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

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  1. Jeanne says

    My husband of 32years proposed to me on a great hike near Whiteface Mt.
    There was a leanto there, we were eating Tuna sandwiches. He got down on one knee and proposed. We were together 10 years and living in Wilmington, skiing, hiking & paddling! I screamed so loud with excitement! It’s 42 years now & we love our Adirondacks! So very Special!!

  2. Vanessa B says

    Ahh I am sorry to have missed this earlier conversation! My husband and I had a great “date hike” in 2015 up Cascade, which inspired us to start our journeys as 46ers. Yes, spouses should definitely still go on dates, all the time! I lean towards keeping the hike easy enough for the more out-of-shape hiker. Pardon a very overdone saying, but being out in nature really is usually about the journey, not the destination. A long uphill stretch of an Adirondack mountain is not the place to test your partner’s conflict resolution skills!!

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