Plattsburgh Then vs. Now

(DoNorth/Jessica Blondell) Plattsburgh City Beach THEN: Judging by the beach attire and the cars scattered along the beach, Roger Black, Clinton County Historical Society volunteer of historic photos, estimates this photo was taken in the early 1920s. When the weather warmed up and the beach welcomed visitors, people from the surrounding Plattsburgh area and into Canada would park their cars on beach and bask in the sun with friends and family. NOW: The Plattsburgh City Beach is one of the largest freshwater beaches in the United States, according to the City of Plattsburgh Parks and Recreation Department, and has views…

Bird is the Word

(DoNorth/Jessica Blondell) Clinton County is a haven for wild feathered friends. Check out what to bring, where to go, species to look for and a few good references to bring on a birding adventure. What you’ll need: Binoculars William Krueger, birding enthusiast and author, suggests buying a nice pair of binoculars to have the best experience birding. “Don’t go cheap,” he says. “Spend at least $150 minimum or up to $250 for a good pair. Don’t go over the top though, like $2,000 on a pair, if you’re just starting out in case you don’t like it.” Notebook and pencil:…

Discover Plattsburgh and ADK Hard Cider Irish Festival

(DoNorth/Kayla Breen) Plattsburgh has been notoriously known for its St. Patrick’s Day spirit since the 1970s when thousands of college students and community members gathered downtown in massive crowds at the bars. Without becoming an actual riot, Plattsburgh turned into a mob of people dressed as leprechauns drinking their holiday-inspired green beer. One such crowd at the Monopole, a popular bar downtown, caused a beam in the floor to break, spreading fear that the entire floor would cave in at any moment. Police could not weave through the party-goers, even when someone needed to be taken to the hospital after…

Sail boats float against an orange and pink horizon.

Fun off the Shore

(DoNorth/Jessica Blondell) The boat moves through the water as the wind whips around the sails. The crew feels a rush of energy as the boat picks up speed. The cool, fresh water splashes over the sides of the sailboat as the captain steers through the course. He watches as his team moves through the steps they have repeated so many times before. Their sailboat passes another, and another, until they reach the finish line and can finally take a breath of relief and victory. For Ed Trombley, a member of the Valcour Sailing Club, that is the power he feels…

The Perfect Escape: Beginners Trail the New Land Trust

When I drove to Saranac to find out what the New Land Trust was all about, I had one of the best car rides of my two years living in the North Country. The scenery of the Adirondack Mountains, nearby farms and dirt roads made it hard to concentrate on the road ahead of me. Once I finally found the dirt and grass patch designated for parking by the sign-in book, I parked my car and eagerly wandered up the trail toward the cabin that signals the starting point for many of the trails. Doug Yu, a board member of…

All-Year Climbing at the Crux

 The scent of sweaty gym socks hits me, and I scrunch my nose in disgust. Looking around, I see no one else is affected by the smell; instead, they look at peace with smiles on their faces. I quickly feel my face redden and hope no one saw my expression a few seconds ago. It’s only my second time climbing, and I don’t want to offend anyone. Putting a smile on my face, I move closer to one of the Crux staff members and focus on what they are saying. Brian, the director of the Crux, was explaining how young…

Sledding Down Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain dog sled tours show a fun and festive time gliding around the snow.

Up the Wall at the Crux

Mountains aren’t the only place to climb. The Crux is has walls you can climb in warmth all year long.

Spiking on the Plattsburgh Shore

(DoNorth/Seth Thomas) Worthy of a postcard from paradise, the fine-grained sand of Plattsburgh City Beach comprises one of the largest freshwater beaches in the United States. It has played host to sporting leagues, fitness classes, major cup events and live music festivals. On July 26, 2014, the beach will host its first ever Pro-Am Volleyball tournament — the Extreme Volleyball Professionals (EVP) Tour. Plattsburgh City Beach features over a mile of sandy beach, a swimming area, tables and grills, a concession stand, kayak rentals and a nature trail. The beach itself is smooth, with minimal rocks — perfect for volleyball. “To…

Tips for a Hopeful Bass Fisher

Lake Champlain’s bass season opens the second Saturday of June and runs through late fall. The lake is popular for its summer tournaments. The fish, including smallmouth and largemouth bass, lay dormant underneath the icy crust that covers the lake over the winter season. The key to knowing when bass fishing starts? Blooming flowers and falling leaves. The best time to go fishing? The season’s first week. At least according to Captain Howard Hammond, a local tour guide. After all, the central south region of Lake Champlain is known in the United States as Bass Country. In this wide and…

Check Out Women on Wheels at the Mayor’s Cup

Group biking offers endurance building and working toward a common goal. W.O.W., a new biking program, is ready to fulfill those things. Made by Plattsburgh’s local Maui North, Women on Wheels of the North Country was made to service women to reach their biking goals. Maui North co-owner Kim Manion explained the group is for women with the goal of improving their bike riding ability, expanding connections and competing in Mayor’s Cup 20-, 50- or 70-mile ride. They can be spotted at this year’s Mayor’s Cup Bike Ride July 12 wearing matching jersey shirts with the group’s logo. Participant Teri LeeLaMora, 42, believes that Women…