Category Archives: Trips

Take Me to the River

A scenic view from high above the St. Lawrence River. Happy Labor Day!

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The leaves begin to change in Upstate New York as we fly high above the Thousand Islands Region in a hot air balloon.

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10 Days & Nights in the Adirondack Park

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A treehouse glows in the dark under Adirondack skies, and the Milky Way takes shape overhead.

We recently had the opportunity to spend 10 days and nights in the Adirondack Park relaxing under the stars. There certainly is plenty to do in the Adirondack Mountains; fabulous museums, extreme sports, hiking, climbing, competing, shopping, eating…you get the idea, we however, did none of these things. Instead we kicked our feet up and spent ten days unwinding and catching up with some great friends and family. We covered a lot of ground from Lowville to Inlet, visited a real Adirondack Great Camp, wandered around some of the local towns, and took time to appreciate the details. Of course we never travel anywhere without the trusty camera, and after a midnight encounter with a concerned neighbor, we began choosing our night photography locations a little more carefully. All in all, the trip was a success, and we returned home feeling rested, rejuvenated and ready to edit all of the photos we took. Here are some of the highlights:

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Chases Lake

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Flowers

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A Hummingbird is perched on top of a feeder in the Adirondack Park.

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Bird watching out the window of Rusty P’s – a hometown diner in the Adirondack Park.

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Berries grow on the shores of Chases Lake in Watson, New York

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Adirondack nights under a blanket of stars.

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Beaver Lake

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Beaver Lake

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A real Adirondack Great Camp from the 1920s.

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Funky bohemian interior of an Adirondack Great Camp from the 1920s.

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Beaver Lake

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Fifth Lake in Inlet. Carvings on the donated boards of the public dock denote the names and messages of the people who donated them.

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Seventh Lake

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Ranger shows a stick who’s boss as the sun goes down on Seventh Lake.

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Seaplanes on Seventh Lake

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Seventh Lake Lily Pads

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Lola is soaking up the sunshine.

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Seventh Lake

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A bridge on Seventh Lake

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Seventh Lake at night


Let There Be Downloads

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Farms on the Tug Hill – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

Hooray! We are officially one year old! What a journey it has been. We have been from Rochester to the Adirondack Park and back. We have had a number of new experiences in many new places, but since there are too many to list, we thought we would share some other numbers with you.

121 posts have seen

12,943 views from

93 different countries.

That is a lot of countries! We could never have imagined that so many of you (443 to be exact) would care enough about our adventures to follow along. To celebrate one year of blogging, exploring and photographing in Upstate New York we decided to turn some of our favorite shots into Facebook Cover Photos. All you have to do is click on the image, save it to your desktop and then upload it to your Facebook page. Click, save, upload & enjoy! Thanks for making this a great year in Upstate New York!

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Syracuse Balloon Fest in Jamesville, New York – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Syracuse Balloon Fest in Jamesville, New York – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Butterfly in Sackets Harbor – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Fireflies in Sackets Harbor – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Deer grazing in the field in Sackets Harbor – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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The Butterfly Garden at The NYS Zoo At Thompson Park – Watertown., NY. Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Flower Macro in the Adirondack Park – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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A stray kitten peeks out from his hiding place in Sackets Harbor – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Syracuse Balloon Fest in Jamesville, New York – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Ives Hill Country Club in Watertown – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Lighthouse near Henderson Harbor – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Fireworks during the CanAm festival in Sackets Harbor – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

Harborfest in Oswego, New York – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Oswego Harbor – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

Night Boating in Sackets Harbor – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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The Oswego Harbor at night – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Fireworks during the Independence Day celebration in Sackets Harbor – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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A white rose in Sandy Creek – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Evening in Sackets Harbor – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Sandy Creek – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Henderson Harbor – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

Thompson Park in Watertown – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Rainy Watertown – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Waterfalls at Whitaker Park – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Evening in Sackets Harbor – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Thompson Park in Watertown – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Raspberries at Tug Hill Vineyards – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Tug Hill Vineyards – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Thousand Islands Sunset – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Super Moon over Association Island in Henderson Harbor – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Silver Moon – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo
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Waterfalls at Whitaker Park – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Tug Hill Vineyards – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Sunny Watertown – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo

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Windmills on the Tug Hill – Upstate New York Facebook Cover Photo


Oswego Harborfest 2012

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The moon rises over Harborfest in Oswego, New York.

This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of Oswego’s Harborfest Celebration. We stopped down last night to have an amazing dinner at Vona’s restaurant and take some photos of the festivities. Hit the link to read more about Harborfest and to see a schedule of events for the next couple of days. http://www.oswegoharborfest.com/

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Lights shimmer off of Lake Ontario from a carnival during Harborfest in Oswego, New York.

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Carnival rides

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The bright lights of the carnival at Harborfest in Oswego, NY – 2012

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Carnival rides

 

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The Oswego Harbor during Harborfest 2012

 

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Oswego Smokes compete for center stage with carnival rides that have been set up for the annual Harborfest celebration.

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The dreamy Oswego Harbor, looking all glamourous in the moonlight.

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The Oswego Yacht Club light up in the darkness.


Tug Hill Vineyards

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The picturesque Tug Hill Vineyards

Comfortably nestled among the windmills of the Tug Hill Plateau lies yet another hidden gem in the north country, Tug Hill Vineyards. The quaint and charming winery features a rustic adirondack décor, panoramic views of the Black River Valley, and gardens that would make an english cottage jealous. Over 14 acres of grapevines mixed with hundreds of raspberry and blueberry plants adorn the 40 acre property that surround the winery. We stopped in for a tasting of Tug Hill Vineyards’ array of wines after a day of hiking and waterfall climbing at the near by Whitaker Park. For a very small fee ($3) we tasted 6 wines and learned about grapes, wine and the Tug Hill Plateau from our very knowledgable pourer. Afterwards, we hopped in one of the winery’s golf carts and took a spin around the vineyard. The view was spectacular, and we had a blast hopping in and out of the cart while we photographed the fruit, the scenery and the beautiful (and very friendly) dogs that guard the vines from deer and other animals. On the way out, we grabbed a few bottles of wine and made reservations for Sunday brunch the next morning. The brunch buffet was incredible. Baked ham, apple smoked bacon, florentine scrambled eggs, vegetable lasagna, homemade chicken soup, pies, cakes, french toast and so many other delicious choices were laid out for the taking as we dined out on the screened-in porch overlooking the Black River Valley. Thick glass mugs of perfectly brewed coffee and hot chocolate decorated our table as we feasted on the sweet and savory creations. We left with our bellies full thinking of how we should spend the rest of the day climbing the waterfalls to burn off the excess. This is a spot we will be returning to again and again, not only for the amazing food, but also the beautiful scenery, lovely décor and very friendly staff.

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Windmills on the Tug Hill Plateau.

Tug Hill Vineyards features “you-pick” berries and grapes from July to October, the wine cellar (open daily for tastings), brunch every Sunday and “Wine Down” – hors d’oeuvres, occasional live music and wine – every Thursday evening. For more information, event schedules and more check out their website: http://www.tughillvineyards.com/ or Tug Hill Vineyards’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tug-Hill-Vineyards/171573137379

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Blueberries and grapes ripen in the sunshine waiting to be made into fruit wines for next season at Tug Hill Vineyards.

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You-pick raspberries, blueberries and grapes make Tug Hill Vineyards fun for the entire family.

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Fresh flowers and thick glass mugs filled with hot coffee dot the tables that overlook the Black River Valley during Sunday brunch.

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Award winning wines, gifts and apparel are all for sale in the Wine Cellar at Tug Hill Vineyards.

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One of the three very friendly dogs that roam the vineyard, scaring away deer and other animals.

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Tables feature ice buckets to keep your bottles chilled while you enjoy the warm summer sun.

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Raspberry Bushes

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Gardens at Tug Hill Vineyards

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Beautiful scenery.

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Panoramic views of the Black River Valley.

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Inside the wine cellar.

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Grapevines


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