Where do you live?

Bethel, NY

What do you do for a living?

Bartender, Freelance Graphic & Web Designer

How long have you been up here? What led you here?

I have been in Bethel most of my entire life, 37 years. I was born here.

What song describes your life upstate?

“Roadhouse Blues” by the Doors

What do you think about when you’re alone in the woods?

Big Foot.

Spring or Fall?

Definatly Fall… but what about those Wet Hot American Summers!

Route 17 or 97?

Route 17.

Hunting or foraging?

Mostly foraging, some hunting.

What kind of car do you drive?

Pathfinder for the winter, Enduro for the summer.

Favorite restaurant?

Benji & Jake’s.

Favorite swimming spot?

Kauneonga Lake – Million Dollar Cove.

Someone should open up a ______ here.

Public Playground & Community Center

Name three things a local should not be without.

Thick skin, a sense of humor and fire wood.

One tool that you use practically every day.

Macbook Pro and a Pocket Knife.

What are some common errors you see new locals make?

Not watching out for wildlife on the roads or being prepared for the inclement weather.

What advice would you give someone interested in moving upstate?

Start working on your upstate survival kit including but not limited to: a topographic map, an axe, a fishing pole, thermals, beef jerky, pickled anything, camouflage and plaid clothing, snow boots, a 4×4 vehicle, a shotgun, a generator and a tin cup.

What keeps you here?

My love of family, friends and the great outdoors.