Whaupaunaucau State Forest

Whaupaunaucau means what? Find out here!

Sometimes the internal compass works, and sometimes it doesn’t.  On a gorgeous Saturday in CNY I took a drive with Tucker the New Dog in search of the Whaupaunaucau State Forest. The 1,188 forest is about five miles east of Route 12 in the town of North Norwich. A missed turn here and a missed…

Swamp south of Cazenovia goes to the dogs

Finn the Dog and I have been to the Nelson Swamp Unique Area before. But Tucker the New Dog had not been before, so we piled in and drove south from Route 20 on Stone Quarry Road to the state preserve. It’s a great place for a walk if you’re a human and an even…

Picture this: Bread as art in Utica

Bread nourishes the body and art nourishes the soul. Walking, I’ve discovered lately, can do both. I took a ride to Utica the other day and my first stop was Napoli’s bakery and deli, at the corner of Bleecker and Culver. Their Italian bread is some of the finest you can find in CNY. I…

Where do you go for that perfect CNY fish fry?

Two items for discussion: a good fish fry and a good hike. We went to the Route 20 Diner recently for that CNY specialty, the Friday night fish fry. I know it’s not a unique regional dish but it certainly is a pretty important one here. Wife L and I debate the merits of each eatery’s…

Life imitating art imitating upstate

I stepped into my own Richard Russo novel today. Russo, author of outstanding novels such as Nobody’s Fool and Empire Falls, captures upstate New York and its desperation and its character and its endurance as well as anyone. There I was in Mrs. K’s Kitchen in Middleburgh, listening to the waitress who has been working at the…