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Naturalist and Adirondack Guide Ed Kanze, left, makes frequent stops to point out the different trees, shrubs and other plant life seen along the way to Minnow Pond. The trail to the pond is one of the many new exhibits at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. (Photo/Pete Klein)

This little gem is Minnow Pond. (Photo/Pete Klein)

Clouds and sky are reflected on the surface of Minnow Pond. (Photo/Pete Klein)


Pete takes a stroll to Minnow Pond

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - Updated: 8:39 AM


Express News Staff

BLUE MT. LAKE -- One can do a lot of walking when visiting the Adirondack Museum, but this year and for years to come an actual hike can be added to the itinerary, to Minnow Pond.

I recently decided to check it out and drove to the museum on a mid-July day that was perfect for hiking, with temps in the 60s and enough of a breeze to keep most bugs away.

I joined a group of 12 others, including a mother with a very young child she carried, at the Marion River Carry Pavilion where we signed waivers before our guide, Ed Kanze, led us on our way.

This is a gentle hike, more of a woodland walk as you can surmise by the fact that the mother in our group did not find it difficult to carry her young child. What also helped make this a pleasant walk was Kanze, who made frequent stops to point out the different trees, shrubs and other plant life along the way, as well as to identify the birds singing in the trees.

Kanze is a naturalist, writer, and licensed Adirondack guide who has enjoyed being a frequent visitor to the Adirondack Museum since the summer of 1961. He is a former ranger with the National Park Service and curator of a nature museum in Westchester County's biggest park, where he has also served as resident naturalist.

Kanze was peppered with questions and was able to provide the answers, and was much appreciated for his gentle ways.

Minnow Pond is a pleasant body of water you may have seen through the trees as you head north of the museum on the way to Long Lake. To view it up close is well worth the walk, so be sure to take your camera to capture some nice memories.

Because there was so much to see and talk about, the walk to the pond took twice as long as the return trip. All told, the hike in and out took a little more than an hour and a half and covered about a mile.

These walks are not included with general museum admission; a separate $10 ticket is required ($5 for museum members).

Walks are offered each Thursday through Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Spaces are limited for each walk, so pre-registration is strongly recommended. Call (518) 352-7311 ext. 147, or e-mail


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