Even in the frozen tundra, also known as New York State, spring and summer eventually take over from the harsh winters. This past winter, by anyone's estimate, was a very brutal experience.
Now the spring bulbs are in bloom, my lawn needs to be mowed, I don't need my glasses to see the foliage taking hold on the trees and shrubs.
I found a new passion this spring - smoking meat. I like all kinds of cooking, especially grilling in the warm months, but smoking meat? Wow! I wish I had discovered how easy it was a long time ago.
Summer is my idea of fun times. I have three one week trips planned for canoe camping in New York State's Adirondack Park. I am really looking forward to that. There is a new canoe area just opened to the public last October, near Long Lake in the Adirondacks. I intend to explore that this summer. No motor boats or jet skiis allowed. Just the solitude of paddling on a warm summer day with the only sounds you hear are the leaves blowing in the breeze or the birds singing.
Summers are short in the North Country. So get out and make it a good time every chance you get!
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