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Adirondack Potatoes, in Boston?

Writing about the Adirondacks while living outside Boston offers a unique set of challenges. When I want to learn something new about the Adirondacks, it typically involves researching the topic. New information doesn’t often find its way into my everyday life. Imagine my surprise then, when walking through my local farmers market I stumble upon … Continue reading »

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Lake Placid and the 1932 Winter Olympics

February 4th marks a very important day in the history of the Adirondacks. Eighty years ago today, the 3rd Winter Olympic Games opened in Lake Placid, NY. This momentous occasion was the first winter games held in the US and made Lake Placid a household name. Timing is Everything Anyone who remembers their history classes … Continue reading »

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Hiking to Auger Falls

When you imagine hiking in the Adirondacks what images come to mind? Likely you are picturing tall mountains with panoramic views of lakes and forests. While it is true that the high peaks are the primary attraction (and for good reason) of hikers there are also a myriad of small trails that make wonderful day … Continue reading »

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Lily of the Mohawks: Kateri, an Adirondack Saint?

If you find yourself driving down Route 5 near Fonda, NY you may come across the National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine. This modest grouping of buildings were named for the 17th century Mohawk Kateri upon her beatification in 1980. Beatification is the second step in the establishment of sainthood, and as such Kateri’s full title is … Continue reading »

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Kane Mountain

The Climb In the Southern reaches of the Adirondack park stands the popular destination Kane Mountain. The mountain is nestled between several lakes, including Pine Lake and Canada Lake. The hike itself is moderate in difficulty, and several trail options exist. The most commonly used trail is the East trail departing from Green Lake Road. … Continue reading »

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“Adirondack” Evolution: From Epithet to Honor

Adirondack is a name that is known to many, yet understood by few. How the mountains earned their name may surprise you.. The Answer: Racism.   As mentioned in the overview, the Mohawk nation inhabited the area prior to European contact. While the Mohawk were members of the Iroquois League, they still had their rivals. … Continue reading »

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An Adirondack Overview

The Land The Adirondack region consists of a mountainous dome in central New York. This area, some 200 kilometers in diameter, bears the scars of the previous ice age. As the glaciers came and went, they carved out the deep valleys and left behind large boulders and numerous ponds and lakes. The Adirondacks are home … Continue reading »

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