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The Joy of Skating After So Many Years

Skating

I woke up early. The early snow had inspired me. Instead of curling up and falling asleep like a bear this winter, I decided to embrace the season. All I needed to live out my newfound Nordic attitude were ice skates and cross country ski boots. I had grown up skiing and skating, but the more boring things in life had taken over recently. That was about to change.

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Giving Thanks On a Hike to Bash Bish Falls

Hiking

The turkey is brined (or not — depending on whether you are a believer), the teenagers’ vegan casserole has been concocted, and you’ve got young, old and every age in between converging on your house in a few hours. What is one to do to keep these people happy and away from the booze until dinner starts? Or to calm your own nerves before the onslaught? Or perhaps you are on your own this Thanksgiving and would like to do something special?

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Amaryllis: The Plant That Keeps On Giving

The Lazy Gardener

When is the most important time to have big, boisterous blooms?  In the dead of winter of course, when you’re in desperate need of some real garden joy.  My friend Sally suggested an Amaryllis garden — lots of bright red and white blossoms for the Holidays. Or dark burgundy, under lit by tea lights, running down the dining room table. Perfect. I’ve always grabbed bulbs on sale at Home Depot and scattered them around.  It never quite did the trick. This disciplined use of color, form and repetition sounded truly elegant.

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Now, Hiking Down The Mountain

Hiking

There is a difference between being alone and being lonely. This is what I was thinking as I finished my peanut butter and jelly sandwich, took one more look at the amazing view, and started down from the summit of Bear Mountain toward Paradise Lane Trail to complete the Undermountain Trail loop in Salisbury. 

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Walking Meditation In Salisbury

Hiking

Everything changed when I took a walk in the woods. I have lived in the northwest corner for 15 years and I thought I knew the area well. But there is another world going on alongside the one we think we know, a parallel place that is peaceful and  cool even on the hottest days of summer, and quietly waiting to be explored. 

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Saving Seeds For Beginners

Garden

Imagine this. You come upon a flower in a friend ‘s garden and you just have to have it because you’ve never seen anything so pretty.  (OK, in that moment you haven’t.) You can’t steal it — she’s watching.  You can’t buy it because she tells you she got it on her plant-hunting trip to the UK (la-di-da) She finally offers to let you take seeds. (Yippee!!) 

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The Planet’s Fragility is Predicted by Monarchs

Anurag Agrawal, professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, is the author of last year’s award-winning book, “Monarchs and Milkweeds: A Migrating Butterfly, A Poisonous Plant, And Their Remarkable Story Of Coevolution.” He has agreed to answer five questions, so we can learn more about one of our favorite Lepidoptera. 

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Foraging For Mushrooms With An Expert

It’s a perfect day for foraging in the woods: It’s not hot, not buggy and not really raining and the big white 2006 K 150 Sierra GMC scoots over the hillocks and washes and sunken places on the way to forest trails at a pretty fast clip.  “Don’t worry,” Erin Seelenbrandt tells me. “I’ve been driving mountain roads since I was 11.”
I believe her.

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Where it’s AT: The Accessible Appalachian Trail

Hiking

Falls Village is certainly not the only town in the Northwest Corner that has a section of the Appalachian Trail. But this tiny town has something that the other towns don’t have: a section that is accessible to travelers in wheelchairs or with strollers. 

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Golfing For Pleasure

Sports

Undermountain Golf Course, a hidden treasure in the area, is open for business. Small, intimate and quiet, this lovely little golf course in Copake is  a pleasure to play. 
There are many reasons to golf at Undermountain. The course borders the Taconic Park and is a virtual wildlife sanctuary, with many birds of prey soaring overhead and every sort of animal going through the woods.  

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