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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, just across the Massachusetts border, runs parallel to Route 8 between Adams and Lanesborough. It is a beautiul 10-foot wide, paved and immaculately maintained trail on a former railroad corridor.  Yesterday, we started on the trail and made it to Cheshire and back from Adams.  We'll return soon and do the other half of the 12+ mile trail and add to the photos below.

Click here for the trail map.

On the drive back, we stopped off at Ramuntos Pizza in North Adams for terrific pizza.

On the trail is this former railroad station, now a restaurant.

Pastoral view, 2-3 miles south of Adams on the trail.

Meticulously maintained

Nice bridge

Thanks Ronald!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Walloomsac Taproom & Brewery

Walloomsac Taproom & Brewery
Off a winding, dirt road adjacent to the Walloomsac River in Hoosick Falls, on 50 Factory Hill Road, sits Brown's Brewing Company's Walloomsac Taproom and Brewery.  The parking lot is large, but I recommend old shoes as it was very muddy the day I paid my visit. The brick building had formerly been a paper mill and valve company.  The taproom has been nicely refurbished, retaining large windows looking out on the river.

While first and foremost a microbrewery, with some very creative brews, the authentic mill-on-the-creek experience and quite good pub food make the trip mandatory if you're in the area. I chose the six beer flight with the 2015 Old Ale being the clear winner and worthy of a glass on its own. Honorable mention went to the Whiskey Porter. My Tiashoke Farm Wood Fire Grilled Hamburger was tasty as were the hand-cut fries served with it. I rate the burger and fries 3 stars and the beer 4 stars (5 star being highest)

View across the bar into the brewery

Friday, February 3, 2017

New York State Seedling Sale

Go Green!

New York State's Saratoga Tree Nursery has kicked off their annual tree and shrub seedling sale. Click here for details.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Frozen Lakes and Star Wars

Click here for a terrific PBS piece, and video, called "Why Does A Frozen Lake Sound Lke A Star Wars Blaster?"

Living on a lake, I've long been fascinated by the phenomenon.  Click here for a post on the subject from last year, "Taconic Lake Symphony" and click here for another one I did in 2012, "Moonlight and Ice Noise on Taconic Lake."

Friday, December 23, 2016

RPA Does it Again

The Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA), under the leadership of Jim Bonesteel, has done it again, Quoting their Facebook post this morning, "Yesterday RPA acquired 927 acres of working forest with support from The Conservation Fund and NYS DEC. A bargain sale from the Gundrum family has allowed us to conserve one of the most ecologically significant parcels on the Plateau. This parcel will eventually almost double the size of the Pittstown State Forest. It is now open to the public for hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking, hunting and fishing."

Click here for the full news release.

This is fabulous news for the Plateau.  Thank you to all involved in making it happen!