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Adirondack Life

May/June 2021
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Get Adirondack Life digital magazine subscription today and discover stunning photography and insightful articles on Adirondack Park recreation, history, architecture, arts, food, personalities and communities from Lake Placid and North Creek to Old Forge and Lake George. Learn about this treasured territory of mountains, rivers, valleys and lakes where life is in balance with wilderness.

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Adirondack Life, Inc
8 Issues

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2 min.
box 410

TOP PRIZE I have subscribed to Adirondack Life for many years and enjoy each issue. I read it cover to cover, including all the ads, within the first two hours of bringing it home from the post office. But the April 2021 issue was absolutely the best ever. I thank Adirondack Life and its writers and photographers for providing me such entertainment. Joe Snyder Parishville, NY VOICE OF GOD Your recent piece on Azure Mountain (“Adventure Tales,” April) evoked a memory from about 15 years ago. I was hiking solo and descending that very remote but very beautiful trail when I saw two young men and a dog on a gentle slope about 50 feet below me off trail. They appeared to be floundering, frightened and very lost. In my deep voice, I announced, “The trail…

3 min.
the big picture

Behind a rack of reds at Adirondack Mountain Spirits in Au Sable Forks is a mural that spreads across most of a wall. Its paint is cracked and peeling, coated in layers of cigarette smoke and polyurethane and, after 81 years, dulled by the sun that streams in through the windows. To some, this picture might be easily overlooked—a quirky bit of art in an unlikely place. But to locals this mural, painted by artist Arto Monaco, is a treasure. Beginning in the 1920s, Arto’s dad, Louis, ran Monaco’s, an Italian restaurant in Upper Jay. While dining there, famed illustrator Rockwell Kent, who lived in Au Sable Forks, saw some of young Arto’s artwork and recognized his natural talent. Kent mentored Arto and encouraged him to study at New York City’s…

1 min.
kiddie pools

What’s a wood frog, hoping to raise a family, to do? It needs water in which to lay its eggs—as many as 3,000 of them at a time—but fish consider its tiny, gelatinous bundles of joy to be a delicacy. That’s where vernal pools come in. Sometime in early spring, the ground thaws and rain starts to collect in puddles and form small ponds, creating the perfect fish-free and nutrient-rich environment for wood frogs and other amphibians to lay their eggs. According to Larry Master, who took these photographs on his Lake Placid property, wood frogs are known as “explosive” breeders. “The entire breeding sequence, from arrival at a pool through mating, egg laying, and departure back to their upland habitat, may take less than a week for the entire local population,”…

1 min.
hughes news

MY NATIVE AIR—A DOCUMENTARY coproduced by Maury Thompson, a 21-year veteran of the Glens Falls Post-Star, and Caitlin Stedman, of Snarky Aardvark Films—traces the Adirondack ties of New York Governor Charles Evans Hughes (1907–1910). Hughes, a Glens Falls native who later became Secretary of State as well as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was an advocate for state land conservation, adding 115,000 Adirondack acres to the Forest Preserve during his tenure. In the picture at left, Hughes is seated on the porch at Lady Tree Lodge, on Upper Saranac Lake. Visit the My Native Air Facebook page for more information. Wildflower photographs by Nancie Battaglia. Charles Evans Hughes photograph courtesy of the Crandall Public Library Center for Folklife. Split Rock Falls photograph by Howard Jennings…

1 min.
look before you leap

ADIRONDACK SWIMMING HOLES can look mighty inviting on a warm spring day. Before you take the plunge, though, take note of conditions that can lead to hidden dangers: TEMPERATURE Well into May, our mountain lakes and rivers can stay below 50 degrees Fahrenheit—frigid enough to induce cold-water shock, loss of movement, and hypothermia. CURRENT The expression about never seeing the same river twice is more than a deep thought to ponder; it’s good advice to recall before entering any moving water. In no time, spring rains can turn a gently babbling brook into a powerful torrent that can overwhelm the strongest swimmers. Consider recent rainfall, even on a sunny day. AERATION Waterfall-fed pools can be especially treacherous for swimmers; churning waters mix with air, providing less buoyancy and making it harder to stay afloat.…

4 min.
small wonders

The Adirondacks, with its varied forests and numerous lakes and streams, is an ideal habitat for the only hummingbird species that breeds in eastern North America, the ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). The region’s wide array of flowering plants provide essential nectar for their diet, along with protein from abundant insects and spider silk for nest building. The annual arrival of hummingbirds at my Jenny Lake camp, in northern Saratoga County, is a rite of spring. They readily come to feeders filled with sugar-water, where they put on unparalleled displays of aeronautic prowess—including flying backwards, as no other bird can do. They passionately defend their feeding territories and conduct their mating displays, with aggressive males drawing attention for bullying behavior. The ruby-throat is one of 340 known hummingbird species distributed across the Americas,…