The Twelve Reads of Christmas

Illustration by Mark Wilson

One of the perks of working at Adirondack Life is that we take the period between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day off. Small staff that we are, that means we’ll also be taking a break from posting new blogs on and updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Until then, the following is a selection of articles from the magazine this year that weren’t previously posted online. Happy reading and happy holidays!


A newcomer finds his niche in the Barkeater essay “The Accidental Touron” by Charles Watts.

Niki Kourofsky discovers that the sport of curling is cooler—and way harder—than she’d imagined in “Stone Cold.”


Mike Prescott describes the dam plan that would have swallowed up multiple Adirondack communities and altered the park as we know it in “Great Schroon Lake.”


“Lay It on the Line,” by Annie Stoltie, explores how—and whether—the Blue Line defines this place.

Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors:

You’re never too old to climb, opines veteran Don Mellor, in “Into Thin Hair.”

In “Highlander,” a Q & A with Peter Fish, the retired forest ranger talks scotch, sheep, and “the big M.”


Naturalist Ed Kanze asks “What’s the Rush?” and details the delights of taking it slow on Adirondack trails.

In “Moose Hunt,” photographer Jeff Nadler describes his encounters with the elusive giants.


Adam Federman searches for Adirondack ginseng in “Digging the Root.”

Bike with Bill McKibben over the new Lake Champlain Bridge in “See Span.”

At Home in the Adirondacks:

Annie Stoltie finds that the sun is always shining at “The N,” a timeless cottage colony in Pottersville.


Discover our “Notable Neighbors”—three of the park’s most interesting residents—with Paul Smith’s College natural sciences professor Curt Stager.

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