Only this group of teens could take a dreary, cold 4th of July and make it into a glorious day. We started off with chocolate chip pancakes and there was entertainment in the form of an inchworm.


The group split up according to interests when they arrived in Lake Placid: some went to the horse show and others to mini-golf. After that, they met up in town to watch the parade, check out the stores along Main Street, and have a nice dinner out before the fireworks. They were joined by the Habitat crew on a tarp in the park and they slid down the wet hill with the annual Lake Placid fireworks booming over the water.

The next morning, we packed up and headed for Tupper Lake to start the canoe trip. After a paddling lesson, they put their bows into the wind as they headed 4 miles down the shore towards Slim Cove for their first night out.

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DEC Ranger Julie Harjung was kind enough to give me a ride in her boat so that we could check the site. Then we stopped by the paddlers to give them their camping permit and send them on their way. The weather held out all night and I am sure the s’mores were fantastic. Today they will continue paddling around Tupper Lake and spend another night at a primitive site before meeting me back at the boat launch on Saturday morning. Check back soon for more stories and photos!

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Zach eigenbrodt

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach couldn't keep himself out of the woods when growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of Wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.

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19 thoughts on “Ramble on

  1. Sounds like you guys are having a great time! Your 4th of July celebration certainly sounds more exciting than ours! Hope the weather clears up and gets warmer for you…its suppossed to be really hot this weekend…so maybe you’ll finally get some sun! You guys look great canoeing on the lake!
    Enjoy and keep eating those s’mores for strength!
    Dani…we miss you and love you…(and you, Emma!)

  2. Sounds like a great time for the ADR Ramblers.
    Tommy, I would like to know what you are trying to reach in that tree. It appears that Connor thinks its pretty amusing.

    I check the weather in your neck of the woods and despite the cool evenings I see from the pictures that most of you are in short sleeves during the day. Aside from the rain it seems like perfect camping weather.

    It wouldn’t seem that you are missing your air-conditioned houses!!

    Did anyone tip their canoe??? Looks like the water was a bit choppy. Can’t wait for more stories and pics.

    Love, Mom

  3. Sounds like you guys are having an awesome time! Zach, I hope you are not up to you normal tricks by splashing others while rowing?!?!?!? Did anyone get even with the stick-in-the-nose?

    Have a great time and look forward to more write-ups on the website.

    Mom, Dad, Rocky and Moose

  4. Hey chocolate chip pancakes, ‘smores….sign me up! I hope the caneing is cool ( any “mishaps”…? 🙂 ) and that you are having fun around the camp fire. The weather looks pretty good there, and looks like it will get better and better. Shnitzel and I miss you like nuts!!!!! NYC is the usual blah blah. LOVE, mom.

  5. Hi everyone…sounds like you are having a lot of fun and working hard too.

    Rich has been beastly lately.

    Have a great weekend.

  6. Hey, Gianna, I see you’re practicing for Canoe Island. Can’t wait to see you. I hope you’re having the time of your life!

    Love, Uncle

  7. Hi Connor and all you ADK ramblers. It doesn’t look to us as if any of you are sad & longing to get home.
    It was interesting to see that the young ladies chose to paddle their own canoes rather than entrust their safe arrival to the boys.-Good judgment call!
    Stay warm and dry and enjoy your next adventure. See you soon,
    Love Mam & Grandpa

  8. Something to be said after all for modern technology!…… How else could I see instant pictures of my favorite granddaughter and her fellow ramblers and hear all about their adventures within a day or two. Thanks to your counsellors for this very nice service! Good to see you “paddling your own canoe”, Audrey, and I hope the second week goes even better.
    Love from Grandma and a yelp from Nellie….


  10. A little late, but greetings to you all, this time from London.
    As always, best of luck in the coming days and hope the weather cooperates.
    Nick. Audrey’s dad

  11. Hey buddy! You guys look like real explorers in those canoes. It looks like a real adventure going on. We dropped Cayli off at gymnastic camp, now its really quite at the house. Stay safe and have fun! See you soon – Dad

  12. Hi Emma
    You look greaat on the canoe. I hope you are having a wonderful time. It is very quiet here without you even with Ben and Josh home. We had a great B-Day with grandma I sent her flowers from you. I will be there to pick you up on friday. I miss you lot. Love mom

  13. Hi Dani,

    We miss you so much–but are happy knowing that you are hvaing a great time! we can’t wait to see you on Friday.

    We all send love and xxxx and Gideon sends lots of licks!

  14. Hi Craig: I don’t know if you’ll see/hear about this email, but it sounds like you are all having a Geat time. I can’t wait to hear all the stories in person. We miss you, 2 weeks is a long time for us, however, I’m sure it’s flying by for you. I love you, Mom

  15. I’m so impressed with all that river and lake stuff you’ve been doing, and the scenery looks quite wonderful.

    I’m in San Francisco now…. did you watch for my JetBlue flight over your part of the northeast last night?! All of us here (including your new 6-week-old cousin of course) send lots of love. See you in Rockport soon!


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