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Owl’s Head Mountain & Fire Tower, Sargent Ponds Wild Forest, Adirondacks, NY. Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike!

Owl’s Head Mountain & Fire Tower, Sargent Ponds Wild Forest, Adirondacks, NY. Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike!

This one felt like cheating, because it was more like late Spring than Winter conditions! Wellllll….except for the summit push, that was ALL Winter, an icy scramble requiring caution AND traction aides, like most of the trails this year. Once we arrived at the summit, we were rewarded for all of the hard work with nearly windless,…Continue Reading

Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike #2 and My First SOLO Climb! Black Mountain!

Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike #2 and My First SOLO Climb! Black Mountain!

I know, I said I would do the Catskill towers first… …but the SNOW was in the Adirondacks and I wanted some! So on February 5th, I headed off for Black Mountain, the tallest of the peaks that surround Lake George. This was also my very first solo adventure of any real magnitude! Sure, I…Continue Reading

Our First Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike: Red Hill in the Catskills!

Our First Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike: Red Hill in the Catskills!

Ohhhh my goodness, we just fell in love with the Catskills! I have been indoors far too much lately and decided I would take on a Winter attempt of the Glens Falls-Saratoga ADK Chapter’s Fire Tower Challenge. In all, there are 29 climbs on the official list: five in the Catskill Mountains, and twenty-four in the Adirondacks (you only…Continue Reading

Happy New Year! What’s On Deck for YOUR 2016 Outdoor Fun List?

Happy New Year! What’s On Deck for YOUR 2016 Outdoor Fun List?

It’s here! What’s on your outdoor fun to-do list for 2016? Here’s ours…Continue Reading

Outdoor Themed, Indoor Family Games We LOVE! PERFECT & Unique Christmas Gifts For Outdoor Lovers!

Outdoor Themed, Indoor Family Games We LOVE! PERFECT & Unique Christmas Gifts For Outdoor Lovers!

Enjoy the Outdoors, even when you’re indoors with these GREAT games for family time! I made this SUPER easy for you: most are available on Amazon Prime for fast, easy purchase and FREE 2-day shipping, if you are an Amazon Prime member.Continue Reading

25 Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas Outdoor Lovers ALWAYS need!

25 Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas Outdoor Lovers ALWAYS need!

Are you the ‘Indoorsy’ type shopping for an ‘Outdoorsy’ loved one, friend, or coworker? Not sure what your favorite hiker, backpacker, kayaker, hunter, fisherman, prepper or survivalist in your life already has or may still need? Just looking for some last-minute items to fill out that Christmas stocking? We’re here to help! THE MOST ABSOLUTELY EPIC THING ABOUT THIS…Continue Reading

A Family-Friendly Getaway: Review of ADK’s Adirondak Loj & Wilderness Campground on Heart Lake

A Family-Friendly Getaway: Review of ADK’s Adirondak Loj & Wilderness Campground on Heart Lake

WHERE: The Adirondak Loj & Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, NY 1002 Adirondack Loj Road Lake Placid, NY 12946-0867 Google Maps Directions RESERVATIONS: 518-523-3441 Or Review Accommodation Choices and Book Online! I know I have posted here and there about this place, but it’s time for a full-on review and tour. Because we love…Continue Reading

What We Have Been Up To: A Farewell To Our Outdoor Superhero

What We Have Been Up To: A Farewell To Our Outdoor Superhero

We received the news in early May that my stepdad, Charlie, would again battle cancer. Only this time, the cancer would win. Last month, we said our goodbyes to our outdoor superhero and he passed away peacefully. He left me his beautiful Mad River canoe, which I will cherish forever and paddle proudly, as soon as…Continue Reading

Montreal Will Dump Eight Billion Liters of Untreated Waste Water into the St. Lawrence River

Montreal Will Dump Eight Billion Liters of Untreated Waste Water into the St. Lawrence River

This came through my Facebook feed today and piqued my curiosity: as a former project planner as well as a nature lover. Montreal to dump untreated waste water into the St. Lawrence river. As I read up and wrote this post, a follow-up article was posted indicating Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has asked to stop work…Continue Reading

Rip Currents: What To Look For, And How To Survive If You “Get Ripped”

Rip Currents: What To Look For, And How To Survive If You “Get Ripped”

I shared a video about rip currents on our Facebook page earlier that resulted, as interesting and scary things often do, in me spending a couple of hours combing the Internet for more information. The most surprising fact I found was that MANY more people are killed every year by these deadly currents than by…Continue Reading

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