Sunday, October 27, 2019

Andy Flynn's Christmas Book Sale starts today

Adirondack author Andy Flynn is offering a 2019 Christmas Book Sale on most of the nine books he’s written. All copies are signed by the author and include a free Adirondack bookmark.

This sale is ONLY being offered directly from publisher/author Andy Flynn, NOT from any bookstore or other retail outlet.


Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories: $19.95 (save $5.00)
Shipping $6.00/book

New York States’s Mt. Heritage: Adirondack Attic: 5-book set (volumes 2-6): $75.00 (save $15.00)
Shipping $10.00/set

New York States’s Mt. Heritage: Adirondack Attic (individual copies): $16.00 (save $2.00)
Shipping $5.00/book
(Volume 1 is out of print.)

Lake Placid Diet: $14.95 (save $3.00)
Shipping $5.00/book


New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide: $8.95
Shipping $4.00/book


Delivery is FREE in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondacks (Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Ray Brook, Paul Smiths, Gabriels, Bloomingdale, Vermontville, Lake Clear, Wilmington). NYS sales tax (8%) is applied to books and shipping.


To order books from the 2019 Christmas 2019 Book Sale, contact Andy Flynn, 518-891-5559, email:, 40 McClelland St., Saranac Lake, NY 12983.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Here's what's in the 2019 'Adirondack Park User's Guide'

“New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide”
2019 edition
By Andy Flynn & Friends

“New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide” was designed with one goal in mind: to provide visitors with information to help them safely and responsibly use the Forest Preserve owned by the state of New York.

We’ve also done our best to answer the question, “What is the Adirondack Park?”

As this is a “peopled wilderness” or a “peopled park,” we’ve provided information about our communities and given a brief guide for visitors to enjoy their stay, such as contacts for visitor bureaus, transportation and communications, and lists of some major attractions, special events and recreational opportunities in the Adirondack Park.

Pages: 120
Price: $8.95
Publisher: Hungry Bear Publishing (Andy Flynn)
Date published: August 2019


Welcome to the Adirondack Park
Keys to enjoying the Adirondacks

Chapter 1 - About the Park

Adirondack Park history
Adirondack Attic: Camp Santanoni Gate Lodge
Our Olympic heritage
Adirondack Attic: 1930s bobsled mask
New York State DEC
Adirondack Park Agency
Land Use and Development Plan
NYS Forest Preserve
Adirondack Forest Preserve map
Adirondack Forest Preserve units
Parkwide organizations
Adirondack Attic: 1856 Clinton County map
Adirondack counties map
County government
Towns, villages and hamlets
Adirondack Attic: Tim Fortune photomosaic

Chapter 2 - Adirondack Outdoors

Outdoor recreation
Birding and nature hiking
Principles for Forest Preserve use
Leave No Trace
Backcountry preparedness
Essentials for hiking & camping
Adirondack Attic: “Assaulted by Mosquitoes” photo
Adirondack 46 High Peaks
Hikes outside the High Peaks
ADK Fire Tower Challenge
Adirondack Attic: Fire tower string map
Saranac Lake 6er challenge
Other hiking challenges in the Adirondack Park
Tupper Lake Triad challenge
Lake Placid 9’er challenge
Fishing in the Adirondacks
Adirondack Attic: Tuttle Devil Bug fishing lures
Hunter safety
The Adirondacks on horseback

Chapter 3 - Nature & You

Invasive species prevention
Use local firewood at campsites
Adirondack Attic: Barienger Brakes used in logging
Technology in the backcountry
Dogs and the Forest Preserve
Leave young wildlife alone
Report moose sightings
Staying safe in moose country
Adirondack Attic: Feeding the bears photo
Black bears in the Adirondacks

Chapter 4 - Visitor Guide

Visitor information
Adirondack Attic: Blue Mt. House chamber pot
Special event highlights
Major attractions
Camping in the Adirondacks
Mud-season hiking: Avoid high-elevation trails
Frontier Town Campground
Adirondack Attic: Frontier Town memorabilia
Emergency contacts

BUY A BOOK: Copies may be purchased online at

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

2019 'Adirondack Park User's Guide' now available

The updated version of "New York State's Adirondack Park: A User's Guide," by Andy Flynn & Friends, is now available. Books arrived in Saranac Lake on Aug. 13, and publisher/author Andy Flynn has been busy distributing copies around the Adirondack Park.

The updated version has more pages and content than the 2013 original edition. It is again supported by members of the Adirondack Forest Preserve Education Partnership, including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, Jack Drury, Adirondack Regional Tourism Council and Adirondack Mountain Club.

Pictured here is Rachel Karp at the Adirondack Mountain Club's Adirondak Loj with a copy of the 2019 book.

The goal of the "Adirondack Park User's Guide" remains the same: to teach outdoor recreationists -- hikers, campers, etc. -- how to safely and responsibly use the state-owned Adirondack Forest Preserve.

The book is 120 pages and sells for $8.95 retail.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Mohawk Valley Living #151 Adk Journal Andy Flynn

Oh, the good old days! Here is a video interview of me from 2008 when I only had four "Adirondack Attic" books published. Thanks to Gary VanRiper, Mohawk Valley Living and The Weekly Adirondack for the support over the past 16 years. This video was shot at the Old Forge Hardware store in the book section. Enjoy!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Adirondack Attic: Saranac Lake cure cottage stone pig

(Here is a blurb about a Saranac Lake cure cottage stone pig, first published in the "Adirondack Attic" newspaper column in 2004 and reprinted in "New York State's Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic, Vol. 2.")


In Saranac Lake, taking the wilderness cure for tuberculosis in the late 19th and early 20th centuries meant getting plenty of fresh Adirondack Mountain air in the lungs. Spending time outdoors was an essential part of the curing regimen, and keeping warm in the winter was, as it is now, an ongoing challenge in the frozen “City of the Sick.”

With its peak population at about 8,000 people in 1930, the Franklin County village of Saranac Lake was a bustling health resort catering mostly to TB patients seeking the cure in sanatoriums and privately owned cure cottages. The world-famous Trudeau Sanatorium, founded as the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium in 1884 by Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, sprawled over the east side of Mount Pisgah. Trudeau’s work inspired a health revolution in the United States and fed Saranac Lake’s economic engine until the Sanatorium closed in 1954.

The Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium was renamed in 1917 to the Trudeau Sanatorium after Trudeau’s death in 1915, according to the Trudeau Institute, a research facility founded in 1964 by E.L.’s grandson, Francis B. Trudeau Jr.

The architecture of Saranac Lake is unique because of its tuberculosis-curing past. Many buildings were constructed specifically as cure cottages, and others endured multiple renovations to keep up with the increased demand for wilderness-curing boarding space.

“By the locally evolved, time honored, unwritten definition, it is only the commercial private sanatoria, the big boarding houses bristling with porches, that can legitimately be called cure cottages,” wrote Phil Gallos in his book, "Cure Cottages of Saranac Lake."

TB patients sat in reclining chairs/beds on the cure cottage porches in all types of weather to inhale the balsam-scented air.

Some nurses used ceramic hot water bottles, also known as stone pigs, to warm those outdoor cure beds. The Adirondack Experience museum has several stone pigs in its collection, including the one featured on the cover of "New York State's Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic, Vol. 2." It was donated in 1994 by Susan and Glenn Arnold, former owners of the Noyes Cure Cottage on Helen Street in Saranac Lake. The hot water bottle dates to between 1920 and 1940.

(For more about this artifact and others from the Adirondack Experience collection, check out Andy Flynn's six-volume "Adirondack Attic" book series. Call Andy Flynn at 518-891-5559 or email him at and order your copies today; credit cards accepted. Volumes 2-6 are available - $18 retail. Say you are a "History Nerd" and save $3 per book.)

2019 "History Nerds" book sale

Hey, it's Andy. I'm looking forward to connecting with more "Adirondack Attic" readers in 2019 as I hit the road with some "Artifact Night" events around New York state.

As such, I'm offering a sale on all my books for anyone who emails me, texts me or calls me on the phone with the code: "History Nerds." My email is and phone number is (518) 891-5559. We can take care of the order by email or phone. I accept credit cards, checks and cash and offer free delivery to the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondacks.

All these books are $15 each: "New York's Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic" volumes 2-6, "Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories" and the "Lake Placid Diet." If you don't say "History Nerds" you don't get the discount. The regular prices are $18.00 for each Attic book, $24.95 for the Winter Carnival book and $17.95 for the "Lake Placid Diet."

So far, I have an "Adirondack Artifact Night" program slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 in Wilmington, hopefully at the community center, sponsored by the Wilmington Historical Society. I last presented this program in Wilmington several years ago, and we had a blast!

Here's a description of the program:

Artifact Night is a time to share stories about family and local history with your community. People are invited to bring artifacts from home or work and tell stories about their objects during a show-and-tell session. Beforehand, I give a brief presentation on researching local history, showcasing stories from the Adirondack Attic History Project. The most fun is when people bring in “mystery objects” and the group collectively tries to solve the mystery. You don’t have to be a history nerd to enjoy this program, but it helps.

I hope to see you on the road this year with your artifacts and stories.


Proud history nerd,
Andy Flynn