Few activities bring more joy than watching dogs running around outside – leaping from rocks to logs, splashing in the water, and sniffing out nearby squirrels at the base of every tree they pass. It is impossible not to join, chasing them and throwing sticks for them to retrieve – their tongues hanging out of their smiling faces and tails wagging faster than the wings of a hummingbird.
Eat them, wear them, use them as medicine. If you can get past the sting, nettles can be extremely versatile.
In our new North Country Voices series, we interview local residents whose lives intersect with the environment in unique ways. Here we catch up with John Ashley scuba instructor and owner of bluefin diving in Ogdensburg, who has been leading dives on the St. Lawrence River for nearly 20 years.
Another regional attraction has just opened, and for the next few weeks you can see the show at innumerable open-air venues across the Northeast. The performance is free, although only matinees are available.
Until recently, my idea of outdoor adventure was something intense – climbing an Adirondack High Peak, embarking on a multi-day canoe trip, or flying down a steep ski slope. That was until I tore my ACL, an injury requiring surgery, crutches, and a minimum recovery time of six months. While I was initially disappointed, I was heartened to find that St. Lawrence County has an abundance of flat and handicap accessible recreation areas.