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In this special edition, I take a road trip to the Finger Lakes region of New York State. I camp in a very modern cabin that looks like a tiny house in Buttermilk Falls State Park. On this adventure, I also hike the falls, paddle in the channels of Ithaca, visit the famous Farmers Market and do tiny fishing in Cayuta Lake. Check out my video and enjoy!

If you are interested in more of my camping, travel and outdoor videos, please feel free to check out the following also.
Everglades Fishing With Hungry Alligators Nearby
What To Do In Yosemite With Only One Day
Camp & Canoe Adirondacks In Search of Loon Bird

5 Fun Things To Do In Cape Cod

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The following gear I used or appear in this video:
Coleman Gas Camping Stove
GSI Outdoors Camping Foldable Skillet
Yakima Jetstream Roof Rack
Fenwick Eagle Spinning 2-piece rod
Stren Original 330 Yard Spool, 8 lb test, clear blue
Berkley Trilene XL Monofilament 300 yard, 8lb
Gamakatsu Octopus Circle Hook, 10 Per Pack (size 8)
Reaction Tackle Drop Shot lead weights, 1/4 oz
Daiwa Procyon EX Spinning Reel 3000
Boga Grip, 15 lb scale
Frabill Power Stow Net 20×24 Hoop 36in Sliding Handle
Stanley Fat Max 1/2″ X 6′ Fatmax Keychain Tape Measure
Canon Vixia HF R800
GoPro Hero 8

This is a 2-for-1 video for those who like to go bicycling, including a test of the Yakima Fork Chop accessory, and my hot pick of a bike path on the Erie Canal. The Fork Chop is a simple attachment for carrying a bicycle on your Yakima car rack. If you like multi-day bike rides, then the 350-mile long Erie Canal Bikeway is for you, and I give you a sampler of the Mohawk-Hudson section near Schenectady, New York.

Also, in this video, I take a closer look at the amazing Dam & Lock system on the Mohawk River, and I try a little quick fishing.

Check out my review of the Yakima Jetstream Bike Rack Review also.

Did you know you can enjoy biking in Yosemite? Check out my video on What To Do In Yosemite In Only A Day

I do drawings on the side, as seen in the opening of this video, the bicycle intro. If you are interested in seeing my art, please visit my store.

Art & graphics by Al Lau.

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The following gear appear or are used in the video:
Yakima ForkChop Fork Mount Bike Carrier for Roof Rack
Yakima JetStream Bar, Aerodynamic Bar for Roof Rack Systems, Black, 50″
Yakima BaseLine, Adjustable Towers for Vehicles without Rails, Gutters or Factory Roof Options, (Set of 4)
Giro Isode MIPS Adult Cycling Helmet
Sony RX100 20.2 MP Digital Camera w/ 1-inch sensor
Panasonic HC-V800
GoPro Hero 8

Illustration: fall leaves

September 30, 2017

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Here, in the Northeast, the leaves are starting to change. Hear the subtle crunching as you walk outside. Gracefully, they float down from the heavens like orange and yellow snowflakes. Although the air is crisp, the colors will soon illuminate the vista with brilliant warmth.

Do you look at the different shapes and try to identify what tree they are from? What tree is common in your area?

I made four watercolors, and then turned them into postcards. Feel free to check them out at my store.

photo: adirondacks

August 23, 2013

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dog boat

lake bird

kushaqua lake

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big sky

haystacks

adirondack road

Here is an illustration of a classic bicycle with a basket. As a small modification, the basket of the model bike was originally made of metal, but I changed it to be wooden. Just to give it a softer Summer feel.

On the same subject of cycling, the car-free biking event, Summer Streets, is happening in New York City. It is three Saturdays in a row – August 7, 14 and 21. This recent weekend, I rode the path from Central Park down to the Brooklyn Bridge. It is a wonderful experience to ride in the middle of Manhattan without the chaos of taxis and auto traffic.

sketch: autumn

October 28, 2009

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A sketch of the trees and tennis court, looking outside the window of the cabin, during the peak of fall.

Over Memorial Day weekend, I biked on a small path along the Ashokan Reservoir about 6 miles south of Woodstock, in New York State’s Hudson Valley.  The trail is only under 2 miles long (1 mile each way), but the views are astonishing, including mountains, a valley, a creek, a dam, a bridge and a lake.  It is a very easy paved path for the family, walkers and joggers.  A picnic table is in the east parking entrance and a bench is on the west parking entrance.  For fishing, there is an access to the river on the north side of the bridge that crosses the lake.  The reservoir is stocked with lake trout, brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch, pumpkinseeds and black crappies.  Please note: A New York fishing license is required.

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biking: catskill rail trail

October 29, 2008




For the last mild weekend (72 degrees) of the year, canoeing on the Delaware River at Pond Eddy is the plan. Pond Eddy is a 2-hour drive from home. It was 3 years ago, when I began this blog. One of my earliest posts included a canoe trip from this same place, Indian Head Canoes at Pond Eddy, on the New York State side. Last time, we were the only ones on the 9-mile trip downriver. This time, there are more people – college kids on inflatable rafts, and a school of kayakers. It costs about $75 for two to rent a canoe. I have a fishing pole, and megaworms, and see some of the largest bass off the side of the canoe, but it is late in the afternoon and nightfall approaches quickly. Plus, the whitewater, although exciting for me, requires attention to navigate. Or else, it would be a hypothermic dip, if we were to capsize.









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