Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Easy Short Adirondack Hikes: Sawyer Mountain Indian Lake/Blue Mountain Lake

By Diane Chase

Sawyer Mountain 
Distance = 1.1 mile
Elevation  = 
Elevation  = 2,600'
Vertical Ascent  = 640'

Location: Between Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake (Hamilton County)

Sawyer Mountain’s 1.1-mile climb is popular with a wide age set and we are no different. The parking lot has only one car as ours pulls in but we’ve been told it will soon fill up. My son signs us in at the trailhead register and we start the modest ascent to the summit.

We soon catch up to the owners of the lone vehicle. The first thing we are asked is if the walk is going to be worth it. We have never been here before but our answer is a resounding yes.
The trailhead and for most of the walk we are under a canopy of hardwoods. Mud from a recent rain provides a few obstacles but nothing we can’t handle.

My daughter is rather curious about value added onto a climb. “Is it worth what,” she questions in a stage whisper, “money?” She is a typical six-year-old in that she realizes some things require loose change and folding money. I can see her wheels spinning as she tries to figure out if there is gold hidden in the rock formations.

We talk about how there are different types of hikers. Some people put their feet on the trail in search of the view from the top while others may like what they find on the way. I let her know that some people are new to a wooded walk so it is our role to encourage them. I ask what kind of hiker she is.
She ponders the question and I am ready for her to bestow some childlike wisdom upon me. Her answer is simple. She likes the rocks when the roots don’t trip her. She really likes the top when she can get there from the bottom.

We pass two larger groups on our descent. We are asked again if it is worth it. I can’t speak for anyone else and don’t want to wax poetic as I play dot-to-dot with the bug bites on my arm. Yes, it is worth it. It was quick and pain-free, two requirements that add up to complaint free. It takes an hour to get to the top, which includes stops for water, squirrel sightings and a muddy turn at shoe tying. For someone new to hiking it may take longer but the view and feeling of accomplishment is value added.

On a crowded day people do not tend to linger at the tree-lined peak so continue a short way to a small rocky clearing for a beautiful view. We spend about 20 minutes together having a snack and identifying the landscape. Blue Mountain has the flat top to the northwest. To me it is worth it.

For an nice introductory hike, a quick run to the top in search of the summit or a stroll to spy treasures along the way, Sawyer Mountain is a great option. Travel 6 ½ miles from the Route 28/30 junction in Blue Mountain Lake on route to Indian Lake, parking is on the west side of the road.

all content and photos are © Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) available for purchase online or bookstores/museums. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook and app in the four book series of Adirondack Family Activities.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Bunny Cares at the Plattsburgh Champlain Mall

Bunny Cares
Bunny Cares is an opportunity for children with special needs and their families to enjoy a photo session with the Easter Bunny. Extra care has been taken to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children so they can enjoy this wonderful holiday tradition. The program is implemented through a partnership with The Noerr Programs and AbilityPath.org.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Recipe;: Making Snow Cream instead of Ice Cream (using free snow to make ice cream)


Living in a climate where it snows around 6 months out of the year, we either need to eat it or shovel it.

Eating it is always the preferred way of using snow. This recipe for a homemade soft serve ice cream is easy and fun.

It doesn't store well so plan on making enough to eat immediately. My family doesn't seem to mind that they have to eat any leftovers. Enjoy!

One quick and easy dessert that is a fan favorite is making a soft-serve ice cream out of snow and simple ingredients found in the fridge and pantry.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Adirondack Events and Activities for February 26-28, 2016 (Leap Year!)

Fun Adirondack (ADK) winter family friendly activities and events for everyone: kid-friendly, parents, families, pet-owners, handicap-accessible or seniors.
Enjoy the Adirondack views!

February 26-28, 2016 

Highlights: Inlet's Fire and Lights Festival, Raquette Lake snowmobile scavenger hunt, Rusted Root at LPCA, Bitters and Bones Black Fly StorySLAM, Jane Lee Hooker at Tupper Train Station, Intro to Snowshoeing with Pok-O-Mac/CAT trails, Movie Night at Ti Corner Church, New Land Trust XC skiing,  Pop-Up with  Opera Saratoga, 

Previous Events

Have a great weekend from the Adirondack (ADK) Park! There are a variety of activities and events happening around the Adirondack (ADK) region this weekend that are great family fun, not just for kids! Adirondack Calendar of Events and Activities for February 26-28, 2016

Adirondack High Peaks/Lake Placid/Saranac Lake EventsWhat to do in Tupper Lake events , Lake Placid events, Saranac Lake events, Paul Smiths, Bloomingdale, Gabriels, Vermontville, Town of Saranac, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene, Keene Valley, Malone, New York (NY)

Old Forge/Inlet/Long Lake (Central Adirondack Events) Hamilton County, NY– including What to do with kids, family in Cranberry Lake, Newcomb, Thendara, Raquette Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Old Forge events, Northville,North Creek, Caroga Lake, Star Lake, Speculator, Croghan, Indian Lake and Inlet New York (NY)

Lake George/ Southern Adirondack Events– What to do in Schroon Lake, Whitehall and Lake George, Caroga Lake, Mayfield, Lake Luzerne, Bolton Landing, Gloversville, Thurman, Warrensburg, Hague New York (NY)

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