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I Love US – An Upstate Wedding

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It is with great excitement that I am finally able to share this post summing up the past few months which are the culmination of a decade of laughter, tears, dreams, adventures and love. On September 2, Scottie and I were married high above Upstate New York in the tiny wicker basket of a hot air balloon. We sailed though the skies above the Thousand Islands and exchanged vows as the air cooled and the leaves began to change.

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Hot Air Balloon Wedding Over the Thousand Islands from I Love Upstate New York on Vimeo.

Nearly two months later, we celebrated our marriage at the Flower Memorial Library with 30 of our closest friends and family. The library has been special to us since we featured it here, on iloveusny. We would like to thank you all for reading, following and supporting us through this, and our many great adventures here in Upstate New York.

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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


The Best Of The Rest

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Fireflies at twilight

For every post on I Love Upstate, there are at least a thousand photographs that don’t ever get viewed by any one but us. Since we have collected so many, we decided to share some of our most favorite miscellaneous shots from the past two months. From experimenting with extended exposures to jumping out of the car to get a shot from the side of the road, these shots show what we are doing when we aren’t exploring new territory. We hope you enjoy them!

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The Black River

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Henderson Harbor

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Henderson Harbor at sunset 

 

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Two feral kittens play in the sunshine.

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A white rose blooms in Sandy Creek, New York

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A hot air balloon rises above The Thousand Islands as we dine at the beautiful Thousand Island’s Club on Millionaires Row.

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Another beautiful sunset in Upstate New York

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A mound of wildflowers on a sunny day.

 

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Twilight over Henderson Harbor as seen from Sackets Harbor in Upstate New York.

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In the early hours of the morning, deer come out to play in a field in Sackets Harbor.

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Payne Lake in Theresa, New York

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A beautiful night for sailing in Sackets Harbor, New York

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Wildflowers

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Henderson Harbor at sunset

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A Thousand Islands sunset

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Crossing the Thousand Islands Bridge in the evening as the sun sets on another beautiful day in Upstate New York.


Waterfall Hunting

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Whitaker Park – Upstate New York.

On the heels of purchasing a brand new remote for my camera, Scott, Jackson and I went out in search of extended exposures. We had one miserably failed attempt at star trails before we decided to start with something a little easier, waterfalls. Our search for the elusive waterfall led us to Whitaker Park in the town of Martinsburg near Lowville, New York. After a short walk down a manicured trail we reached the water and began to walk downstream to find the falls. Lush green plant life dotted with wildflowers climbed the rock walls as the sound of rushing water roared in the background. We probably spent 3 hours playing with the settings on my camera, walking in the water and just enjoying our surroundings. This park is a must for any nature lover or camp enthusiast. For more information check out this post on NYFalls.com, or to view the very affordable camping rates check out this site: http://villageoflowville.org/content/Parks/View/3

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Both sets of falls at Whitaker Park in Upstate New York.

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Lush greenery lines the walls of the ravine.

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Whitaker Park – Upstate New York

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Extended exposure shot of the fall at Whitaker Park – Upstate New York

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A myriad of wildflowers dotted the landscape on the banks near the waterfalls.

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Whitaker Park – Upstate New York

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Whitaker Park – Upstate New York

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A channel cuts through the rocks at Whitaker Park in Lowville, New York.

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The lower tier of waterfalls at Whitaker Park – Upstate New York.

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Whitaker Park – Upstate New York

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The top tier of waterfalls at Whitaker Park in Upstate New York.

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Very delicate and beautiful wildflowers growing in the park.

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Campsites sit sporadically under the tall pine trees which makes entering this park like driving into a movie set.


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