My wife, Kathy, and I have been campground hosts at Heart Lake for 8-9 weeks during the past 8 years. Our week at Heart Lake is always enjoyable and we look forward to it each year. The campground host program is available to all ADK members by contacting the coordinator.

The week begins at noon on a Sunday and ends a week later at noon. A typical day for us begins early when we walk from the campground to the Loj to check our email using the Loj’s wifi. This is followed by breakfast in the dining room where we interact with the Loj guests and some campers who sign up for breakfast. Experiences hiking the High Peaks are exchanged; “newbies” are given advice; when asked, we suggest trails and hikes to inexperienced hikers, etc. At 8am, we check in at the front desk and provide with a list of late camping arrivals to contact about registering at the Loj. Sometimes there are other messages to transmit to campers. We make a circuit of all the campsites picking up litter as we go. We check the washroom to ensure both have necessary supplies. Usually we finish our loop between 9 and 9:30am and again check in at the front desk to let them know of any problems.

At that point, we are free for a few hours. With the campground responsibilities, there isn’t enough time to hike the longer High peak trails, although a few times I have climbed a high peak while Kathy did the host duties.

Dinner at the Loj is next with people extolling the day’s exploits and planning the following day’s hikes. After dinner we return to our site where we sell firewood after the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) hss closed. Quiet hours are at 10 p.m and a staff member walks the campground at that time and speaks with groups who are too loud. Prior to the 10 a.m. quiet time, Usually 9:30-9:45 we make a loop in the campground to warn people of the impending quiet time.

The campground has a short list of rules that we remind campers of during our interactions with them on each of our “walk-throughs”.

If the above appeals to you, email ADK.CGH@gmail.com. This email address can also be accessed through ADK’s website.