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North Country Living

Fall weather is a guessing game

In lieu of the off-and-on frigid temps we typically have in the fall it can be crapshoot as to what you might find, especially in higher elevations. I got to thinking that many cold-weather issues come with unpreparedness and a misinterpretation or misunderstanding of the weather patterns. ...

Ego tripping … and falling

RAY BROOK — “Today is all about ego.” That’s according to a shoeless man at the junction of the Haystack and McKenzie mountain trails. This was a warning, not a celebration of ego. It was mid-day during the third annual 6er Relay, and the man, Mark Boyce, had just descended ...

Apple pickin’ time

The first thing I noticed was the number of cars. The parking lot at Rulfs Orchard, ten times the size it had been when I was a kid, was packed with cars sporting license plates from as far away as Minnesota. Roaming packs of people, with dozens of small children running between them like ...

Bidding farewell on a delightful fall day

SARANAC INN — A bittersweet day but a beautiful one. On Sunday, the Saranac Inn Golf Club put another season in the books by closing the course for winter in its traditional fashion — with the 6-6-6 tournament. The season at the course extends from late spring until the day before ...

Sunshine and puppy dogs

SARANAC LAKE — The sun shone brightly as Father Rick Dennis sat down with locals’ dogs and blessed them one by one. About a dozen people and their four-legged friends showed up to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, Oct. 5 for a blessing of the animals. Some dogs wore fall ...

En route to affirmation

ST. HUBERTS — I’m writing this story while hiking the trail up Bear Den Mountain en route to Dial and Nippletop. Well, not actually. I’m typing it up on my work computer, sitting in a comfortable office chair and digging the dirt out of my fingernails with a paperclip. But when I ...

Permits in the High Peaks?

LAKE PLACID — The High Peaks area of the Adirondack Park is undoubtedly in the midst of a years-long boom in hikers and visitors to the region. And with that crush of visitors comes a number of problems: parking, safety, search-and-rescue missions, and wear and tear on trails and other ...

Tiptoeing through Moscow

SARANAC LAKE — Dellice Chase loves to travel, but Russia had never popped up on her list of places to visit. But after months of interviews, written exams and even more interviews, Dellice was going to Russia. The 16-year-old Saranac Lake High School student has also been dancing since ...

An Airbnb haven in Jay

JAY — The main road into AuSable Acres is nondescript, a winding strip of pavement tightly surrounded by dense foliage. From AuSable Drive, narrow dirt roads with nature-themed names branch out, dotted with Swiss chalet-style, A-frame homes obscured by clusters of greenery. This quiet, ...

Summer student staff

For many, Monday, Aug. 26 was just another start to a work week, but for the high school students with summer jobs around the Tri-Lakes, it marked the start of their last week of work before the school year begins. Summer jobs are a staple of high school life; they provide a chance to earn ...

Fire towers get second life a century on

SARANAC LAKE -- For hikers and snowshoers in the Adirondacks, it's hard to imagine a park with no fire towers. But 30 years ago, the state planned on removing most of the metal towers that adorn Adirondack peaks. They had been out of use, and many were dangerous and -- literally -- in danger ...

Finding balance in art

SARANAC LAKE — This village is known for its recreation, proximity to nature and quirkiness — “Decidedly Different” is its official marketing motto — and also for its abundance of artists. One day it may be home to more full-time artists. To understand the current layout of the ...

Route 73 conundrum

KEENE VALLEY — This past weekend 109 hikers, in at least 43 vehicles, checked in at the Rooster Comb Mountain trailhead. They came from as far away as London, England. The ones who parked legally pulled into a small slab of asphalt off of state Route 73 with a capacity of roughly 18 cars. ...

Big Tupper in limbo, again

TUPPER LAKE — Mount Morris is an ever-present force here. The trails of the Big Tupper Ski Area on its north face are visible from most places in town, tracing veins down the mountain, veins that used to flow with skiers. It’s been four years since skiers and snowboarders have been ...

APIPP helps transform preserve

WILLSBORO — For the last four years, the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy — along with private land owners, local government leaders and volunteers — has worked to transform more than 100 acres in Willsboro into an accessible nature preserve. After years of abuse — ...

Saranac Lake Surge homecoming

SARANAC LAKE — This spring, area baseball fans found out there was going to be a new team in town competing in an independent professional league. After waiting for the season to begin in mid-June, and then waiting for the team to wrap up two road trips to start the schedule, fans ...

The art of the new

In 2018, the Depot Theatre celebrated its 40th anniversary with a trio of productions that hearkened back to the past: “Always, Patsy Cline,” “The 39 Steps” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” All three had been produced in a previous season at the Depot and were selected based, in part, ...

Vacation Photo Contest

The Vacation Photo Contest was judged by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise staff, based on originality, locale and photo quality. Prizes were awarded to the winners. Look for more vacation photos of your neighbors in the upcoming weeks’ North Country Living sections.

2019 Vacation Photo Contest winners

The 2019 Vacation Photo Contest was judged by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise staff, based on originality, locale and photo quality. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Look for more vacation photos of your neighbors in the upcoming weeks’ North Country Living sections.