Posts on Apr 2012

Moose Sighting Long Lake NY Adirondacks

With reports of snow and a nor’easter it seemed the story this morning would be weather, but upon checking my personal facebook page and town worker Chris Hample texted “I just saw a Moose swimming in Jennings Park Pond” I knew it was happening… NOW.

Hopped in the car to do a moose chase. Where to go. Skirted down route 30 towards the town beach keeping eyes peeled, nothing. Saw some action at the Adirondack Hotel, nothing. Headed back to the town office and grabbed an associate to keep an eye out and finally met success.

Spotted it in the parking lot at Long Lake Central School, where it then traveled down the dirt road to the ball field, it crossed the ball field, hopped back into Jennings Park Pond and headed towards the post office.

Things that run through your mind when chasing a moose. “Will it charge me?” “Why is he looking at me that way?” “He looks like a stump while he swims across the pond” “Ummm.. is that a he or a she?”

It was a pretty incredible sight to behold. First time ever sighting. And to think when I was a kid they used to say there were no turkeys and no moose. Glad things have turned around.

Photos by Alexandra Roalsvig

Running From the Flies 5K Race in the Adirondacks

The Town of Long Lake in partnership with John Dillon Park, International Paper and Paul Smith’s College announces the first Running from the Flies 5K running race on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 10am. This trail race is a mixture of running, endurance and adventure.

Click here for Entry Form: Entry Form
Click here for Waiver Form: Waiver Form
Must submit both

The 5K race will follow a route along trails and dirt roads in John Dillon Park along Grampus Lake located near Long Lake, NY. The surface of the course is mixed gravel, packed dirt, with some rocky and hilly terrain on some road surfaces.

Pre-registration fee is $15 per person or $20 day of the race. Only pre-registrations are guaranteed T-shirts for additional $5 fee. The race kicks off at 10am. Restrooms are on site, water stations and brown bag lunches will be provided to contestants. Parking will available one mile north of the entrance to John Dillon Park and shuttle vans will start at 8am to move participants and spectators to the Welcome Center.

The 5K course is mixed dirt and gravel with some flat terrain, gradual hills with no more than 10% grade and some rocks along the roadway. Some sections of trail follow interior paths within John Dillon Park and other sections are dirt roads connecting the park to trails around the perimeter of the park.

Trophies will be awarded to the overall top male and female runners.
Age categories are broken out into: 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and over

Time: 10am – race Start time
8:30am – 10am – Registration $15
Lunch included
Pre-registration by May 21st to guarantee T-shirt order ($5)

John Dillon Park is located at 2150 Tupper Road in Long Lake NY is owned by International Paper and managed by Paul Smith’s College. It is a mobility accessible campground on the shores of Grampus Lake located in Long Lake, NY. The campground is open to everyone and offers free on-site lean to camping making the natural landscape of the Adirondacks available to everyone, especially people with disabilities.

John Dillon Park boasts nine lean-to’s built for accessibility. There are wide trails, flat throughout the park to accommodate wheelchairs so anyone can enjoy the beauty and natural surroundings along Grampus Lake and a new site on Handsome Pond.

Directions to the park:

From the NYS Thruway (I-90):
Exit 27 at Amsterdam; north on Route 30 through the villages of Speculator, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, and Long Lake. Campground is 4 miles north on Route 30 from Long Lake Village on the right side of the road.

From Tupper Lake:
Route 30 south, 15.5 miles from Village of Tupper Lake, left side of the road.

From Adirondack Northway (I-87), Exit 23 at Warrensburg; Route 9 north to Route 28 west to Indian Lake Village; Route 30 north to Long Lake. Campground is 4 miles north of Village of Long Lake on the right side of the road.

From Adirondack Northway (1-87), Exit 29 at North Hudson/Newcomb; (Blue Ridge Road) west on 28N through Newcomb to Long Lake. Campground is 4 miles north on Route 30 from Long Lake Village on the right side of the road.

For more information contact Long Lake Parks and Recreation at 518-624-3077 or by checking out for registration materials.

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