SARANAC LAKE - Diane Chase's second family activity book, "Adirondack Family Time, Champlain Valley: Plattsburgh to Ticonderoga," is a four-season guide to more than 300 activities.
The second of four proposed books published by Hungry Bear Publishing in Saranac Lake, the Champlain Valley version targets family activities for the towns of Plattsburgh, Willsboro, Westport, Essex, Port Henry, Crown Point and Ticonderoga.
The 184-page, softcover book has maps, photos, trivia and information about how to find museums, activity centers, historic sites, performing arts centers, farmers' markets, 33 swimming areas and 58 easy hikes and snowshoe-ski treks.
"The book is so thoughtfully and coherently organized that it makes it easy to plan outings that will be enjoyed by diverse generations of family members and friends," said Steven Kellogg, author and illustrator of more than 100 children's books including the Pinkerton picture books. "I heartily recommend it to all who traverse this extraordinary region."
"Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Champlain Valley is such a family-friendly place to explore," Chase said in a press release. "My family and I have enjoyed researching the activities listed in this new book and hope to encourage people to explore the area."
The first book in her Adirondack Family Time series covers the Tri-Lakes (Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake) and High Peaks regions.
Chase writes the weekly FamilyTime column for the Enterprise. She started searching and writing about Adirondack family activities in 2003, while pregnant with her second child. She has written for newspapers, magazines, marketing and advertising agencies. She has worked for the NYT Magazine Group, Miller Sports Group and the Bonnier Corporation with Cruising World and Sailing World magazines, where she is currently still under contract as a marketing consultant.