Chris Clemens

Creator + Owner + Author = Chief Exploring Officer. Chris has been traveling back and forth across New York for years studying and discovering the tucked away gems of the state and chronicling the journey


  1. Sara Morey
    January 27, 2019 @ 9:05 am

    Thanks for all the upstate love! I love living here and it’s great to read about all the positive things and gives me great ideas for places to explore with my boys.


  2. Mike Costello
    January 27, 2019 @ 11:26 am

    Great article. You hit on so many pluses of living in our area. And we do tend to take things for granted.
    I was 20 before I saw Niagara Falls and over 30 seeing Letchworth for the first time. We don’t have any hurricanes that leave people without power for days or weeks. And we do have the garbage plate. Thank you for writing this. Thank you for your desire to travel around the state and tell us lazy ones what’s out there.


  3. Cathy
    January 27, 2019 @ 9:23 pm

    Hi Chris,
    Thank you for this post! I am one of the people who left many years ago. I left to attend a great graduate school program in Texas, and I didn’t go back, because I got a good job here a long time ago. Upstate New York has always been home, though, and I talk about it frequently.

    I LOVE your sentence, “If you’re from Upstate, spend some time thinking about what “cozy” means to you. Would it mean the same if you grew up in Dallas, Texas?” No, it definitely wouldn’t mean the same. Here in Texas, the summers are like the winters in Upstate, because it’s very hot here, and people stay indoors in the air conditioning as much as possible. Air conditioning is wonderful, but cozy is MUCH better.

    I remember a time when I lived in Upstate and the population was growing. I was concerned about the growing number of people, houses, businesses, and roads then, because it seemed like important and beautiful farm land was being paved over. The same thing is happening here in Texas now. Beautiful land is being taken over by housing developments, highways, and businesses, and traffic is horrendous. Fewer people isn’t a bad thing.

    You also said, “The politics isn’t always easy to deal with.” That is so true all over the world, especially in Texas right now.

    Thank you, Chris, for sharing Upstate with those of us who miss it, and can’t get there easily. When I think of the history and the culture of Upstate New York, it makes me very proud to be from there.


  4. Melissa Hart
    January 27, 2019 @ 10:48 pm

    Great post! I agree completely and share your NYS pride 🙂


  5. Marcia K.
    January 27, 2019 @ 11:08 pm

    Thank you for this blog, and others, that you have written about the qualities of Upstate New York. So many New Yorkers think that the “grass is greener” elsewhere, when in fact, it is greenest right here. Your point that out with very compelling writing and photography. Please keep it up!


  6. Noreen Bell
    January 28, 2019 @ 4:55 pm

    Another terrific read! You inspire me to explore more places I’ve never seen in New York State and I too have lived here my whole life! Thanks Chris, keep up the great writing!!


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