Friday, September 12, 2014

Adirondack Hikes: Climbing Loon Lake Mountain (Fire Tower)

Loon Lake Mountain (Fire Tower)
Vertical Ascent  = 1,642'
Elevation = 3,335'

A friend of mine was describing her journey leading a group of boys up Loon Lake Mountain. She had gone in early summer and had experienced a wet trail and lots of mud. Though challenging, she described the trail with such joy that I had to bring my daughter along this rediscovered path.  

The 2.8-mile trail is accessed from a parking area on CR 26 in the Town of Franklin, north of Loon Lake. With an elevation of 3,335’ and a vertical ascent of 1,642’, the trail is well tagged with yellow trail markers. The path zigzags from woods to logging roads before reaching the base of the mountain. Even in late summer the trail is swampy in places.

We discover that the most difficult part of the trail was about ½-mile from the summit. After crossing four plank bridges the trail started gaining in elevation quite quickly. From that last bridge to the summit there was a lot of washout, roots and rocks to maneuver before seeing the first glimpse of the fire tower.   

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hiking the 46 High Peaks for Suicide Awareness

Suicide, depression and the effects of both are challenging and frightening subjects to discuss. I know. I was in my early 20s when I found a friend during her attempted suicide. What transpired was tragic and emotional, but she eventually received the help she needed. Not everyone is so lucky. This week, September 8-14, is National Suicide Prevention week and two Clarkson students are trying to do their part to raise awareness and funds by climbing all 46 High Peaks.

Adirondack 46ers Kolby Ziemendorf and Catherine Zarnofsky are currently in the Adirondacks to climb all 46 High Peaks again, this time to honor those lost to suicide. This time their goal isn't a patch, but to climb all of the High Peaks in one week to help raise awareness for suicide prevention.

“I lost my friend Greg Lombardo when I was in high school,” says Zimendorf. “We played hockey. No one knew that something was wrong. I remember looking around at all the people at his funeral and thinking that he could have reached out to any one of us. That is one of many things that struck me as a survivor.”
Ziemendorf wanted to do something to honor Greg when the idea to raise funds by hiking all the High Peaks popped into his head while at church in Potsdam. At first he thought it was crazy. He didn’t know if it had been done before. That idea grew into The 46 Climbs for Suicide Prevention. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A summer full of Lake Placid Activities

By Diane Chase

We are not the type of family that just hikes, swims and sails. We enjoy a variety of events and activities. My family has found that each town in the Adirondacks has its own special charm. It can be difficult to decide which activity to attend. Lake Placid has a summer full of events and activities to add to our busy schedule from from live music to mini-triathlons. There is always something to keep our multi-aged family active and outside. 

Here are just a few that I highlight in my Adirondack Family Time™ guidebook, Adirondack Family Time™ Tri-Lakes and High Peaks:Your Four Season Guide to Over 300 Activities (with GPS coordinates)

Songs of Mirror Lake takes place each Tuesday in the newly revamped Mid’s Park bandshell on Main St.  The summer schedule is July 29:Reggae Night with The Alchemystics, August 5: Funk Night with the Lee Boys, August 12: Jamgrass Night with The Deadly Gentlemen. These free, outdoor concerts take place at 7 pm so bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the view of Mirror Lake.  The Lake Placid Sinfonietta hosts its Park Concert Series the next day, Wednesdays also at Mid’s Park bandshell. The last scheduled event for the summer is August 6: “Dancing the Night Away.” The rain location is St. Agnes Church.  (For the trivia buff: Mid’s Park is named, not because of it’s location in the middle of the village, but for Mildred (Mid) Uihlein the person instrumental in saving this bit of green space that has become a central place for relaxation and the arts.) 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Keeping track of Saranac Lake’s History


It isn’t just nature, hikes and water activities that keep me active. It is an overwhelming interest in its vast history. Every summer I try to schedule in one of Historic Saranac Lake’s walking tours. Each Thursday a different section of the Saranac Lake story is unfolded. My daughter joined me last week for a tour around the American Management Association (AMA) property. 

During school she’s learned about the contribution Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau made to the community and was interested to learn more about his influence.

There is always so much more information given on these tours and not enough space to write about it. I learned from Margaret, our wonderful volunteer guide, that the AMA space was originally the Trudeau Sanatorium. Sanatoriums were institutions geared toward those that couldn’t afford the private cure cottages in town.   

Monday, July 21, 2014

Camp Pendragon Theatre presents "Little Shop of Horrors"

Camp Pendragon, in collaboration with  Pendragon Theatre, is hosting a special 
presentation of “the musical "Little Shop of Horrors”" by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

Winner of a Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award and Evening Standard Award for Best Musical, "Little Shop of Horrors" has become a cult phenomenon.  

When “a luckless florist shop worker, Seymour, starts raising a strange plant that feeds on human blood and flesh he starts becoming famous. Trying to impress Audrey, the woman he loves, Seymour keeps feeding the plant. (The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy of the same name.) Chaos ensues as Seymour must find unorthodox ways to keep feeding his plant. 
 WHENJuly 22 at 7 pm and July 23 at 1 pm
WHERE: Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, NY.
COST$10 for Adults, $5 for Students