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David never was much good at self-portraits.
David never was much good at self-portraits.

Savoring a lunchtime ski

Let us take a moment to appreciate our recent snow-covered landscape.

In Canton, loads of skiers take advantage of the St. Lawrence University golf course for a quick outing. And...lucky for us...the trail scoots right through NCPR's backyard.

David Sommerstein has this postcard from a lunchtime ski.  Go to full article
Frost but no snow, that's progress (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Frost but no snow, that's progress (Photo: Brian Mann)

Audio Postcard: Is it really spring yet?

There were flurries of snow in parts of the North Country yesterday, but there were also some unambiguous signs of spring.

Highs today in some parts of the region are expected to top 50 degrees under sunny skies. Brian Mann set off on a ramble to check out the changing season and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Brian Mann skiing in the Adirondacks (file photo)
Brian Mann skiing in the Adirondacks (file photo)

On a brilliant January day, skiing to Moose Pond

It's been a spotty winter for backcountry skiing in much of the North Country. But the last week or so has been picture perfect, with good snow and blue sunny skies. Brian Mann headed out over the weekend and sent back this morning's audio postcard.  Go to full article
A fern meadow on Schuyler Island (Photo:  Brian Mann)
A fern meadow on Schuyler Island (Photo: Brian Mann)

Audio postcard: Kayaking and camping on Lake Champlain's Schuyler Island

Schuyler Island, on Lake Champlain, is one of the most historic places in the North Country. Benedict Arnold fled there with his rebel fleet after the Battle of Valcour Island in 1776.

These days, the 120-acre island is part of the Adirondack Park, with wild forests and meadows and marshes. Brian Mann paddled to Schuyler Island for a camping trip last weekend and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article
A spring view framed by winter (Photos: Brian Mann
A spring view framed by winter (Photos: Brian Mann

Adirondack Postcard: A ramble into winter's last wallop

While the snow was still falling yesterday, Brian Mann pulled on his hiking boots and went for a final winter's ramble. He sent this audio postcard from Saranac Lake.  Go to full article
After the explosion, the bridge's skeleton remained (Photos:  Mark Kurtz)
After the explosion, the bridge's skeleton remained (Photos: Mark Kurtz)

After eight decades, historic Crown Point bridge meets fiery end

The Crown Point bridge across Lake Champlain was demolished yesterday morning, just after ten o'clock. The span had served as a major link between Vermont and upstate New York for eight decades. It became a part of the North Country landscape and lore. Deterioration of the bridge and its closure in mid-October have crippled the Champlain Valley economy, straining ties between communities on both sides of the lake. As Brian Mann reports, many local people hope that yesterday's massive explosion marks a first step toward getting their lives back to normal.  Go to full article
Sara summits Bald Peak!
Sara summits Bald Peak!

Audio Postcard: Climbing into winter on Bald Peak

Winter is still coming and going down in the valleys of the North Country, with days of rain mixed with ice and snow. But up in the high country, true winter is already locked in, turning summits into windswept, lunar landscapes. Brian Mann went trekking on Bald Peak near Elizabethtown recently with his dog Sara. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Santa on the boxcar stage
Santa on the boxcar stage

Bright, gaudy Holiday Train chugs through Champlain Valley

This is the time of year when towns along the Champlain Valley light up with the annual Holiday Train. Canadian Pacific uses the Christmas tour to raise money and food for local pantries in the North Country. Brian Mann was in Ticonderoga last night and sent an audio postcard.  Go to full article
Keeping pace in Saratoga
Keeping pace in Saratoga

Postcard: starting a harness race means driving the gate

All this week we're telling stories about horses and horse-racing, a sport which for decades has been part of North Country culture. Today, Brian Mann sends this audio postcard from the harness track in Saratoga. That's where he met Scott Hamilton, who travels the North Country every year starting trotter races at county fairs.  Go to full article
Aimee Hurt has trained dogs for conservation work for nine years
Aimee Hurt has trained dogs for conservation work for nine years

A dog's job: studying moose in the Adirondacks

Wildlife biologists say that New York state is home to more than 500 moose. Their population has surged in recent years. Researchers would like to know a lot more about the animals: what they're eating, where they're going, and why their numbers are growing so rapidly. A new project organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society aims to gather some of that data using trained tracking dogs. Brian Mann spent a day with a research team in the northern Adirondacks and has our story.  Go to full article

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