August 24, 2013

Fishing, hiking, amusement parks part of summer fun


---- — PLATTSBURGH — On a recent bright sunny day, Chris Outen fished the Saranac River, with the Macdonough Monument standing tall above him and his dad, Josh.

“We try to go fishing as much as we can,” Josh said. “It only costs about $3 (for a license), and we can do it all day long.”

A few summer days this year found them at the spot, where Chris, 13, of Peru reeled in a bass, held it up to admire it, posed for a photo then tossed the dark-green fish back in the water.

“This is his passion; this is what he loves to do,” Josh said.


Some local people found summer fun close to home this season; others traveled a bit.

Ashley Harrell, 29, of Plattsburgh gave herself a personal vacation in New York City and Long Island.

“I want to go back to Long Island now,” she said with a smile.

For a cultural experience, she walked the streets of China Town and Little Italy. 

She gave Brooklyn’s Coney Island and Luna Park a visit. She decided to go for an adrenaline rush by riding the Cyclone roller coaster, plunging 85 feet on a 60-degree angle. 

Opened in the summer of 1927, the Cyclone is considered “world famous,” according to Coney Island’s website.

“It was awesome,” Harrell said.

She also paid a visit to the infamous Amityville House on Ocean Avenue, Amityville, Long Island, where in 1974, Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot dead six of his family members. 

The home returned to the spotlight again in 1977 following the publication of the Jay Anson book, “The Amityville Horror” and again in 1979 with the release of the horror film with the same name, which spawned a series of sequels.


While some locals left the North Country for summer fun, others decided to pay this area a visit. 

Burlington residents Joe Piscotty, 62, and Carol Maulhardt, 60, did some camping and canoeing by St. Regis Lake in Franklin County.

On a visit to Plattsburgh, they sat on the lawn by the Macdonough Monument watching sunlight glisten on the Saranac River.

They were excited to take advantage of the North Country scenery the next day. 

Kim Delcore, 47, of Plattsburgh treated herself to some fun at an amusement park. She traveled to the Great Escape in Lake George, where, she said, her favorite ride was the Comet. 

The 80-year-old wooden roller coaster peaks at 98 feet tall and is “rated one of the top wooden coasters in the world,” according to the Great Escape website.

Delcore said she also took a day off from work to spend some quality time at Adirondack Golf Course in Peru for a tournament there.

She managed to spend a few days hiking at Point au Roche State Park in Beekmantown with her two dogs.

“My summer was great,” Delcore said.