Author: Alicen Hutcheson

Saratoga’s Mineral Springs: Spouters & Tufa

Saratoga’s Mineral Springs: Spouters & Tufa

Saratoga Spa State Park: 2018 To be perfectly honest, I’m surprised I don’t write about the springs in Saratoga Spa State Park more often. I frequently roam the park exploring different trails, watching birds, and tasting the spring’s waters, while taking photographs and documenting changes. Saratoga Spa State Park is my favorite place to go to “walk…

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Iceland Waterfalls

Iceland Waterfalls

I still can’t make up my mind which waterfall in Iceland was my favorite. Each was uniquely fantastic, but I did notice something in common about the 3 waterfalls I was able to see. They were all broad! Faxi “Faxi is a small but broad waterfall along the Tungufljót in an area of broad, flat…

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Memorial Spring, Saratoga Spa State Park

Memorial Spring, Saratoga Spa State Park

Memorial Spring. In the beginning, it wasn’t on any Saratoga Spa State Park map. A Nameless Spring Orange construction fencing, stood out against the winter snow. I walked towards the fenced off area, curious about what I would find. Peering into a pile of leaves, I saw water, trickling out of a capped pipe. I…

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Historic Copeland Bridge

Historic Copeland Bridge

I started writing about my day in Edinburg, NY just a couple weeks after I had been there. Coming back to my notes about Beecher Creek Falls almost a year later, I wonder why I never shared my experience of finding the gentle waterfall. Malta Ridge Cemetery (Ballston Spa, NY) I was up early and…

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Tallinn’s Medieval Towers, Oh My…

Tallinn’s Medieval Towers, Oh My…

Contagious, enthusiastic hope for the future with an undeniable melancholy, persisting from the past. Old Town, Tallinn The most enchanting town, I never knew, I wanted to see so badly! I wish I’d had more time. Time is a funny thing. It was almost as if we couldn’t run out of time, an illusion brought…

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Two Nights in Helsinki

Two Nights in Helsinki

What a whirlwind Helsinki was. I have tried to figure out how long we spent in the city timewise, but I get lost somewhere between sunrises and time zones. Travel Day Another red eye flight. May 15, 2018 – The day  began with a long drive to get a ride, to catch a bus, to…

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April Adventures & Explorations

April Adventures & Explorations

My April began in Montreal. Then I got sick, which led me to watch some of my favorite movies. Fight Club. Always gets me thinking. Tyler Durden asks the question, “If you were to die right now, what do you wish you would have done?” This question began to roam around recklessly in my mind.…

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Rock City Falls

Rock City Falls

Cottrell-Harrington Park There is this little parking area on Route 29 in Rock City Falls, NY. It is directly across from the old Empire Mill on the Kayaderosseras Creek (locally called the Kaydeross). A paved trail runs a short distance along the water with a couple of viewing platforms and a little gazebo. A little…

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Snowshoeing Small Peaks in the Adirondacks

Snowshoeing Small Peaks in the Adirondacks

Although I’m typically hesitant at first, snowshoeing is something I look forward to any time snow begins to accumulate. At the end of February, Upstate New York experienced record high temperatures and I honestly wasn’t sure if my friends and I would have the opportunity to snowshoe in March, or if hiking was going to…

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