Another month, and another journey to Adirondack State Park in upstate New York. While I have been to the Adirondacks many times over the past few years, this was my first visit during the time of year known as “mud season.” During this period, winter snows melt and the thawing ground turns soft and muddy. If you’re venturing into the Adirondacks during mud season, you will be surprised just how quiet the mountains have become. Snowmobile season has ended for the year, and the summer tourist season is still a few months away. Many businesses use this as a time to close down, to make much-needed renovations or repairs, or simply to allow the staff and owners to go on vacation. If peace and solitude are your goals, mud season can be an interesting time to head northward.
Come along, then, on another journey into the mountains. Along the way, we’ll scale a small mountain, experience one last visit from winter, stop by a national historic landmark, and stand far above a river. We’ll end with a fun automotive anniversary celebration, too!
Mud Season in the Adirondacks.
Thomas Cole National Historic Site
An Automotive Anniversary
On May 1st, 2015, I purchased my 2012 Honda Accord EX-L V6 coupe from Burns Honda in Marlton, New Jersey. I recently marked the sixth year of ownership of what has been the best vehicle I have ever owned. Now with nearly 172,000 miles on the odometer, it continues to be a safe, reliable, economical, and rewarding car. To see how the car is holding up as it begins its seventh year in my possession, I filmed a short video tour of the vehicle. It probably won’t be nominated for an Academy Award, but I had fun putting this together:
While mud season might not be the most popular time to visit the Adirondacks, it can be a wonderful time to feel like you have the entire park to yourself. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is open every day from dawn until dusk, and the grounds are free to explore. Tickets will begin going on sale for outdoor guided tours later in May, and in June indoor tours will begin, although pricing and availability are not yet posted. The Hudson River Skywalk path along the side of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge is open daily, and is highly recommended (even if you have a fear of heights).
Thanks for coming along on another journey down the open road ahead.