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Rachael Ray talks of life in Adirondacks, offers advice to youth

Minutes prior to Rachel Ray’s benefit show in Lake George High School April 12, the celebrity chef and famed talk show host  (left) responds to a question posed by Denton Publications reporter Katherine Clark (right) in the school library.

Minutes prior to Rachel Ray’s benefit show in Lake George High School April 12, the celebrity chef and famed talk show host (left) responds to a question posed by Denton Publications reporter Katherine Clark (right) in the school library. Photo by Thom Randall.

AJ: You’ve definitely gotten to go to a lot of places and do a lot of things — you’ve gotten to see so much....

RR: “I’m very lucky to see so much of the world, but this is where I live!”

AJ: What amazes you most when you come back with fresh eyes?

RR: “How beautiful where I grew up is — and my appreciation for it just grows the older I get. I love Italy very much —I was married there, my family is from there, my husband’s family is from there and it’s the place I most love to travel — but the only place I really feel at home is the Adirondacks. “

AJ: When you come back, what stands out the most?

RR: “I love coming over the Northway over the big hill and see the Great Escape — it was Storytown when I was a little kid — then I see the mountains and I know I’m home and I always get a little chill.

“In the fall I love coming over that crest and seeing the colorful foliage. And in the summer I like to see the bright green of the mountains.

“The air smells different here. Just everything is different here. I love how dark the sky still gets, not as black as I remember as a kid, and the winters aren’t as cold now — this last winter was heartbreaking, absolutely crushing. I’d gotten new toboggans for Christmas and we dug a new toboggan run about a half-mile long in the forest and we never got to use it. We never got enough snow from Christmas until now.

“That breaks my heart — when I was a kid we used to have the big winter carnival out on the lake and when my mom was a kid they used to have horse races out on the ice and this year, wow, I never went ice skating or anything — it was crazy.”

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