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My Adirondack Outlaw 2023 Year End Review

A Wedding, a Retirement, an Epic Plane Ride, Speaking in Tongues, My Return to the Almanack, Cedar Log Surgery, 30,000 Readers, Ari Rae’s Apple Tree, an Alamo Shootout, a Green Christmas, and the Journey to SIXTY!

Well, another hike through a year on this planet has now come and gone. Several incredible events and experiences happened enroute. Some of them were expected, others surprised us.

The year began dauntingly. A snow filled epic winter that I barely survived. Carrying forward from 2022’s double holiday blizzards, from January until well into April, it simply never stopped snowing. Once all was said & done, we totaled over fifteen feet of snow at our home here in Watertown.

It finally stopped snowing just in time for the first big event of our year.


(As everyone around here pretty much already knows, “The Legend” isn’t me. I’m just the sidekick. It’s my wife Robin!)

What I did not realize was that Robin’s retirement meant she would now be home all day & this Adirondack Outlaw suddenly had to find some new hideouts!

All kidding aside, Robin & I celebrated her first summer of retirement with several fun trips.

We toured Boldt Castle.

We took a road trip to Cooperstown.

Our kids even bought us on an awesome Adirondack anniversary plane ride!

Of course, as always, we pitched camp at Bull Rush Bay.

A 51-year Monroe family camping tradition.

I performed Cedar Log Surgery

Robin & I got Shipwrecked

I took an Adirondack Outlaw lake bath and attended my class reunion wearing Saranac Lake’s most expensive pair of new shoes.

Ari Rae discovered the magic of apples and I wrote her a book.

All of that as I built a Register Box & everyone prepared for Carrie & RJ’s big wedding!

After surviving the wedding, I spent some time hunting, where I found myself cornered and running out of ammo as my best friend Chuck & I successfully defended the Alamo!

On the Adirondack Outlaw Writing Career front, it was quite a year! I was featured in a newspaper article courtesy of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise! Along the way I did several of my own live readings, “Speaking in Tongues”. Then to top it all off, I had my second HarmoNNY Performing Arts center “Selected Story” read live at the Sackets Harbor Ballroom!

While all of that was happening, in April I met with Adirondack Almanack Editor Melissa Hart in preparation for a successful return as a regular contributor to the Adirondack Almanack.

Where did 2023’s trail lead? In a nutshell, my blog had its best year ever! for the year, I penned 41 total blog posts, adventures, poems & stories, totaling just shy of 60,000 words for the year, which is the equivalent of a book by most counts.

In 2022, my stories were reached 10,500 readers. My 2023 goal was to surpass that total. In the end, I not only surpassed it, I TRIPLED my goal! By 2023 year’s end, had reached over 30,000 readers across the globe, with readers checking in from SIXTY different nations!

My most popular story of 2023 was “From Rail to Trail”, with 4,500 readers. “Larceny on the Lake” claimed 2nd place with 2,500, followed by “Scarred Cedar Logs” with over 1200.

So, after the first green north country Christmas in memory, which featured second trail register box and a taco tree built with love in Santa’s workshop,

What Adirondack Outlaw adventures & stories are on the planned trail for 2024?

All I can say is…


It’s bound to be…



Until Our Trails Cross Again: