Tuesday, June 28, 2016
|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
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.
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.|
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.
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.
|Another piece of history|
|The crew getting ready to hike into the woods|
|We are walking where the old dude ranch existed|
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.
|Thurman Post Office|
|Thurman Town Hall|
Monday, September 7, 2015
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.
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.