Map of upstate New York and surrounding states showing the "Blue Line" boundary of the Adirondack Park

Adirondack Park “Blue Line”

The attached map shows the outline of the Adirondack Park in blue because that is the traditional color dating back to the original line drawn in 1885 when the forest preserves in both the Adirondacks and Catskills were created.  The lands within these preserves that are owned by the State of New York were declared to be “Forever Wild” in Article 14 of the New … Continue reading Adirondack Park “Blue Line”

History of the 10th Mountain Division

A short post this time.  I’ve always been partial to the 10th Mountain Division as it ties my “two homes”, Colorado and Upstate New York together.


The history begins in Colorado in 1939 when the president of the National Ski Patrol was concerned that the army was not prepared to fight in tough winter conditions.   He lobbied the war department to put in place the necessary training and in 1941 the first mountain unit was activated in Washington State.  In 1943 the 10th Mountain Division came into being at Camp Hale Colorado.  This link is a detailed history through the end of WWII.  Here’s a google search page with all kinds of information about the 10th Mountain Division most of it pertaining to WWII.  If you scroll down just a little bit, you’ll find a couple YouTube videos.  The one at 9:44 is interesting, thorough and not overly long. They had a great deal of success and many casualties in Italy and fought in circumstances that their unique training made possible.  Continue reading “History of the 10th Mountain Division”