Frozen Frogs Underfoot
Every once in a while, as I’m tramping through the winter woods on my snowshoes, it occurs to me that I am walking on top of frogs. In winter, our thoughts naturally turn to the species who remain within our sight – the chickadees at our feeders or the foxes who leave records of their travels in the snow – but any creature whose life spans more than one season, and who cannot fly away to warmer climes, must find a way to endure the cold. In February, our amphibians are all still here. They’ve just tucked themselves away for safekeeping. As ectotherms, » Continue Reading.
Managing Screen Time; Encouraging Active Play
During winter break managing screen time can be difficult for many families, especially those with younger children. One way to reduce screen time is to create a “tech free” zone in your home. Load this area with books, interactive games, musical instruments, and puzzles. Modeling is an positive way to encourage behavior change. You can set timers on devices (that everyone sticks to). TVs and computers can be set to automatically shut off at certain times of the day or after an elapsed time. Plan ahead. When devices are set to turn off have activities or tasks already organized. Established family “share” times have » Continue Reading.
Nature, the Other, the Big Outside (In Memory of Howard Zahniser)
Nature, the Other, the Big Outside In Memory of Howard Zahniser Okay, now don’t look me square in the eye but watch my ears wiggle — you see him there, my father, your grandfather, a wise guy (who was also a wise-guy), taught me to stare at nothing hard enough to make my ears move. It’s a great skill if like me you can’t dance but still feel the need to strut some and groove dressed not in Nordstrum slacks but Goodwill pants. Okay, open that window there — yes, wide. What’s out there is everything that’s not you. Sure, nature—the other, the big outside, what redeems you, where you go to renew yourself, learn to listen, maybe make vows. Smell that? Not fire and » Continue Reading.
Featured Cross Country Ski: East Mill Flow-Round Pond Trail, Schroon Lake
East Mill Flow-Round Pond Trail, part of the Hammond Pond Wild Forest, extends 5.2 miles between Round Pond Trailhead and East Mill Flow Trailhead in the Sharp Bridge Campground. West of Round Pond, the trail is known as the East Mill Flow Trail, and south of Round Pond the trail is known as the Round Pond Trail. The trail undulates gently over most of the distance, descending 295 feet in a 0.6-mile section before the last flat 0.6 mile along Schroon Brook to the campground. Measuring from the Round Pond Trailhead, the trail » Continue Reading.
The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week
Stories of Release: Inmates Become Writers Viewpoint: Require APA To Track Climate Data, Trends Adirondack Weasels in Winter Whiteface Uphill: On The Dawn Patrol Brew-Ski Trails Have Gotten Better With Age After 60 Years, Man Confesses to Lake George Sub Sinking Big Tupper Ski Area Exhibit Brings Love, Sorrow Embedawatt: Valuing What We Have The Massive Snowmaking for 1980 Lake Placid Olympics Deaths » Continue Reading.
Olympic Speed Skater Dan Jansen Event
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Games, Olympic gold medalist speed skater Dan Jansen is set to give an inspirational talk, “Perseverance and Perspective” on Saturday, February 22nd, at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid. Jansen will reminisce about his comeback win in the 1994 Winter Olympics in the 1,000-meter speed skating event, and talk about how he keeps his sister’s memory alive through the Dan Jansen Foundation. This event will begin at 7 pm, in the Ballroom at the High Peaks Resort, located at 2384 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid. For more information, contact Kelsey » Continue Reading.
Leap Day Frozen Fire and Lights in Inlet
February may be the shortest month on the calendar, but it is a month full of Adirondack festivals and winter celebrations. One place to finish the season off February is the 18th annual Frozen Fire and Lights in Inlet. It is the perfect place to celebrate the best of the winter season. Always held on the last Saturday in February, this year Inlet’s town-wide celebration lands on Leap Day. The event’s originated when French Louie ADK Sports owner Paul Chambers chose to celebrate his birthday with fireworks. The event has grown and this February 29th a variety » Continue Reading.
This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories
Nat Parks Models Considered for Adks NYS Updates 10-YR Forests Plan Olympic ‘Miracle’ Legacy, Comes At A Cost Clean Energy Transport Summit Planned 2019 Bear Hunting Stats Released DOT Responds to Placid Project Concerns Big Tupper ORDA Buyout Petition Circulating Cuomo Touts Snowmobiling, Tourism Boy Scouts File for Bankruptcy Hudson River Business Sanctioned by APA Subscribe to the Adirondack Almanack daily » Continue Reading.
Brine: The Salty Flavor of Road Safety
Flavored ice treats such as the popsicle and its plastic-sheathed cousin the freeze-pop have been around since the 1920s, but until recently the selections have been less than bold; mainly fruits, with maybe a watermelon ice-pop here and there. But Canada and the northern U.S. have some daring thinkers who were tired of conventional frozen fare. As a result of their innovations, a number of snowy cities now offer cheese-flavored ice, as well as pickle and beet. No lie. The catch is that if you’re brave enough to try these new flavors, you will have to scrape them off of highways, which is dangerous, not to » Continue Reading.
Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (2/20)
This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and updated on Friday. Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Plan ahead and prepare. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here. BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and » Continue Reading.