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  • The home stretch
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    The home stretch

    Sometimes the nail-biter is the car-ride home

    By Pamela Chergotis

    It had been a wonderful week in the Adirondacks, alternating days on the trail with days on the water. But just as we were preparing to leave, our car, with our kayaks loaded on the roof and our little camper hitched to the back, developed a problem. I can’t...

  • Yes, New Jersey has lakes

    Yes, New Jersey has lakes

    Tom was taking me for a swim at one of those special places in the country it seemed only he knew about. I was waiting on the...

    • May 1, 2019 03:18 pm
  • A wall that doesn’t scream Keep Out

    A wall that doesn’t scream Keep Out

    Long before the Border Wall, fences have been provocative: keeping something in or out; the good side, the bad side. The idea...

    • May 1, 2019 01:47 pm
  • Go West, young man

    Go West, young man

    Adjusting to life in the bizarre, breathtaking Red Rocks

    By Jacob Straus

    In January I drove my trusty Subaru...

    • May 1, 2019 01:05 pm
  • In the path of the jaguar

    In the path of the jaguar

    A rare case of hope for an apex predator

    By Jenna Gersie

    Connor and I walk with a guide and other tourists down...

    • Mar 6, 2019 01:00 pm
  • Cozy factor up, carbon footprint zero

    Cozy factor up, carbon footprint zero

    Heat pumps conjure warmth from sub-zero air

    By Becca Tucker

    Michael Helme carries a tray upstairs with two cups...

    • Mar 1, 2019 12:00 pm
  • Unseen forces

    Unseen forces

    March and April are edge months, blurry parts of a few seasons, both leftover winter and flashes of spring. T.S Eliot got to this...

    • Feb 28, 2019 03:11 pm
  • The trail abides

    The trail abides

    A section of the Appalachian Trail high above Culver Lake summons bittersweet memories of old friends who have faded from our...

    • Feb 28, 2019 02:09 pm
  • Walking with (not riding on) elephants

    Walking with (not riding on) elephants



    About an hour’s drive southwest of Chiang Mai, Thailand, my high school...

    • Feb 7, 2019 03:37 pm
  • The hiker’s secret to longevity

    The hiker’s secret to longevity

    I’m holed up under the dryer at the beauty salon, flipping through magazines, when I come across a feature on celebrity...

    • Jan 8, 2019 01:13 pm
  • The shock of the sting

    The shock of the sting

    For those who pay attention to accidents and coincidences, a hornet sting might be an occasion of interest. So when my wife got...

    • Jan 2, 2019 02:03 pm
  • My ayahuasca adventure

    My ayahuasca adventure

    An exercise in meeting fear

    By Cody Rounds

    In March I found myself alone in Iquitos, a city nestled in the...

    • Dec 31, 2018 12:30 pm
  • Artist sister’s bungalow

    Somewhere in the black dirt, a family compound is taking shape. I can’t say where, because town code might have a problem...

    • Dec 3, 2018 10:04 am
  • Memory ‘loss’: a failing or a release?

    Memory ‘loss’: a failing or a release?

    Memory is a Thin Place, at times a deep, dark forest, equal to any National Park. What lurks? On Christmas, my 91-year-old uncle...

    • Nov 6, 2018 03:33 pm
  • The tug of the not-so-high peaks

    The tug of the not-so-high peaks

    I love the Adirondacks and the Catskills in equal measure. The Adirondacks have star quality. They have the highest peaks in New...

    • Nov 1, 2018 11:00 am
  • Reconnecting with Night

    At least a third of our life is spent in The Night, that thin place which has always disturbed and terrified humans. Dwell for a...

    • Sep 1, 2018 12:00 pm
  • A month on my feet

    A month on my feet

    A pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago

    By Jacob Straus

    On April 11 I set off to walk across Spain. Over the next...

    • Aug 30, 2018 02:22 pm
  • Hairballs: the downside of camping

    Hairballs: the downside of camping

    Our success as campers will depend on our ability to stomach the messes others leave behind. This revelation comes to me as I...

    • Jul 2, 2018 03:39 pm
  • 100 amateur archeologists

    100 amateur archeologists

    Buried in the swirl of summer events is a favorite, that yearly Drowned Lands Historical Society’s tour of a Native...

    • Jul 1, 2018 12:00 pm
  • The dark, quirky castle on the Hudson

    The dark, quirky castle on the Hudson

    The castle on Bannerman Island is a strong contender for weirdest landmark on the Hudson River. You may have caught a glimpse...

    • Jul 1, 2018 12:00 pm
  • For a lake view, they built on stilts

    For a lake view, they built on stilts

    It’s a Sunday spring morning. Colin Dickerman, Peter Koblish and their two pit bulls are, at last, spending it in their...

    • Jul 1, 2018 12:00 pm
  • A dispatch from the winding road

    A dispatch from the winding road

    Last September, we ran a story about newlyweds Ricky and Megan McAndress, who had just hit the road in their Airstream Argosy. It...

    • May 11, 2018 03:20 pm
  • A not so empty field

    A not so empty field

    A road isn’t typically an interesting place. But a trip down Maple Grange Road in Vernon offers a compacted, telescopic...

    • May 2, 2018 12:28 pm
  • Asking the right questions

    Asking the right questions

    How do you want to be in the world? And do kitchen cabinets really need doors?

    By Becca Tucker

    It’s a...

    • Mar 12, 2018 10:59 am
  • Deliberately ‘a little undone’

    Deliberately ‘a little undone’

    It’s unusual that a new community project root and flourish quickly. Often there are mistakes, rethinking and...

    • Mar 1, 2018 02:52 pm
  • Night school

    Night school



    Night school

    By Ken Mitchell



    Ah Sun-flower! weary of time,

    Who countest the steps...

    • Mar 1, 2018 02:52 pm
  • Outhiking your demons

    Outhiking your demons

    The scariest part about hiking isn’t the bears or the snakes. It’s being alone with your thoughts. Unlike other...

    • Jan 5, 2018 02:58 pm
  • ‘Pop-up’ places of wonder?

    ‘Pop-up’ places of wonder?

    Thin places are doorways into “other” worlds, experiences that surprise, refresh and enchant. Our region is blessed...

    • Jan 5, 2018 02:58 pm
  • Taking pause

    Taking pause

    The first couple decades, you grow up. The next couple, you raise your kids. Then you can pursue a journey all your own.

    • Jan 5, 2018 02:57 pm
  • The yurty life

    The yurty life

    Welcome to Copperline Farm, says David Wannen as I pull up the long, meandering driveway. It’s not exactly a farm –...

    • Jan 5, 2018 02:54 pm

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