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Family Time, by Diane Chase

The Wild Center Wild Walk is open for Winter

The Wild Center is one of our favorite places to visit. It houses all the essentials for a multigenerational family: coffee, animals, coffee, interactive activities, coffee and wonderful trails to work off all the caffeine consumed. I enjoy the exhibits and am constantly amazed at how this ...

Winter stargazing from the Adirondack Sky Center

Living in the Adirondacks and being able to look at a darkened sky filled with glimmers of planets and stars is something I never take for granted. I admit my view of the sky is more mystical than practical, though I can identify some common constellations. My family makes time for a full moon ...

An Adirondack woodland sleigh ride

The weather might be a tad bit inconsistent, but there are still many activities to check off the winter To-Do list. Taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride is one of them. Adirondack Sleigh Rides at Lake Placid’s John Brown Farm, Lucky Clover Sleigh Rides at Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat and the ...

An evening visit to the North Pole

I love winter, the winter solstice and the Christmas holiday. I love it when the decorations are finally on our tree and the house smells more like a winter walk than a golden retriever. I could keep that balsam up all year if it didn’t become a fire hazard. We’ve finally stored the bins ...

‘Bring your child to work day’ is not always a good thing

Recently I was put in an awkward situation where a contractor brought his children to work and I ended up babysitting. For starters, you do not know this person. It happened out of this area. But by the end of the story, you will probably know someone like him. Do not think I did this out of ...

The Joy of Giving Party

It can be challenging to find ways to nip the holiday focus on commercialism. We survive Black Friday, attend Small Business Saturday, and search through the Cyber Monday deals. If we are careful, it’s easy to get caught in the drama of wanting the most popular “must-have” items. To ...

Finding the perfect Christmas tree

Our Christmas tree tradition always involves sturdy boots, a saw and lots of layers. Though not a planned segment of our seemingly idyllic Adirondack ritual, we always manage a snowball fight where someone gets hurt. It’s tradition. Our neighbors generously invite us to search for a tree on ...

Being thankful is important in good times and bad times

It has been a challenging couple of months. I sometimes feel that if I’m given one more obstacle or ball to juggle, everything is going to just crash down around me. The reason that I’m writing this is in spite of the obstacles I’ve been given, I have also been given the opportunity to ...

Giving back with a Turkey Trot and Fun Run

I’m already nervous about how my turkey dinner is going to turn out and I don’t even eat turkey. Our family has been focusing on the North Country Ballet Ensemble’s 34th production of The Nutcracker in Plattsburgh and Lake Placid. (Yes, a shameless plug.) I’ve also got to figure out ...

Public skating at the indoor rinks

I’m so excited for the snow. It’s not that in the past I’ve not enjoyed it, but sometimes the snowy weather really needs to stay in its own lane. I need to finish the yard work and remember where I left the garden tools. Don’t worry. I’m constantly reprimanded by family members that ...

Thank you, electrical line crew

A few years ago, the frost line went so deep that water pipes in homes across the Adirondacks were freezing in the middle of winter. Thankfully my house was without water for only a few days. As soon as our water came back on, we had neighbors showering at our house and taking buckets of water ...

Get ready for winter with ski swap and kids’ ski passport program

Winter comes every year whether I’m ready for it or not and I never seem to be ready. It has nothing to do with not enjoying the snow. It’s because I haven’t crossed off all the autumn tasks from my list. I can always use one more day to try to accomplish my “to- do” list, but my ...

Looking for a Trick or a Treat?

I’m not one for jump-scares or frightening movies, but I do love an opportunity to dress up. I also look forward to all the creativity that comes out for this celebration of the ghoulish and grim. Now we all know Halloween isn’t just for kids so if you are over 21, make sure to head ...

Two Bridge Brook and the Bloomingdale Bog Trail

I think my dog can sense when I’m taking her for a walk along the Bloomingdale Bog Trail. Most of the time we want a quick, easy trail that gets us outside and is appropriate for all family and friends of various skill levels. Any segment of the flat Bloomingdale Bog trail fits the ...

An easy walk at Tupper Lake Municipal Waterfront Walkway

I am always grateful for those easy places that allow me to get out of the car and stretch my legs. Even though my plan is usually a quick stop, I always end up staying longer than anticipated. The plus side is once I add these walks to my list, I often make other plans to bring family and ...

A change of seasons at the Jay Covered Bridge

One of our favorite places to go every season is the covered bridge in Jay. The 175-foot-traffic-only bridge provides us with shelter from inclement weather. We can go for a quick walk while exploring the changes of season, or stay longer while observing the scenery from one of the openings ...

Having a designated person when drinking?

Last spring, I went with my child for the annual doctor’s visit. Everything was normal (thank you for wondering). Because I’m a talker and I like to squeeze as much information out of my children’s amazing physician, I tend to ask questions that pertain to my other child. It’s like a ...

Watch for motorcyclists

A few years ago I was in Ticonderoga for a meeting, having scheduled it to be able to stay and go to my child’s track meet. (This was the first and only year my child ran track. Perhaps he knew that I would probably never attempt to go to another track meet.) I approached a roundabout and ...

A walk to McKenzie Pond

It’s the end of the summer, and I feel like I’m a bear getting ready to hibernate. I’m packing on the pounds as if I’ll actually sleep for the winter. No such luck. Yoga pants may have a bit of stretch, but there is only so much those pants are willing to give. I have a few favorite ...

Raise your hand if you were ever an infant

I had an interesting conversation with a friend. It pertained to an article I had read about a young family traveling with children. The parents had passed out a goody bag to all the airplane passengers with candy, earplugs, and a note stating how they hoped their young child wouldn’t be too ...