Easy Adirondacks Friday, June 13th through Sunday, June 22nd The tour includes the Saranac Lake Tandem Rally in Saranac Lake, NY The Adirondack Park is one of the world's great wilderness frontiers. Forged by shifting glaciers more than 10,000 years ago, its landscape is one of soaring mountains, sweeping lakes, mighty rivers, and dense pine and hardwood forests abundant with wildlife. At 6.1 million acres, it is America's largest state park outside of Alaska. Spread over nearly a third of New York State, the Park covers more ground than Grand Canyon and Yellowstone national parks combined. What distinguishes the Adirondacks from other mountainous areas in North America is its abundance of water. There are more than 30,000 miles of brooks and streams, 6,000 miles of rivers, and nearly 3,000 lakes and ponds. The larger lakes include the 121-mile-long Lake Champlain, which runs along the eastern border of the Park, Lake Placid, and Schroon Lake. The origin of the Hudson River can be found on the shoulder of Mount Marcy at the pristine Lake Tear of the Clouds. The Park features a unique mix of trees and plant life. Coniferous pines and deciduous trees grow alongside one another. Among others, you'll find white birch, sugar maple, beech, and hickory. The summits of many mountains have an arctic environment with mosses and lichens. Wildlife is abundant in the Park. Those animals you're most likely to see are whitetail deer, red fox, and beaver. More reclusive are the black bear, moose, and coyote. There are hundreds of species of birds, including the loon, osprey, hawk, Great Blue heron, and the American bald eagle. Many lakes and streams have thriving populations of trout, northern pike, bass, and salmon. The tour will start with the Saranac Lake Tandem Rally, June 13 - 15. The rally registration and rooms for three nights are included with the tour. After the rally, on Monday, we will go to the White Pine Camp for two nights. White Pine Camp, an historic "Great Camp", served as President Coolidge's 1926 Summer White House. White Pine Camp is one of the Adirondack Park's most outstanding "Great Camps" - rustic yet elegant retreats built by wealthy families at the turn of the century. Built in 1907 and expanded in 1911 by William Massarene and Addison Mizner, White Pine Camp is unique in its "pre-modern" yet rustic architectural style, extensive landscaping, and interesting history. It was owned by a number of prominent families and served as President Calvin Coolidge's Summer White House from July 7-September 18, 1926. It is one of the Adirondack Park's most special places. The setting on a secluded point on two-mile-long Osgood Lake is breathtaking. The use of canoes, kayaks and rowboats is complimentary at White Pine Camp. Help yourself to the boat of your choice at either boathouse and enjoy a peaceful serene paddle on beautiful Osgood Pond. Watch for Loons, Merganzers and other waterfowl and wildlife. The tour package includes: a) Saranac Lake Tandem Rally b) Nine (9) days of riding c) Nine (9) nights lodging d) Five (5) dinners e) Five (5) afternoon Wine & Munchie 'Happy Hour' get-togethers http://www.gtgtandems.com/adk2014.html
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