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Your Adirondack Vacation: What's New!
An authentic Adirondack Vacation is any thing but new. (We know that.) It's all about an old cabin, quiet woods, the sound of birds, leaves rustling and stars at night. No people. Just you and maybe those closest to you. It's untrammeled land with signs of ancestors after the glaciers, palpable history. (When you get here I'll tell you about the Ice Mountain, the Clovis people here in 90000BPE and the English settlers in 1700 later on.)
But we like to make it a fun experience as well. So there are new trails, old-fashion gadgets to learn about, books, games and more we don't have space to tell about elsewhere. CLICK & GO. (On this page.) Stonehouse Road is now open. New trails to explore. A pitcher pump for water at the kitchen sink. Why a privy (outhouse)? Cooking meals at camp.
Stonehouse Road is now open (all the way)! The mowing this year went very well. Andy got the slip clutch working right so it was worry-free. Started before summer's end at the far fields with Joe here most days for cutting brush the mower can't reach, and edge trimming, the most urgent place to start. Frost wrote "there's something that doesn't like . . ." I agree with the sentiment, but I'd say that it's a field edge by woods. Hardwood whippets proliferate and stout branches overhead make tractor travel tricky and hazardous. The work is most satisfying when the old field margin is not only brought back, but added to somewhat into the woods for good measure. At The Brook that extra effort lead to a loop trail we flagged out so one can now better view the large farm/industrial foundation from water power days. Later, from Camp Field I cut through Halsey Straight's old haying sag, discovered and mowed a forgotten dry stretch of old Stonehouse Road right up to Three Birches. Just like it was, with the stone wall alongside and open pretty woods beyond, on that Fall day in the 60's when I spied Franny Devlin in his old truck stop and pick my apples for deer hunting. (I never said a word.) For a finishing touch we opened a foot trail at either end. Stonehouse Road is now open all the way from the AuSable River to Hardy Road in Wilmington! Three miles of quiet beauty, a rare bit of Adirondack history. CLICK HERE for the Stonehouse Road (Perkins Road) story, walking notes and maps. (Oct 2010.)
New trails to explore. I was very excited to discover evidence of a glacial remnant (Ice Mountain 9,000BPE) just above Spruce Trail and below an old road we knew about 40 years ago, then lost in deadfall. Last year I went up The Torrent with Maggie and discovered another, parallel road to a unique bedrock formation I call The Chasm. Well, when I took Lori and Rich to see it all they liked the idea of connecting the Ice Mountain with Great Rock, another glacier reminder. Rich really was a good trailfinder. Most of it is an easy and natural game trail through mature woods in a gorgeous terrain. Don't miss Lori Woods! Worth a trip to the Adks! (Sept 2010.)
A pitcher pump for water at the kitchen sink. The first look at The Cabin 40 years ago was a special experience I'll always remember. My checkbook was out for the deposit on the first visit. Big, roomy and comfortable. No electricity, just gas lights. A sink with no water tap. I asked Jim about that later and he told me they drew their water from the brook nearby. Well I just had to research the matter and learned about the pitcher pump. Water must be drawn and hauled, but the pitcher pump allows it to be conveniently dispensed right at the sink, as needed. There's one now at every camp. CLICK HERE to learn how they work. (Aug 2010.)
Why a privy (outhouse)? There was no electric power at The Cabin, or at any of the homes built along Stonehouse Road years ago. Fourpeaks camps are today still "off the grid." It's the single most important factor that makes the place what it is--a natural retreat from the hum and whirr of modern life. Except for a candle or gas light, the only light at night is skylight, beautiful and highly variable. With no power, no running water, and no flush toilets. CLICK HERE to learn about the privies (outhouses) at camp and how they work. (July2010.)
Cooking meals at camp. Every camp is equipped with a full kitchen, all utensiles, pots, pans, dishes, a functional gas cooking range and fridge, and many extras. And the ambiance makes every meal at camp a special event. No noisy TV, phones, ringing doorbells. Just quiet, trees, a breeze. Breakfast with fresh perked cofee? Picnic lunch outdoors or on the screened porch? Candlelight dinner for two? CLICK HERE for the Obie Family meals at camp and more. I've organized my favorite Camp Barn recipes and hope you will take a look. Try my Asian recipes. They're fun, fast and easy. Let me know if you need help with the ingredients. My shelves are full and I'd love to share. The beef with bok choy is my current favorite, as the brown sauce has so much potential for experimenting! (Apr 2010.)
Are you in this picture? Fourpeaks hosts now welcome paying guests to a 700-acre rest and playground for vacations in the Adirondack Great Camp tradition. Couples appreciate Fourpeaks secluded settings. Outdoor loving families have fun exploring our accessible wilderness. Folks with dogs enjoy the open spaces to run their pets. A private nature rereat. For a vacation away from it all. Are you in this picture? CLICK HERE to find out! [More about this at Frequently Asked Questions.]
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