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Evergreen 11-13-2006 02:15 PM

Hey Everybody, I've been a member for awhile, but every time I come here there's such great and interesting stuff to read I never get around to posting. The forum is such a wealth of knowledge about my favorite subject....The ADK's. I've learned so much here and continue to drink in the knowledge. I'm on a little ADK history kick presently and the links, stories and info have been awesome, esp Dick's links. Thanks Dick and to all. When I'm reading this fascinating history and info on the Park, I'm wondering why i sat thru 12 yrs of school and no one mentioned any of this info about the amazing place I grew up. Or taught me how to use a map and compass, or which local herbs are useful, or the names and distances to peaks. The rich history and eternal beauty in my own backyard! Instead I had to listen to piles of information regarding skewed U.S. history...hhhmmm. I won't go down that road though.... I had to learn this stuff on my own and often wonder why it wasn't included in my education.

My name is Brenda, most people call me Bren. I currently live in Burlington, VT and have for the last several yrs where I work as an RN. I'm originally from the Adirondacks, Saranac Lake area, born and raised. I left to pursue education and ended up getting a job i really enjoy here in VT. I miss the ADK's daily and go there whenever I can and when I'm not there I am usually reading about it. Its a constant battle in my brain between loving my current job (environmental health nurse) and desperately wanting to live in the ADK's, even in the depths of winter when its -20. Vermont is nice but the magic is in the ADK's. One of the things that keeps me sane and the mountains close at heart is the view from over here. I get to see the mountains every day across the lake. Tides me over until the weekends when i go over to hike, paddle or just sit in the woods. I could write 20 pages on how sacred, unique, and awesome the Great North Woods are but I'd be preaching to the choir here.

THANX for such a great forum. You are a great group of people.

Sheldon 11-13-2006 02:54 PM

I'm in the forestry business, and I love being out in the woods. It is fun to climb up a mountain, and when you get to the top you see a whole different aspect of life around you. That is where the peace and the quiet spend their time, you are just joining them for a little while. You always look forward to going back again.

don509 11-16-2006 12:33 AM

bio
 
I'm Don and I'm 51 . In the 60's I ran with the Boy Scouts and learned my basic woodsmanship skills and love of the hills. Dad was into it and though we lived in Westchester, NY, hiking and camping were part of the life. The
70's took me to college in south-central New Hampshire, where I stayed for a few years after school just because it was so incredible. We'd hop in the car and drive up to the Whites in mid-winter, find a place to park and climb up whatever hill looked big enough to kill us before we could park a tent in the snow, get a fire going and settle down. I've been in the East Village in NYC for the last 20 years, which just amazes me, considering the lack of the space I love. Been going to the Catskills and the Adirondacks with guys I grew up with every year for a very long time now. The Catskills were OK, but despite the extra car hours we've clearly favored the Adirondacks and hit the Loj campground most years. Now we all bring our kids, get a lean-to or use a tent, and do our best to teach them how to enjoy the outdoors. We used to carry it all up and camp at Indian Falls, but now we're pretty happy to do the tents at the bottom and day hike it up Mt. Marcy, (or Mt. Joe, depending on the weather and our energy level). We're there just about every Columbus Day weekend. Yes, I admit it, I am one of the herd. Moo.

bobrok 12-30-2006 12:26 AM

Hi to all. First post here, just found this forum and signed right up.

Originally I am from Amsterdam, NY but have lived in the Rochester area for the last 30 or so years. I grew up playing in the southern Adirondacks (Wells, Great Sacandaga Lake, with many forays to Saratoga and Lake George) and always wanted to own a getaway cabin. My wife is from Watertown, NY and we have spent many, many a summer vacation with the kids in the 1000 islands area and often had the discussion about buying a lake cottage there. Well, after 15 or so years of giving in to her "cottage" lifestyle every summer she finally relented when the kids left home and we just bought a cabin in the heart of the Adirondacks. Let me tell you there is no comparison between cottaging on Lake Ontario and having a cabin at a mountain lake.
Life is good! Payback is for real!
I had spent the last 3-4 years looking for something private, affordable :rolling:, located in the central Adirondacks and in the general area of the high peaks. I wanted to be away from the larger villages. I prefer to take a day to visit the the Tri Lakes area or Old Forge and then leave. Drove up summer and winter every time a realtor e-mailed me a new lead. It's not that I am anti-social. I own my own advertising business and interact all day every day with clients, suppliers, etc. I have never in the 25 years of owning my business had the luxury of taking time off without taking my business with me wherever I went, and so silence and privacy are very dear to me. Thus, location was more important than owning acreage and for our first venture we bought a lumber lease cabin for a good price. We are very private, off road, off the power grid, solar powered and sit on a 1-1/2 mile long lake with only 3 other cabins (only 2 of which we have found so far). Yeah, so I'll put up a directional rooftop antenna to get a better cell phone signal, but I think that will be my only cop-out to modern convenience, at least for the time being. Note: the dish on the roof is going on ebay as soon as I can get a ladder up there to take it down!

Well this is beginning to sound more like a blog than a forum post. I would like to hear from other off-grid type cabin-folk. You can also write if you have electric power; I won't get mad.

Boreal Chickadee 12-30-2006 12:43 AM

Bobrok,
Sounds like you've found a gem of a location!
I used to stay in my siter-in-law's brother's house on an island in Maine that used solar panels for small halogen lighting and current. Propane for a refrigerator, stove and hot water. Composting toilet in the house. It was actaully quite luxurious. Of course you couldn't beat sleeping twenty feet from the ocean.

The thousand islands are pretty but nothing like the Adirondacks:thumbs:

bobrok 01-01-2007 11:16 PM

Hi Chickadee,

Thanks for the reply. Yes, indeed, you have the right idea. We have a solar panel and storage battery system and use a power inverter to convert to ac in order to power the compact fluorescent lighting and outlets. Evidently the solar array puts out enough wattage to power the satelite dish and receiver left by the former owners, and they have a 20 gallon electric hot water heater. The realtor who showed the cabin told us of someone she knows who runs an air conditioner off of his solar system. That sounds like quite a big setup. There is also a redundant propane interior lighting system as well so we can use either depending upon available solar. I really like this feature because that creates a real nice mood light. We have a propane apartment size stove/oven and there is an old propane refrigerator but I am not using it because of concern over carbon monoxide poisoning associated with this type of appliance and many of the older units are under manufacturers' recall. I will have a battery powered co2 detector on at all times for safety's sake.

A forum search didn't turn up much on the subject of off-grid cabins, so if warranted perhaps a new thread can be started? I would be interested in anyone's tips and experiences.

Next trip up in 2 weeks if possible.

Boreal Chickadee 01-02-2007 12:27 AM

Bobrok,

What a great setup! After staying at the house in Maine, and it was a true two story house, I always thought that if I could ever get a weekend place in the Adirondacks I'd be willing to try a solar/propane house system. They also used four marine storage batteries(kept in the basement) to store the solar energy before conversion to AC. So much sun on the Maine coast it was a very good workable system. the composting toilet was a challenge if someone stayed there who didn't know what would or wouldn't work. liek, if you're on antibiotics, you cna't use the toilet. Well, you can, but don't expect it to compost properly.

Again, what lucky dogs you are to have found your cabin. I'm assuming that's it in your avatar and it looks great! Winter is a fantastic time to get up to the Adirondacks. So peaceful. I love the seemingly quiet, and yet so busy woods, with the chatter of of birds and critters if you watch and listen. Enjoy these special trips!

bobrok 01-03-2007 10:10 PM

Oh I intend to enjoy as much as I can. I'm slowly weaning myself off of work and easing into retirement, although I still have a few years left. Perhaps I'll once again be able to enjoy the outdoors, as you so seem to do (been reading your other posts).

Talk about sun on the Maine coast, I've about had it with the lack of same here in WNY during the winter months. I have an idea that there is more winter sunshine in the Adirondacks than there is here and I want to see for myself. If it ever starts snowing I may even drag my old long unused x/c skis out of mothballs and bring them. We could always bring our bikes. Last year my wife and I brought them when we went to look at a piece of property. How nice it was to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n and enjoy the environment rather than driving around everywhere.

I read your post about the Finger lakes trail and have often thought about investigating this. There is an entrance spur very near to where we live.

chairrock 01-26-2007 01:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bobrok (Post 57958)
Hi Chickadee,

Thanks for the reply. Yes, indeed, you have the right idea. We have a solar panel and storage battery system and use a power inverter to convert to ac in order to power the compact fluorescent lighting and outlets. Evidently the solar array puts out enough wattage to power the satelite dish and receiver left by the former owners, and they have a 20 gallon electric hot water heater. The realtor who showed the cabin told us of someone she knows who runs an air conditioner off of his solar system. That sounds like quite a big setup. There is also a redundant propane interior lighting system as well so we can use either depending upon available solar. I really like this feature because that creates a real nice mood light. We have a propane apartment size stove/oven and there is an old propane refrigerator but I am not using it because of concern over carbon monoxide poisoning associated with this type of appliance and many of the older units are under manufacturers' recall. I will have a battery powered co2 detector on at all times for safety's sake.

A forum search didn't turn up much on the subject of off-grid cabins, so if warranted perhaps a new thread can be started? I would be interested in anyone's tips and experiences.

Next trip up in 2 weeks if possible.

We also have a place off the grid,seems we go to bed early and get up early alot.But check out Lehmans for Amish off the grid stuff.They also have a alternative energy catalog. Lehmans.com Try to get the catalog mailed to you, its wondeful.

Zan 01-26-2007 08:17 PM

I never noticed this before. I would have introduced myself sooner.

Howdy! I'm Jeffrey, 27, orginally from Holland Patent, NY. I'm a product of two zany grandfathers, one filled with vigor and laughter--just hitting his 81st birthday and still cooking at his midnight breakfast restaurant in Rome, NY while my grandma waits tables! If you're ever in Rome check this place out! JRmothers. It's a regional gem. My other grandpa has passed. I mention these two blokes because they introduced me to the world of wilderness and the world of wisdom--two elements that are strongly united and interest me the most! They molded me into an old soul from some long forgotten age, but I'm still lacking a pack of wisdom and look forward to the day where I can pass my life on to my grandkids. (that's probably the strongest reason why I wish to curb our current environmental struggles)

I was stung by the natural world when my grandpa threw me in his car when I was ten and drove me on up to Alaska and back starting in Rome, NY. Little did I know he would soon die of lung cancer...(he did have thirty cartons of unfiltered philip morris' in the trunk for the trip!) Since then, the urge to be in the "woods" has never left me. I finished school a few years back and have since been working trails in Yosemite, the Trinity Alps, Yellowstone and Minnesota through various conservation corps as well as a season as a "paramilitary" employee at North Cascades National Park. I'm currently entering my second season at Rocky Mountain National Park and am working on master's in Environmental Studies.

There is so much to disclose and so many details left out, but alas, this is a community forum and not my personal autobiography. I'll be up in the high peaks training for the summer. Out of all the remote places I have been, the ADK's can be the most brutal and consistently kick my arse!

Nice to meet yee all.

bobrok 01-31-2007 12:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chairrock (Post 59338)
We also have a place off the grid,seems we go to bed early and get up early alot.But check out Lehmans for Amish off the grid stuff.They also have a alternative energy catalog. Lehmans.com Try to get the catalog mailed to you, its wondeful.

Thanks for the tip!

Adirondack_hunter 02-28-2007 11:29 PM

I need to look around.
 
I my name is Harry. I mean, Fred. I mean Dave. Oh heck, just call me Adk like the rest of you! LMBO
I'm Dave.

Rookie 03-01-2007 08:45 AM

Dang ! You could write a book or two with that life !

..... Got stupid and married and now I'm doing it again. But not to a stupid one!.......

Nice Save !

Roy Wires 03-01-2007 11:27 PM

Hi, I'm Roy Wires, age 64. Born in Herkimer and spent my teenage years hunting, fishing and trapping in the West Canada Creek Valley. My family spent 15 summers (beginning in 1949) camping at Raquette Lake before moving there permanently in 1964 when my father was hired as superintendent of Kamp Kill Kare. Kamp Kill Kare (at the end of Sagamore Road, 6.5 miles south of Rt 28) is one of the last remaining Adirondack Great Camps (1100 acres) still owned by a private family. We lived there as a family until my father's retirement in 1975. While living at KKK I bushwacked the area all the way down to the Moose River Plains, fished all the area lakes and streams, and ran a trapline in the winter. I've published a book titled "Kamp Kill Kare, Memories Of Life In An Adirondack Great Camp" which can be found in a number of Adirondack bookstores, including the Adirondack Museum. I presently live in St. Augustine, FL, but try to make an annual trip to the Raquette Lake area each year. I miss my mountains..!!!!!

serotonin 03-01-2007 11:55 PM

I was raised by a tooth-less bearded hag.
I was schooled with a strap right 'cross my back.

But it's all right now...
In fact it's a Gas.


Now I'm going down that Gravel.
Gonna take that right-hand Road.
And I ain't stoppin'
'til my baby's home.

That girl I'm lovin', got great long curly hair.
But her mother and her father sure don't want me there.

I got to study some scheme, Lord; get my baby back to herself.
Lord, I love that woman and I don't want nobody else.

I look down that road just as far as I can see.
...a bunch of women and they be followin' me.

The brook run into the ocean, the ocean run into that deep deep deep blue sea.
The brook run into the ocean, O! the River run into that deep blue sea.
You ought to see them Women... Lord!

They be fishin' after me.

Boreal Chickadee 03-02-2007 12:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by serotonin (Post 61675)

They be fishin' after me.

I knew there had to be fish in there somewhere!:rolling:

outofthisearth 06-29-2007 08:48 AM

And thanks for having me
 
I found this thread by searching the word newbie because I wanted more than anything to just say a polite hello to all the people who are members of this wonderful forum.

I am an Adirondack aficianado:drool:

biggesteaglefan 08-07-2007 07:36 PM

Hello all
 
First off I am very new here and would like to acknowledge all the wonderful information here. My name is Don 40 years old self employed in the Elmira/ Corning area. This past week we spent in Wells on Lake Algonquin and also did 2 hikes (Echo-Cliffs on Panther mountain and Blue mountain. Very much turned on to the area and hope to be coming up in Sept or Oct. Was disappointed to drive to Cathead to find it closed. Interesting fact is the Chamber of commerce in Speculator hadnt known it was closed and suggested we hike there. Any suggestions for other day hikes? Thank you all.

Eagle36Jake 08-07-2007 08:25 PM

Who IS this guy?
 
Hey everybody. Hello, my name is Jake. I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with my wife and two boys, 8 and 2. I am a chef by trade for 15 years. Within the past year I have changed hats to lead a more family oriented life. In the food business, you work when everyone else doesn't, weekends, holidays, nights, etc. I work for a contract company inside Shell Oil's refining facility on Big Muddy, near New Orleans. It is one of the 12 plants that contains a catalyst cracker, almost 300' tall vessel that breaks down hydrocarbon molecules to make gasoline. Yes, I survived the TWO hurricanes a few years ago, and could tell you some shuddering truths about what actually happened down here, as opposed to what the media claims occurred. Anyways, I am originally from God's country southeast of Syracuse, the hills of Pompey. I say God's country, but so much of New York is God's country. I've lived all over NYS, way downstate in the hudson valley, out in the finger lakes, in the "leatherstocking" region, up in Rochester, I guess pretty much all over. Did I forget the 'daks? Oh yeah, I always "lived" there when I had time, no matter what my address was. I used to make time.
I have always loved being in nature, the more distance from civilization the better. I learned so much about hiking/camping/paddling/etc. in scouts. I earned Eagle (before they started changing requirements) and recognition in the Order of the Arrow and it didn't even seem like work because it was my thing, know what I mean?
Get this...the last time I tried to go camping here was about a month ago, and it would have been in a cabin at a state park with a/c. Based on principle alone, I opted to stay home. It is over 80 degrees and carrying at least 60%humidity almost every night here this summer.
I had been all over the 'daks year-round doing various things for about 15 yrs. I guess. I am glad to have found this forum, I feel a little closer to home since doing so a couple of weeks ago.

Talk to you soon.

AlSara 08-12-2007 06:51 PM

We are Al and Sara. Al grew up in Glens Falls and hiked the ADKs in all seasons during the 80s and early 90s before bears, before reservations, but well AFTER Bob Marshall. So, Al followed Bob Marshall's steps to MT and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. He met Sara, a Monatanan and brought her back to the 'Dacks. Far from "Green Acres" scenerio, Sara fell in love with the ADKs and could never move back to Montana.

Living north of the Adirondack Park now, and loving NE NY more everyday!

1894 08-20-2007 06:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bobrok (Post 57958)
Hi Chickadee,

There is also a redundant propane interior lighting system as well so we can use either depending upon available solar. I really like this feature because that creates a real nice mood light. We have a propane apartment size stove/oven and there is an old propane refrigerator but I am not using it because of concern over carbon monoxide poisoning associated with this type of appliance and many of the older units are under manufacturers' recall. I will have a battery powered co2 detector on at all times for safety's sake.
A forum search didn't turn up much on the subject of off-grid cabins, so if warranted perhaps a new thread can be started? I would be interested in anyone's tips and experiences.

Next trip up in 2 weeks if possible.


bobrook ,
We gave up on tinkering with the older propane 'fridges . Got a new one in the early '90 s. Very efficient and reliable. They don't give them away ( $1K+) but if you can put it on an outside wall they will breath in and out from outside.
Most any gas stove can be converted to propane as well.

Phil

Neil 08-20-2007 07:15 PM

I'm Neil and I enjoy playing hockey on frozen Adirondack ponds.

I posted on this thread a looong time ago. I was an avid outdoorsperson from my late teens to my mid-twenties and then I went to school, started a business, had 3 kids and got waaay out of shape.

Before getting out of shape I hiked and scrambled in the CDN Rockies, canoed and winter camped in Northwest Ontario and Manitoba and did other weirder stuff that I can't talk about here.

Then after getting back into shape I decided the Dacks might be worth a look-see so I came down from Montreal and did Marcy. Long story short, me and my son did the 46 together and I'm now 2 peaks shy of the winter 46 and 10 peaks away from the ADK Hundred Highest.

Discovering and becoming involved in these hiking forums has been a very positive influence in my life as I have always tended to be unsocial. I have made some very good friends thanks to the hiking forums. I still enjoy long solo bushwhacks in the Adirondacks but I mostly to go out with a partner or two.

One thing I really hate:

:dance:

Little Rickie 08-20-2007 07:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Neil (Post 75415)
I'm Neil and I enjoy playing hockey on frozen Adirondack ponds.

I posted on this thread a looong time ago. I was an avid outdoorsperson from my late teens to my mid-twenties and then I went to school, started a business, had 3 kids and got waaay out of shape.

Before getting out of shape I hiked and scrambled in the CDN Rockies, canoed and winter camped in Northwest Ontario and Manitoba and did other weirder stuff that I can't talk about here.

Then after getting back into shape I decided the Dacks might be worth a look-see so I came down from Montreal and did Marcy. Long story short, me and my son did the 46 together and I'm now 2 peaks shy of the winter 46 and 10 peaks away from the ADK Hundred Highest.

Discovering and becoming involved in these hiking forums has been a very positive influence in my life as I have always tended to be unsocial. I have made some very good friends thanks to the hiking forums. I still enjoy long solo bushwhacks in the Adirondacks but I mostly to go out with a partner or two.

One thing I really hate:

:dance:

"I have always tended to be unsocial"

I don't believe it for a second. Smart ass for sure :rolleyes: but not unsocial. Your story sounds like my begining. I look forward to meeting you on Grace's day & having a few. :boozing: Anyone that bakes bread and is married to a red head can't be all that bad.

"other weirder stuff that I can't talk about here."

Please do, the forum is getting boring. ;)

"One thing I really hate:"

Don't hold back. Don't worry about being banned. I know the owners. :thumbs:

Have fun. :)

Rookie 08-21-2007 11:49 AM

Neil ? Unsocial ?..This I gotta see.

Rickie-
I guess we'll have to look for him quietly hovering in a dark corner of the pub on Sunday.

redhawk 08-21-2007 12:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rookie (Post 75489)
Neil ? Unsocial ?..This I gotta see.

Rickie-
I guess we'll have to look for him quietly hovering in a dark corner of the pub on Sunday.

He'll be entertaining the dust mites!!

well, maybe entertaining isn't quite the right word.

stripperguy 09-01-2007 08:53 PM

Never really noticed this before...
 
Hello all, I'm Mike, aka stripperguy.
I've enjoyed the last year or so on this site and I guess I should formally introduce myself.
I build things.
All kinds of things. Houses, cars, Jeeps, bicycles, boats, paddles, a marriage, a family, a career, a business, I just need to build.
I served my apprenticeship, became a toolmaker, got some of my education, built a house, got married and then I turned 21. And I built my first stripper. OK, it wasn't my boat, but I built it with a buddy and then he helped me build mine the next year. And I just kept building. I have built and/or assisted on nearly 2 dozen so far, including a strip built 19 ft sailboat. I once built a stripper version of 16 ft Grant pattern guideboat with plans from the Adirondack Museum. I shouldn't say this out loud, but I hated it. I just don't like looking over my shoulder all the time, either on the water or in everyday life. Anyway, the dream was always to start a boatbuilding business and retire into it. That's not really an option for me now, but who knows! Maybe when the pressures of the high tech R & D world lessen a bit....
As far as leisure activities, I ski, both alpine and nordic, snowshoe, bicycle about 2,000 miles a season, hike, paddle, sail, wilderness camp, and take photos, digital now, all transparencies till a few years ago. Lots of photos.

Let me mention, if I may, how much I enjoy this forum. There is a wealth of combined knowledge and wisdom here, clearly. And great first hand accounts of trips and current conditions. But that's not what makes this forum unique, IMHO.
The difference here is the displays of respect and admiration, both for the Adirondacks and the other forum members. I don't want to get too touchy feely here, but, yeah, it's kind of nice.

And I do consider myself blessed, not just because of my fairy tale life, but beacause I live so near to The Park.
When I read some of the other posts from folks that live a day or more away, and can only visit maybe once a year, I remember how fortunate I am to live an hour or two from such a treasure. I've traveled alot, through the US and the world, and I can say.....There is no better combination of mountains, water and history than right here in the Adirondacks.

Rookie 09-05-2007 07:28 AM

One more impressive forum member !
Where do they all come from ?

pato frenzzy 09-07-2007 06:27 PM

hey i just wanted to sat that i think that all your peoples jobs/lives r cool i read each one i personally will be a meteorologist in about 6 years whoo:) and i think that will be awesome! and tie in with the nature side of things. but other then the weather nature is just so cool!!:p

reindeergirl 09-27-2007 06:26 PM

Edited because it was awful.

redhawk 09-27-2007 08:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by reindeergirl (Post 78161)
I am a total city girl who adores the mountains, especially monadnocks.

I started going to southern Vermont with my college roommate - whose parents had vacation, now retirement, property there. Loved it the moment I saw it.

They taught me how cross-country ski. They taught me how to track animals and the beauty of being alone. Last weekend we were at the top of Mt. Equinox, which I'd been wanting to show my daughter for some 10 years now.

I just turned 49, am a writer (the Vt trip was partly for research), divorced and live in a rather rough city which, nonetheless, has a coastline. We have a view of the water from our rooms. I was raised in a decidedly ocean family - summers were spent in Gloucester and Rockport, Mass. - and was born by the sea.

Therefore, I love forests and coast, but am not so big on prairie and flat desert (not that there's anything wrong with that, as Seinfeld might say). I suppose that I am more typically a swimmer/kayaker, but I have my preferred magic mountains.

I found this forum because I was casually surfing for information about Stratton, Vt., and I am new to this delightful website.

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