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Greenhouses Lead to Fresh Produce

The smell of fresh mulch pervades one’s nostrils and eyes behold splashes of reds, golds, and oranges: a palette mirroring the region’s autumn leaves on display inside the greenhouses at Rulf’s Orchard. A staple in the region for over 50 years, the orchard offers numerous activities like rides to their pumpkin patch and corn maze in the fall, picking 12 different types of apples and Christmas tree cutting for the holidays. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are available at Rulfs’ roadside stand, and a year-round bakery offers decadent donuts and other homemade treats. Rulfs 54 acres of farmland consisting of mainly…

Champlain’s Past with Piracy Turns into Festivity

“Raise your glass to smugglers, for they help small towns survive and now the lake’s alive with snakes — the potash business thrives,” sings Pete Sutherland in his song, “The Black Snake and The Fly,” about the epic battle between the two ships on the waters of Lake Champlain. The Embargo Act of 1807, issued by Thomas Jefferson in an attempt to prevent war and force Great Britain and France to recognize and respect America’s rights, ended up causing more harm to our country than good, especially for the small towns in the Champlain Valley. Trade with British Canada, forbidden…

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…