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Region comes alive with trout, loons and bikes

May 23, 2015 It appears the spring season continues to march inexorably forward. The grass is mostly green and the only whitecaps come from the local lakes rather than the mountain peaks. more »»

All is quiet on a calm, cool morning

May 16, 2015 The haunting call of a loon echoed off a wall of tall timbers that lined the shores of the small pond I was fishing. more »»

River monsters provide a much different challenge

May 9, 2015 While many North Country anglers have been celebrating the arrival of ice-out and a chance to put a few fresh brookies on the grill, there are others who were equally thrilled to be back on the hunt... more »»

Never so happy to see a black fly

May 2, 2015 Finally, spring is here. It has become increasingly obvious, despite the regular appearance of spitting snow, cold winds and a reoccurring white lawn. more »»

Loons return as anglers take to the ponds

April 25, 2015 Heavy rains driven by fierce winds have combined with several hot sunny days to expedite the unendingly slow process of ice-out in the Adirondack. more »»

Waiting game finally coming to an end

April 18, 2015 Following a string of warm, brilliant bluebird days, it appears spring is finally on the way. The seasonal transition has been fairly gradual to date. more »»

Wellness and adventure in the deep woods

April 11, 2015 Last weekend, I spent a few days skiing the backcountry on a mix of crusted snow and fresh powder. more »»

Transition time in the Adirondacks

April 4, 2015 April in the Adirondacks is a time for traditions and transitions as sweet steam billows from an assortment of modern sugar shacks and a collection of backyard evaporators. more »»

Outdoor recreation can be a dangerous undertaking

March 28, 2015 Over the past week, I spent a lot of time researching some of the new and exciting outdoor activities I’d like to share with my mother-in-law, just in case she ever comes up for a visit. more »»

Shed hunting season is upon us

March 21, 2015 Although a heavy snow is falling as I write this week’s column, spring weather appears to be on the near horizon. more »»

Time to get rid of outdated stereotypes

March 14, 2015 March is Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8. more »»

Of winters past and those to come

March 7, 2015 As I grow older, the winter season appears to have grown longer too, and it’s become a bit more tedious than usual. more »»

Destination unknown, but glad to be on the way

February 28, 2015 After the prolonged cold snap finally broke last weekend, I jumped at the opportunity to get in a long ski trip that would take me up and over a series of smaller peaks near Ray Brook and connect... more »»

The art and virtue of wilderness tramping

February 21, 2015 I haven’t seen a thin red line on my back porch thermometer in more than a week. The mercury remains buried far below the final legible numerals on the metal cover. more »»

Retuning within more peaceful surroundings

February 14, 2015 Despite our increasingly technological society, it has been proven that traveling to forests, lakes and similar wild places provides us with an opportunity to reconnect with the natural world. more »»

A tip of the cap to disappearing values

February 7, 2015 Every small town has a few of ’em. They’re quiet and unassuming, but equally gregarious and excitable — no one seems to know why or when. more »»

Rules, reality and plain old common sense

January 31, 2015 File this one under the “Oh no, not again department.” As the recent incident report from the state Department of Environmental Conservation Region 5 explained, “On Jan. 20 at 1:33 a.m. more »»

Walk off the road, and into your senses

January 24, 2015 Boots, skis and snowshoes have been responsible for taking me to most of the interesting places I’ve traveled. more »»

Ghosts of the wilderness appear in unexpected places

January 17, 2015 Dick Emperor, a veteran Adirondack guide and game protector with the old Conservation Department once claimed, “A guy that claims he’s never got lost, never went in the woods very far. more »»

A Christmas surprise from an old friend

January 10, 2015 I recently received a belated Christmas card in the mail. It arrived with no return address, and the author requested no reply. more »»

 
 

 

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