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As Barbara Delaney and Russell Dunn illuminate in their history hikes, the trails of the Adirondacks offer a treasure trove of fascinating stories. This is a rich narrative, full of historical nuggets, but still very much a lucid and useful guide for feet on the ground. They have done an outstanding job once again. --Fred LeBrun, Times Union columnist
Now, thanks to Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney, visitors to the Adirondacks, guidebooks in hand, will be able explore its rich past as well as its unequalled scenery ... and ponder its future. The breadth and variety of the stories in this compilation distinguish Adirondack Trails with Tales from other trail guides. The authors provide the reader with much more than trail descriptions; they provide understanding and context. This wonderful book will better connect visitors and residents with very special places and help them learn from the land. --Joe Martens, President, Open Space Institute
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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.
This is an interesting book as I have visited many of the places listed in it. Among others the authors talk about Indian Pass, a place I visited just last Tuesday. In the book they relate a story of how Henry VanHoevenburg, who originally owned what is now the Adirondack Loj property on Heart Lake, once escaped a forest fire by going over Indian Pass with his horses. NO WAY! I've been to the pass three times and it would be impossible for a horse to traverse that pass. It is much too steep and you have to climb over boulders bigger than horses. Mr. VanHoevenburg might have gone through the neighboring Avalanche Pass with horses on the East side of the McIntyre range but the claim that it was Indian Pass can only be a tall tale, not history.
Despite that it is a well written guide and I recommend it for seeking out places to go adventuring. Just take the "history" with a grain of salt.
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He lives in the Adirondacks and loves to read stories and tales.... spoke with him after he read this book and he was very impressed with it and so enjoyed reading this latest addition to his book collection!
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