Mud Pond and Round Pond Paddling

The Adirondacks are filled with hidden gems, this is clearly one of the things that makes them such a special place. Expansive grandeur and intimacy can be found everywhere and a few years ago we discovered one of these special places in our own backyard, in Thurman.

Mud Pond sunrise
Mud Pond sunrise

Mud Pond and Round Pond are the headwaters of Mill Creek, located upstream from Garnet Lake.

They can be accessed via Mud Pond Road, about halfway to Little Pond when traveling from Johnsburg to the Crane Mountain trail head off Garnet Lake Road.

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McCauley Mountain Hike

During the winter months, McCauley is the center of the Old Forge community. The mountain is always busy with after school programs, live music and a variety of food specials in the lodge. It was a much different case a few weekends ago when Farah and I decided to hike the mountain.

McCauley liftline

Overgrown grass and a lack of cars in the parking lot may convince the unknowing that the resort is abandoned. Upon closer inspection though you’ll see the well-maintained and used mountain bike trails. The light construction at the base area is also a tip off that the biggest little mountain isn’t dead, just hibernating until winter.

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The Only Game in Town

It’s the middle of summer but if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re spending at least a little bit of time every day thinking about skiing. Maybe not every day but often enough. It seems the hotter it gets, the more I miss the feeling of sliding on snow.

When I was younger, I thought that by this point in my life, I’d be spending at least two or three weeks of every summer down in Chile or Argentina, skiing my ass off. Maybe New Zealand. I still haven’t pulled that off.

Luckily for me, I have an alternative forty minutes from home; indoor skiing at Big Snow American Dream in New Jersey. I mean, it’s not a perfect substitute.

Big SNOW Trail Map
Big SNOW Trail Map

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