Trail #10 - Black Pond to Lower Saranac Lake - See the details here: http://www.broadwingadventures.com/1/post/2012/12/trail-10-10-trails-we-should-build-before-we-worry-about-converting-rails-to-trails.html
Trail #9 - Lower Saranac Lake - 10 Trails We Should Build Before We Worry about Converting Rails to Trails
Trail #9 is now available here: http://www.broadwingadventures.com/1/post/2012/12/trail-9-10-trails-we-should-build-before-we-worry-about-converting-rails-to-trails.html
Here's trail #8: Scarface Mountain Loop
Here are the trail posts for the last few days at: http://www.broadwingadventures.com/broadwing-blog.html
The latest Trails AND Rails post is up at: http://www.broadwingadventures.com/1/post/2012/12/trail-4-10-trails-we-should-build-before-we-worry-about-converting-rails-to-trails.html
The latest Trails AND Rails post is available at: http://www.broadwingadventures.com/1/post/2012/12/trail-3-10-trails-we-should-build-before-we-worry-about-converting-rails-to-trails.html
Thank you for following along on the Leading E.D.G.E blog on the Rails AND Trails issue. I have decided to make all posts on our Broadwing Blog. It has become too much work to post them twice.
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A trail that could be made a destination close to downtown Saranac Lake.
The effort by the Adirondack Recreation Trail Advocates (ARTA) to create “a contiguous recreation trail from Lake Placid to Old Forge” is a laudable one. The concept of a recreation trail between these two communities on its surface sounds appealing. ARTA however has created the classic novel story line in that every good story has to have a protagonist, in this case ARTA, the good guys, and an antagonist, the bad guys, in this case the Adirondack Scenic Rail Road. Of course if you are the Adirondack Scenic Rail Road you may see it the other way around. History usually determines which is which. The winners end up being the protagonist and the losers the antagonist.
I prefer to look at it differently. I have an affliction called rationality. As one friend once wrote, “It’s Jack’s most honored virtue.” I like to find win-win solutions to problems. I’ve always preached to my students to use the rational decision-making/problem-solving process. One of the first steps of problem solving is to define the problem. It appears that the anti-train people define the problem as, we need more recreational trails in the Adirondacks, the railroad is a mode of transportation whose time has passed, so let’s tear up the rails and use the money from salvaging the iron and build a multi-purpose trail from Lake Placid to Old Forge. As a recreation professional with over 40 years of experience I see the problem a little differently. The problem, as I see it, is that most Adirondack communities lack easy access trails that you can reach from your home or motel room. The problem is, how can we remedy this? I’m continually amazed as I travel around the world how much easier it frequently is to find beautiful terrain to walk through in urban areas than it is in my hometown of Saranac Lake. That needs to change here in Saranac Lake as well as other Adirondack towns and villages.
The solution is much simpler than what than what the anti-train people advocate. The solution is a series of interconnected trails accessible from numerous access points. I’m going to suggest 10 trails for Saranac Lake as an example. I’m calling the list, “10 Trails We Should Build Before We Worry About Converting Rails to Trails.”
I’m going to share 1 trail a day here over the next 10 days with an accompanying map.
Before I begin let me make a few points.
Below is the map and description of the first trail. Tune in tomorrow for the second trail.
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