An on-line travelogue of the webmaster as he journeys through the Adirondacks, enjoying the woods, park, people and selling and improving his websites:
http://www.AdkI87.com/, http://www.NYRoute8.com/, http://www.NYRoute28.com/, http://www.NYRoute30.com/, TheAdirondackTrail.com, SouthernAdirondackTrail.com, CentralAdirondackTrail.com
Monday, April 15, 2013
Back on the Road, To Lake George
Stayed over in Lake George last week at the Nassau Motel, , my friend Ray lets me stay a few days here and there.
Finally got some business up there after all these years. I guess I was too rustic for the boater crowd there, but off season you get to meet some of the more regular types. So I am going back there tomorrow for some more business, sites and even some ethernet wiring where I can use up some of the hundreds of feet of CAT 5A cable and connectors I have laying around here.
I feel good now about this year. It looks like it won't be so murderously hot and dry like last year. Maybe the economy will tick up some more and things will perk up business wise
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Added More Facebook Pages
I added FB pages for both my NYRoute28.com and NYRoute30.com sites,
Why not? Back in 2002, blogs were hot potatoes, now the action is there.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Been a while since I last posted. Been on a lot of short trips up north and even north west and even to Old Forge/ Lot's of swimming and sunning in this summer heat, Thank god the drought broke. Though the water levels are still low, starting from the lame snowfall last winter
Here are some good in-the-water shots of Piseco Lake
Also climbed big tall Hackensack Moutain in Warrensburg yesterday and took a good telephoto shot of the Adirondack Northway Exit 23
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Haven't been very active in blogging lately. I have my Adirondack Northway Facebook page but personally I like blogs even though there is not much traffic compared to my FB page.
The season got off to an early start due to warm weather, but the last month haven't even been up there once. Went back to my old haunt in Benson due to a new customer's site I re-created AC Miller Southern Adirondack Real Estate, Homes, Properties, Lots
Sunday, April 22, 2012
They Also Finished the NB Northway Span Over the Schroon River
|New NB Schroon Span|
Just south of Exit 24 at Milepost 68
|Crown Point Lake Champlain Bridge.
The unseasonable warm and dry weather gave me an early start this year. Last month I hung out in the Schroon River area for a while, finally venturing over to Vermont so I can get some shots of the new Crown Point Lake Champlain Bridge.
The campsite there was in good shape but very soggy underneath. Pulling out of there I dug some ruts but went back to fill them in a bit
|Laying on my back on top of the hill|
Saturday, September 03, 2011
Still KickingI am still alive and kicking and so are my sites. Last week the so called hurricane brought a flurry of activity to my Adirondack Northway Facebook page. Ironically for a storm was supposed to devestate the coast, Eastern Adirondacks and especially Vermont got washed with floods.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Been Busy LatelyTraveling all around the Dak's
Earlier this month I was up in the wild forest along the Hudson north of Lake Luzerne. There are a bunch of primitive campsites along the dead end road, on the uphill side. We picked on fairly decent one, #9. There was a memorial plaque there for a young woman who died last year. Slowly the story came back to me. She was campinig there in a tent, when a wind storm blew a tree over on here tent, right there in our site, and killed her. Real sad. A peaceful weekend doing nothing dangerous but one of mother nature's more innocuous creations falls on her. The place was okay but the already flooded out and rutted road had to put up with the rafting bus making a trip every half hour up the road to drop more tubers off to float down.
Sunday, May 08, 2011
More ChangesI ditched my old hosting account, Canaca, which I used for the last 7 years. They had become unreliable and expensive. Now you can get accounts for 6 dollars a month with unlimited databases and domains for the same money I was paying for 10 add-on domainss and 5 databases on an unreliable server. I took the time to change over the main domain name to www.AdirondackNorthway.com from the original www.AdirondackNorthway.net. So now www.AdirondackNorthway.net is a redirect to www.AdirondackNorthway.com instead of the reverse. Also moved the NYRoute28 and NY Route 30 sites over too. I got a domain to go with that new hosting account, highpeaksbyway.com, which will soon become NY 73 and 86 to Lake Placid
Ballston SpaGot a new page on my Northway site for Ballston Spa. All these years and I kept telling myself I would add it since it is right down the road from Saratoga Springs. Nothing too major, but what the heck?
Labels: Ballston Spa, Saratoga Springs
Monday, March 21, 2011
Up in Lake George Last Weekend
Took the weekend off to cash in on some free nights at my friend's motel, the Nassau in Lake George, no not in the lake, but the Town of Lake George. Took a great drive through Horicon to NY 8 then over Graphite Mountain down to Hague. It was blissfully low key as in this weather even the lumbering is at a stand still due to the thaw and mud, with NO tourist save a few day tripper to some party in the village.
Labels: Hague, Horicon, Lake George
Monday, October 25, 2010
Driving through Ticonderoga, Couldn't pass up this shot when I stopped for gas
Sunday, October 24, 2010
haven't posted in a while. But I did do some travelling up north, all the way to Lake Ontario for that matter. Also, in addition to the new Ticonderoga page, I drove back home from there using NY 9N, on a rainy fall day. Except for the potential of a lot of congestion in the height of the season. NY 9N from Lake George to Ticonderoga then Lake Champlain is a great drive, and direct too.
Here is a shot from a deck of a closed eatery near Hague on NY 9n:
Here is a shot of the town park and dock in Hague Center.
Labels: Hague, Lake Champlain, Lake George, Lake Ontario, Ticonderoga
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Exit 42, Last Real Exit Before Canada, on US 11 in Champlain
Every Exit and Rest Area Has a Picture
From my recent foray into North Country from Plattsburgh to the Canadian border & Champlain, I now have a picture of every Exit and rest area from Albany to Canada. I know, sounds nerdy & obsessive, but after five & one half years it makes this site more complete.
See Exits on Northway
Point Au Roche Rest Area, last one before Canada
Labels: Canada, Canadian, Champlain, Plattsburgh, Point Au Roche
Friday, August 06, 2010
Up In North Country Now, Plattsburgh
And it is mercifully cool and green, totally reassuring when I hear it was in the 90s in Jersey & Philadelphia today. Too cool even for me, I got a little sick as my body couldn't handle it all at once. But I am covering the Northway today all the way to Canadian border, snapping pictures of each exit, Village of Champlain and sights alongside. Saws these big bovine friends casually grazing today:
They taste good too!
Labels: Champlain, Plattsburgh, Point Au Roche
Monday, August 02, 2010
New Construction & Bottleneck on Northway
As I stated on my site, the southbound span over the Schroon River, just south of Exit 24, MP 68.3, has been removed, to be replaced soon. This is between the Warrensburg and Bolton Landing exits. So all traffic necks down into one lane each way. So on high traffic days, like Friday afternoons and evenings northbound, Sunday afternoons and evenings southbound, prepare yourself for a possible 20 minute to a half hour wait to cross over the remaining span. This is just up the road from the infamous 2004 flash flood that washed out both road beds of I-87 as well as East and West Schroon River Roads below.
Shot from the Exit 24 Overpass Looking South
Labels: Bolton Landing, Schroon River, Warrensburg
Added a new page for Ticonderoga
I had been planning on doing this for years. So this weekend I made a couple of trips down to Ticonderoga from Schroon Lake so I can officially get my new Ticonderoga page up and running. It was even a shade greener down in the Lake Champlain Valley than in the rest.
Drove up to Crown Point too, to see the temporary free ferry and the start of the new bridge too.
But don't worry, Homeland Security is running this ferry service. We all know for ages Al Qaeda has had its heart set on disrupting the all important lower Lake Champlain link between the most important state in the nation and New York. But with our boys in blue on point, Osama beware!
Labels: Crown Point, Schroon Lake, Ticonderoga
Great Weekend, Great Weather
Spent the weekend up in the Schroon Lake area, the weather was great. Hot enough in the days but cool at night. No need for air conditioning, which I don't have anyways in my new used car anyways. Tons of people around, enjoying themselves boating, tubing, swimming in the lake and rivers. Even the bugs were on the decline, much fewer little pests alight to make life miserable for us warm blooded animals.
Labels: Schroon Lake
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Some Green Thoughts
Due to the intensely wet weather we are having, for the last 2 years, it is truly green out there. Which is good to a point, if you don't mind clouds of skeeters or mold everywhere.
Even though I do a lot of driving, I try to stay a little greener. At home, I will park maybe a half mile short and walk the rest of the way, or at least park, head out, at the end of the lot next to the exit I plan on using. A few hundred yards less on each trip saves a couple miles a week and gives you a lot of good exercise. Also, it saves your car from those piddling stop and go driving or annoying scrapes. When I am out in the country, I usually just park on the right of the shoulder, on the side I am going on, for each stop. Once again, not much in the way of distance but it cuts out more wasteful maneuvers. Also, I am a fiend for timing traffic lights or at least putting as little power as necessary to get to a red light.
Also, my preventive maintenance, especially that ignition coil pack I put in last year, really have paid off in gas mileage and performance, I have a new(er) car, a 97 Nissan Sentra with a good small motor that I want to put on the road. Hopefully that will get me good mileage too.
Labels: environment, gas mileage, green
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Haven't been up to too much. But I added another NYRoutes.com site, the Farmers Daughters Drive In of Saratoga in Saratoga, the town farm part on NY Route 29 towards Schuylerville. It is a cool little drive in ice cream sandwich place that has a rabid clientele of ice cream junkies.
Labels: drive, Farmers Daughter, ice cream, in, Saratoga
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Lot's of Wet Heavy Snow
We finally got some snow around here, better late than never.
Sunday, February 07, 2010
This was spotted at the end of a driveway leading to some horse paddock near Saratoga. Usually people aren't this friendly and kind around here:
Then again, last October I was camping out around Old Forge, at the end of this town road by some fish and game club. Mind you, I was on the public side of their gate (the club btw leases their land from the town, so hardly very private), camped in the back of this clearing. Yet some fat arsehole in his oversized pick up had to put on his best redneck act and force me out because his lame club leased all the land from the river north. Like I was really taking up any space that he or his mates were trying to use or this was his own land. Don't get me wrong, people aren't usually like this up here. Unfortunately, you can find types like him everywhere.
Labels: Old Forge, Saratoga
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Haven't been too active with my blogging. I heard that blogging seems to be on the wane now with the rise of mindless Twitter tweets and other superficial social stuff. Not that blogging is some sort of high literature, but TWEETS seem really dumbass and trite. I have spend a lot of time up north last fall, but little action on the web scene, even though I have a much better camera now. The weather, like today, seems perverse, 2 feet plus snow in Washington DC but nothing here. Or we get snow, then it rains. At least we have been spared ice storms.
Labels: adirondacks, blogs, storm, winter
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Though I haven't been posting, and spent a good chunk of time at home in this pathetic roadway of a town, I have done a lot of travelling this fall. I just got back from Tupper Lake, of course my wife's venerable old 97 Camry decided to pop either the crank or the camshaft seal today in the cold, so I left a wake of oil like a crippled ship all the way back home. But they are going to re-open Big Tupper Ski Resort the day after Christmas, if they get some more snow. I got some pictures, mainly mediocre, but I got a nice shot of Tupper Lake lake all frozen over at sunset.
Labels: Tupper Lake
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Though I have plenty of work here at home, really boring but fairly good pay, I have been doing a lot of travel in the last FOUR months that I neglected to post anything on this blog. Though I did update the living hell out of all three of my sites, including centering all the pages contents in the center as well as renaming pages and chasing down tons of broken links with my nifty simple free Xenu link checker program.
There were also plenty of trips up north too, for camping, hunting, business and general escape from reality of life around here. Labor Day weekend I did a road trip up to Sackets Harbor which is west of Watertown on Lake Ontario. My old time customers from Tavern at Schroon Lake have a bunch of restaurants like the Nottingham Chop House on Wolf Road, They had three up in Sackets Harbor which is a nice little lake side resort yacht type of village that was home to the US Navy back when British run Canada was an enemy. Or in the early 1800s in the days of wooden ships and iron men. So do we have wooden men now, or fiberglass carbon fiber ones crewing ships?
Well I had fun shooting pics in all three restaurants as well as coming up with some better designs that have a management section where one can change the whole menu or the store hours from a back end, see Goodfellos. The new Nikon camera got a baptism then, for some better shots than that lame old olympus I had for years. I also camped out in some farmers field for a night, asked him, as well as skulked around Watertown on the NY 3 strip. Being on NY 3, it was natural that I double back to Tupper for at least some time.
Labels: Sackets Harbor
Friday, July 31, 2009
A Pleasant Picture
I took this years ago with my cheap but good first digital camera. I think it was shot up in Saranac Lake, but who cares?
That little camera was great, it fit snug in my pocket until one day I went for a swim with it in the Schroon River.
Labels: Saranac Lake, Schroon River
Just spent three days camping out, more like working up by Schroon Lake at everyones' fave free site by the falls. I had a new set of brochures to pass out, and I did a lot of brochure dumping all through the area. It really helped to impress the old customers who may have been hestitating before another season to see some solid paper products too. Found two whole fishing poles snorkeling in the Schroon River by the falls, one of them for a local who droppped it earlier then asked me to find it. The other I found at dusk during an sfter dinner swim, that one was for me. Went all the way up to 33, past Lewis, to check things out then back again, passing out brochures everywhere.
Labels: brochures, Chestertown, Lewis, North Hudson, Schroon Lake
Friday, July 17, 2009
Been out of circulation
had a lot of work around here, besides the weather is really bad most of the time, constant raid. Honestly, while I don't have the enthusiasm I once had for the Adirondacks, I still care about the 'Daks and my site and customers, those I have left. Went for a small hike last month up near Bolton Landing on Lake George, Cat Mountain or something like that. It was fun to do some real hiking as opposed to aerobics or boring walks around here. Got a few great shots of Lake George too.
Labels: Bolton Landing, Lake George
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
More Site Work
I haven't done much travelling at all. But I did spend a lot of time reworking my main sites. I downloaded the Xenu link checker from some german site, Xenu is some alien race from L Ron Hubbard's, of Scientology science fiction I found out.
What a mess my sites were, there were broken links galore. So I spent a good day or two, like 24 hours, re-doing tons of pages, including my snazzy dropdown menus which were putting bad links on all my pages. Then I went to town on my utterly bereft of business western part of the NYRoute28.com pages, like Herkimer and Little Falls, where I had no pics. So I took a drive out that way to mainly take pictures but I did try to drum some business up. But it looked like Hooverville out that way in the Western Mohawk Valley. At least it was a good crisp picture taking day so I got some decent digital shots.
Labels: herkimer, little falls, Mohawk Valley
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Night Snow Drive
Latest News Ho Hum
A couple weeks ago went up to Tupper for a few days, but accomplished next to nothing as usual except for work on other stuff that I could have done anywhere. Now that I have the new computer running I don't feel bad taking the laptop and leaving Eileen without internet. The new desktop is great a quad core processor with 3.2 gigs of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive, more than enough. But it has Window Vista which takes a little getting used to.
The highlight of that trip was some nice fresh snow, fluffy and cold, perfect for cross country skiing, I just went down to the school on the village line and skiied along the trails between the school and the museum, nothing too radical but a good workout and easy to get too. Thank god I invested in those snow tires at the end of last year cause the drive there and back was in some snow but without any problems.
Went to Old Forge and beyond a couple Sundays ago. No good business but at least my friend Bob was there at the Strand Theater and was willing to give me passes for an ad. Compared to everyone else that was great. That is a great place and it's nice to see some owner operator who cares running a movie theater, not one of those mills in the malls.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Weekend in Lake George
Finally got out of town for a weekend up in Lake George. What a waste. The place was totally dead, no business anywhere. It doesn't help that the unemployment rate in the Glens Falls area is the highest in the region.
Then I wanted to get out in the morning and go cross country skiing. For a village/town that spends millions promoting tourism, they had NO ski trails what so ever. I went to Glens Falls, the old mill town, who has a beautiful set of groomed and lit trails, 5 miles of them in Cole Woods aka Crandall Park. Figure that one out! It's right off of US 9 in the north part of the city by the Y, there is even a trail beneathe the Northway. It's between Exits 18 and 19
Friday, December 12, 2008
More Green Thoughts
Going through Saranac Lake yesterday, I was really impressed that, in one of the coldest cities in the US, so many buildings didn't even have rudimentary storm windows, doors or vestibules. This is the sort of contemptible laziness and cheapness I despise. I mean, in like 2 years of heating, one would recoup the cost of the windows. But some crummy landlord will rent some old building with 100 year old doors and windows and tons of plate glass, and not give a thought about simple, common sense, middle class things like cutting your heating bill and cutting the amount of stuff that has to be burned to heat it, scum. Or newer buildings with flat roofs and no windows or natural ventilation, so they have to be mechanically heated and cooled year round. So when I see this as the norm, along with stores arranged so only the foolhardy would dare walk and walled off from the houses nearby so Joe SixPack drives his full size pick up everywhere, I can only have contempt at the people who whine about energy prices and demand we drill or somehow we are all going to be living in the dark ages when they squander energy hand over foot. I don't say we can't heat or cool buildings and live comfortably, but a well insulated building with good passive cooling and ventilation, is more comfortable and cheaper to run, ergo more green. So there is no real sacrifice if it is done right from the start. Sure some people are doing this now and if the government has to legislate it, it will be mediocrity.
Also, lets put in some sensible bike and walking paths. I heard some cranks on some so called news channel whining about bike path grants as if this was some hideous thing to spend money on like gold fixtures in the Whitehouse bathroom. So let's have nation of soft, fat slobs falling over from heart attacks and diabetes while consuming energy and junk food like gluttons. Don't walk or ride a bike anywhere, make sure your kid doesn't have to make that horrible quarter mile trek to school, drive or put him on the bus. When you hunt or fish, make sure you bring your ATV, god forbid if you break a sweat. We are victims of our own success, the success of the transport vehicle and junk food industry, coupled with the crummiest sort of planning and sidewalks. So let's fight another war for more oil instead, that is so patriotic!
Monday, December 08, 2008
Being green is cool, but some people grouse about enviro-nazis and scoff at even the most common sense measures to conserve and protect, then turn around and call themselves conservationists cause they want a nice view from all 4 of their homes. Of course they claim they are logical but are as small minded and selfish as the radical enviros they criticize. So if it is pretty and green around their upscale homes they could care less about the other side of the tracks.
I am a practical person. So if I can walk or ride my bike somewhere i will. Even though the price of gas has dropped thank god, I still conserve.Usually I park closest to the exit and walk the extra 50 yards anyways. Not only does this save a miniscule amount of gas but it saves a lot of pointless wear and tear. Also it helps avoids a parking lot collision. Then if I want to go to a neighboring store I will walk. If this makes me look weird, so be it; only an utterly petty person would make a stink about that. Also, the exercise really helps and if people walked an extra mile or two a week instead of driving everywhere, we wouldn't have so many land whales croaking of heart attacks at 49 or taking insulin.
For example, I was at local big box place and one set of doors was locked at night. So these two young guys realize the doors are locked too but I told them the other set was open all the time. As I was walking over to the open doors, I saw these two obviously healthy guy drive their truck all of 40 yards to be near those doors. How lame! Same when I am on the road making sales, I go on foot as much as possible, at least you can spot and see things you would miss driving, which makes me more aware. Don't get me wrong, I love driving, but not stop and go nonsense in cities or parking lots. Get me on the open road and I'll go on all day.
Same with consuming packaged trash I don't need, Fill the water bottle, don't buy a plastic one from the cooler. Think of all the electricity, fuel, plastic and cost that bottled thing just consumed then save a $1.09.
Okay, enough of a lecture, have fun.
Just Bought AdirondackNorthway.com!
I know this sounds like trivia, but when I first started AdirondackNorthway.net in '05 they wanted $5000 for AdirondackNorthway.com, wow!! Then it was $1000, no way! I jsut tried it tonight for the heck and the domain vultures gave up and let it expire. So I snapped it up for $10/year like it should be. I will make that the main one soon and use the .net as a redirect.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Rainy Wet Warm Fall Weekend
What lame weather. Went up to Glens Falls today with my wife so she could do her job as a photographer at the NY State HS Girls Volleyball Playoffs at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
NEW for 10/31/2008, There are Paper Brochures for this Site with my customers' listings available in over 60 venues from Albany to Lake George & North Creek, including both NB rest stops at Exits 9 & 18. This makes my Adirondack Northway site even a better place to advertise
I am working feverishly in Word 2K to put together that three fold brochure, readying it for the printer. I already paid the two folks in Lake George to distribute it. Likewise, I have been fixing up my Adirondack Northway site. It sat like an some fun old car in the woods for a year or two. So when I looked at some of those pages I haven't touched in years I was horrified at the backwardness. I created a little page, table and function to manage what pages what customer ads go on, so I don't have to hunt down and delete them myself, it's all done from a special page. But I have been working like a dog to upgrade all those lame old pages. When I first started it, I copied over the old crap from NYRoute30 as a start. I can still see the old 4 column tables I used for ads until I went to two columns and used includes that had rows for ads. Which makes that about three years out of date, like the Champlain page. But I have been adding new customers, pictures and redoing the ads with the new ad table function. Lot's of work but worth it!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Colder than average winter, lot's of snow, get ready for that too, folks!
Labels: predictions, winter
Fall, My Fave Time of Year: Leaves, Hunting, Harvest
Okay it has been a bad year business and economy wise, plus I have vegged most of it in the capital district. But I am psyched now for some fall action and maybe some more business. At least the price of gas has dropped a bit. Now it's time for a new tent and a sportsmen license. There is supposed to be a bumper crop of turkeys this year, wanna get me one or two. Going to take my usual busman's holiday this weekend. My utterly brainless boring temp job could get along fine without me and since business and hours are slack there, good riddance. This is Colon's Weekend and I want celebrate a really intrepid explorer. Don't hand me any of this politically correct BS about Columbus, I just don't care. The Indians did't build the Northway, the Erie Canal or even the Waterline Railroad route. I earned a little vacation from the depressing reality around here. Here is a nice picture to calm all of you down:
Whiteface Mountain from Lake Placid Village
Labels: 2008, Columbus, fall, turkeys
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I was up north last week. Trying to save what little business I have and the news was not so hot. But at least one website that went down when the place went out of business got resurrected as the place re-opened as a bistro, the Tavern at Schroon Lake. I spent the night in Schroon, but my fave campsite was taken so I pitched my tent in the skimpy clearing down the road from there. Broke camp just before some torrential downpours drenched the place. Better wet soggy weather than the oven in California with all the redwoods going up in smoke. My brother went out there and they got turned away from Big Sur cause of the fire.
I still care about the 'Daks and my business. I redid the header menus on my sites for a little better look. But the price of gas has cut into what little profit margin I have. As well as hurting my customers. I tried to give away free listing and links to these potential customers, just for stopping by. I put up their listings and links then emailed them, hoping I could get at least a link back to me out of it. But they didn't even bother to answer my email, maybe too much cash to count. It doesn't take much effort to reply to a personal email. So I yanked the links but left the rest of their listings on the page. If someone says he'd give me a link back to my site and doesn't even take the minute to do it, I can't respect him at all. Maybe my sites aren't hot stuff but at least I keep my end of the bargain and answer every customer call or email I get and try to ameliorate it.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I was up north for a couple days. The weather was so warm, as well as the water levels. Looking for some peace and quiet and I found it. But the good weather is bringing out the noisiest pests imaginable, Harley riders. Sorry, but your mass produced macho toughness does not impress me. Biker chic is on the same level as hip hop fashion. You can hear those inconsiderate lowlifes 30 miles away winding out their deliberately noisy machines. Heavy trucks, that we all depend on, make 1/10 the noise you do, as well as drive a lot more sensibly. Even the obnoxious thumper cars(one with huge bass speakers and stereos), which thankfully are on the decline, sound doesn;t carry as far as some load on his "bike". But I guess all that freedom you get by making yourself go deaf as well as annoying others, outweighs all the negative benefits.