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Boutique Camping vs. The Friends of Gardiner

Plans are in the works to bring a boutique campground to the town of Gardiner in Ulster County, but neighbors are robustly resisting the planned development, going as far to form a citizen’s group and retaining an attorney to resist the project. “Heartwood” would consist of 70 cabins with bathrooms, electricity and heating; a working…

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The Rosendale Street Fest: Everyone you’ve ever known

The smell of sticky asphalt wafted into my car from the newly paved road as I rolled past a steady stream of pedestrians walking towards the 2017 Rosendale Street Fest. The town, a cluster of vibrantly painted shops on the Rondout Creek between New Paltz and Kingston, has a population of 6,000 on non-festival days,…

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Kayaking Kingston with Eagles

My theory for adventures (yes, I do have a theory) is they should not be planned too precisely. This way, the adventurers will have to deal with curveballs along the way, with hilarious and unpredictable results. They make for great reading, and can be reflected on positively by the adventurers once the panic has subsided…

Don’t Swim in the Wallkill River

The Wallkill River enters the Hudson Valley from New Jersey through a National Wildlife Refuge, then winds North through the Black Dirt region of Warwick to spread out into the verdant, farm-dappled Wallkill River Valley in Ulster County before meeting with the Rondout Creek and terminating at the Hudson River in Kingston. The river is…

The Memoirs of Sid Scumf***

Sid Scumf*** wasn’t known by anything other than Sid Scumf***. He embraced the name to the point of having it tattooed across his knuckles, one letter on each finger. He was emaciated, a gaunt scarecrow wavering in the wind. He wore a camouflage fishing cap with a blonde stringy mop stuffed under it descending into…