North Country doctor offers advice on regional travel

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Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 3:26 am

PLATTSBURGH — Dr. Richard Frost is a believer that the North Country region has more to offer than many people realize. 

“I don’t care where you are, there’s lots of interesting stuff to do and interesting stuff to learn,” said the retired doctor of internal medicine, who practiced at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh for 33 years.

Frost has documented some of those things in his new book, “More Days Away,” a collection of more than 50 day-trip destinations in the area.

“I’m a believer that we all need lots of breaks from the daily action,” he said. “Day trips are affordable, (and) you can plan them last minute.”

The collection serves as a follow-up to Frost’s 1999 book, “A Day Away: Journeys from Northeastern New York.”

As with his first book, Frost has decided to donate all proceeds from the sale of “More Days Away” to the Foundation at CVPH for health education initiatives. 

“The community here has been terrific to me, and so you have this feeling that you want to give something back,” he said.  

‘PLACES THAT I’VE BEEN’

Both works are compilations of pieces from his bi-weekly regional travel column, also called “A Day Away,” which was published in the Press-Republican for many years, beginning in 1988. 

“These are all places that I’ve been and that I’ve written about,” Frost said of the locations described in his books. 

The first chapter of “More Days” deals with North Country history and offers a total of nine destinations, including Enfield Shaker Village in Enfield, N.H.; Hubbardton Battlefield in Hubbardton, Vt.; and Grant Cottage in Wilton, N.Y.  

The latter is the home in which Ulysses S. Grant spent his final days, Frost noted, and remains essentially unchanged since his death. 

In fact, he said, flower arrangements that were sent to the general still comprise some of the cottage’s decor. 

The book’s second chapter explores nine day trips of the arts and culture variety and includes Dickert Wildlife Collection in Saranac Lake and Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury, Vt.

Artist Stephen Huneck created the hillside chapel on Dog Mountain in honor of his canine companion, Sally, whom he partially credits with helping him recover from a life-threatening illness, according to Frost. 

The chapel, the doctor noted, serves as a place for offering prayers to departed pooches. 

The location is also canine friendly, Frost added, and features whimsical sculptures of dogs. 

‘RICH SAMPLING’

The book’s third section, “Across the Lake,” tells of the doctor’s excursions to other Vermont attractions, including the Calvin Coolidge Homestead in Plymouth, the Vermont Ski Museum in Stowe and Wilson Castle in Proctor. 

In chapter four, “North of the Border,” readers will learn of Frost’s journeys to various locations in Quebec and Ontario, while the next section, “Uniquely Adirondack,” focuses on in-state destinations, such as the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake and Rock Pond Mine in Chilson. 

The book’s final chapter, “Right at Home,” offers readers nine places to visit in Clinton County, including the Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum, the Silver Lake Bog in Black Brook, and the Museum Campus in Plattsburgh. 

“I hope it will be kind of a rich sampling of what we have to offer,” Frost said. 

Photographs from the doctor’s many trips are sprinkled throughout the book, as well. 

“More Days Away” can be purchased in Plattsburgh at the General Trading Company, Lake City Books, Corner-Stone Bookshop, the Kent-Delord House Museum, the SUNY Plattsburgh College Book Store, the Strand Center for the Arts, the Farmers Market and the CVPH Gift Shop. 

The book, which costs $25, is also available at Ausable Chasm, in Rouses Point at Cornerstone Drug & Gift, in Blue Mountain Lake at the Adirondack Museum and in Lyon Mountain at the Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum. 

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @AshJLivingston