About Melissa Hart

Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor, combined with work for nonprofits. As the Explorer's digital editor, she serves as editor of Adirondack Almanack.(com) and helps manage the Explorer's website. When not online, she enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats. Sign up for Melissa’s newsletter

Reader Interactions


  1. Kim Berger says

    What a wonderful group. Very interesting article and a terrific activity.

    Aaron is absolutely adorable. And Valerie a very talented photographer. **In the interest of full disclosure, Valerie is my niece (her dad is my brother) and Aaron is my great nephew.

    Thank you for sharing this.

  2. John Marona says

    My son is 28 now, but I was hiking and later paddling with him when he was 7 weeks old. In 2007 when he was 15 we came in 2’nd in the family class of the Adirondack Canoe Classic. The local reporter for the Adk Daily Enterprise asked him how long he’d been paddling. His comment was “I’ve been racing for 2 years , but I can’t remember not paddling”.

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