Dad and I got up late today, had a nice ham and egg breakfast and then headed out on the trails with no specific destination in mind.
As is often the case in our neck of the Adirondacks, we ended up only a few miles from The Backwoods Inn (previously known as Ham’s Inn) around lunchtime.
It’s an awesome little local bar/restaurant. The top of the bar has pictures of the locals embedded in a clear coat of some kind. There’s a Newfoundland that likes to wander around inside and out and greets every snowmobiler that comes through the door.
The menu is just typical American food: subs, wings, burgers etc but the food is excellent and their portions are insanely huge. They have a multiple-pound-burger that’s free if you eat it all. Even their normal sized burger is too big for most people. Dad had a regular burger and could only finish half of it. I had a grilled ham and cheese and couldn’t even come close to finishing the fries.
Its located on route 56 in Parishville right near the route 3 intersection. Filled with local flair and great food. If you’re looking for it from the snowmobile trails it’s on 73 on the eastern most section of 7A right along route 56.
Eat there if you get the chance!
When we got to camp last night conditions were better than we could have hoped. Easily two feet of snow on the level and trails freshly groomed. Unfortunately it was midnight and -10 outside so we promptly hit the hay to prepare for the ride ahead.
This morning one of the other diamond sportsman club members (Chuck Ferrel) stopped by on their way to the Backwoods Inn (previously known as Hams). After some chat about where they were headed we decided to join them.
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We were going right by Little Blue Mountain so we went on up the trail. I say this every time but it was the clearest I’ve ever seen it on top. Usually, if it’s clear, White Face Mountain is just visible through some haze. Today, there was no haze and White Face looked clear as could be.
There wasn’t as many people there as usual but on the way down we met a guy who was having problems getting his sled started. It was an Arctic Cat T660 four stroke with a dead battery and no pull start. No pull start!? Yep, seems since it’s a four stroke there’s too much compression to pull it over so they don’t even bother including one. I’m pretty sure there won’t be any of these sorts of sleds in my future. I wouldn’t want to be stuck out in the woods with a dead battery or a blown starter like that guy. To make it worse he wasn’t even smart enough to bring jumper cables!
NOTE: this post is pre-dated, as it was written but not posted in the mountains since there is no data connection.