, wood cuts, and even clothes are still on display as part of the permanent ...

Natural wonders at High Falls Gorge

There are many reasons for making High Falls Gorge, one of New York’s natural wonders, a must-see stop. Our visitors and friends are always such a range of ages and abilities, High Falls Gorge makes it easy for everyone to get close to nature. We can always go our separate ways for other ...

Extreme Tubing at the Olympic Ski Jumps

I’m really not a daredevil. I just want to face a few of my fears without crying like a baby. I’ve gone on the Experience Outdoors zipline and repelled down treetop platforms. I’ve driven the Gabriel’s Farmhouse Go Karts and Snowmobile trails. I’ve learned that I’m a bit braver than ...

County fairs kick off

There are a variety of Adirondack activities that focus on family fun. Hiking, biking and swimming around the Adirondacks are just some our favorites. Though being in nature is gift we are grateful for, we also enjoy the simple act of a county fair. Eating cotton candy and enjoying a traveling ...

To the false summit of Catamount

The blueberries are ripening! That is one call to let us know to hit the trail to Catamount. Of course, there are plenty of Adirondack hikes with such summit treats, but Catamount is always a family favorite. The 1.8-mile hike is challenging, but its benefits always outweigh those ...

Still searching for Waldo

There are some people that are not familiar with the Where’s Waldobook character. Just for the record, that does not include anyone in my household or extended family. If you need a refresher, then The Bookstore Plus is the place to start. Known in England as “Where’s Wally?,” ...

Celebrate 25 years of the Native Butterfly House

The Native Butterfly House at Paul Smith College’s VIC is celebrating its Silver Jubilee. For 25 years this unique netted canopy has not only provided a place to view native species. It is also a valuable resource for anyone interested in attracting butterflies and other pollinators to their ...

Adirondack Mountain Club offers free summer programs

My family spends quite a bit of time at the Adirondack Club’s Heart Lake property. It isn’t dubbed the entrance to the High Peaks for nothing. With access to over 13 Adirondack 46ers, the Adirondack Loj, Heart Lake, and High Peaks Information Center property also offers free year-round ...

Horse crazy at the Lake Placid Horse Show

There is something captivating about seeing the horses back in the rings at the North Elba Horse Show grounds. I’m not sure if it’s the Whiteface Mountain backdrop or the grace of these powerful thoroughbreds. Whatever the reason, scheduling time to be a spectator at the Lake Placid and I ...

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

I’m not quite sure where to begin. This has been my first year of “last” activities throughout my child’s senior year. I’ve attended the last high school soccer game, school play, concert, band, and parade. There have been flower ceremonies, acknowledgements, teas and awards. I was ...

Celebrating Father’s Day

My husband and I were recently at a festival where a group offered a “mining” activity. For a certain fee, the child could dig around searching for gemstones. (We used to do something similar and bury treasure in our sandbox for our kids to find.) Later we saw the same family getting into ...

ADKX — The Museum of Blue Mountain Lake

What’s in a name? Last year’s name change from The Adirondack Museum to Adirondack Experience - the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) had a few people up in arms. For my family, it’s still the same place that we’ve explored since the children were tiny and continue to recommend to ...

Memorial Day — it’s all in the name

I know in our household most of the conversations surrounding Memorial Day weekend usually center around a summer kickoff and unused “snow days.” It rarely focuses on the actual reason for the holiday. It becomes about barbecues, parades, and other celebratory activities. Sometimes we need ...

Paddling through the trees on the Saranac River

One annual activity we always look forward to is a slow and easy paddle along the flooded shores of a creek or river. With all the recent rain and late snowfall, this adventure creates our own Adirondack “Everglades” experience. Though many may choose to paddle to a particular destination ...