Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Picture Quote: Spring will come to the Adirondacks!

“No winter lasts forever; 
no spring skips its turn.”

~ Hal Borland

Monday, March 30, 2015

Seven (7) Adirondack and beyond Egg Hunts

Adirondack egg hunt, Malone Fairgrounds, Eggstravaganza,
There is always something exciting about finding a treasure hidden among the leaves. Though I do have issue with the plastic eggs, I still use the ones that I inherited from a friend. I guess that is one way to keep them out of the landfill.

Around the Adirondacks and beyond there are a few organized events allowing children to seek and find those illusive eggs. Enjoy!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Lake Placid/Saranac Lake Staycation or Vacation

Though it may not feel like spring, things are starting to wake up around the Adirondacks. We’ve even been lucky enough to observe a few bald eagles! We are waiting for maple sap to run so we can begin producing. Our seedlings are starting to sprout. This is also a great time to explore the area’s museums and ski hills before the snow finally melts for good. 

Whether you are visiting or taking a staycation, here are a few ideas to keep yourself active during an Adirondack spring break. 

Snow Tubing (weather permitting)
Lake Placid Jumping Complex (weekends only) Call 523-8830
Titus Mountain Snow Tubing, Malone. Call 518-483-3740

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Picture Quote: Edward Abby, Down the River

"Wilderness complements and completes civilization. 
I might say that the existence of wilderness 
is also a compliment to civilization. 

Any society that feels itself too poor to afford 
the preservation of wilderness 
is not worthy of the name of civilization."

~ Edward Abby, Down the River

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Adirondack Lake Placid Maple Weekend Focuses on March 28-29

Since ____ New York State has celebrated everything maple related with its annual Maple Weekends the last two weekends in March. This year, 2015, the dates are March 21-22 and March 28-29. These events encourage maple producers of all sizes to open their doors and provide individuals the opportunity to see how maple is made from tree sap collection to dress up the pancakes on the table. 
For the second year, the Tri-Lakes/High Peaks region of the Adirondacks is planning to pull out all the stops with its own special Adirondack Maple Weekend March 28-29.. Maple producers in Tupper Lake, Paul Smiths, Wilmington, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Keene and beyond are adding extra incentives to the normal maple sap tours.
Enjoy family fun activities at Tupper Lake's The Wild Center, The Paul Smith’s VIC, Wilmington's Whiteface Mountain, Lake Placid's Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Center Cross Country Ski Center, Saranac Lake's Mark Twain Works, Lake Placid's Cornell Extension Uihlen Forest Sugar House, Lake Placid's Heaven Hill Farm along with restaurant specials, maple tastings and even a "Taste of Maple" Conference on Saturday, March 28, at the Lake Placid Conference Center. 
Tasting tickets can be purchased for $1 at "Taste of Maple" for producer maple samples, local brewers and regional chefs' recipes. Le Groove will provide the live entertainment (Samples will range from one to five tickets.)
Sunday, March 29, at 10 am brings the 1st annual Maple Sap Run/Walk at the Paul Smith's VIC. Run or walk to the Paul Smith's Sugar Bush and bring back a quart of sap to boil.... as fast as you can!  
If exercise isn't part of the program, do some carbo-loading at the Sunday, March 29, at Lake Placid's St. Agnes Church Pancake Breakfast. Enjoy! 
© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy Adirondack family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.