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Trip Report Adirondacks trip repot

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I wanted to offer a brief summary of our recent (and first) trip to the Adirondacks. My husband and I--along with our kayaks--just spent the last week on Long Lake. The drive from Indianapolis wasn't too bad. We took two days to drive out, with an overnight in Victor, New York, but drove home in one long day. We stayed at a Best Western in Victor that more than served our purposes and had a great dinner at El Basha. We stopped in Utica on the way to pick up a few perishable items. Most of the food we ate for the week was brought from home.

We stayed in a cabin at Motel Long Lake. The cabin was clean, quiet and had everything we needed. I highly recommend the property as it seemed well maintained and well located. We spent three days kayaking along the lake. Part of the adjacent land is state owned and offers hiking and camping opportunities. We saw eight loons on one of our outings. They were a fantastic surprise. We saw evidence of bear as well and my husband swears he saw one in the woods from his kayak. We also kayaked on nearby Little Tupper Lake, which only always non-motorized boats. We thought we would explore other nearby lakes and ponds, but the ease of kayaking from our cabin ended up too being too appealing.

We did several hikes as well: Owls Head Mountain, Coney Mountain, Castle Rock, and OK Slip Falls (including a spur trail that leads to the Hudson River). These were all good hikes. We saved hiking in the High Peaks for another trip; we just didn't want to make the drive.

We mostly ate in, but had several dinners at The Cellar in Long Lake. The food was tasty and the service very friendly. We got ice cream at Stewarts, a local chain of convenience stores, and sandwiches at Grub and Growl. The season is almost over and some places were already closed.

This was a great time of year to visit. Nothing was overly crowded, the leaves were changing and the weather nearly perfect (they were having a bit of unusually warm weather). This part of the Adirondacks is pretty rustic and choices for eating, drinking and shopping were few--but that suited us just fine. The choices for kayaking and hiking were, in contrast, plentiful. It would take several lifetimes to exhaust all that the region offers in that regard.

We loved the area and hope to return. I found it challenging to pick a town/lake while planning. There are so many options, but in the end, I felt like we found a really ideal spot for our needs and priorities.

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