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Entries from May 29th, 2012

Become more “manly” by coming to the Adirondacks

May 29th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Adirondack Life

There’s actually an “authenticity” about this that I like.

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Adirondack Backcountry Visitors – Memorial Weekend 2012

May 24th, 2012 · No Comments · News

NYSDEC LogoIf you are planning to recreate in the Adirondacks this Memorial Day weekend, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation asks you to please remember the following:

HIGH USAGE LEVELS: Visitors to the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness should be aware that trailhead parking lots and interior campsites will often fill to capacity on Memorial Day weekend. Please plan accordingly and seek backcountry recreation opportunities in other areas.

TRAIL CONDITIONS: Trails may be wet and muddy. Wear waterproof footwear and gaiters. Walk through, not around, mud and water on trails to avoid further widening and eroding trails.

DOG OWNERS: Dogs must be leashed in the Eastern High Peaks when on trails, at primitive tent sites, at lean-to sites, everywhere above 4,000 feet, or at other areas where the public congregates. It is recommended dogs be kept leashed in most areas for the safety of the dog, the protection of wildlife and as a courtesy to fellow hikers.

BEAR RESISTANT CANISTERS: Regulation requires the use of bear-resistant canisters by overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1 and November 30. NYSDEC encourages the use of bear resistant canisters throughout the Adirondacks.

BITING INSECTS: The “Bug Season” has begun in the Adirondack. Back flies are present almost everywhere and mosquitoes may be found in many locations. Follow these steps to minimize the nuisance of biting insects:

  • Wear light colored clothing, long sleeve shirts and long pants;
  • Tuck shirts into pants, the bottom of pant legs into socks and button sleeves at the wrist;
  • Wear a headnet when insects are thick and use an insect repellant with DEET.

HURRICANE IRENE DAMAGE TO TRAILS: Some bridges are missing and trails have been rerouted. Low water crossings have been created near the location of missing bridges. Trails may be hard to recognize and drainages may be mistaken for trails. The ability to navigate by map and compass is essential.

MARCY BROOK CROSSINGS: The footbridge over Marcy Dam was washed away during Hurricane Irene. A low water crossing has been designated downstream of the dam. Hikers that may have trouble using this crossing should use the Marcy Dam Truck Trail from South Meadows Trailhead as an alternative route to access the trails on the east side of Marcy Brook.

SUMMITS: Conditions on summits are more extreme – lower temperatures and stronger winds.

WATER LEVELS & TEMPERATURES: Recent rains have raised water levels into the normal range for May. Water temperatures are cold and, although no longer required, all boaters and paddlers should wear PFDs

Visit the Adirondack Trail Information page for current weather forecasts, regulations, safety tips, trail conditions, and more:

Courtesy of: NYSDEC

More info:

Current Interior Conditions in the Adirondack High Peaks Region
Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Hiking and Camping Rules

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Adirondack Museum offers Free Admission to Active Military

May 22nd, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Blue Star Museums offers free admission to active duty military, with up to five family members.

Blue Mountain Lake, NY – Today the Adirondack Museum announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at

Adirondack Museum“The Adirondack Museum is pleased to participate in the Blue Star Museums program for a third consecutive year,” said David M. Kahn, Executive Director of the Adirondack Museum. “This program is a terrific way to recognize our service men and women, and their families.”

“Through Blue Star Museums, the arts community is extending a special invitation to military families to enjoy over 1,500 museums this summer,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year. Especially for families with limited time together, those on a limited budget, and ones that have to relocate frequently, Blue Star Museums offers an opportunity to enjoy one another and become more fully integrated into a community.”
Blue Star Museums
“As we enter the third consecutive year of the Blue Star Museums program, we are happy provide an opportunity for our nation’s service members and their families to connect with our national treasures,” said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Through this distinctive collaboration between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,500 museums across the United States, military families have an unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free.”

This year, more than 1,500 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 300 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved the partnership efforts of the American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 70 children’s museums. Among this year’s new participants are the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar in Richmond, Virginia, the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, NM, the Cleveland Botanical Garden in Cleveland, Ohio, the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, California, the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, and the World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 through Labor Day, September 3, 2012. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. To find out which museums are participating, visit The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums, offers 65,000 square feet of exciting exhibitions housed in twenty-two modern and historic buildings. Visitors can explore how people have lived, worked, traveled, and played in the Adirondacks from the 19th century up to today. The museum is supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. For additional information, visit or call (518) 352-7311.

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