3 canoes on lake cole

It’s business time.

The Habitat Adirondacks crew made their journey safe and sound on Monday and arrived in Rollins Pond campground, their home for the next 10 days. After setting up camp, they cooked up some chili for dinner and stayed up for s’mores and some bonding by the fire.

Tuesday was their first work day with Adirondack Habitat for Humanity. Susan Waters, our gracious Habitat hostess, greeted the group at the work site on Ampersand Avenue. After looking over the projects, the group split up and started getting dirty. George, Corrine, Caroline, and Lauren were on the fencing crew. They managed to dig post holes and install an entire length of fence by 4:00! Other work included some drainage improvements and brush clearing on the new lot. Lucy was determined to clear her space until all she saw was ground. The work also provided the group an opportunity to get to know each other a little more as well and everyone is getting a little more vocal as time passes.

The jobs on Wednesday included more work on the drainage which may get the group in the local newspaper. Supposedly, they decided to just carry the drainage pipes from the hardware store which is only 2 blocks away. Someone spotted them carrying the pipes down the street and took some photos in addition to asking a few questions. Then it was off to a couple of different spots where they planted flowers and cleaned up a local veteran’s memorial as Saranac Lake prepares for the 4th of July.

After the work day was over, the group headed back to Rollins Pond for a cook out with the Adirondack Rambler who was in the area beginning their canoe expedition. In addition to some leftover chili, the group had burgers, hot dogs, watermelon, and some grilled chicken. Then it was time for some Nukem. Supposedly, Maya is a professional as she cleaned everyone out.

Everyone was in bed early as they prepared for their day of whitewater rafting on the Hudson River. We’ll be doing another post by Sunday and will get some photos to go along with it. Thanks for checking in!

Kevin Terrell

Adventure & Trips Director

(845) 985-2291 ext. 265



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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