(series in progress)
The Adirondack mountains of upstate New York have long served as a haven for New Yorkers. Heading north has been a time honored way to escape the crush and din of the city and explore the great outdoors with good friends and family. These old Adirondack motels with their fanciful handcrafted signs capture the spirit of that adventure, promoting themselves as gateways to a land more wild and exotic. Sadly, as tastes have changed and tourists head to easier to reach destinations, these historic examples of motel culture have been slowly fading into obscurity. I have been tracking down old postcards of these sites to see how they have evolved over time, whether being re-invented by new owners, closed and for sale, or demolished altogether. My hope is to preserve a photographic record of this unique slice of Adirondack history before it disappears completely, so that we may be inspired to head out into our own unique mountain adventures.