Friday, September 8, 2017

The Common Man Series

This little guy didn't invent fire, and we didn't invent the 1000 Islands, the ADK Fire Tower Challenge, the Erie Canalway Trail, nor Lake George or Saratoga.  However, we did write trail guides for all of these and more.  You can find them from my webpage at or from the publisher's webpage,

Monday, September 4, 2017

Common Man Books are made in America!!

We recently obtained a book titled “New York Wildlife Viewing Guide”, published by Watchable Wildlife, Inc. out of Cambridge, Minnesota.  But when you read the fine print, it was printed in China. So much for American jobs. All of the Common Man series books that we write are published by Common Man Books in Glens Falls, New York.  We hope that you want to put America and American workers first.  All of our outdoor guides for New York and Florida are published by a New York business, in New York, putting New Yorkers to work. To learn more about our series, go to or  Thank you for buying American.    

Safe in the Woods Cortland BOCES class

Safe in the Woods
 Tips, Techniques and Advice for Safety and Survival
This is a BOCES adult evening course, under RECREATION

Whether you are just going out for walk in the woods or hiking the Appalachian Trail, preparation, planning and knowledge are the keys to keeping you safe “out there”. This course, based on the book of the same name, will help you avoid dangers from getting lost to encounters with large animals. Other topics include how to dress, what to carry and how to read trail markers and signs along the way. A copy of the book can be purchased during class. Each session consists of two nights in the classroom (Tuesday and Thursday) and an optional Sunday afternoon hike to put into practice what we have learned.  

Date: Tuesday, 9/12/17 and Thursday, 9/14/17. Optional field trip on Sunday, 9/17/17.
7:00 PM-9:00 PM, Tuesday & Thursday, 3:00PM Sunday
McEvoy Campus
 Roger Fulton
$39 (Course ID: CEMCREC0100-FA2017)
Date: Tuesday, 10/17/17 and Thursday, 10/19/17.  Optional field trip on Sunday, 10/22/17.  
7:00 PM-9:00 PM, Tuesday & Thursday, 3:00PM Sunday
McEvoy Campus
 Roger Fulton
$39 (Course ID: CEMCREC0100-FA2017A)

Contact BOCES to register:
online,, or call 607-758-5111,

or in person or by mail, 1710 NYS Rt. 13, Cortland, NY  13045

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Safe Biking article via Girl Scout Emma

Special thanks to Girl Scout, Emma, for finding this helpful article about safe biking.  Click on the link to read more.

And thank you to Girl Scout Troop Leader Madeline for sharing Emma's great find.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sharing my TV interview

It’s not very often that I get to do a half hour TV show about one of my adventures.  But I recently had the opportunity to be a guest on the TV show Outdoor Beat with Bill Hilts, Jr. out in western New York, about our experiences bicycling the 366 miles Erie Canalway Trail in 2015.  And we had the opportunity to discuss my book, Bicycling the Erie Canalway Trail, Tips and Advice for Your Adventure(s).  If you are so inclined, you can watch that half hour show by clicking on the link  If you want to skip the TV show and just want to learn more about my book, click on this link via my website

Please forward to anyone else you think may be interested in the Erie Canalway Trail.  Thanks!   


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Nature Hike This Sunday Afternoon

Sunday, August 20 3-5 pm
Join naturalist and author Roger Fulton on a free nature walk at Lime Hollow Nature Center, just outside of Cortland, NY from 3-5 pm. Meet at the Nature Center at: 338 McLean Rd., Cortland, NY 13045.
We will cover about 2 ½ miles at a moderate pace, stopping frequently to discuss what we find in nature. The trails are uneven woods trails and good footwear is recommended. You may want bug spray. Adults only and no dogs. Contact Roger if you need additional information or directions. Heavy rain or lightning cancels.
Roger Fulton is a noted outdoor author of several regional hiking, biking and kayaking guides for NY and Florida. He is also the co-author of two NY wildflower books..
Join him if you can. Member and Media contacts: Roger Fulton, And or 386-956=6089 evenings.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Erie Canalway Trail segment update

We just got back from a trip to Western New York to explore the newest segment of the Erie Canalway Trail from Lockport to Amherst.  This segment closes about an eight-mile gap in the Erie Canalway Trail.  So, to update our 2016 book, Bicycling the Erie Canalway Trail, Tips and advice for your adventure(s), we just had to go out and see for ourselves what was going on.  And we found out about a five-and-a-half-mile paved section from Pendleton to Lockport is complete and very nice.  However, the section from Pendleton to Amherst, although only two miles, is still pending construction.  Despite this, you can still complete the Erie Canalway Trail, just that last segment is still “on road”.  Should you be interested in riding this new section, from Lockport to Pendleton, the Lockport Trailhead is accessible from Stevens Street and State Road in Lockport.  The GPS for that location is N 43˚ 09.838’, W 078˚ 42.055’.