Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take
our breath away.
THE PASSING OF A WOODSWOMAN
As much as anyone l know, my friend Lynn Malerba, loved the woods. She grew up in an outdoor family, of guides, hunters and anglers.
It was a natural fit, that she would eventually continue to carry on the family tradition. After retiring from her career as a Physical Educator, she took on a second career as a licensed guide, where she rapidly earned a reputation as a highly competent and sought after guide. Lynn was a natural leader, and it was evident in nearly every endeavor she undertook, ranging from ski racing to basketball or just picking night crawlers for the family bait shop.
As a youngster, she lived an outdoor life, so it was only fitting that her second career would lead her along a pine padded path, after many seasons on the hard courts of a gymnasium .
It didn't take long for her to establish a solid reputation for leading high quality outdoor adventures. Although she was a bit slight in stature, she could certainly hold her own on the trail, the water or over the snow, where she was also an outstanding ski racer.
Despite her obvious athletic prowess, her skills on the trail, and an uncanny knack for hauling tiny pack canoes into many of the most remote, inaccessible waters in the region, I don't ever recall hearing her complain. She was without a doubt, one of the most positive, upbeat individuals I ever met.
I suppose I am not the only one, and it was obvious judging by the size of crowd that recently packed the local Baptist church to celebrate her life.
Lynn recently passed away while undertaking a Pond hopping trip through the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. In a tragic fluke of circumstance, a severe storm passed through the region, toppling trees in it's path, and one of them landed on her tent. Following frantic rescue efforts that included Forest Rangers, N.Y.S. Troopers, local First Responders and a host of others, Lynn was Air lifted to the Vermont Medical Center, where she passed.
While there is never any appropriate conciliation for such an incident, Lynn was in the deep woods, in the company of her dear friends, surrounded by the type of wild lands that she knew and loved.
A remembrance of her life was recently celebrated at the Baptist Church in Lake Placid, and it was packed. It was obvious her impact was considerable, and her friends were many. As a heavy rain beat down on the roof of the church, the Pastor noted, "Even the angels are crying".
AS A TRIBUTE TO LYNN. WE WILL KEEP "CONNECTING PEOPLE TO THE ADIRONDACKS". You will see many types of trips on this Site. Take a look around then contact us. We will strive to do all Lynn wanted and more!.
Welcome to Adirondack Connections. We invite you to join area guides in their travels, where ever they may go. This site will continue to foster connections between outdoor enthusiasts and the local Adirondack guides that know these wild lands and still waters so well. So for further information on the type of trips that can be taken. Please look over the website or to see a list of other licensed NYS licensed Guides, please visit www.nysoga.com.
Adirondack Connections is an all-season adventure site waiting to take you on an amazing trip. Guides who are owners of their own outdoor trip planning service specializing in group outdoor adventures. We have welcomed outdoor enthusiasts - both beginner and more experienced - for Adirondack Canoeing, Kayaking, Adirondack Camping, Hiking, Backpacking & Snowshoeing experiences. We offer guided trips throughout the Adirondack Park - The St. Regis Canoe, Bog River, Whitney Wilderness, Essex Lakes,
Northville-Placid Trail and the popular High Peaks Wilderness, Raquette River, Saranac Lakes, and Cranberry Lake Wild Forest areas. We design custom trip packages based on the individual and group interests, needs, desires and comfort levels.
We also offer a variety of Adirondack Getaway trips for Woman Only. Women's canoe, kayak trips. Paddling adventures in the Adirondack Mountains. Also backpacking, snowshoeing and camping experiences. We even offer Adirondack hiking trips in the Adirondack High Peaks for those
aspiring to become Adirondack 46ers. Complete to partial outfitting, and meals for most dietary preferences, can be accommodated.
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Guides awaiting all strive to provide personalized, memorable, informative and satisfying experiences for all who share time with us outdoors. Lynn enjoys sharing her passion, experience and favorite places with
those willing to spend time with her. They will be with you each step and stroke throughout your journey.
Days and hours of operation: The days and hours we can be reached vary due to the nature of our business.
Email and phone messages work well for us. We appreciate phone calls between the hours of 8:00am-6:00pm.
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Adventure Stay 'n Play Packages or other multi-day adventure
opportunities. Gift Certificates are available upon request.