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Adirondack Open Water Swim Races in August
LAKE PLACID & LAKE GEORGE – Two open water swims in two beautiful Adirondack lakes this summer! The Betsy Owens & Terry Laughlin Memorial Cable Swims will be on Saturday, August 11 in Lake Placid. The Betsy Owens One-Mile Swim is two laps around the cable, while the Terry Laughlin Two-Mile Swim is four laps around the cable. Swimmers will be seeded from fastest to slowest in heats every 20-30 seconds. Both events will be contested in the same direction, which will be decided by a coin toss during course set-up on Friday. All swimmers must be registered with US Masters Swimming (or the equivalent FINA organization for foreign swimmers). Swimmers have the option to purchase a one-event registration during the entry process. Category II suits, including wetsuits are allowed but swimmers wearing other than Category I suits will not be eligible for individual or relay national records. Registration closes on August 6 with no race day entries accepted. For more info, go to greenleafracing.com.
The following week, the Lake George Open Water Swim with 2.5K, 5K and 10K distances will take place on Saturday, August 18 at the Hague Public Beach. There will be wetsuit and non-wetsuit divisions. Sanctioned by USMS and supported by the town of Hague, this is a beautiful venue for open water swimming. All participants will receive a race shirt and become eligible for overall or age-group awards. The races benefit organizations involved in the event: Hague Volunteer Fire Dept and Lake George Coast Guard Auxiliary. In addition, the Dragons Alive organization provides paddling support and fundraises for cancer research. The groups along with volunteer kayakers, provide support for the swimmers. For details, visit lakegeorgeswim.com.
Garnet Hill Outdoor Center’s New Offerings
NORTH CREEK – Garnet Hill Outdoor Center is offering a new program called Summer Weekend Tours. These fun and informative outings are a great way to learn some local history and discover new ways to take advantage of Garnet Hill Lodge. Tours are led by Garnet Hill’s own, Patrick Murray. It’s free for guests and non-guests. On Saturdays starting July 7, Patrick will lead the hiking tours to Hooper Mine, an intermediate level hike, at 10am throughout the summer season. Groups meet at the Outdoor Center to discover the history of abandoned Hooper mine, adjacent to the Garnet Hill property, and learn about the connections between the mine and Garnet Hill Lodge. Along the way, hikers can expect to see the ruins of miners’ shacks, garnet stone within the rocks and boulders, and plenty of Adirondack wildlife.
Also on Saturdays, a kayak tour will start at 1pm from the Outdoor Center for a two-hour intermediate paddle onto beautiful Thirteenth Lake. Kayakers can learn about the loons, beavers and other wildlife that call the lake home.
On Sundays at 10am, Garnet Hill offers a 2.5-hour hike on Hooper Loop, an intermediate trip. The hike is filled with information on the mine and its connection to the historic lodge. The walk starts from the ski shop up to the rim of Hooper Mine and continue to William Blake Pond. For more info and to register, contact the Outdoor Center at 518-251-2150 or visit garnet-hill.com.
ADK Free Summer Naturalist Series
LAKE PLACID – Adirondack Mountain Club offers free programming hosted by their Naturalist Interns each summer. Explore the natural world of the Adirondacks through hands-on activities by attending these Naturalist led interpretive programs, which will run through August. All programs are free and open to the public. These programs began on June 24 at the Heart Lake Program Center at Adirondak Loj.
Nature Museum – The Heart Lake Nature Museum makes a great introduction to the natural world of the High Peaks, for kids and adults. An ADK naturalist is always on hand to answer questions and foster your curiosity. Check out the interactive exhibits, check out the touch table or simply browse through field guides. Museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Mt. Jo Guided Hike – Take a hike up Mt. Jo with an ADK Naturalist and discover some of the secrets of the history, ecology, and geology of Mt. Jo. The hike is one-mile to the top (one way), with a 700-foot elevation gain. Mt. Jo hikes start at 9am outside the Adirondak Loj daily.
Mt. Jo Summit Host – Every day from 10am to 4pm, an ADK naturalist will be atop Mt Jo to answer questions and enhance your experience from one of the best hikes in the Adirondacks. Naturalist Guided Walks – Join an ADK Naturalist and learn about the natural history of the Adirondacks both on land and water. Interpretive walks and paddling programs run at 9am and 1pm through August.
Wednesday Evening Campfire – Unrequited love, a devastating forest fire and narrow escape: Heart Lake is steeped in the romance and tragedy of days gone by. Relive a tradition started by Henry Van Hoevenberg in 1878 by joining us around the campfire. Shows run from 8:30pm to 9:30pm every Wednesday at the Adirondak Loj amphitheater. Friday Night Hike – Dusk and nighttime are a wonderful time to explore the natural world. Don’t fear the dark; join an ADK Naturalist for a night adventure. Night walks held from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Friday. Meet outside the Adirondak Loj.
Sunday Kids Program – Every Sunday at 10am join an ADK naturalist for one hour of exploration and activities specifically for kids. Meet at the Nature Museum and be prepared for an hour of fun. Saturday Naturalist Talks – ADK offers a one-hour presentation every Saturday night at the Adirondak Loj amphitheater (High Peaks Info Center if raining). Topics range from natural and cultural history to adventure travel and live music. Lectures start at 8pm.
All free and open to the public. For more info, call 518-523-3441 or go to adk.org.