Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Adirondack Walkabout through Keene, Keene Valley, and St. Hubert's New York

Here we are in Keene Valley. I did not know until today that Keene and Keene Valley were two separate towns. I had not been there for many years.
                      We had to stop in here and get the best scones around but when we went to pay, they would only take cards. Luckily, I had mine with me. 

Here I am in front of a really cool building right after it stopped pouring down rain. Oh well, rain is
fair game fpr walkabouts. We have rain gear just for that sort of thing.

We did not go in this place, but I liked the sign so I snapped a picture.

We are at the East Branch of the Ausable River. The way the river flows here reminded Venita and I
of Scotland and the River Dee.

This building was so unique!

Do we have a post office here open on Sunday???

Here we are in Keene where you can get a flu shot and your mail all at the same time.

This is the Keene Community Center that looks like it was maybe a school at one time.

Venita in the rain with her famous yellow rain jacket she wore on our numerous walkabouts
 in the highlands of Scotland.

These people are very patriotic. This store is filled with Adirondacky items!

This is the Ausable Club, in St Huberts and the clubhouse of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve formed in 1887 by George Neilson to save the lands around Beede's Hotel from the lumber industry.St Huberts is a hamlet within Keene.

                 Good bye Keenites and St. Hubertites. Thank you for a wonderful walkabout!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Horican, Brant Lake, Adirondack Walkabout

Hello and welcome back to my walkabout blog. My sister and I are walking the towns and hamlets of the Adirondack Park. Today we saw some beautiful country.

We went into the Horicon Welcome Center, Community Center and Library. It is a beautiful building with very friendly staff.

Wow! I was surprised at the size of their museum. How awesome! It was built with the cooperation of the town and the historical society and is open many days in the summer and some in the winter.

Here I am standing in front of the Brant Lake monument of the 150 year anniversary.

Our heroes wander through these rooms--the Horicon Fire Department

My sister adorning the historical spot where the pioneers once walked.

Looking down Brant Lake from the bridge that was being repaired.

The General Store in Adirondack where we met Maureen Diaz. She and her husband, Robert, own the store. Inside is everything including a restaurant with tables. It has been here since 1855 and Venita and I vowed to come back for lunch.Maureen was so informative and friendly, we stayed talking for quite some time.

From the store we wandered down a road surrounded by water and boats looking for the Adirondack Museum. We had met a  man in Horicon who told us that the town and the historical society had raised funds to open a museum in Adirondack and they were doing some work on it. He was on his way to it and we decided to walk to the building.;however, about two miles into it, the sun began to torture us so we had to turn back. What a wonderful day we had, and how blessed we are to have such beauty in so many places all around us. Thank you Horicon, Brant Lake, and Adirondack. We will remember you!

Monday, September 14, 2015




Thurman once covered over 800 square miles, which included all of present Warren County except Queensbury and Luzerne. It was the parent town of nine present towns, set up in 1792. However, Thurman was divided, and what was left of the town after Bolton, Chester, Johnsburg, Hague, and Caldwell were set off from it were Warrensburg and Athol. Not even the original name remained at that time. In 1852, Thurman was reborn when the legislature passed an act to erect the towns of Thurman and Stony Creek from the town of Athol. John Thurman, a native of New York City was responsible for much of the settlement of Warren County. He spent the last twenty years of his life in Warren County developing resources, starting industry, and encouraging settlement. In 1809, John Thurman was gored by bull in Bolton and died because of the injuries.

Persis Granger, Lorrain Lambiase, Venita Keller, Pat Garber

 This walk was quite different from our usual walks. We were met by Persis Granger and a couple of other people from the town at this farm to walk the Fall Farm Tour that will take place on September 26 where there will be wagon rides, maple syrup, and many forms of entertainment. The is Nettle Meadow Farm where we visited the animals and later bought goat cheese.

 This the large barn. My friend, Pat, my sister, and Persis are in the picture. It was a very hot day!

The Loft at Nettles Meadow. This is where Persis will be doing a reading shortly and music will be played during the Fall farm tour.

Baptist Church

Crane Mountain
 We walked by this church and thought it was pretty neat looking. I cut off the steeple but it is the Thurman Baptist Church.

These signs say Garnet Lake and Crane Mountain trail. We walked on by sweating in the hot sun. Below was the cutest little church. I snapped this picture of our walking group.

 Here are Gary and Lucyann Martin who own Martin's Lumber, a small certified tree farm practicing silviculture sustainable forestry. These are foreign words to me but suffice it to say that there methods will preserve the forests for future generations. Lucyann gave a us a lift in her small car to the next spot as we decided not to walk as far because of the heat.
 This is the oldest or one of the oldest houses in Thurman. I like looking at these old places and imagining many children running out the door onto the porch and down the hill. It makes me sad yet I am blessed to be able to see this little piece of history.

Another piece of history

 We are now at the Whitefield Family Farm where we observed many turkeys. This place was once the Sun Canyon Dude Ranch built in 1965. Michelle Whitefield, our guide, told us that at one time the ranch had sixty five horses. They sell chicken, turkeys, eggs and vegetables.
The crew getting ready to hike into the woods

We are walking where the old dude ranch existed

 I am standing on in back of the foundation and in the what once was a huge pool on the ranch.

 My sister on safari among the trees next to the foundation. :)

What is left of one of the old cabins where guests stayed on the ranch. They were large and beautiful log buildings with stone foundations.

 This is what is left of the lake at the dude ranch. Michelle said it was much larger at one point in its history.

        After we left Michelle, we went to Irv West's Llama farm where we met Irv and two llamas. He told us how he trained  the llama's and Pat got a kiss from one of them, the llama that is, not Ike.

Pucker up!
Thurman Post Office
Thurman Town Hall

Enjoy wagon rides on the 

fall tour as well as a food and entertainment. Join in the fun on September 26th in Thurman. Thank you Thurman folks for giving us a wonderful walkabout!



Monday, September 7, 2015


Today was Raquette Lake day. We started early and did a town close to our hometown due to the intense heat going on these past few weeks. This is a beautiful sign with flowers kept up by someone who is on the ball.

Ahhh, the old Raquette Lake school that used to have children running in and out of these doors. I remember that, and when they made the decision to bus them to Indian Lake instead of Long Lake because of Blue Mt. hill.

This would make a nice photo without the rail. I liked the view of the church and steeple as we walked into the town.
Apparently, the origin of the name, Raquette, is not actually known though some say it is named after the French word for "snowshoe," because Sir John Johnson, a Loyalist, came through here with his troops in 1776 and they left their snowshoes here. Hmmm, that seems strange to me, but one never knows about these little hamlets tucked away in the northern most corner of New York state. However, we all have a post office up here and it is no longer delivered by horse and buggy. The post office was on the left ahead of some very old buildings to the right.

I liked this old door on the side of the church. It reminded me of days gone by. I am sure there is much history linked to the old buildings and the door, but I did not have it; however, I am sure the library would have that information.

Cool wagon from yesteryear found in the old buildings I talked about earlier.

This is the Raquette Lake Supply Company. They have so many items in the store I just want to come back and shop. Soon, they will be carrying my books too. The back of the store is the Tap Room and there are rooms above. Of course, the place I remember in my day is The Tap Room Bar. Mr. Dillon, the owner, was very friendly and receptive to answering questions but not to being photographed and that is okay with me.

So, I did not take his photo, and, instead, took my sister's photo, which included many of the items for sale in the store. I remember writing about this in Conquering the Wild; how it burned and the ramifications that event had on this town and the towns around it.

Here we are, standing in front of the boat launch with the lake behind us. I really like the center of town because it is different from most of the hamlets we have walked through.

The next two pictures speak for themselves--a little history about this awesome place.

Dinner anyone? I spoke with the owner and her son about their business. We walked up the hill and found the office. People who go on this dinner cruise absolutely love it! The dinner is good and they get to see the great camps on the islands.

Here is a neat little church sitting high above the caboose that serves as a gift shop. It sits on the original train tracks that carried tourists and freight  trains into this once thriving town in the Adirondacks.

Here is Wendy DeShaw who talked to us about the End of the Line Caboose Gift Shop and carrying my books. This is a neat little shop with many items tucked away in all the nooks and crannies. We really appreciated Wendy taking the time to talk with us.

The Library was not opened yet as we were there quite early but looks like a nice place to sit outside and read. I wonder what it looks like at night with those globe light on?

This is Venita sitting on the steps of the old train station foundation. I love trains and wish they were still running. Like many things in the past, I don't want them to become extinct, but they almost are. Okay, lets bring um all back and ride that train. That's what I say!

Could not leave town without getting a picture of Bird's Marina. The picture on the left is his sign with the firehouse just above. I have some crazy memories of hanging out with Dick Bird and Mike Tracy and that bunch and snowmobiling over to Inlet, Eagle Bay, and Big Moose. Wow, amazing, that we all lived through that era!

The picture below is across the street where Bird's Marina office is located. I went in looking for my friend, Cindy, who works there but she was across the street helping at boat launch.Good bye Raquette Lake. We enjoyed our walkabout today.