The Vagabonds

Ford, Firestone, Edison and Burroughs and the birth of Adirondack car-camping

by Elizabeth Folwell

1916: War raged in Europe as America clung to the sidelines. Tenor Enrico Caruso recorded “O Sole Mio,” a swooping ballad punctuated by clacking castanets. Charlie Chaplin starred in One A.M., a hilarious silent film that had the young actor crawling in a window, stepping in a fishbowl, climbing the stairs like a drunken mountaineer and finally collapsing in the shower. There were millions of cars on American roads, millions more streaming off the assembly lines of Detroit. read more  

Fessy's Footage

Saving an Adirondack outdoorswoman's home movies

by Daniel Eagan

By the shortest route it’s almost seven miles to the summit of Dix Mountain, one of the 46 High Peaks over 4,000 feet. It’s not a journey that you take lightly. Eight years ago, on Au­gust 13, 2006, Jeff Truelove climbed all that distance for someone else. read more


Archived Articles

February 2014   Guts and Glitter The dazzling dreams. The grueling training. The star-studded past. Behind the scenes of Lake Placid’s fIgure skating culture
2011 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors   Cranberry 50 Looping the park's third-largest lake
2013 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors   Range Rovers Taking on the Sewards
June 2008   Many Happy Returns Why one couple hikes the same 132-mile trail every spring
April 1982   The Search for Steven Thomas He vanished on Marcy's summit six years ago, but his family and friends still hope to solve the mystery
October 2013   Basic Training Milking goats, drinking wine and embracing community at the Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival
August 2014   Campfire Stories Love and loss on Lake George
August 2014   Fessy’s Footage Saving an Adirondack outdoorswoman's home movies
August 2014   The Vagabonds Ford, Firestone, Edison and Burroughs and the birth of Adirondack car-camping
Collectors Issue 2007   Holy Fixer-Upper Trying to pin down the appraised—and spiritual—value of a former monastery
2013 At Home in the Adirondacks   Slice of History Recreating old-time bread
2014 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors   On the Rocks A guide to Adirondack bouldering
2014 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors   Picnics in the Park Where to go, what to buy
October 1990   Erratic Pleasures Micro-climbing the Adirondacks
At Home in the Adirondacks 2012   Stagecoach Inn The remarkable comeback of a historic Lake Placid lodge
June 2014   Best of the Adirondacks 2014 Adirondack Life readers’ choice awards
April 2013   Keg Party From cult classics to new arrivals, Adirondack breweries are tapping into the national obsession with craft beer
February 2014   A Breed Apart The central Adirondack pedigree of the Patch beagle
At Home in the Adirondacks 2013   Adirondack Still Life A closer look at the curious art of taxidermy
February 2009   11 Winter Skills Every Adirondacker Needs to Know
  WATCH: Wave-like Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds Forming Over High Peaks
March/April 2014   The Other Syrup Why birch is the hot new flavor
February 2014   Avalanche! The Adirondacks has had its share of dangerous snow slides—just last year a Quebec woman was buried up to her neck on Mount Colden. What you should know before hitting the backcountry slopes
February 2004   Vapor Caper A cold night and a hot pot make for sublime song
December 2012   On the Web Adirondack snowshoeing tips, trips and traditions
2013 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors   Coming Attractions New York State has purchased 18,300 acres surrounding the Essex Chain of Lakes. On October 1 the tract will open to the public. Writer Christian Woodard previews this wild playground.
December 2013   Poutine The North Country flaunts its French-Canadian roots with this Quebecois comfort food
  A Turkey Tale These wild birds are fanning out across the park
February 2014   Aiming for Gold Will two local biathletes medal in Sochi?
December 2013   The Luxe Life A former Rockefeller Great Camp is now the Adirondacks’ most exclusive resort. Inside The Point on Upper Saranac Lake