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Old 08-06-2005, 01:31 PM   #41
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My family bought property up there in the late 1800s. It was supposed to be a retreat away from the spreading illnesses (diptheria, etc) of the era. It later became a place to take the kids for the summer. I learned how to swim and how to fish in front of the house. Our heights were measured every year on my Grandparents bedroom door (some of the measurements go back over 100 years). We rode in the trailer attached to the John Deere tractor as my Grandpa drove us to get sand for the beach. We climbed Cathead and commemorated the climbs by carving into "artist's fungus." We rode the rapids, in innertubes, from below the Hope dam down to the bridge. I caught my wife's 1st anniversary breakfast (17" smallie) in front of the house. I am sure I will have to repeat that again this year. Too many memories, too little bandwidth. The Adirondacks is our retreat from the real world. The Adirondacks are memories made and those yet to be made.
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Old 08-12-2005, 07:29 PM   #42
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The Adirondacks is our retreat from the real world. The Adirondacks are memories made and those yet to be made.
Nice intro, sideshow! But don't you mean a retreat TO the real world? ()

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Old 08-22-2005, 07:47 PM   #43
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Wilderness and topography. That combination is what I like best about the Adirondacks. Wilderness I can get plenty of here in Canada. For topography I have to go to the ADK's. The ADK wilderness should be protected tooth and nail from the pressures of the infernal combustion engine lobby.
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Old 08-22-2005, 11:05 PM   #44
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I was born and raised in the Adirondacks, as were 3 or 4 generations of my family. I didn't realize the privilege and responsibility we have living here, until I had spent some time elsewhere. In addition to being so beautiful, what strikes me now as being remarkable is that the Adirondacks are ours to use and share. Although much of it is private (and some of that mine), a great deal of it is open to all of us. Several years ago while visiting in Massachusetts, near the coast, I couldn't find a camping area for many, many miles. All the costal real estate north of Boston was private, only for the rich and famous. I couldn't even find an expensive RV park until somewhere in New Hampshire or Maine. Many of us don't realize that thanks to some of those rich city folks many years ago insisting on making this park happen, we have what we have today. I have had my issues with the APA restrictions, but I also have to say hats off to the concept they are charged to preserve.

A previous writer commented on climbing versus other activities in the Park. I sometimes feel that some are just focused on getting to the tops of the mountains, and miss much of what the Adirondacks are. I often don't make it to the top of anywhere, but can spend much of a day exploring a mountain stream's pools, mossy gardens, or the textures or patterns in the rocks. I do love the view from a mountain top, the cool breeze after a sweaty, breathless climb. There is just so much more to it than making a check mark on a list.
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Old 08-24-2005, 09:42 AM   #45
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To me its a place to clear the head, but my exercise to work and rejuvinate myself. It's my 3rd favorite place to go (Banff rules, the Whites are 2nd with the Dax a really close 3rd).
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:51 PM   #46
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I've been going to the Adirondacks since I was three weeks old. I'm now on the far side of 50. My grandfather had the presence of mind to buy a summer camp in the '20s. The Adirondacks is the bamboo fishing rod he gave me when I was three. It's breaking a worm with my fingers to put it on a hook for the first time. It is the glass of water from the hand pump, so sweet, clear and cold, it would frost over before he could hand it to me. It's the strawberry shortcake my grandmother would make for my birthday. Helping her scrape, caulk and paint the old wooden rowboat and making sure I still had a can and sponge to bail it out. It is stopping in Schroon Lake and dad getting the AJ Hornet balsa wood rubber band powered airplanes my brothers and I would fly each summer which would end up stuck in the pines in front of the camp after three flights. It's grandma lovingly bringing us the pieces of them she found on the ground the next spring. It's remembering each of your infant siblings waking up for every stop light on Route 9, back before the Northway was built. It's where grandpa let me row the leaky rowboat across the creek for the first time and being allowed to go down the creek to fish by myself, the first time I can remember being out of my parent's sight. Countless hours looking for nightcrawlers. It's where I caught my first trout. It's where, many years later, I learned that putting one back could be a source of joy. It's where I can see the changing course of the creek each year, how fast last year's trails were taken back by nature, the 200 year old headstone in the old cemetery just barely visible, sticking out of the trunk of a huge maple tree. It's where I learned how to swim. It is the explosion of walking by a grouse taking flight. It was learning how to start grandpa's 5 hp Johnson on the back of the leaky wooden rowboat. It's where I learned the mechanics of replacing shear pins and bending a new hook on the end of the recoil starter spring that grew shorter each year. It's where I learned the importance of always bringing the oars. It's where I learned to remember to tie the anchor line to the boat. It was where I can remember looking up at skies so clear and never ever having appreciated before how many stars there were. It is remembering that first camp-out, alone, transcending the fear of being alone and finding peace in the solitude, the absence of haste and vexatious spirits. Picking blueberries on the trail to the Pharoah fire tower. It is climbing Marcy to forget a lost love. A place of calm, a place to to remind me the world is truly a beautiful place. A place where I could see my place in the world, that the best I could hope to be is a good steward. A place to share and enjoy with a new love over a lifetime. A place to try to teach your children well, that it is a joy to be simple, that there are so many different things to be experienced. The sheer beauty of a waterfall, a brook trout, a red eft, sitting in a lean-to and watching it snow, picking up a piece of trash on a trail and hoping your kids learn that by even small acts we can make our world better. Hoping they would learn those things you have learned to be important, a place to teach and share values. A place where you would spend three days driving to find all of the leathers and parts you need to pull the well point and rebuild the hand pump, just to see if the water still frosts the glass and where it tasted as good as the glass grandpa handed you 50 years earlier. Where the smell of kerosene brings back memories of sitting in the hammock on the porch, playing cards with your brothers by lantern, heating the cabin when grandpa and dad went hunting over Thanksgiving, grandma cooking the turkey in the kerosene stove.

It is the place of all things good. Of peace, calm and beauty. The place where some time during the course of a few precious hours I struggle to save for myself each summer, I can sit on the same rock, watch the same river curl over and around the same boulders, admire the beauty of the same waterfall and where somewhere during the course of those few hours, all of the tribulations and things I thought were important during the rest of the year are washed away. A place where everything in my head gets put back in place. A place to remind us we are only here for a little while and we should put that time to good purpose. It was here before we were here, it will be here after we are gone. I know I am blessed to have the time I have there. It is a place that cannot be explained by accident or random event. It is the place where I know I am in the presence of God.

This coming June my first granddaughter will be born. She will be three weeks old on her first trip to the Adirondacks.

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Old 02-26-2006, 08:03 AM   #47
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Welcome to the forum, preshrink and paradox6! I'm pleased to see that there are more "native" members of the forum. Thanks to both for your perspectives on living in the Adirondacks. Good point (which I agree with) about there being so much more to the park. We've had that discussion here before, and of course there are others with different perspectives here, but who also love the park. Paradox6, as another on the "far side" of 50, I enjoyed reading your reminiscences of growing up in the Adirondacks. Congratulations on your upcoming status as grandfather! By the way (referring to your public profile), you'll find you're not the only lawyer on this forum!

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Old 06-01-2006, 07:21 PM   #48
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Old 06-01-2006, 08:28 PM   #49
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The Adirondacks is a place that has all the answers
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:11 AM   #50
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Gee...it's been 13 years since this thread was active. A lot of water under the bridge. A lot of new members, some have gone, some maybe still here but not active. Thought it was one of the best questions ever asked. Would love to hear anyone's thoughts! Hawk? Dick?
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Old 05-07-2019, 05:26 PM   #51
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Over the past 12-15 years I've hiked roughly once or twice a week. The Adirondacks allow me to fulfill my need for adventure and to concoct, then meet various challenges (physical, mental, off-trail navigation, route planning, problem solving, project management).

The mountains are where most of my interests and strengths converge.
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Old 05-07-2019, 06:47 PM   #52
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The Adirondacks isn't just a place, it's a state of mind.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:23 PM   #53
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The Adirondacks isn't just a place, it's a state of mind.
Indeed, when I'm not there physically, I'm often there in my head.
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:16 PM   #54
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Paradox6,
Thanks for the thread resurrection, the thread went dormant a year before I showed up here!

I have been camping, hiking, paddling the Adirondacks all of my life.
With, ahem, a few years under my belt, I occasionally look back and reflect at why I'm drawn to the ADK's.

I've traveled the world, or at least large parts of it and I have not found a better combination of mountains, water and history.
I paddled waters as a kid with my father and uncles that were not so pure, passing shores that were far from pristine.
As an adult, I paddled the same waters and marveled at the changes for the better.
I sit on the same rocks that I sat on 60 years ago, and watch my grandkids sit on these same memories, hoping they'll watch their grandkids do the same.
I walk the same woods where I helped my uncle drag a buck that he took with his long bow, the memories are just underfoot.
I'm comforted by the knowledge that the mountains, the waters, the woods will not change. Sure, there may be a new slide, a beaver dammed meadow, some deadfall and new growth, but that is expected, however, the essence of those mountains, waters and woods will not change...

When I'm long gone, hopefully my descendants will remember the stories that I was told when I was young, the stories that I lived through, and those stories yet to be told, all centered within this little paradise.
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Old 05-07-2019, 10:33 PM   #55
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My granddaughter is almost 13, Paradox is her favorite place. She asked if the cabin will be hers one day. Told her she'd have to share it with her cousin, my 3 year old grandson who will make his first trip there in July. Heck..... I don't own the place, I just pay the bills on it til they nail the box shut and the next ones take over. And I'm thankful for the opportunity.
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Old 05-07-2019, 11:38 PM   #56
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I see them as a delicate, susceptible, precarious island in a sea of ever evolving urban sprawl. Who's true worth, if kept intact, will not be realized in our, or our children lives, but in our great, great, grandchildren's.

If we don't fall to the siren calls of those who seek to "improve" and "develop" them, allow even the slightest variances of code, abide fines millionaires can afford, not allow an inch taller, a tree cut, a swamp drained, a road built, a development expanded without the utmost attention to the spirit of the park - as it will be lost in the inches, not by miles.

Imagine, even more than it is now, what a crown jewel in the world it will be if it can remain forever wild.
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Old 05-08-2019, 06:38 AM   #57
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Old 05-08-2019, 06:47 AM   #58
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What do the Adirondacks mean to me? Second to Family, Friends, & Job they are everything. They are my sanctuary, my freedom, my source of woods therapy and adventure. The Mountains provide me with peace and a means to clear my head & body of everyday pain. My first adventure was back in 1958 into Pharaoh Lake when it was a real Wilderness. Once I was able to drive I have been up there every year since including a 6 day adventure last week. I’m now planning for my next trip......
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Old 05-08-2019, 09:29 AM   #59
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Although I have been hiking and canoeing (off and on) all my life in many places in the US, my first real experience in the 'Dacks was when a friend who grew up in Seattle decided to take a group of us winter camping at Marcy Dam in '72. We had more trips in '73 and '74, then I graduated and moved away. Came back to New York and started hiking again in the High Peaks in 2002, at age 61. Completed the 46 with my wife a decade later and decided to move there after retirement. All my friends from Down South (Long Island) ask why would I move North, rather than Florida. I think the answer is obvious to this crowd. Still happy up North!
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Old 05-08-2019, 07:55 PM   #60
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What do the ADK's mean to me? Insignificance. Allow me to explain.

Many years ago, Chick and I were taking a late fall canoe trip across the Boundary Waters into Quetico. We had not seen anyone in several days and we were thrilled with the solitude. There was a storm brewing, and the water took on that flat, oily look you get sometimes before it hits. For some reason, in the middle of the lake, we both stopped paddling and slowly cruised to a halt. We just sat there completely silent. It was at that moment it struck me. It was as though I saw us from a satellite - an insignificant spec on the earth that was completely unnoticed. And that feeling hit me very hard. It was almost unnerving, but incredibly satisfying. As a result my outdoor activities have this common thread - the search for insignificance. This has driven me to complete many of my 46 at night. Sitting on a mountaintop or a rocky outcropping at 3 am feeds my soul. Having Rock Pond all to ourselves - save for the moose that swam out to the island campsite to say hello - has allowed me the luxury of knowing that as long as I can continue to find that feeling, wherever I am, there is no other place I would rather be. And when I am fortunate enough to combine that feeling while looking at the face that has been there with me for the last 38 years, I must surely be the luckiest person on earth.
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