A frosted Adirondack Leanto provides evidence of the accumulating snowpack in the backcountry.
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later, and the timing couldn’t have been better. To date, the Adirondack region has largely been spared a major storm this winter.
It seemed the snow had all gone south, and it took winter with it to places such as Washington, Atlanta and even Houston, Texas.
But we all knew it had to come, sooner or later, so it was appropriate that it arrived just in time for the Winter Olympics. Go USA!
Local residents now have the opportunity to watch the Olympic events on television in the evening, and get out to participate in the same activities the following day. Just grab your biathlon rifle and go!
Congratulations go out to all of our local Olympians.! They are the athletes who hail from a variety of small North Country towns such as Vermontville, Lake Placid, and Remsen, and the medals are beginning to add up.
In addition to our many native sons and daughters, the vast majority of our winter sports athletes have either trained, competed or lived in the region at one time or another. Every four years, they become our adopted sons and daughters , as most of them have trained, played and lived in our wonderful backyard.
Despite the distinct lack of any considerable snowpack this winter, there has been plenty of good ice for pond hockey, ice skating, ice fishing, sledding, ice climbing, ice boating and just plain playing on the ice.
The Cascade Lakes have been set up for months, and Lake Champlain is totally locked up under winter’s white cap, except for the few ferry crossings,
Fortunately, that long anticipated snow storm has finally delivered it’s fluffy bounty, and it’s now a good time to enjoy a long, and rock free, ski.
But be sure to get in your ski days while you can, as the long range forecast calls for the possibility of rain and rising temperatures next week.
Adirondack Adventures and Events of Interest
Whether indoors or out, there are plenty of upcoming opportunities to put a little adventure into your life in coming days.
Check out the events available in your own backyard with the Champlain Areas Trails Association.
On Friday, Feb. 21, renowned naturalist, tracker and wildlife photographer Susan Morse will present: “Animals of the North: What Will Climate Change Mean for Them.”
The event will be hosted at the Whallonsburgh Grange Hall.
Morse describes the program as not about climate change itself, or even how it will affect us; rather, it’s designed to educate audiences about ways in which northern wildlife species are already being affected, with more serious challenges ahead.
Canada lynx, moose, American marten, caribou, polar bears, arctic fox and arctic marine and waterfowl ecology are some of the species and subjects covered in this stunningly beautiful slide show.
This program will devote equal time sharing remarkable images of animals and their northern habitats--all in the spirit of Jane Goodall’s “reason for hope.” (Suggested donation $8.)
On Feb. 22, the Champlain Area Trails “Saturday on the Trail” will be hosting a group hike. Depending on the weather, the hike will be in the snow, or out in an area targeted for new trail they will be creating on email@example.com in Crown Point.
Later this month the Northeast Wilderness Trust and Elizabeth Lee, Outdoor Guide will be offerring a series of natural history programs. All programs will be held at the Whallonsburg Grange in Essex, NY.
Before traveling to attend any of these events, please call CATS for updates at 518-962-2287 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org
What A Man Sale & Tailgate Party
On Saturday, Feb. 22 I’ll be traveling to the fabled town of North Creek for a fun filled event hosted at the Hudson River Trading Company.
The “What A Man Sale & Tailgate Party” will feature live music, cold brews in celebration of good times and real men.
In addition to enjoying great deals on quality outdoor gear provided by our friends at the Hudson River Trading Company, the event will also serve as a local, fundraiser for the Homeward Bound Adirondacks initiative.
The organization, based in Saranac Lake is dedicated to assisting our veterans complete the transition home. It is a home grown program that offers an opportunity for vets to help vets.
Homeward Bound Adirondacks (HBA) provides a series of trainings and retreats for Veterans, professionals and community members in: Trauma Resiliency; leadership training for military and first-responders; healing for Veterans and family members and retreats promoting health, vitality and healing.
They have also established a Veterans Reintegration Academy program that offers an innovative, supportive, holistic curriculum for Veterans utilizing their G.I. education benefits to facilitate a successful educational or vocational transition from the military to the civilian workplace
The organization will continue to offer a wide range of veteran’s event ranging from family retreats, to outdoor adventures in the good woods of the North Country.
It is America’s first and most enduring wilderness, in a place with a great knowledge of nature and men. It is where you can take a long walk, breath the bracing air, meet good folks and enjoy a joke at your own expense. Most of all, the communities are authentic, organic and honest. What you see is what you get, in a good way.
Representatives from Homeward Bound Adirondacks will be on hand to share information regarding upcoming Veterans events and to enjoy the brew, the brats, the bluegrass and the good company. For further information please visit their website at www.homewardboundadirondacks.org or call 518-891-4151.
For further information please on the Hudson River Trading Company event please contact Laurie Prescott Arnheiter, Hudson River Trading Co. 292 Main Street North Creek NY – 518-251-4461.
Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at email@example.com.