Following a prolonged, and snow covered, winter, which has been compounded by a record setting, rain soaked, spring; the summer season finally arrived on Tuesday, June 21.
Adirondack summers are likely the most fleeting of all our seasons. They occur as visitors and locals alike, join in an attempt to pack a year's worth of entertainment into just a few, short months.
As always, the season kicks off with high school graduations, and it departs with an exodus of part-time residents, summer folk and school bound, local kids.
However, sandwiched in between these predictable bookends, there is usually a whole lot of fun to be had, as the dog days of summer settle in.
An Adirondack summer offers a series of startling contrasts, where fun filled, hot, muggy days are often capped by bone chilling evenings, featuring brilliant, star dappled skies, where the silence is broken only by a crackling fire.
The stars appear to have fallen, as fireflies begin to flicker in the darkness, and the rising sun is often shrouded by the thick, morning's mist of lake fog. Soon, the mist clears to reveal yet another brilliant blue sky, which ushers in another day in a secluded paradise of deep woods, still waters and soaring mountains.
Soon, long lines of tourists will clog country roads and Main Street as well, and yet solitude can still easily be found, over the nearest hill, at the local swimming hole or atop a lonely ridge.
Hikers will fill the trails, seeking just one more summit, and paddlers will put up with yet another carry, to find their own, Lost Pond.
Friends and family will begin visiting 'Up North' again and summer will be in full swing with clambakes and bar-b-ques, s'mores and county fairs.
Beaches will fill up and boaters will be everywhere, which makes it crucial to use extra care. It is no wonder that we relish the season. It is a time that makes all of the other hardships bearable.