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A Sneak Peek Through the Peaks

Living in the Adirondacks, I knew I’d inevitably come across some breathtaking views. I’ve hiked various mountains in the North Country, but I’d never seen a view quite like the one offered by the Adirondack Flying Service and their scenic flights located in Lake Placid. For approximately $55 per person and a promise to see the stunning scenery of the Adirondacks from a different perspective, how could I resist? The plane raced down the runway of the Lake Placid Airport, and soon we were soaring over Mirror Lake. The colors from fall still radiated, but an early October snowfall covered…

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North Star: Local Comic Artist Makes It Big

(Do North/Kevin McAvey)    Andy MacDonald’s life headed north when he moved from Malone, New York, to Plattsburgh in eighth grade and found Fantastic Planet, Plattsburgh’s premier comic book store. This past November, Fantastic Planet invited MacDonald, now a comic book artist best known for his illustrations of Batman and X-Men, to hold a signing for DC Comics’ “The New 52: Future’s End #28,” an issue he had just recently completed. For MacDonald, this signing was a homecoming in both the physical and artistic sense. Fantastic Planet for MacDonald is both a place he can get comic books and where…

Mayor’s Cup: Boat Races and More Along Lake Champlain

Some circled like sharks around the starting line, creating a zigzagging pattern in their wake. The anticipation from shore was heightened a thousand times more on the water, up close to the churning, sleek ships that would sail for glory that day. A steady breeze guided the 36-foot long boat through the glistening waters of Lake Champlain as it made its way down the lake from the Plattsburgh Boat Basin. Manned by an eight-person crew led by a veteran of the Mayor’s Cup Regatta race Ed Trombley, The Odinn was a powerful contender for the sailing event on the Adirondack Coast. Trombley, who taught himself…

Parachuting Back Down to Earth

The expression “time flies” did not apply when I was in the tiny plane wearing a bulky flight suit and mentally preparing myself for the big jump ahead. I had signed up for this, a leap out of an airplane and a descent into the Champlain Valley, courtesy of the Malone Parachute Club. I paid my $220 fee and trained with instructors on the ground. But I was nowhere near ready. As the plane went up, instructor Dave Swanson showed me the area from the window and told me about the history of a river related to the French Revolution. Honestly, I couldn’t pay attention to…

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Canopy Tours in Tupper Lake

The corten steel poles, already rusted perfectly to give a natural Adirondack feel, rise high past the trees in a triangular form. Birds zigzag through Feeder Alley, a bird observations zone without a care in the world. A giant spider web gleams in the distance while an enormous white pine snag awaits anyone brave enough to enter the spiral staircase inside. Magic happens when someone walks among the treetops 30 feet in the air. Welcome to the Wild Walk: an elevating journey into nature that opens this summer at Tupper Lake’s Adirondack Wild Center. The idea of the Wild Walk…

Photoesque Wedding Destinations

Laughter echoes, the wind blows softly, and the crisp mid-September air smells of autumn. The music starts.  Guests smile, wipe away tears of joy and gasp excitedly.  Chris Corley, in his gray tailored suit, beams with happiness. Amy Belzer has started walking down the aisle, the rustic mountain setting — peaks, pines, and meadows — as flawless as her traditional white gown. Amid a cultural boom in all things nuptial — from royal wedding frenzies to “The Bachelor” to “Bridezillas” — the Adirondack Coast has become a coveted destination for couples looking to get hitched. The area offers breathtaking views…

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