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Kayaking the most dangerous section of the Upper Niagara River

The upper Niagara River between the Peace Bridge and International Railroad Bridge is considered the most dangerous section of the river. Due to its fast moving current, large volume of water, and unpredictable swirls, it is not a beginner’s paddle. It has claimed many lives and boats throughout the years. We had proper gear and …

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Finding a New Place on the North Country Trail

Guest Postby Shane Hawkins The North Country National Scenic Trail, generally known as the North Country Trail or simply ‘NCT’ is the longest National Scenic Trail in the National Trails System. It stretches more than 4,600 miles through eight states (North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont). The NCT traverses Michigan’s …

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Letchworth State Park: Finger Lakes Trail at The Grand Canyon of the East

The Letchworth section of the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) is a spur trail running along the entire eastern side of Letchworth State Park. Dubbed “The Grand Canyon of the East”, the park has a gorge cutting through it which rises close to 550’ deep in places and is end capped by Mt Morris Dam at …

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Book Review: Among the Cloud Splitters: Place Names of High Peaks Wilderness Area

The Adirondack High Peaks region in New York State is riddled with history.  In fact, Theodore Roosevelt was on the summit of Mount Marcy when he learned he needed to come to Buffalo, NY to become president in the wake of President McKinley’s assassination and death.  But do you know why it is called Mount …

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Book Review: Color Remote: Bushwhacking the Adirondack Mountains

On the surface, “Color Remote: Bushwhacking the Adirondack Mountains” by Erik Schlimmer, is a beautiful coffee table book full amazing photographs of nature. My wife’s first reaction was “This is gorgeous!”  If you quickly thumb through the pages, you will see things you might expect like mountains, wildflowers, streams, lakes and birds.  But to really …

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