"Outdoors" tag

Why I’m still alive today

I was ten in 1966. My Uncle Ian took me skiing, which was about as close to religion as we got. Every weekend all winter long we drove up from Bearsville to Belleayre,…

Here comes summer

Beware of ticks and teens, poison ivy, rabies and snakes   Summertime, and the living is … well, actually, it’s dangerous. The thought seems at odds with the sunshine, the green leaves, the…

County fairs of the Hudson Valley

Jen Holz captures the rare beauty of 4H youth   A boy rests against a snoozing goat, his cowboy hat tipped over his eyes, her Nubian ears softy flicking against his cheek. He…

Swimming holes

Corinne Mol discloses open secrets and secret secrets   A great way to survive sweating hot days and to get the most out of summer is a dip in your favorite river, stream,…

Besotted with landscape

We live in a very beautiful area, says Staats Fasoldt, maybe the most beautiful in the country   Thirty-two years ago I began teaching at The Woodstock School of Art. I found myself…

Of flip-flops and floods

Annie Nocenti writes of her river home to many   I live on a bend in the Esopus. In the sultry months of summer those of us who live on water are popular…

The inner pilgrim

Paul Smart writes a heartfelt piece about the evolution of his summers in the region   My first summer in the Catskills was also my first summer with a car. I was 30,…

On the river: Catskill to Kingston

This week’s column is part of a series recording author Rich Parisio’s experience as a participant in the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. He paddled his kayak down the Hudson River alongside dozens…

What’s in my overnight bag?

 I have eight essential supplies when our family goes on an overnight visit to see family and friends. 1. You have already read about my excitement about Wright Naturals Bug Stuff, a locally…

Woodchuck Lodge

I have always found that memories of places are hard to disentangle from memories of people in my life. Sometimes it seems as though the streams, fields, woods and seashores we have connected…

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