From NYC to the Adirondacks: Canoe Camping Way Upstate
Three days of wild islands, stunning sunrises, and endless fly fishing. One of the Northeast's most beautiful natural areas captured on 35mm film.
As some four million people made their way to offices in Manhattan on a recent Monday morning, the four of us awoke to a stunning sunrise on a much smaller island a few hours north of New York City. Set in the heart of the Adirondack mountains, Saranac Lake is home to a dozen or so islands of varying sizes, each more wooded, remote, and beautiful than the next. For three days a perfect pine needle padded, waterfront campsite on one such island was our humble home—a pleasant change of pace from our hectic, cramped lives in Brooklyn.
Many months in the making, the trip was an opportunity to spend time in a handful of imaginative footwear styles from Oregon’s own KEEN—and to prove once again that adventure is never far from reach, even for those in America’s most populous city.
As camping is always more fun with friends, we invited our pal and Field Mag contributor Mackenzie Duncan to tag along, and a couple other buds from further north. With an American, Canadian, French-Canadian, and Kenyan, our crew wasn’t dissimilar to one you might find on any given street in NYC—a fact that made our little island paradise feel even more like home.
Having spent little time farther north than our usual stomping/camping grounds in the Catskills, we didn’t quite know what to expect. As we wound our way east toward Lake Placid, and Saranac, we quickly fell in love with the Adirondacks. Waterfalls, deep blue lakes, vivid green forests—and that’s just what was to be seen roadside.
"It's the opportunity to hang a 'gone fishing' sign on our inbox and truly unplug that we value the most."