Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Five (5) Spooky Adirondack Family Halloween Events


Halloween is all about being scared so here are five ideas from mildly scary to an Adirondack fright night for all ages to enjoy! Enjoy these ghoulish ideas! 

Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve is one of my favorite events. I love seeing all the costumes and creativity that goes into dressing up for a holiday that holds its roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Some sources state the name Samhain originating from two Gaelic words, “sam” and “fain” meaning “end of summer.” 

The harvest festival was to bring an end to the harvest and gesture in the beginning of the cold of winter. With superstition and religious undertones, Halloween was also a time that people thought the divide between worlds thinned and the dead could return to cause mischief such as crop failure and famine. All Hallows’ Eve also precedes the Christian festival honoring its saints. Now we celebrate with candy, costumes and a bit of the harvest with numerous activities, some for the brave of heart, but all rooted in fun.    

1) Railroad Halloween Party: Mildly scary and appropriate for young children.  The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is conducting its annual Halloween train this weekend Oct 25-26. The train departs at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm from Lake Placid as well as from Holland Patent to Remsen  Help kids search for witches, ghosts and goblins hidden along the trails.

Raquette Lake hikes for kids: Cathedral Pines


Cathedral Pines
Distance  0.1 mile
Dedicated to the memory of Malcolm L. Bluea young navigator of the 8th Air Forceis a plaque affixed a stone monument. The walk is relatively level with a few uphill treks but no significant gain/loss in elevation. Watch out for roots which are plentiful. The monument is just a few minutes’ walk from the highway.  This hike isn't just for  kids, but is an easy Adirondack family hike is  a quick wooded walk for all level of hiker including grandparents or with your dog.


The plaque reads: “This tree, Created by God and Old When Our Country Was Born, Fine and Straight-Grained Like the Boy Himself, is Dedicated in Memory of 2nd Lt. Malcolm L. Blue, Navigator of a Liberation Bomber With Eight Air Force. Killed in Action Over France June 2nd, 1944. Few Men Have Earned so Fine a Memorial.” 


The treasure to look for is a small monument dedicated to the memory of a World War II navigator of the 852nd Bomber Squadron, 2nd Lt. Malcolm L. Blue. Blue had been shot down by enemy fire on June 2, 1944 in France, shortly before his 23rd birthday.  Blue is buried at Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial outside of Vosges, France. Epinal is one of 24 permanent American burial grounds the American Battle Monument Commission operates on foreign soil.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Diane Chase's Adirondack Family Time™ Calendar of Events for Oct 24,-26, 2014


DON'T FORGET TO SCROLL DOWN FOR THE EVENTS IN YOUR REGION OF CHOICE!

By Diane Chase, author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™


The Adirondack Weekend Highlights for October 24-26, 2014.  Best Bet! Saranac Lake Haunted High School, Great Adirondack Corn Maze Fright Night, Keene Valley Zombie Run, Old Forge Pumpkin Fest, Plattsburgh's Great Pumpkin Prediction Race, Our Town Theatre Group presents "Dracula." Saratoga's Head of the Fish Regatta

Calendar of Events October 24-26, 2014


Adirondack High Peaks/Tri-Lakes and Beyond - What to do with kids, family in Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Malone, Paul Smiths, Bloomingdale, Gabriels, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene, Keene Valley New York (NY)

Central Adirondack Family Time – including What to do with kids, family in Cranberry Lake, Newcomb, Thendara , Raquette Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Old Forge, North Creek, Star Lake, Croghan, Woodgate, Minnehaha, Indian Lake and Inlet New York (NY)

Southern Adirondack Family Time – What to do with kids, family in Schroon Lake, Whitehall and Lake George, Caroga Lake, Mayfield, Lake Luzerne, Piseco, Northville, Bolton Landing, Gloversville, Thurman, Warrensburg, Hague New York (NY)

Champlain Valley, Adirondack Lakes Family Time – What to do with kids, family in Ausable Forks, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Westport, Port Henry, Elizabethtown, Keeseville, Wadams, Essex and Plattsburgh New York (NY)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Easy Adirondack Hikes: Walk to Moose Pond (Saranac Lake)


This certainly has been a spectacular autumn. There have been so many options for viewing the changing season and a quick walk to Moose Pond is one of our favorites. Even as the season wanes, there seems to be plenty of color in the mountains.

This easy Adirondack family hike begins between two fields on Rt. 3 between Saranac Lake and Bloomingdale. Since it is midweek and no other cars are around, I park at the canoe carry at the Saranac River bridge. There is parking for three cars by the bridge, but during busy weekends and summer days it’s best to park at the pullover on Rt. 3 and walk the additional 300 yards. 

According to Historic Saranac Lake the Rt. 3 trail to Moose Pond was once a logging trail and then became the access for a private club called “Bel-Lago Park” in the 1920s. It has since converted back to state land. It has long since overgrown and narrowed to become the current foot access only trail. The trail to Moose Pond is generally flat with a few rolling hills.

I have a visitor who isn’t able to walk the trail due to a minor injury, but wants to be taken somewhere to draw. I need to walk the dog so a trip to Moose Pond is perfect.  I park the car and help my friend settle on the shore of the Saranac River. My puppy and I continue over the bridge, sign the register, and continue along the unmarked trail.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Diane Chase's Adirondack Family Time™ Calendar of Events for Oct. 17-19, 2014

By Diane Chase, author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™


The Adirondack Weekend Highlights for October 17-19, 2014.  Best Bet! 

Calendar of Events October 17-19, 2014


Adirondack High Peaks/Tri-Lakes and Beyond - What to do with kids, family in Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Malone, Paul Smiths, Bloomingdale, Gabriels, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene, Keene Valley New York (NY)

Central Adirondack Family Time – including What to do with kids, family in Cranberry Lake, Newcomb, Thendara , Raquette Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Old Forge, North Creek, Star Lake, Croghan, Woodgate, Minnehaha, Indian Lake and Inlet New York (NY)

Southern Adirondack Family Time – What to do with kids, family in Schroon Lake, Whitehall and Lake George, Caroga Lake, Mayfield, Lake Luzerne, Piseco, Northville, Bolton Landing, Gloversville, Thurman, Warrensburg, Hague New York (NY)

Champlain Valley, Adirondack Lakes Family Time – What to do with kids, family in Ausable Forks, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Westport, Port Henry, Elizabethtown, Keeseville, Wadams, Essex and Plattsburgh New York (NY)