Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fall kayaking

As we caught this photo of a friend kayaking on the flat waters of the Hudson River, it reminded us, to remind you, that this is the beginning of the perfect season for kayaking as the weather gets cooler and the leaves start turning. If you are in the 1000 Islands area or the Lake George area, we have flatwater canoeing/kayaking books for you as part of our Common Man series. Check them out for you and your friends at:

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Climbing, just not always TOO high

From our Friends Rich and Sue Freeman at Footprint Press. We found this idea quite interesting. Seems to us a lot easier than becoming a 46er. Read more about this book and the many other New York outdoor books they carry on their website.(Including all of our titles.)

"If you’re a kindred spirit and enjoy hiking with a goal – become a 62er by hiking to the highest point in each county of New York State. The guidebook Peak Experience–Hiking the Highest Summits of New York, County by County ( shows would-be 62ers how, with detailed maps, descriptions, and an account of what you might see on the way to each summit."

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


We are nearing the completion of the Lake George area biking trails book.(Only three trails to go.)
Today we "cruised" a Family Ice Cream ride on our "Sunday bike." It's a Tour Easy recumbent we thought you might enjoy seeing. The photo was taken by a lovely couple from the town of Johnsburgh who were in Glens Falls shopping for the day and decided to go for a walk along the bike trail.
And, yes, we know it's not Sunday! But I wanted to ride it anyway.
Best to all,

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Damage control

Still working on our Lake George area biking book, today we toured the Garnet Hill Mt. Biking Center near North River, NY. Richard, a staff member led us on our trek to show us their trails and all that the center has to offer. Well, off-road mountain biking can take its toll on equipment, and it did. Richard snapped his bike chain about ½ hour into our ride. Luckily, he also repairs and maintains the bikes for the lodge. He had a chain tool and repaired his chain in VERY short order. Amazingly fast! Less than 5 minutes. And we were on our way once again. Here’s a pic of his handiwork in progress.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Cardinal Flower

You have to go to our secret location along the Hudson River to find this beautiful gem of a flower. It just "emerged" at this time of year. In our upcoming Lake George area wildflower book, we'll tell you exactly where to find it, complete with a GPS reading. It'll be kinda like a classy form of geo-caching. Book to be out next Spring.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Shelving Rock Falls

In researching our upcoming Lake George biking book, we were forced to encounter this scene after a recent heavy rain.
Thought you might enjoy it.
Click on the photo to get an even more dramatic view of the power flowing over that falls.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Lily Pond Biking

Located near Brant Lake, NY Lily Pond is a beautiful little pond as you can see from this photo. We have been up there to explore and write up biking trails a couple of times recently. Once we found, and wrote up, a nice off-road biking trail into it. Another time, we were turned back with too difficult a trail to send our readers on. If we can't do it comfortably, we won't send you there. This will be a part of the upcoming Lake George biking book. We think it will be out by Spring. Look forward to visiting this lovely spot on at least one trek.