Cascade Summit by Valerie Manne in Adirondacks, New York, USA

When people think of New York, most think it is all one big city. It’s rare that people know anything other than the city, let alone what people call “upstate NY.” But there is much more than the city, the Adirondack’s is filled with beautiful mountains and forests. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Name:Valerie Manne

Place you live: Adirondacks, New York

Place your photo was taken: Cascade Summit.

Can you sum up the place you live? Plenty of small towns scattered around mountains. So hiking, camping, backpacking, any sort of exploring is the thing to do.

Occupation: Student

Preoccupation: Photography, traveling, hiking, etc.

A perfect day? Planning a day hike, ending with a night around a campfire.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? Explore.

A perfect meal? I would have to say stop at Steak & Seafood in Lake Placid and order the prime rib. It will not let you down.

What is the best thing about your spot? It is not as crowded as other parks.

What is the worst? Living here, you’re pretty far from any large city.

A little known fact about where you live? “The Adirondack Park spans 6.1 million acres and is larger than the state of Massachusetts. In fact, several National Parks could fit inside the Blue Line (the line on a map that designates the outline of the park), including Glacier, Yosemite, the Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.”

Check out these Adirondacks facts at Galding.

Where is your favorite place in the world? This is a tough one. I would really like to plan a trip to Europe, but so far Yosemite always seems to come to mind.

Who are your three favorite photographers? It varies with what inspires me at the time. Lately I’ve been enjoying Kevin Russ‘s photos though.