The Best Instagrams of the Adirondacks and Thousand Islands

Cailin Adirondack Instagrams screen shot - The Best Instagrams of the Adirondacks and Thousand Islands #EatPlayLoveNY

As you can see from my video of my one week trip exploring New York State’s Adirondacks, Lake Champlain, Lake Placid and 1,000 Island area HERE, the Adirondacks and surrounds are absolutely stunning in the summer months. Lush, green and although rainy at times, summer rains can actually sometimes make a place like this even prettier.

I spent my week there touring around with camera, GoPro and iPhone in hand snapping away at anything and everything. I am however a stickler when it comes to my instagram feed, so I take a million photos and hope I get at least one good one. I refuse to post just any old image and because of that I think my instagrams of my trip through New York’s North Country really show the area in a brilliant light and encapsulate my week touring around quite nicely.

I have taken my favourites and put them here together for you along with several from a few of my fellow travellers. I hope you enjoy!

 

I wasn’t the only Canadian hanging out on the shores of Lake Champlain in the Point Au Roche state park. Also FACT Canadian Goose poop is huge! lol

The Chazy Apple Orchard was just a quick roadside stop on our trip however it was pretty incredible to see the largest MacIntosh Apple Orchard in the world. The apples weren’t fully ripe yet, but were still quite tasty!

  I LOVED everything about the canons at Fort Ticonderoga, especially the Spanish ones like this. From the design and colours on the barrel to the bright red wooden stand that it laid upon and of course the stunning views of Lake Champlain. Images like these are my instagram dreams! lol

The weather was starting to turn on us mid-way through our six mile canoe paddle from Second Pond to Ampersand Bay in the Saranac Lake region of the Adirondacks. From afar we could slowly see the fog creeping in and then it was a upon us with the rain soon following. The fog added a nice dramatic effect to my images however, making this one, one of my favourites.

  Without a doubt, the Wild Center was hands down the coolest museum that I have ever been too, and the wild walk was the best part. It was my inner-child’s dream come true, how cool would it be to have a place like this as your own tree fort?!

  All of the homes in the Wellesley Island State Park in the Thousand Island Park on the tip of the Wellesley Island are Victorian in design. Grand and colourful, visiting here was like stepping back in time.

I have never been much of a fan of canoeing as I feel like they tip easier than kayaks, however I got over my fear, hopped in and enjoyed a lovely two hour paddle.

 

This might look like a pretty awesome mini castle however it is actually just a power station providing power to a much, much larger castle, the Boldt Castle (not seen here). Located on Heart Island amongst the @visit1000islands on the St Lawrence River on the U.S. side. Originally built by George Boldt the General Manager of the Waldorf Astoria, his wife passed away in 1904 before completion and since the home was being built for her he stopped the building process and never completed it. In 1977 the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired the island and castle in its ruined state and have restored it and have now nearly completed it putting $500,000 into it each year purely from ticket sales from visitors to the island and Castle. Long story short… You should definitely visit the Boldt Castle! #eatplayloveny #🏰

 

A photo posted by Travel, Video & Food Blogger (@cailinoneil) on

I loved traveling with Erin and Vicky on this trip and loved enjoying this gorgeous view with them even though they raced to the top and I showed up huffing and puffing 10 minutes later.

 

Taking a stroll along the Wild Walk at the @wildcenter in the Adirondack’s. #eatplayloveny

 

A photo posted by Travel, Video & Food Blogger (@cailinoneil) on

  Warning, visiting the Thousand Islands will make you want to have your own private island.

 

Captain John of Uncle Sam Boat Tours @visit1000isles #eatplayloveny #AlexandriaBay I loved this tour!

 

A photo posted by Lori Lite (@stressfreekids) on

  I don’t post enough people or selfies in my instagram feed, but this picture that Lori captured with the captain of our Uncle Sam Boat Tours boat is a great one!

Taking a picture with a different perspective than what we normally see with our eyes can really create some of the most unique images. It also really makes you think. I love this one Vanessa took of an artists brushes at the Adirondack Museum.

  I love everything about this picture, but Erin’s mermaid pose is truly the best, it’s like this rock was placed there just for her to come and strike an Ariel pose. There aren’t enough mermaids in my instagram feed either.

Always seen with GoPro in hand Jayme took this cute photo of her and Craig while biking around Wellesley Island. Awesome perspective!

 

The shortest bridge between the USA and Canada #EatPlayLoveNY #StayFriendly . #1000islands

 

A photo posted by Craig Zabransky (@stayadventurous) on

  This little bridge was so cute. It straddles the US and Canada border but thankfully no passport required. I told Craig that if I lived there I would just run back and forth on it all day saying “I’m in Canada, I’m in the U.S., I’m in Canada, I’m in the U.S.”.

Lastly, Sandi shares this great quote with a view from her climb to the top of Mt Jo. Another great perspective to think about.

Are you on instagram? Please give us some likes and share the love around! 

 

Thanks to ROOSTADK and other service providers for hosting me on this trip, follow along on social media with #EatPlayLoveNY . As always all views expressed are my own.

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33 Comments

  • Reply
    Kristi Trimmer
    September 4, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    I really love your canoe shot!! I too am a stickler about what goes on my IG feed. I protect that as much as possible too!

    • Reply
      Cailin
      September 5, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Thanks Kristi!! Yeah, you have to keep your instagram feed pristine! lol

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    Lindsay Nieminen
    August 31, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    the ariel pose is priceless! I can’t believe that adorable castle is just a powerhouse! But kudos to the builder to make it better than a boring square building! these are great shots! just liked your page to see some more!

    • Reply
      Cailin
      September 5, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Thanks Lindsay! Yeah that Erin, is cute! lol This castle was amazing, definitely check it out sometime! :)

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    Stacey Valle
    August 31, 2015 at 4:03 am

    Lovely photos! I love taking pictures myself. I am the same way, I take a whole bunch often to find just that one perfect picture. By the way, I love the photo of the tattoo!

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    Karilyn
    August 30, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Amazing photos! I loved the canon photo, well and really all of them. It looks like an absolutely amazing trip!

    • Reply
      Cailin
      August 30, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks so much Karilyn! It was great fun! :)

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    Veronika
    August 30, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Hi Cailin! You are really great photographer. Or was the scenery that sunning:) There is some saying that one picture tells more than thousand words, right? This is exactly the case. Keep it going!

    • Reply
      Cailin
      August 30, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks Veronika! :) I like to think it was a bit of both, my photography skills and some lovely scenery ;)

  • Reply
    Lesley
    August 29, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    I’ve always hated Canadian geese for that reason. I played soccer when I was younger and they would poop all over the field. So annoying!

    • Reply
      Cailin
      August 30, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      lol it was everywhere! haha

  • Reply
    Danka
    August 29, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Cailin, your photos are beautiful! How come I havent come across your IG yet? This part of New York is simply stunning and I will make sure Ill go there when Im visiting.
    I love the dead tree and the castle – it looks like a fairy tale! And I was laughing pretty hard on that goose poop fact :D

    • Reply
      Cailin
      August 29, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you so much Danka! You must visit for sure! The dead tree was my favourite part of the Wild Centre it was so cool! Also watch out for that goose poop it will get ya! lol

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    karla
    August 29, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Love this post , pretty pictures and I like that mermaid picture.

    • Reply
      Cailin
      August 29, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks Karla! Yes, that Erin is quite the mermaid!

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    karla
    August 29, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Perfect capture and I love how it is put in an instagram way. Seems like you had a good day! That is a funny mermaid costume

    • Reply
      Cailin
      August 29, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you! It was a great week! Also I think the mermaid had just gotten her legs ;)

  • Reply
    Robyn
    August 29, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Lovely photos! That castle is stunning- still struggling to believe it’s only a power station! And it’d be hard not to strike a mermaid pose, the photo was begging to be taken ;) Instagram still remains my absolute favourite social network, so I’ll be following you on there asap, to get inspired about my own trip to New York next year!

    • Reply
      Cailin
      August 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      You should see the main castle! It has like 46 bedrooms or something like that!! Make sure you take time to explore outside of NYC when you visit :)

  • Reply
    Mar
    August 29, 2015 at 6:17 am

    beautiful shots, and how cool the stump!

    • Reply
      Cailin
      August 29, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Thank you Mar! The stump was one of my favourite parts! So pretty to photograph! :)

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    Paula McInerney
    August 29, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Was already following you but have liked a photo. These are great shots of an area I don’t know but would like to.

    • Reply
      Cailin
      August 29, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks Paula! You should definitely visit! :)

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    craig zabransky
    August 25, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Cailin, thanks for including my work, I appreciate it…. and I agree running across the bridge would be something to do over and over again… too much fun to be had… Also, tandem bike was not easy…

    Finally, of your images, the canoe image is a stunner, love it, no surprise on its high like total.

    Stay instagramming, Craig

    • Reply
      Cailin
      August 26, 2015 at 1:34 am

      I have actually never tried a tandem, I think you would really have to trust the person riding with you! lol

      Thanks for the kind words and I was happy to share your great pics! :)

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    VickyFlipFlop
    August 25, 2015 at 5:59 am

    You’re a very good photographer Cailin – the ice cream is obviously the best though. Looks immense. I seem to remember that that one was the baby size, and I went for the next size up. Ooops. I definitely should’ve got some GoPro trips off Jayme…

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      Cailin
      August 26, 2015 at 1:35 am

      Awww thanks Vicky! That’s so nice of you to say :)
      I have a series of mint chocolate chip ice cream photos from around the world. I have an addiction ;) lol

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    Erin Marie
    August 24, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    LOVED this! Your photos really captured our trip so perfectly. Thanks for sharing one of my favorites from the trip too – work on adding some mermaids to your posts! ;) That rock really was just calling my name!

    • Reply
      Cailin
      August 24, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      You’re the prettiest mermaid I’ve ever seen in New York! You need to start traveling with fins! lol Thanks for the kind words about my pics! :)

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    Sarah Lynn
    August 24, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I didn’t even know you had Instagram!
    I was looking a few weeks ago but there’s no link on your website to Instagram (that I found at least), so I’m glad you wrote this post so I can catch up and follow along!

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      Cailin
      August 24, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      I could of sworn I had an instagram button on here! I need to fix that asap! lol I do have a few other posts with instagrams, but yes I will fix that, thank you! :)

  • Reply
    Sandy
    August 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    LOVE your photos, Cailin! Thanks for sharing mine too! I love the similarities in some of our photos (from the group of us) but I’ve been amazed at some of the “different” things we all captured. Goes to show you, we all see things differently ;) Great post!

    • Reply
      Cailin
      August 24, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks Sandy!! It’s really interesting to see how we all share a similar message in our own different ways! :)

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