It feels bittersweet for me to be writing this letter. My time at DoNorth has come to a close and I couldn’t be more proud of my work at this publication. I am even prouder of this magazine you are currently reading. I came to DoNorth three years ago as an ambitious writer with a curiosity about the Adirondack Coast. It was an unfamiliar area to me and contrasted wildly to my native surroundings of New York City.
My first article had me exploring the known exports of the region—apples, maple syrup, honey— with tasty recipes. They included a spinach and kale salad with maple citrus dressing, seasoned sweet potato crisps and apple oat crisp. As someone with a love for food and the stories that cuisines and recipes can tell, I was thrilled to tell the story of Josue Chanduvi and Grandma’s Spanish Kitchen. I learned about Chanduvi’s Peruvian-Cuban restaurant named for his grandmother and the farm-to-table fare of fresh ingredients.
Over the last three years, DoNorth has allowed me to see the beauty of Ausable Chasm in the snowy months of winter as well as the beauty of fall foliage on a drive to West Chazy to explore the region’s sugar houses. It’s been a wonderful, tasty and informative journey.
In this issue, you will find yourself on a similar journey. Follow the map on the next page and you will discover some of the hidden treasures of this area. That includes Old Town Pump, Wally Everest’s telescope now housed at the Adirondack Sky Center and Observatory in Tupper Lake or the climbing routes of Silver Lake Mountain. If food is what beckons you (as it does me) look no further than Adirondack Chocolates in Wilmington which not only boasts a wide variety of sweet treats but a long history in the region. Take flight with Adirondack Aviators and Valcour Flight Endeavors and get one step closer to soaring in the skies as a private pilot.
As a last word, I would do a disservice if I did not acknowledge the challenges we faced in bringing this issue of DoNorth to life. As the reality of COVID-19 became real in March, our team was no longer able to sit together in our office and instead found ourselves communicating via Zoom calls and email chains. But our passion for this publication never wavered and we stayed optimistic and determined. We pushed forward.
I’m thankful for my editing team of Dara Brandenberg, Haily Dang, Heaven Longo and Sierra McGivney, who kept me sane. I am honored to have worked with my design team, led by the talented Ashley Orzech.
My story has reached its final page. It took time to get here and there were mountains to climb on the way but one thing kept me going. It’s a motto we like to live by here.
Go forth and DoNorth.