With the recent onslaught of Hurricane Irene wreaking havoc with our region and the continuation of rains from Hurricane Leigh/Lee (call the fact checkers) – it would certainly seem the Adirondacks are struggling. Long Lake extends a huge branch of “hang in there” to our neighbors in Keene, Keene Valley, all along the Ausable, our friends in Warren County, south of us in Binghamton and Vermont struggling with their clean up and rising waters. Those communities got hit hard by Irene and Long Lake knows the surprise, shock and amount of work it is to rise up after a disaster – check for flooding Long Lake (spring 2011). Hang in there our neighbors, our hearts are with you.
But with news about flooding in our region, so comes rumors and questions. There’s a rampant rumor spreading that an imaginary lock has been put on the imaginary gate into the Adirondack Park. Just to clarify, there are not gates to the Adirondack Park, there are no toll booths and the blue line is a map demarcation and chances are you won’t actually see a blue line when crossing into the park (as far as I know)
Long Lake and Raquette Lake are here and open.
This weekend presents the 90 Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic sponsored by the Adirondack Watershed Alliance. Over 600 paddlers are registered. The race kicks of on Friday morning, September 9th in Old Forge.
Saturday the event takes off from Endion in Long Lake. Paddlers hit the course at 8:30am. Spectators are welcome to view the race from the Long Lake Town Bridge as they paddle north towards Tupper Lake. It’s a glorious sight to see these paddlers as they wend their way down the widening of the Raquette River. Organizer Brian McDonald anticipates with the volume of water in the lakes and rivers that it will be a record breaking race year.
Best small town moment of the week. Meeting two paddlers from Michigan stopping at the Long Lake Town Beach who saw event organizer Brian McDonnell picking up the big orange buoys (borrowed from the Adirondack Museum) from the Town of Long Lake – if anything this event is collaborative and partners from all across the North Country help out to welcome the paddlers to our region. The couple from Michigan stopped to say hi to Brian and report they had arrived from the west and they were looking forward to the race. We’re thrilled to be part of such a far–reaching event that invites folks from all over the country and the world to our beautiful region.
Also this weekend is the Adirondack Museum Rustic Furniture Fair. Enjoy the museum’s fantastic collection of artifacts and history, and the A.F. Tait exhibit. Step outside to experience a world class event not to be missed. Rustic Furniture makers from across the country descend on Blue Mt. Lake and the Adirondack Museum to showcase their work and sell it to guests. These artisans are exclusively selected and display their handcrafted rustic pieces on the museum campus.
If that’s not enough for you, check out Newcomb’s Teddy Roosevelt Weekend chock full of events galore celebrating the historic ride by Teddy Roosevelt from the heights of Mount Marcy to become President of the United States.
And don’t forget to make Long Lake your central location for dining and lodging. Long Lake is in a great central location to explore the Adirondacks and enjoy these events in area towns. Great restaurants, beautiful views, a lake, hey we even have an airport (okay, a seaplane base) but it’s an airport to us. Have your own seaplane? Fly in, or fly over to see the paddlers on the race to Saranac Lake!
See you in Long Lake this weekend! We’re open in the Heart of the Adirondacks and the weather looks great!