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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

Train Ride to North Creek

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Train Ride to North Creek

Last weekend I joined the good people at All Over Albany on an excursion into the Adirondacks on the Saratoga & North Creek Railway, with a wine and cheese tasting at barVino in North Creek. I had been curious about this train since Bennett brought back great photos for AOA on that very same route last winter, and Cheryl Clark's enthusiastic review of barVino helped seal the deal. This was a beautiful ride, concluded with a superb feast of cheese. ... Continue Reading

Baby Animals Bonanza

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 12:10 am

Baby Animals Bonanza

Baby lambs. Ducklings. Bunnies in a blanket. Mini-goats. Piglets. Nope, that's not what's for dinner, but it's still on the menu today with a special “OMG Baby Animalz!” double-feature post. I hit Indian Ladder Farms and Hancock Shaker Village in the search for America's Next Top Rooster and come back not only smitten, but very hungry. Baby animals, you are so delicious... ... 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

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

12 Hours in Columbia County

Posted on January 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm

12 Hours in Columbia County

Like many in the Capital District, I often rely on the good folks at All Over Albany to keep myself busy during the weekend. They uncover places that can be enjoyed in small, one hour bite-size diversions but also feature more involved road trips to the farthest reaches of the 518. Looking for some fresh air a few Saturdays ago, we decided to put one such trip to the test. Posted in 2010, the aptly titled “12 hours in Columbia ... Continue Reading

Snapshots of Fall

Posted on November 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Snapshots of Fall

My first souvenir of an Indian summer dates back to the fall of 2001, when I moved to the United States. The phenomenon, made popular in my country by American singer and hair model Joe Dassin in the 70's, sounded quite different from the dreary debacle gracing France in late October. Joe and his tight pants were right, the fall foliage bursting into vivid yellows, oranges, and reds melted my jaded eyeballs, a unique experience the scientific community ranks close ... Continue Reading