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Here’s a helpful guidebook on having fun in the snow in the Lake George Region: 25 Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails in the Lake George, NY Region

Roger Fulton and Michael Carpenter spent an entire winter exploring snowy trails in the Lake George Region on both cross country skis and snowshoes. They have chosen 25 of the best trails for you to get out and explore. The difficulty and lengths vary, but nearly all are easy or moderate, with the emphasis on easy. As always, they give you explicit directions from an Interstate (I-87). More than 60 full color photos help you find the trailheads and navigate the trails.

This is just the book to help you get out of the house on a clear winter day to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the North Country in winter. So whether you choose a flat, short and easy trail in Queensbury, or want a full week retreat at a cross country ski resort in the Eastern Adirondacks, it’s in this book. Get out and enjoy!

Click here to order a copy 

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Catskills book touts lesser-known hikes

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If you’re wondering what to get mom for Mother’s Day (which is May 8, just in case you forgot) and she’s into the outdoors, don’t worry. There are plenty of great gifts that will make her days on the water and in the field more enjoyable.

All moms need a good pair of polarized sunglasses when they’re outdoors. Ono’s Trading Company has three new models designed for women, who typically have smaller facial features than men.

The Tuscadero model, which has pink frames and gray or amber lenses, is especially stylish for mom. Its rubberized nose pad and arm stems keep them from slipping on a steamy day. For those who need them, Ono’s are available with bifocal magnifiers for reading and tying on fishing lures.

The new Ono’s cost $89.99 ($99.99 with blue or green mirrored lenses) and are sold in stores, catalogs and online. Visit onostradingcompany.com.

Moms into hiking and camping will adore the Joby GorillaTorch Switchback, one light that can be used as a headlamp or a lantern. Wear the headlamp as darkness descends on your campsite, then place it inside the lantern and turn it on to light up your tent.

The Switchback has five LEDs, including a flood light and red lights for night vision, and the brightness can be adjusted. The lantern has a hook for hanging in your tent and adjustable legs that can be clamped to a tree branch. Cost is $59.95. It’s available at several online sites. Visit joby.com/gorillatorch/switchback.

A pair of SmartWool’s new PhD Outdoor Light Crew socks will make mom’s hiking more pleasurable. Designed for women’s feet, the socks are made of Merino wool. My tester found them comfortable and cushy, and said they gave her feet more bounce on her neighborhood walks and runs, although they were a little warm for this time of year. The socks cost $19.95 at online retailers. Visit smartwool.com.

Finally, give mom a treasure trove of ideas of where to go to have fun hiking, biking, paddling, bird watching, backpacking, or finding waterfalls with a guidebook. Footprintpress.com offers guides for most of NY State and a variety of activities.

(adapted from article by Steve Waters in SunSentinel.com, link to original article)

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NEW Harriman Trails Guide and Harriman-Bear Mtn. Trails map

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Harvey Botzman, an avid bicycle rider who has pedaled tens of thousands of miles, has just published third edition of his bike tour guide: click here

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By Sue Freeman

In 1996, Rich and I had just completed hiking the Appalachian Trail. Clothes hung on our skinny bodies and our muscles ached after having spent six months hiking mountains. Yet, stopping cold-turkey was hard on our psyches. We were both jobless and looking for a new direction. On a whim, we decided to hike the trails that were being built by volunteer groups around Rochester, NY and write a small guidebook.

Of course, we had no experience doing this. Guidebook writing and publishing would be another new path for us. Rich’s background was in photography and customer service. I had worked in blood banking, industrial engineering, project management, marketing and systems development. But, hiking we would go….

In 1997 when we headed down this path, GPS wasn’t available. Satellite signals were scrambled for national security reasons. So, as we hiked, we measured miles using a pedometer and hand sketched maps using pencil, paper and a compass. That was Rich’s job. I took copious notes so I could describe each hike in detail. Back at home, Rich would sketch his map, I’d write the route description and we’d compare the two. Often this resulted in a trip (and sometimes two) back to the trail to rehike and verify the “real” situation so that the map and description would agree.

This process kept our bodies from ceasing up. Meanwhile, we researched just how you produce a book. The internet was barely in existence, so we relied on book research and the valued input from people such as Emerson Klees and Derek Doeffinger who had been down this road before. I learned how to use QuarkXpress to lay out the book on my Mac SE computer and Rich researched ways to turn his sketch maps into electronic form. For this first book, we used the services of Genesee Transportation Council and their mainframe computer GIS program to generate electronic maps.

When the first version of “Take A Hike” arrived from the printer – 2 pallet loads of boxes to store in our basement – we gasped when we opened the first box. We wanted a forest green background with terracotta colored lettering. What we received was a brilliant green cover with red letters shouting at us. What was a mistake on our part, turned out to be a blessing. The book certainly couldn’t be ignored on a store shelf. By today’s standards, the book and its maps were crude. But, the information was accurate (for the most part). We had the right product, in the right place, at the right time and, with a lot of effort on our part, it sold well.

Now you wouldn’t think that trails would change much from year to year, but with volunteer groups actively building trails in the Rochester area, by 2000 the book was getting out of date. So, back to the trails we headed. By now we had more experience, and better computer tools. Rich had learned how to draw computerized maps using Adobe Illustrator. We rehiked every trail, added 25 new ones, coerced our friends, the Greens, into posing for a cover shot, and produced the second edition of “Take A Hike – Family Walks in the Rochester Area.”

As the years unfolded, we reprinted it many times. Each time, we made changes and updates to keep it as current as possible. But, once again there came a time when a major redo was required. By 2010 we could track trails more accurately using GPS technology and again, new trails needed to be added to the guidebook. Sadly, some trails had to be dropped. For example, with the demolition of Midtown Plaza, the Rochester City Skyway had major gaps, so it went by the wayside. Other trail networks had been expanded such as Fishers Park Trails, the trails in Corbett’s Glen, and the wonderful new boardwalk over the basin in Turning Point Park. The new, third edition of “Take A Hike” now covers 67 trails including new ones such as Cranberry Pond Nature Trail, Beatty Point Park Trail, MacKay Wildlife Refuge, the trail from Ganondagan to Dryer Road Park, Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve, the Trails at High Acres, Wild Iris Trail, Bird Sanctuary Trail, Gosnell Big Woods Preserve, the Reservoir Trail, and Washington Grove Trails. As you see below,  we decided to stick with bright cover colors.

Rich and I have put on weight over the years. Our clothes no longer hang on skinny bodies. We’ve learned the nuances of publishing guidebooks and have had the pleasure of exploring nooks and crannies all over Central & Western New York on foot, on bikes, and in kayaks. Exploring and trying new things is what we enjoy best of all. We hope you enjoy exploring all the new trails and expanded trails that you’ll find in the third edition of “Take A Hike – Family Walks in the Rochester, NY Area.”

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by Sue Freeman


NEW 3rd Edition


Yesterday, a tractor trailer truck once again pulled up to the worldwide headquarters of Footprint Press, Inc. (i.e. our home). This time, its contents were the bright new 3rd edition of “Take A Hike – Family Walks in the Rochester, NY Area.” The new, updated edition lost a few trails, added quite a few new ones and now sports 67 places to go for a walk in the greater Rochester area.

The books aren’t in the pipeline yet so you won’t find any at Amazon or bookstores. But, You can order them from our web site:  TAH-Roch
Add a request in the comments line and we’d be glad to autograph one for you.

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