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America’s Longest Zipline at Hunter Mountain

New York Zipline Adventure Tours at Hunter Mountain is billed as the longest, highest, (but not necessarily fastest) zipline in North America. The fastest zipline in North America is located somewhere in Canada, according to the tour’s instructors, but two out of three superlatives is extreme enough for a good adventure. I walked into the…

A Mick with Tequila: The East Durham Irish Festival

The East Durham Irish Festival takes place in the most ridiculously Irish town this side of Galway. As we drove down Route 145 in Greene County on Memorial Day weekend, we passed a sign declaring we were entering “The Emerald Isle of the Catskills.” I had traveled with my girlfriend Jody down to Kingston to…

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Throne Room in the Catskills

I first came upon Dibble’s Quarry with no foreknowledge of the place, stumbling upon the slate monoliths more than a decade ago while hiking with my friend Sam. I remember the scene opening up around a bend in the trail, a giant, dusty throne room with spiders and toads skittering about its floors like warped handmaidens. Sam doesn’t remember the scene…

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Catskill’s Abandoned Cement Plant

Getting into the LeHigh Cement plant involved a degree of clandestine planning usually reserved for dodgier military assaults. I thought I was just going to stroll in there one Sunday afternoon, but, in attempting to stroll in there one Sunday afternoon, I was met with a ten-foot chain link fence topped with three vicious lines…