Live Oak and the Red Bellied Woodpecker

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When passing a nearby Live Oak tree in Florida I saw a bird swooping to the trunk. She started pecking a hole and I could see it was a Red Bellied Woodpecker and she was making a nest inside the tree at the crook of a large trunk where a limb had been. After she hollowed it out she made a nest there inside and would poke her head out looking for her mate. Eventually she had babies to feed and frequently flew back and forth to feed them.

Racing Boat Engine at the Adirondack Museum

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We were at the Adirondack Museum (now called the Adirondack Experience) before it closed down due to the virus. On display in the small craft boating area were several race boats that plied the icey Adirondack lake waters early in the last century. These HUGE engines had lots of polished brass and were quite showy. They even had film of some of them racing. This was from El Legato.

Tent Camp at the Adirondack Museum

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At the Adirondack Museum (now called the Adirondack Experience) in Blue Mountain Lake in Upstate NY, there is a nice pond in the center. This is stocked with huge Trout which they feed a couple times a day. On the shore is a wall tent camp with rigid wood poles, two cot beds and comfortable accommodations. It’s on a wooden floor that extends out to a porch overlooking the pond.

Campsite at the Adirondack Museum

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In one of the many display buildings of Camping and History at the Adirondack Museum (now called the Adirondack Experience) there was a inside camping scene. It was very dark but they had a lean-to with a bark roof facing the campfire for light and warmth and an overturned Adirondack Guideboat. There were of course a couple of Adirondack Packbaskets which are great for carrying gear and popping into your Canoe oe Guideboat. If you overturn in the water the stuff inside stays and the basket floats.

Little Adirondack Camp Cabin at the Adirondack Museum

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The Adirondack Museum (now called the Adirondack Experience) in Blue Mountain Lake has many great exhibits from sporting art, canoes and Adirondack Guideboats, Railway cars, to small camping exhibits. Some of my favorites were the “Adirondack Camp” cabins and houses. Here was an Adirondack cabin with birchbark Adirondack furniture, wood floors and ceiling and and lots of windows. They typically had no insulation so could be very chilly. This one was used by an artist.

Blue Mountain Lake at the Adirondack Museum

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When you come out of one of the display buildings at the Adirondack Museum (now called the Adirondack Experience) you come out on a balcony with an incredible view. This is Blue Mountain Lake which has been known as “The Jewel of the Adirondacks” for over a century. It is very blue and deep and has many beautiful islands. There are boat tours here or you can paddle there in your Canoe.

Butterfly at the Adirondack Museum

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Outside one of the many buildings and exhibits of the Adirondack Museum (now called the Adirondack Experience) there is a patio and Ledge overlooking Blue Mountain Lake. The flowers here were fantastic and not only did I enjoy them but there was a large butterfly there feeding on the nectar. These butterflies are hard to get still enough to photograph.

Bug Repellant in the Adirondack Museum

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There were many famous concoctions in the 1800’s in the Adirondacks for repelling bugs. Most often it was Blackflies and mosquitoes. In early Spring and into June there are clouds of Blackflies that try to make life miserable. Here was an exhibit at the Adirondack Museum (now the Adirondack Experience) in Blue Mountain Lake of the typical repellent. Most explorers. Guides and Sports made their own by mixing Pennyroyal, Pine Tar and Raw Linseed Oil. They called it “Fly Dope” and they would coat their skin with it and get a gloss or varnish that they left on for the whole trip.

Special Raincoat at the Adirondack Museum

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I was wandering around the Adirondack Museum (now called the Adirondack Experience) and saw this display. I was attracted to the Adirondack basket made of brown ash, but then I saw this raincoat next to it and wondered what was special about it? It belonged to Theodore Roosevelt who frequented this part of the Adirondacks and who was nearby when he was vice president and then President William McKinley got sick and died Theodore Roosevelt became president and was rushed by train back to D.C.

Adirondack Camp at the Adirondack Museum

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We are walking around the Adirondack Museum (now called the Adirondack Experience) in Blue Mountain Lake in the mountains of Upstate NY. On the outer edge of the museum grounds were some original Adirondack “Camps”. This is the interior of one with a stone fireplace, Adirondack furniture made from birch sticks, and lovely diamond pane windows.

Fire Tower at the Adirondack Museum

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There was a large logging exhibit in the Forest Managenent section of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, in Upstate NY. Now the museum is called the “Adirondack Experience”. This is the second fire tower to be put up in the Adirondacks in 1909 along with the cast iron plaque. They even let you climb up to the top of the stairs for a great view of the museum.