Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Adirondack Trails with Tales

Black Dome Press released “Adirondack Trails with Tales: History Hikes through the Adirondack Park and the Lake George, Lake Champlain & Mohawk Valley Regions,” by Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney, in May 2009. I had the honor of fact checking their chapter on the hike to the Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smiths, where I worked from 2001 to 2009 as the public relations specialist.

The book cover features an image of Winslow Homer’s oil painting, “Two Guides,” with Keene Valley guide Orson “Old Mountain” Phelps hiking in the Adirondack high peaks with fellow guide Charles Holt in the early 1870s. In their book, Russell and Barbara are your trusty Adirondack guides, taking us to places throughout New York’s North Country with history in mind. They are masterful storytellers, and even those not inclined to follow in their footsteps can appreciate this detailed volume of New York history, one chapter at a time.

I encourage you to take some of the authors’ “History Hikes” and re-live history. Heck, make your own memories, but don’t forget to bring along this wonderful book as your hiking companion. With directions, maps and photographs, it is an extremely user-friendly guidebook – not too bulky for the backpack and a perfect size for the car.

The hikes include: Valcour Island, Coon Mountain, Crown Point: Fort St. Frederic & His Majesty s Fort of Crown Point, Fort Ticonderoga, Ironville & Penfield Homestead, Rock Pond, Rogers Rock, Shelving Rock Mountain & Shelving Rock Falls, Prospect Mountain, Fort George and Bloody Pond, Cooper s Cave & Betar Byway, John Brown s Farm, Mt. Jo & Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Adirondac & Indian Pass, East Branch of the Ausable River & Adirondack Mountain Reserve, Santanoni, The Sagamore, Paul Smiths, Hooper Garnet Mine, Chimney Mountain, Kunjamuk Cave, Griffin, Griffin Falls, & Auger Falls, Moss Island, Tufa Caves & Waterfalls of Van Hornesville, Canajoharie Gorge, and Wolf Hollow.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney, both New York State-licensed guides, are the authors of Trails with Tales: History Hikes through the Capital Region, Saratoga, Berkshires, Catskills & Hudson Valley (Black Dome Press, 2006). Dunn is also the author of an ongoing series of guidebooks to the waterfalls of eastern New York State and western New England, including Adirondack Waterfall Guide: New York's Cool Cascades (Black Dome Press, 2003), Catskill Region Waterfall Guide: Cool Cascades of the Catskills & Shawangunks (Black Dome Press, 2004), Hudson Valley Waterfall Guide: From Saratoga and the Capital Region to the Highlands and Palisades (Black Dome Press, 2005), Mohawk Region Waterfall Guide: From the Capital District to Cooperstown & Syracuse (Black Dome Press, 2007), and Berkshire Region Waterfall Guide: Cool Cascades of the Berkshire & Taconic Mountains (Black Dome Press, 2008). He is also the author of Adventures around the Great Sacandaga Lake (Nicholas K. Burns Publishing, 2002), and a soon-to-be-published guidebook on kayaking the waterways of the Capital District Region.

BOOK STATS

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Black Dome Press
ISBN-10: 1883789648
ISBN-13: 978-1883789640
LAYOUT: 9 x 5.9 inches
LIST PRICE: $17.95

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