Champlain Area Trails Writing Contest
Fall Photo and Caption Contest!

Our first ever photo and caption contest was such a success, we decided to do it again! This contest will focus on "picturing New York's Champlain Valley." We are asking for photos in following three categories. And please note that the caption is just as important as the photo.

1) Hiking the Trails - In this category we would like submissions that focus on people --- young and old, individuals or large groups --- all enjoying the trails. Then write a caption that tells a tale about the trail.

2) Scenic and Nature - Were you out for an early morning walk and got that "perfect" photo of the sun just breaking over the mountain? How did that make you feel? Share that and other scenic or nature photos with us!

3) Towns and Villages - New York's Champlain Valley is home to charming little villages and towns. Have you taken a photo that illustrates what you love about living in or visiting one of our little towns? Then tell the story behind the photo.

Each category will be awarded 2 prizes: A Judge's First Place Award of $150 and a "People's Choice" award of $100 for the most online votes. Remember that the captions are just as important as the photo. Captions should be 100 words or less.

Please send your photos with captions to Include your name, address, phone number, and email address and be sure to identify the category. Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2013.

We all know and love the Champlain Valley. Please help spread the word about our incredible trails, the people that live here, and our towns and villages by sharing your photographs and captions in our Fall Photo Contest!

Congratulations to the winners of our First Photo Contest:: Jannet Denney and Aran Voss Hutchins tied for first. People's choice to Melissa Maki

Accidental Meeting
Imagine, always wanting to visit the Adirondacks …. You know no one here and know even less about what’s in Port Henry BUT you hop aboard the Amtrak train in NYC and arrive for a weekend. This is just what Barbara, from Salt Lake City, did. An accidental meeting brought three residents and Barbara together. What a better way to show off our beautiful area to Barbara than a hike up Cheney Mountain? It was a trip Barbara will never forget. It was a hike we three will never forget as we felt we had shown our visitor a great time. It is such an opportunity for all involved when you allow a stranger to become a friend….due to a hike. – Janet Denney
Snowberry Moth
While walking the Black Kettle Nature Trail I came across this beautiful little creature that at first I thought was a Bumble Bee but it would have been the largest bee I had ever seen at 3 to 4 inches long. It was perched in the grass along the trail that goes through the field on our way back to the car. I took some photos of this unusual sighting and immediately researched what it was when we arrived home. I learned it was a Snowberry Clearwing Moth which is a member of the Sphinx Moth family. It is one of the diurnal Sphinx Moths so it forages during the day by using it’s long tongue to suck nectar from flowers. I have had the great pleasure of walking the CATS trails to discover all these little jewels that we are so lucky to have all around us in the Adirondacks if we take the time to look.
- Aran Voss Hutchins
The Best Day Ever
It starts by hearing the words "Let's go"
The backpack is ready, but sometimes they're slow
to get everything packed and the truck in gear
We are so excited to hit the trail, we are so near!
We smell the fresh air and know there are worlds to explore
We run on the CAT paths and are so thankful for
the many volunteer hands who clear this beat
so even the tiniest feet
can run safely and easily thru the meadows and woods
swimming and smelling and climbing so good!
And then collapse back in the truck ready to nap
After taking in the beauty of nature we tip our cap
Thank you CATS for everything
From these three shiztu's who feel like Kings! - Melissa Maki
CATS Travel Writing Contests:Read all our contest entries HERE.


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