ja2016_short_carriesWhy They Stay

Soaked, shell-shocked and still here

by Annie Stoltie

Jodie Frederick’s birthday cake had been baked and decorated, ready on a platter in her new refrigerator. Frederick’s family had planned a party that also celebrated the success of her recent hip replacement. But there wouldn’t be any kind of celebration. That day—August 28, 2011—Tropical Storm Irene dumped seven inches of rain on the northern Adirondacks, saturating the High Peaks and pummeling the river valley settlements below. read more


3b46036vEinstein at Play

How a genius spent his Adirondack summers

by Christine Jerome

You may know Albert Einstein as the Nobel-winning physicist whose theories of relativity revolutionized our understanding of space and time. You may also know him as the wild-haired icon whose diffident manner and moth-eaten clothes belied his formidable intellect. He held up his baggy pants with rope, preferred undershirts to more formal attire, and seldom wore socks. “When I was young,” he explained, “I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in a sock. So I stopped wearing socks.” read more


Archived Articles

December 1994   A History in Fragments Following the forgotten trail of Native Adirondack cultures
June 2016   The Best of the Adirondacks 2016 Adirondack Life readers' choice awards
2016 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors   Boreas Ponds Off-limits for more than a century, this gateway to the High Peaks is poised to become public land
2016 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors   Moose River Ramble
August 2016   Einstein at Play How a genius spent his Adirondack summers
August 2016   Why They Stay Soaked, shell-shocked and still here
2003 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors   Miniature Golf in the Kingdom Tilting at windmills ... and other distractions
2016 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors   Rattled Adirondack snake encounters
2016 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors   Cycle Adirondacks A week-long bike tour showcases our region's back roads, breathtaking vistas and small-town hospitality
June 2002   A Reservoir Revealed When Stillwater didn't run deep
June 2016   Steven Kellogg The remarkable life of a cherished children's book author and illustrator
June 2016   UpRiver Cafe A charming and delicious destination on the Hudson
June 2009   Sanford and West Two radical novelists found early inspiration near Warrensburg
December 2001   The Buzz Around the Hive Tracking the rise of a state-of-the-art studio
February 2016   Storied Boards
February 1994   The Thin Blue Line Tracing the history of a problematic perimeter
April 2016   High Expectations Is social media ruining the Adirondack wilderness experience?
February 2016   Seize the Season A half-dozen ways to make the most of winter
Winter 1971   She’s the one and only … Licensed Lady Bobsled Driver
Collectors Issue 2009   Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Old-time North Country home remedies
February 2016   Valentino and Me Our Adirondack love affairs
February 2016   Caffeine Buzz New coffee hubs in Saranac Lake and Keene Valley
Fall 1970   When They Hunted Deer … with Dogs An account of an 1880s expedition in the Adirondacks
December 2015   Lofty Labels What's in a name?
December 2015   Twenty Million and a Hyphen A gift stirs controversy at Paul Smith's College
Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors 2014   The Great Derangement Nine peaks, 25 miles, one day
December 2014   The Ghost Buck The Salerno family is famous for high-country hunting prowess. But one massive whitetail has become a magnificent obsession
  Ausable Chasm For 144 years sightseers have flocked to this stunning natural wonder. More than carved sandstone, a rushing river and a boat ride, the gorge helped put the Adirondacks on the map. It was THE destination—and it still is
June 2014   An Adirondack Tragedy Our mental-health crisis
February 2014   This Old House Landmarks and legacy