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. Donald Corp says

    An excellent story by Ms. Hart. It definitely is true that living or camping in the
    wilderness is a great experience. My parents took me camping when I was
    approaching four years old and I still remember some aspects of it. For 10
    years I was in the U.S. Army and spent quite some time “camping” or just
    performing a mission, in the “bush” (a term used in the military). During my
    first years in the Army I was posted to “Vietnam” and wrote a daily journal
    about my experiences in both jungle and mountain environments. Clearly,
    different than what we have here in the “Adirondacks”. I even was tasked
    to contribute to a revised Army Field Manual called “Jungle Operations”.
    In any event, I thought highly of the article by Ms. Hart as she and her
    family really enjoy the camping experience.

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