The ‘dacks, the ‘dacks are calling

Giant_Mountain_(NY)Did you know that Adirondack Park,  just a couple hours drive north for most of us here in CNY, is bigger in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon national parks combined?

Crazy, but true. There are about six million acres in the park, half of them owned by myself and the fine people of New York state.

When I worked in the newspaper biz and pulled the 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. shift, myself and Friend G would occasionally drive very early in the morning from Albany to the Adirondacks and do a moderate day hike, and then drive back in time to start work at 5 p.m.

Fueled by a few trips to Dunkin’ Donuts , we usually made it to 1 a.m. in decent shape, all things considering, working diligently to find typos on proofs, chasing down answers to nagging questions, and moaning about the poorly written story that jammed us up at deadline.

What got me thinking about all this were a few e-mail suggestions that came in about eating places in the ‘dacks.

We already discussed Walt’s Diner, in Old Forge,  in a previous post.

Lloyd from Liverpool wrote to me,  suggesting that I break away from Walt’s and visit Five Corners Cafe,  a few doors down Route 28 toward the Old Forge Motel. He likes it better than Walt’s. I’ve never tried it, but being a Walt’s fan, it better be good.

Lloyd, who had agreed with my laments about dining in Indiana, where I lived for five years and where he frequented on business trips, also highly recommended Red Dog Tavern in Inlet, on Fourth Lake.  A remote haven on the “back side” of Fourth Lake, he says it’s worth a trip.

Friend J just returned from a trip up north, and he strongly recommended the Tamarack Cafe and Movie House in Inlet.  He said it was a  bit pricey,  he’s a newspaper guy so you need to take that with a grain of salt, but very good.

I need to get back to the Adirondacks and on some hiking trails. I’ve hiked Giant, Panther, Snowy, Owl’s Head, Blue Mountain, and a few more.   I’m all about the vistas, the ultimate view from the top, because I need a payoff after all that exertion.

Once our invisible summer goes into full retreat, the fall might be the time to lace up the boots and revisit one of the best natural places in the country. And, of course, find a good local restaurant to enjoy afterward.


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