Cornell Program Shines Light on New York Maple Industry
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Cornell Program Shines Light on New York Maple Industry

The Great Maple Syrup Caper of 2012 brought worldwide attention to a little known major industry. Quebec, which produces up to 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup, was reputed to have 10 million pounds–valued at $30 million– of the golden liquid in the warehouse that was hit. The New York Maple industry isn’t yet on that…

Storming the Castle on the Bannerman Island Tour
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Storming the Castle on the Bannerman Island Tour

Starting this week, it will be a little easier to visit the mysterious castle ruins seen from train windows on the Hudson lines. On May 4th, Bannerman Castle Trust will officially debut the new-to-them RV Estuary Steward, a 40′ by 12.5′ boat donated by the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse. I had a chance to check out…

High Falls Gorge, Stunning Adirondacks Waterfall
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High Falls Gorge, Stunning Adirondacks Waterfall

Mud season comes late in the Adirondacks, and lingers past the advent of spring blossoms in New York’s milder zones. From April to about mid-June, hikers are warned to avoid the wet and muddy high elevation trails. But with the temporary loss of trail access comes another seasonal boon–spectacular New York waterfalls. On a mild April…

Lessons Learned at Mesa Verde National Park
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Lessons Learned at Mesa Verde National Park

A glass of wine, dusk on a serpentine road, and no barrier between said road and annihilation don’t mix. That’s one of those lessons learned when exploring America’s grand national park system. The year was 2009, and I was a mom on a mission, traveling with two tweens–barely 13-year-old Kayla and 9-year-old Alex–on a journey…

Copper Mountain Caters to Ski Athletes (and their Families!)
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Copper Mountain Caters to Ski Athletes (and their Families!)

While most ski resorts wait for snow to cover trails, Copper Mountain in Colorado welcomes the U.S. Ski Team to train at a speed center described as a “game changer for U.S. athletes.” Though this is undoubtably of benefit to World Cup contenders and Olympic hopefuls, even more impressive is what the ski resort offers…