Since I was a little girl, I’ve been lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth: The Adirondacks Park- a rugged, protected area spanning millions of acres of mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, and wild spaces. It’s the perfect place to vacation if you love nature, camping, hiking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, bird watching, and mountain biking. Dubbed “God’s Country” for its high peaks and breathtaking vistas, it attracts 7- 10 million visitors each year from around the globe. I’m thrilled to have used it as the setting for my July Harlequin Heartwarming release, UNDER AN ADIRONDACK SKY and hope you enjoy it too! Here are some fun facts about the Adirondacks:
1. The Adirondack Chair was created in Westport, New York, on the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain.
2. The source of the Hudson River is located on the highest lake in New York State – Lake Tear of the Clouds on Mount Marcy – at 5,344 feet.
3. In 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as President of the United States at North Creek Station. This was after learning that President William McKinley – who had been shot a few weeks earlier – had died.
4. The Adirondack Mountains are growing faster than the Himalayas, at a rate of one foot every 100 years.
5. Lake Placid, located in the northern Adirondack Park, is one of three places in the world to host the Winter Olympic Games twice, once in 1932 and 1980. The village was the first place in North America to host the event twice.
6. The term “vacation” is said to have originated in the Adirondacks. Wealthy New Yorkers would “vacate” the city during the sticky summer months and head for the cool northern woods.
7. The Adirondack Park spans 6.1 million acres and is larger than the state of Massachusetts. In fact, several National Parks could fit inside the Blue Line (the line on a map that designates the outline of the park), including Glacier, Yosemite, the Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.
8. The Adirondack Park is the largest park in the continental United States.
9. The Prospect House, built in Blue Mountain Lake, was the first hotel in the United States to have electric lights.
10. Painted Pony Rodeo in Lake Luzerne – five miles west of Lake George – is the oldest weekly rodeo in the United States.
Come join Kate James, Amy Vastine, Catherine Lanigan and me on our 31 stop Summer Lovin blog tour this month full of fun posts, lists, excerpts and reviews for our July releases. Stop by HERE for the list of our scheduled stops. The tour runs throughout the month.
Also, the four of us, along with wonderful guest authors are having a great Facebook party, packed with giveaways ever hour, on July 20th. Sign up for the party HERE or DM me on Facebook and I’ll invite you directly.July 20
If you’d like to sample UNDER AN ADIRONDACK SKY, you can read the first three chapters, free, on WATTPAD HERE.
If interested in purchasing a copy, the print or digital versions are now available on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iTunes and eHarlequin !
If you’d like to win an autographed copy of UNDER AN ADIRONDACK SKY, enter by telling me about your favorite or most memorable vacation spot! I’m looking forward to hearing your picks J I’ll announce the winner here tomorrow morning. Good luck, friends!