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Freedlyville Ice Quarry

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Freedlyville Ice Quarry

We paid a little visit to the Freedlyville Quarry, an abandoned marble quarry located north of Manchester, VT. Opened in 1790, it measures an impressive 200 by 600 feet (60 by 180 meters). Flooded portions freeze during the winter, forming a natural ice rink until early summer. Or, as we call it around here, the new winter. ... Continue Reading

Weekend in Cape Cod

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Weekend in Cape Cod

It took me about 12 years but I finally made it to Cape Cod. I had heard so much about this fabled land that I had to check it for myself. It is real. Despite waking up at an unprecedented 4:30am and driving no less than 640 miles in one weekend (that’s 1030 km for you Frencheners), I had a wonderful time. That’s the good news. The sad news is that when I woke up in Albany the next day, ... Continue Reading

The Tiny Fern Forest Tree House in Vermont

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 11:53 pm

The Tiny Fern Forest Tree House in Vermont

I'm a fan of road trips and quirky places. Once you get well acquainted with the Capital Region, there comes a time when you have to drive farther and farther away and need a place to stay overnight. Why not try something different? Enters Airbnb, “an online service that provides a platform for individuals, generally private parties, to rent living space and short-term lodging to guests”. I discovered this service about a year ago and I can't recommend it highly enough. Not ... Continue Reading

Art Omi at Night

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Art Omi at Night

Fall is knocking hard on our doors right now, and if you are new to the Capital District you are in for a treat. I have a soft spot for contemporary art so let me recommend three open air museums that combine foliage and creativity: Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, Art Omi in Ghent, and A Rising Tide in Athens. I've mentioned Art Omi earlier this year, but I recently unearthed a few photos I took... around 1AM. What looks ... Continue Reading

Color Me Rad Albany 2012

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 12:16 am

Color Me Rad Albany 2012

This past Saturday morning I found yet another excuse to pick up cider donuts at Altamont Orchards by stopping at the Color Me Rad 5K Run for a few photos. The race, to benefit the Special Olympics New York, took place at the fairgrounds and promised to be colorful. Victim of its success, it also promised to be a nightmare for the small town of Altamont, gridlocking Route 20 & 146 for miles.  “Rad” didn't die in the 80's, after all. A 75% female attendance ... Continue Reading

Minnewaska State Park

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Minnewaska State Park

If you were out and about in the Capital Region this past weekend I don't need colorful words to describe the weather. It was magnifique, with a side of sacrebleu. The right amount of sun, the right amount of breeze, and the right amount of water snakes. At least that's how I remember our trip to Minnewaska State Park. After almost ten years around here I love that there are still a few gorgeous state parks to discover less than ... Continue Reading

Lantern Tour at Howe Caverns

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Lantern Tour at Howe Caverns

It is Saturday night and I'm 160 feet below the surface, trying not to lose sight of the makeshift lantern in front of me as we make our way back through the Winding Way. The three-foot wide series of curves and corners — formed by the retreating glaciers through limestone — is the last section of The Lantern Tour, a one hour and a half underground getaway at the popular Howe Caverns in Schoharie County, New York. If you grew ... Continue Reading

Hudson River State Hospital

Posted on March 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

Hudson River State Hospital

A few weeks ago, James, Helena, Bennett, and myself headed out north of Poughkeepsie to visit the abandoned Hudson River State Hospital, a former psychiatric hospital designed by Frederick Clarke Withers in 1867. The facility, overlooking the Hudson River, was closed down in 2001 and since then has fallen into a state of disrepair. This site is one of the largest I had ever set foot in. We decided to stay away from its most hazardous corners and explored a ... Continue Reading

Dundas Castle

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Dundas Castle

A few days ago James, Bennett, and myself took the long ride back to Sullivan County to visit the Dundas Castle. Perched on a small hill overlooking the Beaverkill, this abandoned manor is a fine example of Neo-Gothic architecture, a movement that appeared in the late nineteenth century in North America. To our surprise, we bumped into many passersby walking the castle's corridors that afternoon. Its three turrets visible from the road and good structural integrity have made this mountain ... Continue Reading

Bozen Kill Falls in Christman Sanctuary

Posted on February 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Bozen Kill Falls in Christman Sanctuary

Owned by the Nature Conservancy since 1970, Christman Sanctuary is a beautiful site that offers an easy hike through a plantation of cedars, spruces, and pines. A highlight of these 97 acres located off the beaten path near Duanesburg, NY is the Bozenkill, with its 30-foot waterfall and numerous smaller cataracts. This preserve is a sight to behold in winter and should you be agile enough, you might even get a chance to venture behind its frozen walls. I explored the ... Continue Reading