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Rainy Day Fun at Camp

You’ve got one week of Adirondack vacation … and it rains. Sound like a nightmare?

Well, if you are stuck in a tent, it could be tough to turn a flood into fun. Even in a cottage, cabin or camp, you might be tempted to throw the kids into the car and head for the nearest mall.

Don’t. Rain can be a fun opportunity. Looking on the bright side of cloudy weather is a necessity this summer, when it seems to have rained every other day.

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Jack and Brigid Downs in the kayak

Thoughts on kayaking with kids

There are lots of reasons to introduce kids to kayaking:

  • No other kind of boating connects us so closely to the water.
  • Kayaking can be a lifelong activity
  • It’s good exercise.
  • You can do it alone or in a group.
  • Kayaking can be linked to camping or fishing or birdwatching … and so many other outdoors activities.

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Owl’s Head Family Hike

Took advantage of a break in this summer’s rain and a cool morning for a hike up Owl’s Head in Keene with Patricia and Brigid. Signs confused some people, who parked on highway. But some others showed poor judgment, parking in ways that nearly cut off the private road, adding evidence for the landowner’s plan to close the trail.

Brigid fishing at camp on Chateaugay Lake

Return to an Adirondack Camp

If you have a cottage or camp or second home in the mountains, on a lake or at the seashore, you’ll recognize this idea: Going to camp isn’t about exploring, its about returning.

When I write “camp” I don’t mean camping in a tent or summer at sleepaway camp. Those are great experiences. But camping is about exploring and summer camp is about a time of life.

Returning to an Adirondack Camp is like returning to a home that is more than a home.

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Welcome to Adirondack Dad

I love the Adirondacks.

No, we don’t have the grandeur of the Tetons or the rhythm of the seashore. But we do have startling beauty, wonderful access and a nature ethic that builds on a history recreation and family fun.

Jack Downs

Jack Downs

And I love being a dad. I’m an older dad now, with two girls in college and one entering middle school. This blog is an attempt to look back at my years with kids outdoors and look forward in ways that I hope some of you will find helpful.

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