Showing posts from September 20, 2015

Easy Short Lake Placid Adirondack Hikes: ADK Loj Heart Lake's Mt Jo

Mt Jo is an easy hike for all members of the family The Adirondack Mountain Club's (ADK)  Heart Lake's Mt Jo Elevation  = 2,876 ft  Vertical ascent = 700’ Distance - 1.2-miles to the summit My son’s class had a field trip to the Adirondack Loj’s Heart Lake area near Lake Placid to climb Mt Jo. He has been eager to share his newly found information with the rest of the family so he will lead us on this 2.3-mile roundtrip journey.  This is #11/33 easy short hikes from Adirondack Family Time Tri-Lakes and High Peaks: Four Season Guide to Over 300 Activities (with GPS Coordinates) The ADK Heart Lake Nature Museum is near the trail entrance to Mt.Jo We arrive late in the afternoon and with no parking attendant we scour the car for the $1.50 parking charge.  (Parking is $10/day for nonmembers, $5/day for members and $2.50 for entry after 1:00 p.m.)  We are held to the honor system. I first park at the upper lot only to have my son inform me that

Smithsonian magazine Museum Day live 2015 (free admission)

Smithsonian magazine FREE museum day: Adirondack ADK Once again Smithsonian magazine is offering a FREE museum pass for participating museums. In the Adirondack Park that includes the  1932/1980 Olympic Museum  in Lake Placid or Fort William Henry in Lake George  This pass is good for two people. Enjoy! Other area just beyond the Adirondack (ADK) Blue Line are: The Children's Museum of Saratoga The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame The National Bottle Museum , Ballston Spa Brookside Museum, Ballston Spa Here is the complete list for New York State museums with free admission for Smithsonian magazine's annual FREE Museum live! © Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Time™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™regional guidebooks have easy Adirondack ADK kid-friendly, parent, single, retired, family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe

Applejacks Orchard Pick-Your-Own Apples (Peru, NY)

Pick Your Own Apples at Applejacks Apples are the perfect fruit in my opinion. I don’t have to peel one. It easily slips into a lunchbox and my children have always been able eat one without any assistance. I bake it, cook it, boil it and eat it raw. It can be tart and sweet. Apples are even members of the rose (Roseaceae) family. How perfect. Apple Fruit Trivia Questions The first time I ever went apple picking my daughter’s contribution was a small bite out of each one before placing it back into the bag. She would pick and eat anything without balking about a small bruise or misshapen form. Now my Adirondack kids slowly turn each apple before eating it, as if they are professional inspectors. The slightest brown spot will delegate that apple for pie or sauce.  Pick Your Own Apples at Applejacks Orchard in Peru (NY) This time my children know that they are responsible for picking only the apples they are willing to eat. Just beyond the Adirondack "Blue Line