A Glide Around the Lake Champlain Islands

I enjoy kayaking whenever I get the chance, but this trip is unlike any other. It’s a Saturday morning in May. The water is chilly, but I can’t wait until summer; the woman who leased me the kayak said The Kayak Shack doesn’t usually open until then. But she understands my restlessness. I embark from Ausable Point, one of many launch points in the North Country, including Peru, Plattsburgh and Point Au Roche. The picturesque scenery draws my thoughts away from everything, each stroke bringing me toward one feeling — subtle bliss. I travel along the coast, finding little coves…

Lake Champlain’s Historic Shipwrecks

More than three hundred shipwrecks sit mysteriously on the bottom of Lake Champlain — and Champy, the lake’s resident monster, isn’t the only one who gets to see them. Whether you want to scuba dive to them or stay dry in the comfort of a boat tour, the historic shipwrecks are sites to see. “Being underwater and diving down to the wrecks is like a time capsule,” Archie Jones says. “It’s very exhilarating.” Jones owns A & M Scuba in Ellenburg Depot, New York, where he offers multiple classes for all levels of divers. He’s been diving for more than…

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Lake Placid’s Dream Sport: Bobsledding

As he stares at the back of his wife’s hel­met 5 inches from his face, Andy Clayton wonders what possessed him to get into the rocket ship-like capsule about to zoom 60 mph down a half-mile sheet of ice. Sud­denly, two muscular men pile into the sled, sandwiching Clayton and his wife tightly to­gether. The sled starts moving. Deep breath. There is no backing out now. They are off. Some 30 seconds of jerk­ing and jostling later, Clayton’s bucket list is one task closer to competition. Bobsled like an Olympian – done. You don’t need to study Russian or a…