Posts on May 2018

Moose by Joan Collins

Moose on the Loose in the Adirondacks

Moose sightings have become more and more frequent in and around the Long Lake, Raquette Lake and generally the central Adirondack region, particularly this May.  It seems that almost daily someone is spotting a moose and sharing the images on social media.
To our fans –  Thank you, we always appreciate when you share content with us so please, feel free to keep sharing! Here’s a link to our Long Lake Facebook Page and to the Raquette Lake Facebook Page. And to those of you clamoring for exactly the best places to spot a moose in our area, we try to avoid divulging specific locations as the moose move around hunting for their food and we don’t want to wreak havoc on their habitat.  Moose like boreal forests, they eat vegetation and they can swim.  That pretty much sums up the description of any location in the Adirondacks, we just happen to have had more and more sightings in the region recently.

Photo by Marcus Wilson

Video by Jenna Heckman.  

“Moose re-entered New York State on a continuous basis in the 1980s, having been absent since the 1860s.”  From the NYS DEC website.  
So that’s why Adirondackers get excited about “the elusive moose.” Regular moose sightings have been seemingly rare, until this spring.   
When I was a kid, at our family camp on the north end of Long Lake, we had a huge mounted moose head looming from the camp wall keeping his eye on us. In my wild imagination, I always pictured the rest of the moose’s body was actually standing outside of the house and he had just stuck his head in the side of the building to keep an eye on us.  That would have been a very tall moose if that was the case. The fascination I had and the mythical importance of the moose was long embedded in me by my father who had a love and passion for the Adirondacks and was humbled by mother nature.  And boy oh boy, he really really wanted to see a Moose. I mean, really hoped and dreamed to one day see a moose in the Adirondacks.

Well the giant moose head mounted on our camp wall was originally from Maine, not even a true Adirondack moose. Sadly for my Dad, he never had the chance to see the moose, but lucky for me, I had my very own moose encounter  in April 2011.  I along with my handy wingman, Opie, of Parks & Recreation, were able to track the moose as he wended through the Long Lake Central School Parking Lot before making his way to the Long Lake Ballfield where it proceeded to stick it’s tongue out at me before it hopped in the water and swam across the lake, heading towards Tupper was our guess.

photo by Alexandra Roalsvig-  Moose seen in 2011 on the Long Lake Ball Field

So, it is exciting for us Long Lakers to see moose return to the Adirondacks.  But with a return of the Moose and a curious population anxious to spot one for themselves, we thought it important to highlight some precautions so visitors to our area don’t disrupt the moose habitat or put themselves in danger by getting too close.

This moose photo was taken by Craig Collins in Long Lake the summer of 2017.  

Steven LaPrarie took this photo on his way to work in Raquette Lake, NY

This moose has been spotted more than a few times on this trail cam.  All we can tell you is that this Moose was spotted in Long Lake. 

We found a very informative piece from the Appalachian Mountain Club from their website written by outdoor writer Matt Heid  

From “Responding to Moose Encounters”  
“If a moose feels threatened by your presence, it does one of two things. Often the moose simply leaves the area to avoid the threat. But sometimes it responds aggressively to make you leave the area instead”
“An aggressive, confrontational moose is trying to do one thing: drive you off. So if a moose approaches you, back away. If it charges, RUN! Do not stand your ground. If possible, place a tree or other nearby object between you and the moose as you retreat. Once the moose has driven you far enough away, it will leave you alone. If the moose does make contact, it typically strikes first with its front hooves, using its rear legs occasionally in a prolonged assault. If a moose knocks you down, continue your efforts to escape”

This photo by Alyssa Nicole was submitted via Facebook

“Cows with calves are particularly protective, especially in early summer when their young are most vulnerable. In the fall, bull moose often act more aggressively as they compete with other males for breeding opportunities. But no matter what the season, the best strategy is to avoid a confrontational situation in the first place. Keep your distance. If a moose is on the trail, wait for it to move along.”
Driving Safety – Be aware that Moose, the largest members of the deer family, are most active in the hours around sunset to midnight and again around dawn. Moose have been known to hop over guardrails and cross the road when you least expect it, so just be attentive while traveling on our Adirondack Roads. While driving, just as you do with defensive driving for deer, scan both sides of the road as far as possible in front of you. Is there a passenger with you? He or she can also keep a lookout.

This video comes from Bob Curtis via Facebook. This footage is amazing to behold.  We’re glad he and the moose are both ok. We don’t recommend getting so close to a moose on the loose. 

If you do happen to see a moose, don’t blast your horn or flash your lights to attempt to shoo the moose away. Your noise and lights may terrify the animal and it will could respond by darting into your way rather than out of it. Moose have been known to charge a stopped or moving cars of any size.
From All About Moose 
“Over the years there have been many documented cases of moose charging vehicles. Cars or trucks, moose don’t seem to be too particular. If the moose perceives a vehicle to be a rival or a threat they will charge. Oftentimes the moose charges, figures out the vehicle isn’t another moose and leaves.”
The New York State DEC website

Photo by Joan Collins of Adirondack Avian Expeditions

This swimming moose was spotted on the North end of Long Lake on Monday, May 28th, 2018.  Photo by Richard Dechene. 

If you google things like “avoiding moose collisions” or “moose confrontation” plenty of articles show up. Lots of fun facts to read.  One article stated that Moose are lazy herbivores and would rather eat than chase humans.  So there’s that. 
See a moose?  Send us your pics!  We’d love to see them.  But please exercise common sense if you do encounter a moose.  Moose can be aggressive and dangerous even when you are in your vehicle.  Keep a safe distance.
Planning a trip to the area?  Check out our lodging and dining options and fun things to do while visiting the Long Lake and Raquette Lake region

“Moose on the Loose” by Alexandra Roalsvig.
Alex has been the Director of Parks, Rec & Tourism for Long Lake since 2009.  She’s seen one moose. 

2018 Great Adirondack Garage Sale Long Lake & Raquette Lake

Long Lake and Raquette Lake are two towns located along the Great Adirondack Garage Sale On Line Map route for 2018.  Look for 15 sales in Long Lake on Saturday, May 26th from 9am – 4pm.  Merch includes household items, kids toys, small appliances, small furnishings, tools, power tools and more. There will also be a Car Wash and Garage Sale to benefit Haiti at the Long Lake Wesleyan Church.  Check out the map for list of sales.  

In Raquette Lake here is the list of sales:

Raquette Lake        
Hicks on Raquette Lake 
413 NY-28
May 25th:   9am – 4pm 
May 26th:   9am – 4pm 
May 27th:   9am – 4pm 
Chippendale Secretary Desk Furniture Brika Brack

Mikey’s Camp 
227 NY-28
May 25th:   9am – 4pm 
May 26th:   9am – 4pm 
May 27th:   9am – 4pm 

Raquette Lake Ladies Auxiliary  
171 NY-28
May 25th:  
May 26th:   10am-2pm
May 27th:  

Car Wash/Bake Sale Raquette Lake Ladies Auxiliary 
Fire Department  

171 St Rt 28
May 25th:  
May 26th:   9am – 4pm 
May 27th:  
Lots of goodies from people all around town **one stop shopping**
Raquette Lake Trailer Park 
216 NY-28
May 25th:   9am – 3pm 
May 26th:   9am – 3pm 
May 27th:   9am – 3pm 
Coffee table, rope hammock, wicker chairs, small table and chairs, patio umbrella, 2 rocker/gliders, truck cap, knickknacks, massager, assorted junk. 

Long Lake Final Trivia Cup Winners Announced

The winning Pinecone Team players pictured: 1st Row L-R Long Lake Events Coorinator Steph Hample, and The Pinecones:  Mary Ann Roche, Carol Benson, Tom Scahill. Second Row: Deborah and Ed Traynor, Pam and Tom Speer. Third Row: Dave and Michelle Bartlett. 

The Town of Long Lake Trivia Cup Winners are announced for the Spring 2018 Final Round held at the recently renovated Long Lake Diner located at 1161 Main Street in Long Lake, NY.
In third place it was a tie with 18 points between the Timber Tigers and The Long Lake Liqueurs.
In 2nd place with 24 points were the Amigos. 
In 1st place with 25 points, winning in a last-minute tie breaker were the Pinecones. 
This is Stephanie Hample’s last Trivia Night as she is leaving her position as Events Coordinator for the Town of Long Lake. Steph has been running the popular Trivia Night event at Long Lake area businesses for the last four Trivia seasons.  

The Mysterious Adirondack Road Side Signage

If you have ever traveled to Long Lake or Raquette Lake from points south, west, north or east have you ever taken the time to notice and read the road signs?

I did a test.  I put up a photo on Instagram and asked if it was truth or fiction. I photoshopped the text “Long Lake” and mileage on a road sign located on NY Route 30 and 28 near Durant Lake between Indian Lake and Blue Mt. Lake.  The real sign only lists Blue Mountain and Tupper Lake distances.  Being sneaky and feeling somewhat nefarious on this March day, I inserted the text Long Lake and the mileage on the sign.  

I asked “truth or fiction” when I asked, ‘has anyone seen this sign’ the three responses were “TRUTH.”  Well I didn’t have to heart to say “actually, no, you’ve never seen this sign, because it doesn’t exist.”  

I didn’t want the audience to think I had betrayed them with my trickery and deceit. My big take-away is that if you’ve been to Long Lake or Raquette Lake, you know those brown and yellow DOT signs lead you the way to your destination.  A place of solitude, a place of escape, home away from home. The palpable excitement is more important than the words, but that’s because you are familiar with where you are going.  You are going somewhere you’ve been before. Road signs can evoke a sense of place and belonging.  So maybe you don’t actually read the words, but take away a feeling of nostalgia from the sign.  Maybe that’s it.

But what about the new people we want to come visit?  The guests we are promoting to in New York City on the busses, subways and at the airport terminals with I Love NY campaigns touting the natural beauty of the Adirondacks and promoting our small unique Adirondack Towns. What about those new, curious visitors who have never been here before who really need wayfinding to build confidence and pull them through an area they are unfamiliar with? What if they are traveling on the road, run out of cell phone service and their map aps don’t work if even for a short 15-20 minute run on the travel corridor?   

Credit Uli Seit for The New York Times

What if these guests need a road sign to re-assure them that they are going in the right direction?  What if they have a moment of doubt when they see said road sign, but their planned destination doesn’t make the cut as something notable enough to get listed on a sign, until you are actually 11 or 12 miles away from it?

Imagine, first time visitor, traveling up to the area on a Friday night from New Jersey and it’s 11 p.m. and you’ve gotten outside of Indian Lake and there’s miles of forest on either side of you.  Maybe you start to panic because well, there are few travelers, few lights and lots of trees. Finally a moment of relief when the headlights reflect on a sign with brown and yellow text.  The car gets closer and closer and you anticipate reading L O N G  L A K E or R A Q U E T T E  L A K E spelled out in Highway Gothic font, but as you approach said sign you realize your destination town isn’t listed.  And then you start to sweat and think, I might have made a wrong turn somewhere.  “Where’s a gas station? I need traffic lights and a smoothie and some human interaction.”    


Fun fact: As of this writing, May 2018 there are NO official traffic lights in Hamilton County.  (except for the temporary one on the Sabattis Circle Road Detour)  

What if you are this new traveler to the region and you think there is actually nothing in the 34 miles of road stretching between Blue Mountain Lake and Tupper Lake? It’s the what IF’s  especially in the world where all information is a click of a google map.  Visitors making their first trip should be vacation-ready and packed with patience,  pre-planning and the ability to read road signs.

If you are a year-rounder its likely you travel these roads, great distances, on a fairly regular basis. It’s typical to travel them to hit up the doctor, the orthodontist, chiropractor, the grocery store.  Routinely driving along stretches of these roads, chances are you’ve spent more time reading the signs and coming to the epiphany, “wait a second, why are some towns featured, and some towns not featured?”

So I decided to look up the regulations to unfurl the mysteries of destinations and community names and I found some information out. 

I uncovered the basics of Road Signing after googling a variety of topics.  Destination, Road Signs, mileage signs, how do towns names get on a road sign?  Why are some towns seemingly more special than others? 

I was able to see the rules in black and white provided by the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Manual of Uniform Control Devices.  Link here:

Guidance for road signage had some interesting takes on the traveling public.   “Destination and distance signs are especially valuable to motorists unfamiliar with a particular area. Because some motorists are inattentive, read maps poorly, or do not adequately plan their trips, additional destination and distance signs can help “pull” them through an area.”

Section 2D.36 Distance Signs (D2 Series)

If used, the Distance, carrying the names of not more than three Cities, towns, junctions, or other traffic generators, and the distance (to the nearest mile) to those places.

The distance shown should be selected on a case-by-case basis by the jurisdiction that owns the road or by statewide policy. A well-defined central area or central business district should be used where one exists.

Where a total of three or less destinations, not more than three destination names shall be used on a Destination sign. Where four destinations are provided by the Advance Guide and Supplemental Guide signs, not more than four destination names shall be used on a Destination sign.

Well there it was explained.  What we had here was a crossroads, a T-intersection, a Sophie’s choice of road signage destination listing.  So it seems like we have FOUR destinations, we’d need TWO signs.  Are you following?  

If space permits, four destinations should be displayed as two separate sign panels.

In the case of overlapping routes, there should be shown only one destination in each direction for each route. And as it turns out, Raquette Lake is located along  Route 28 and Long Lake is Route 30 and 28N.

If a second line is used, it should be reserved for communities of general interest that are located on or immediately adjacent to the route or for major traffic generators along the route.

Both Long Lake and Raquette Lake are “major traffic generators” at least in the summer months, as two bustling summer communities with lakes, recreation, lodging, dining, summer camps and more.  (it’s all relative – compared to the NY/NJ metro area – it is not a traffic generator – which is just another reason to come visit of course!)  

The third, or bottom line, shall contain the name and distance to a control city (if any) that has national significance for travelers using the route.

Well one could argue a visit to Raquette Lake has national significance as it is the former summer home of the Railroad Titans JP Morgan, William West Durant and the birthplace of the word, “Vacation.”  Long Lake has national significance because we have one of two seaplane bases remaining in all of the Adirondacks and the Oldest Operating Hotel in the Adirondacks. (Ok, maybe I’m reaching on that one)  We think Long Lake is pretty special.  There was a survivor from the Titanic that summered here and Don Rickles worked at the Sagamore Hotel as a caddy for the Sabattis Golf Course.  Isn’t Don Rickles a national treasure?  Do you even know who Don Rickles is?  But I digress.

Signing the road is a process, and not sure we’ll ever see Long Lake and Raquette Lake listed more frequently, even though we’d like to be included.  Not going to lie, sometimes it feels like we’re the last kids being picked for the kickball team.

If you want to read up on signing the road, Here’s a link I found.

Written by Alexandra Roalsvig.  Alex is a Long Lake native (sort of, her grand-parents met in Long Lake in 1927 so there is a critical on-going debate defining the word “native” and the final conclusion is that grandchildren of  summer visitors who fell in love because of meeting in Long Lake does not constitute being native)  But Alex does consider herself “local” as she was born and raised here,  started Kindergarten in Long Lake, graduated in a class of 12 from high school in Long Lake, attended college and moved to NYC to work 17 years on the CBS daytime drama, As The World Turns.  She has been the Director of Parks, Recreation & Tourism of Long Lake since 2009, following in her mother’s footsteps. (thanks Mom)  She’s really obsessed with road signs and would LOVE to see Long Lake and Raquette Lake listed on the I-87 Northway AND on roadsigns at least 40 miles away from our communities…  #hopesanddreams #homespun


So when you travel up the Northway on route 87, look for the signs for the Adirondacks and see if you can spot any wayfinding to Long Lake and Raquette Lake that doesn’t happen to be in your wayfinding ap on your phone and let me know. Take a picture and post on our social media pages.  We’d love to see it!

This is the real sign.  The 2nd sign after the 1st sign which is the control sign.  Because the signage rules require two desintation signs when there are more than three destinations to be listed.  

Here you can go South, North and East… but west.. is totally out of the picture. We have 28, 28N and 30.  

Memorial Day Events in Long Lake NY 2018

The Long Lake American Legion Post #650 will be hosting the Long Lake Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28 in Long Lake, NY. The parade starts at 8:30 a.m from the Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main Street, Long Lake, NY.  The Honor Guard will march to the Long Lake Bridge to commemorate those lost at sea and then return to the Doughboy Monument and Town Hall.  At 9 a.m. the parade will re-commence and go to the Long Lake Cemetery for a ceremony and speech continuing on to the Vietnam Memorial at South Hill Road and Deerland Road.


COL Clair Gill

The guest speaker for the Long Lake Memorial Day ceremony is Colonel Clair A. Gill.

Colonel Clair Gill commands the 10th Mountain Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade. He is a 1994 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He previously served in leadership positions from platoon to battalion command, including tours in Korea, the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, and the 101st Airborne Division (as both a company and battalion commander).

He served in the joint special operations community for ten years deploying over a dozen times to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other global contingency and combat operations. He deployed 4-101 Aviation Regiment “TF Wings” to FOB Shank in Afghanistan in 2014 supporting operations in the eastern provinces. In November 2017, COL Gill returned from another deployment to Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve deterring foreign aggression and reassuring NATO of our commitment to the Alliance.

Colonel Gill is a graduate of the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS) at the Joint Forces Staff College, and the US Army War College Fellowship at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

He earned the Combat Action, Military Free-Fall Parachutist, Master Army Aviator, Air Assault, and Airborne badges. His awards and decorations include the Presidential Unit Citation (1 OLC), Meritorious Unit Citation, Bronze Star Medal (3 OLCs), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLCs), Meritorious Service Medal (OLC), and the Air Medal with numeral 2.

Colonel Gill and his wife, Fran (Army Veteran/Emergency Room Physician), have one son, Joshua.

He relinquishes command of the 10th CAB on 29 June, 2018 and will report to the Pentagon next.

In the event of rain the ceremony and speech will be held at the Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main Street, Long Lake, NY 12847.

Dumpster Canoe Stops in Raquette and Long Lake on their way to Maine

This fine Tuesday morning, while indulging in my coffee and the the last of my half and half and taking a moment to look out over the dewy grass and still bare trees, while multi-tasking and keeping up with the news of the day, I happened upon a Facebook post on the Raquette Lake Group page by Deb Evans.  

Photo of the Dumpster Canoe in Raquette Lake, NY by Deb Evans.  

On Monday, May 7th, Deb had met up with the couple traveling to Fort Kent, Maine  in a recycled, dumpster rescued canoe.  The mission was to travel the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.  This afternoon while making the rounds to check on water levels of the lake and see what activities were going on in and around the town, I  happened upon Andrew and Kristen resting and regrouping on the Town Beach.  They had embedded themselves in the sand to catch some rays, get some rest and to post images from their their challenging portage around Buttermilk Falls on Facebook.  They were pleased to find the Long Lake Public Restroom and to have access to  the complimentary WIFI at the Long Lake Town Beach.

Andrew and Kristen with their “Dumpster Canoe” on the Long Lake Town Beach. A glorious Blue Sky Day on Tuesday, May 8th and the Black Flies have yet to appear.  So Kristen and Andrew are having a great time!  

Andrew, Kristen and Alexandra Roalsvig, Long Lake, Parks, Recreation & Tourist Director.  Photo by Andrew …. (I’ll have to get his last name!)  

Andrew and Kristen are paddling the 740 miles of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in their “Dumpster Canoe,”  with a goal of paddling 20 miles a day. Andrew found it in a dumpster and rescued it from it’s debilitated condtion.  The aluminum Sears and Roebuck canoe was bent, had holes and needed some serious TLC to get it river worthy.  Andrew was able to unbend it, and weld a few holes to ensure the boat would navigate the journey.  He finished it up by knocking out some dents and added the final touch, a unique paint job.  Andrew explained he painted Shark Mouths on either end of the canoe, but realized a. he had painted the canoe upside down, and b. he realized when you look at it, the canoe looks like it’s going in the opposite directions. 

For the timetable, Andrew and Kristen had discussed leaving two weeks prior to when they actually set out. With a change in plans and keeping an eye on ice out they started out on Sunday, May 6th and avoided the terrible storms of Friday night.  As far as having navigable waters to paddle, up until the wild storms of Friday night, most lakes still had ice on them. Had they left two weeks ago as originally planned, they wouldn’t have gotten very far.

Kristen gets crackers and cheese

Kristen picks up her cheese and crackers

After a quick chat, they mentioned they wanted to get some snacks.  Andrew was dreaming of sopressata, cheese and crackers, but Northern Borne isn’t open for the season yet, so I happily volunteered and drove Kristen “uptown” to the business district where both Hoss’s and Stewart’s Shops were a bustling.  Kristen was able to pick up cheese, crackers and sausage and enjoy banter with the Stewart’s Shops construction crew, while it undergoes a remodel.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail Register in Long Lake is across from the Adirondack Hotel.  The register can be found in Raquette Lake right near the Town Dock

On the return to the beach we stopped off at the Northern Forest Canoe Trail register, located across from the Adirondack Hotel. 

Andrew has planned this trip for 12 years and when he met Kristen, now his fiancé, she admitted prior to leaving on this ambitious trip, she had only paddled two times before they set out.  Andrew and Kristen will post updates on their Facebook Page when they have access to wifi or cell service.  

A great pleasure to meet them and we wish them well on this epic adventure! 

May Day! The Cellar Long Lake Re-Opens for the Season!

It’s May 1, 2018 and it’s time for The Cellar Restaurant and Pub to re-open for the season!  Located at 3 Kickerville Lane in Long Lake, NY, The Cellar Restaurant and Pub is known for its menu featuring pub fare, excellent entrees, daily specials, garlic bread (oh yes, that is a delicious garlic bread – served with entrees) and Pizza to go!  The team at the Cellar can also work with you in your event planning for weddings, family reunions, office parties and so much more.  

Look for special events.  On Sunday, May 13th The Cellar will be hosting a Special Mother’s Day Event serving from 4:30pm – 8pm

Spring hours, serving dinner  4:30pm – 8pm Tuesday thru Saturday and open for Mother’s Day.  Look for extended hours and seven days a week in the summer months!  

Let’s see what Chef Eric and his team have in store for us this season!  

The Cellar Restaurant is owned and operated by Ali & Michelle Hamdan and Eric & Brooke Hample. Located in the heart of the Adirondacks in upstate NY, our quaint restaurant serves an eclectic dinner menu which includes pizza and burgers, top grade steaks and fabulous seafood. Visit The Cellar Restaurant and see why we’re “Long Lake’s best kept secret…”

An excellent menu with tasty treats for all sized appetites.  Appetizers, pub fare, infamous garlic bread (everyone must try the garlic bread!) and unique menu items.  Check out their pizzas too!  Togo orders available too. Fast, friendly and delicious! 

Become a fan on Facebook or visit us at for hours, menus and upcoming events! We hope to see you soon!

Cellar Restaurant Semi-Finalist in Upstate NY Fish Fry
The Cellar Restaurant and Pub Logo

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