The Most Quality Shack in Ulster County

Ryan and his two friends had already disappeared into the woods by the time I managed to lug the tripod out of my car’s trunk. When I caught up, Ryan apologized. “Sorry, that guy was eyeballin us…wanted to get out of there as soon as possible.” “Where was he?” “Across the road, just staring at…

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Massive Caves in The Hudson Valley

    I have expressed that some of the places I write about are secretive — locals have discovered and cherished these spots, and have expressed unease at me revealing their locations to any yahoo with a WiFi connection. I’ve wanted to share these places, but, being a local myself, I want to preserve their obscurity.…

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The Secrets of Woodstock Overlook

The first time I hiked the Woodstock Overlook, I went with my friend Colleen and a French guy named Ferenz who produced music for Yoga videos. Ferenz lived at the base of Overlook Mountain, and told us that the Overlook protected its glory: the first time anyone hiked The Overlook, they were never able to…

The Abandoned Bennett School for Girls

I set off for The Bennett School for girls at 8:30 last Sunday morn. Although it was already March, the winter refused to let up, and the high for the day was around freezing. I had attempted to get several people interested in exploring the abandoned school, including Jason the Forager, but the early time…