As my paddle dips into the water, I hear that ever-familiar sound of the water breaking way followed by the drip of the water from the blade as I finish my stroke. Those movements fall into a comfortable rhythm and I find myself breathing deeply, succumbing to the almost hypnotic state that paddling can put me in. The water is one of my favorite refuges; and what better way to explore it than by canoe or kayak? There is something entirely alluring about floating out on a cool Adirondack lake in the midst of the dog days of summer or being able to see the wide array of fall colors from the water’s perspective. From getting up close and personal with all sorts of wildlife to exploring the islands full of wild blueberries that often grace Adirondack lakes, a day full of paddling offers something for every type of adventurer.
65 Great Flatwater Adventures, 2nd edition, describes day trips that appeal to paddlers of all tastes and abilities, from parents with young children to hard-core wilderness junkies. The revised and expanded edition adds five new destinations, including Boreas Ponds and Essex Chain Lakes containing 150 color photos of waterways, wildflower, and birds.
Keep it PURE
Remember to Leave No Trace! Buy a physical map, read it, plan, and prepare. Think about the NYS Rangers and medical personnel that exhaust themselves for a rescue that could have been avoided. Pack out your trash. Use a bear canister when primitive camping and cook away from where you’re sleeping. Do the rock walk to help reduce the impact on fragile alpine vegetation. Camp at designated campsites and never camp on or near summits.
Each year, millions of people visit the public lands inside the Adirondacks. However you choose to spend your time here, we know the Adirondacks will hold a special place in your heart. We feel the same way. To Love Your Adirondacks is to protect the lands, waters, and communities we all know and love.