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A group of us had planned to take a ride out to the Thirsty Moose for lunch one Saturday at the beginning of the season to see how the trails were. This is one of my favorite rides in the Tupper Lake Area. It’s a nicely groomed ride, scenic, and ends with a tasty destination. 

We started off from Tupper Lake around 10 a.m. and headed out of town past Raquette River Brewing and down Pitchfork Pond Road. It was a beautiful blue bird day with the sun shining, and there were about six snowmobiles in our pack. We took off out of town via the Matumbla trails. The riding was smooth with the occasional rock or stick poking through as it was still early in the season. We passed many different packs of snowmobilers as everyone has been waiting for a big snowfall to get out and ride! 

We made it to Piercefield fairly easily with no bumps in the road and crossed the highway, headed for the Massaweepie Easement. This is a great spot to pull over and take a break if needed, stretch your legs, as there is tons of room to pull off the trail. The Massaweepie section of the ride is my favorite part because we pass a couple lakes and it provides beautiful scenery to the ride. 

Our destination wasn’t far off now. As we got closer we started seeing signs for The Thirsty Moose, as the trail comes right out in the back of the restaurant. The restaurant is now under new ownership, but still has the same delicious menu and great atmosphere as the Moose has always had! We went in and took our gear off to warm up next to the wood stove. We had a drink and sat down while the kids in the group played the ever popular ring toss game! It keeps them busy while the parents relax. 

With a great menu to fill up any type of snowmobiler, my recommendation is the turkey reuben. One of the best I’ve ever had! Along with great food, The Thirsty Moose is a one-stop shop for travelers on snowmobiles. They have gas to fuel up your sled, or if you are looking for a place to rest your head for the night, rent one of their cozy cabins that can sleep up to four people! If you are planning a snowmobile ride and looking for lodging, I recommend the Thirsty Moose Cabins, especially since they are in prime location right off of the snowmobile trails. 

After we fueled up our bellies and our sleds, we headed back into the woods to find our way back to Tupper Lake.

Looking for your next snowmobile destination? Make it the Tupper Lake area, the riding can’t be beat! 

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