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A Great Idea: Destination Walking

OK...this idea is going to take a little effort on your part, so I'm going to make a bet with you:  try it once and see if you don't believe that little extra effort was well worth it.  I'm talking about Destination Walking; driving to a place like Salem or Shushan in the Battenkill Valley to take a walk.  It's a completely different experience than "Mall Walking".  It gets you out in the open country, taking in that delicious country air, witnessing breathtaking new vistas around every bend in the road.  More importantly even than that, it gets you out of your old routine and takes you to a beautiful new place to explore, putting another notch in your Life Experiences belt.  Get your friends together and try it.  To get you started, come to Salem on Rt.22, take Riley Hill Road, which starts out steep but levels out and opens up nicely.  Make two left turns when you come to them and you'll loop back into Salem on Blind Buck Road, past our beautiful school and just north of Riley Hill road where you started.  I do it in 40 minutes at speed, but you'll likely want to take twice that much time as the scenery - if not the walk - will take your breath away.  Another nice one is in Shushan.  Park by the covered bridge on Eagleville Road off of Rt. 313, then go over the bridge and bear left onto Binniger Road, take that out to Rt. 61, (the paved road you'll come to in a mile and a quarter), make a right and then another right when you get to Eagleville Road again.  This is a bit longer, a tad over 4 miles, but came all of this way, right?  Of course, you really should make a day of it, to explore the funky eateries, art galleries, antique stores and curiosity shops that make the Battenkill Valley so unique. And if you should be passed by a car be sure to give a friendly wave.  We do that here.

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Al Budde

40 minutes East of Saratoga and a world away; the Battenkill Valley is a Cornucopia of Cool. No Interstates. No noise. No hurry. Called "The Tuscany of New York", the region abounds in farm-crafted cheeses, creameries, heirloom vegetables and specialty meats you can buy right off the farm. Art galleries that will amaze you. Scenery that will inspire you. And through it all runs the Battenkill River, an astonishingly clear and gentle water playground that also happens to be the toughest trout fishery in the U.S.A Like touring? There's a reason the largest pro-am bike race in America happens here. And don't get me started on the Revolutionary war history, or the “you won't believe what I found: antiques and shops.

AL BUDDE has a lot of interests in fly fishing, playwriting, canoeing (and tubing), history, shopping, dining, friendships and he counts himself among the fortunate few who have found a place where all of those things collide: The Battenkill Valley. He knows (almost) everyone here, and will be your personal guide to all of those hidden places, activities, sights and scenery it would take you years to discover on your own. Discover the Battenkill Valley. Have fun. Make new discoveries. Renew your soul. And start here!


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