This morning Paula, my old neighbor Patti and I drove north to explore the Santanoni Preserve in Newcomb, NY. I honestly hadn’t heard of this historic site until Patti suggested we hike there, so I took some time to do a little research Sunday evening to see what I was getting myself into. There are a ton of hiking and cross-country skiing trails off of the main carriage road, as well as lean-tos and designated camping sites (with privies) that can be used for free year-round. We stuck to the dirt road to reach the great camp, which still gave us just over ten miles for the day.
Looking over my photographs, I took very little shots of the camp, and about fifty attempts to capture the BIGGEST SPIDERS IN THE ADK! Okay, I’m exaggerating, they aren’t the biggest spiders in the Adirondacks (or maybe they are?), but they are the largest spiders I have ever seen. Ever. The orb weaver, dun dun dunnnnn. Did you watch the video? Did you see how big it was on her hand? Yes, they were that big at the camp! Doing their thing, keeping the bugs at bay.
Back to the great camp, it was like stepping back into time! You get to explore each building and room of the camp and join in on a guided tour if you’re interested; which we were, and I’d recommend. Our guide had a book of old photographs and maps that accompanied the information he shared with us, even a photograph of Theodore Roosevelt climbing a tree chasing a porcupine while visiting with the family who originally built the camp.
While you’re at the camp, visitors are welcome to use a canoe or kayak from the boathouse on Newcomb Lake. If you follow the herd path past the Artist’s studio, there’s a sandy beach, bathhouse and all, inviting you to take a dip. I ate a snack while Patti enjoyed the clear water. Don’t feel like walking in to the camp? You can take a horse-drawn carriage ride from the parking lot to the camp, even enjoy a picnic lunch before hitching a ride back. Sounds like a great autumn trip to me!