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    CLICK HERE for full size image:'View from Rattlesnake on a dramatic October day.' Watercolor by Nancy Lane. The Obbie Family at Fourpeaks.
    Mark and Nancy come up for Adirondack Vacations from Ossining with their teenage kids Rae and Dale and their dog, Shadow. First year they stay at New Barn, then they settle in at The Cabin next two years. Mark and Nancy make a Fall visit to New Camp just the two of them. Experienced hikers, they enjoy the privacy of Fourpeaks trails, swim the AuSable, visit Taylor Pond. Inspired by the natural beauty around, Nancy creates very beautiful watercolors. CLICK & GO!  (On this page.)   Guest Book Entry.  What they had to say about it.   More about their Fourpeaks visit.  (An Email Exchange.)   CLICK HERE for Summer 2005, The Obbie Family at The Cabin.   Meet more Fourpeaks guests? CLICK HERE for Meet Our Guests! Home Page.
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    Morning sun over the meadow, seen from New Camp's porch
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    Mark at the Great Rock
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    View south from Rattlesnake Knob, with Ebeneezer's slope in the foreground
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    Candlelight dinner at New Camp
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    Guest Book Entry:
    Subject: Guestbook Entry
    Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2002 09:24:25 -0700
    Name : Mark Obbie and Nancy Lane
    Email : mark****@***mail.com
    Location : Ossining, NY
    Comments : Martin, thanks so much for another
    restful visit at Four Peaks, this time an anniversary weekend
    getaway in New Camp, which was perfect. The weather was surprisingly
    mild and the leaves still surprisingly green (though there are
    excellent colors popping up everywhere). This was our first fall
    visit, and a quiet one without kids. The coyotes are still there,
    though, to make the still evenings a little more interesting. After
    many hikes without seeing a soul, it was fun to laugh at all the
    other hikers we saw double-parking at the trailheads on Route 73!
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    Dinner in The Cabin's front "yard"
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    Kids husking corn on the porch of The Cabin
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    Kids on the porch of Wolf's Nest
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    Mark and Shadow relaxing on the river
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    Nancy paints at our favorite spot on the AuSable (by the rest stop toward Upper Jay)
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    Au Sable at Four Peaks
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    Au Sable Rapids
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    EveningView from The Lookout
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    Lookout Rock
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    Rain on Rattlesnake Knob
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    View from The Cabin
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    Antlers at The Cabin


    (More About the Obbies at Fourpeaks: An Email Exchange.)
    "THANKS AGAIN FOR TAKING THE TIME TO MAKE THIS REPORT. IT'S VERY USEFUL!"


    Subject: Guestbook Entry
    Date : 8/28/2001
    Name : Mark *****, Nancy ***** & family
    Email : mark****@hotmail.com
    Location : Ossining, NY
    Comments : We loved our week in The Cabin ... sitting on the
    porch to watch the sun rise on the peaks ... family dinners and board games
    on the screened porch .... soaking and rock hunting in the river ... hiking
    every morning (I think we covered each and every trail on the map) ...
    taking warm "sunshowers" ... seeing the "neighbors," but only occasionally
    ... enjoying the perfect quiet all day and night ... making the famous Four
    Peaks biscuits (twice). Even our easily bored teenagers were in heaven. This
    was probably our most restful vacation in 19 years of marriage. The only
    suggestion we'd make to fellow guests is to look more closely at the trail
    map than at the easily misunderstood narrative directions when finding your
    way along the hiking trails. We can't wait to return. Thanks so much for the
    friendly hospitality and perfect accommodations.

    Subject: Obbie family photos
    Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2002 09:59:49 -0400
    From: Mark Obbie <*****@**law.com>
    To: martin@4peaks.com
    CC: nancyl***@optonline.net
    Hi Martin,
    Here are photos and a letter about our August stay at The Cabin. Coming
    separately from Nancy are a couple of additional images, scans of her
    paintings.

    Photo captions (I'm not sure what order they'll appear in on your message,
    but the info should be obvious which photo it goes with):

    Dear Martin,
    Our third family vacation at Four Peaks was another big success. The Cabin,
    and the refuge you provide throughout the property, have given us many happy
    family memories. It's a wonder that our two teens - Rae, almost 16, and
    Dale, 13 - tolerate such solitude. No computers, no TV, no phone (thank
    god!), and only the occasional discreet use of CD players with headphones.
    And yet they both are so happy when they're there. We all are - even Shadow,
    our 5-year-old German Shepherd, who will sleep for a week after all that
    hiking and swimming.

    Some of our favorite things . . . the views from Rattlesnake Knob (Mark made
    that hike four times during the week!) . . . munching on the abundant
    berries along all of the trails (and we hiked practically every inch of the
    place once again) . . . paddling our canoe on Taylor Pond, where we enjoyed
    a restful afternoon on a secluded beach . . . lounging on the AuSable every
    afternoon (we love the new chairs you've added to your riverfront spot, but
    our favorite place is still on the rocks by the public rest area between
    Stonehouse Road and Upper Jay) . . . morning coffee on the front porch of
    The Cabin, watching the sun color in Rattlesnake . . . resting next to the
    majestic Great Rock . . . feeling like country folk who get excited on the
    rare occasion when "company" comes up the road (we can literally hear the
    footsteps if someone is hiking up our way) . . . the chorus of coyotes that
    we heard three different nights at dusk (one would start, and then at least
    half a dozen, including apparently pups, would join in, raising quite a din
    for about half a minute) . . . breakfast on the table in the sun in front of
    The Cabin (Rae sometimes insisted on dinner there, too, because she
    preferred that view over the woodsy feel of the screened porch) . . . your
    fabulous biscuit mix (thanks for the second batch) . . . playing checkers at
    night by gaslight, and teaching the kids chess, which they then played
    avidly, even on the flat rocks in the river . . . seeing Nancy have the
    time, and ample natural material, to do her watercolors . . . watching
    sunset from Camp Rock, overlooking the meadow in front of New Camp and The
    Cabin . . . a cozy fire in The Cabin on the one rainy, cool day that we had
    all week . . . the sandy mound near High Meadow (or the Four Peaks Beach, as
    we know it) . . . and being able to hike in the High Peaks without the
    overwhelming crowds (we saw hundreds of cars in Marcy Field and the
    trailheads on Route 73 as we headed for the Northway).

    The only hike that Mark did off the property on this visit is nearby and
    worth recommending: Nun-da-ga-o Ridge, a six-mile, three- to four-hour loop
    that provides stunning views of the peaks. The trailhead is on O'Toole Road
    (take East Hill Road from the center of Keene). He didn't see any other
    hikers on that trail.

    Nancy and Mark look forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary in October
    in New Camp, and we're already thinking about our next family visit next
    August. Of course, every day that I go to work in Manhattan I'll wish that I
    was back on that porch, watching the fog lift and hearing only the crickets.

    Sincerely,
    Mark Obbie, Nancy Lane Rae, Dale, and Shadow Ossining, NY

    Subject: Our visit
    Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001 12:29:06 -0400
    From: Mark Obbie mobbie@**law.com
    To: YourAdirondackGuide@4peaks.com

    Hello Martin and Louise,
    I'm at my desk on Madison Avenue, but all I can think about is Four Peaks.
    We're looking forward to our visit in The Cabin starting August 18.

    I also need to let you know an arrival time. We will arrive between 3 and 4
    p.m., if that is fine with you. We know where it is, of course, but I assume
    you want us to stop in at the house first.

    I was up there last week to finish the Northville-Placid Trail. Passing
    Route 9N was difficult -- I wanted to hang a left and come and stay the
    month.

    See you soon.
    Mark Obbie

    Subject: RE: Your Fourpeaks visit 08/18/01 to The Cabin
    Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 13:29:58 -0400
    From: Mark Obbie mobbie@**law.com
    To: VisitUs@4peaks.com

    Hi,
    I just posted my main comments, about how happy we were. As soon as we can
    pin down Dale's camp schedule, we'll be e-mailing about a week in The Cabin
    next August.

    Minor things you may want to know about The Cabin (none of which bothered
    us, but in case you keep a to-do list):

    1. The mantle in the gas lantern in the main bedroom was blown out (had a
    big hole in it), so I replaced it. It worked fine for a few days, but then
    it happened again. The hole was near the top, so I'm sure I didn't touch it
    with the match, and as I say it worked fine at first.

    2. The faucet in the bath room (by the tub) ran out of water the last couple
    days, or at least we think that's why it stopped working. We weren't using
    the faucets much, given our love for the sun showers, so it was puzzling why
    that one and not the kitchen, ran dry.

    3. The kitchen pump is a pain. I primed it and got it to work at least once
    every day, but it took an inordinate amount of pumping. Toward the end I
    took the much easier route of walking to the pump house, which is not at all
    a problem.

    4. The mice in the building with the beds are quite loud at night, chewing
    on something in the ceiling. We also found a dead one in the bathtub. I
    imagine there's no solution for rodents in the woods, nor were we put off by
    it in the least. But FYI.

    Thanks again for everything -- we really loved our stay and can't wait to
    return.


    Subject: THANKS AGAIN FOR TAKING THE TIME TO MAKE THIS REPORT. IT'S VERY USEFUL!
    Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 18:20:02 -0400
    From: YourAdirondackHosts@4peaks.com
    To: Mark Obbie

    Mark--
    Sorry to be so late in replying. Been a busy week. I value your comments.
    SEE MY RESPONSE IN CAMPS.

    > Mark Obbie wrote:
    >
    > Hi,
    >
    > I just posted my main comments, about how happy we were. As soon as we
    > can pin down Dale's camp schedule, we'll be e-mailing about a week in The
    > Cabin next August.
    WE'D LOVE TO HAVE YOU BACK!

    >
    > Minor things you may want to know about The Cabin (none of which bothered
    > us, but in case you keep a to-do list):
    >
    > 1. The mantle in the gas lantern in the main bedroom was blown out (had a
    > big hole in it), so I replaced it. It worked fine for a few days, but
    > then it happened again. The hole was near the top, so I'm sure I didn't
    > touch it with the match, and as I say it worked fine at first.
    THAT MANTLE HAS BLOWN BEFORE. NOT SURE WHY. I WILL REPLACE NOZZLE AND
    SCREEN. IF IT KEEPS HAPPENING I'LL HAVE THE WHOLE FIXTURE CHANGED. I HAVE
    SOME PRETTY NEW GREEN ONE. (NEW MODEL.)

    >
    > 2. The faucet in the bath room (by the tub) ran out of water the last
    > couple days, or at least we think that's why it stopped working. We
    > weren't using the faucets much, given our love for the sun showers, so it
    > was puzzling why that one and not the kitchen, ran dry.
    >
    THE SHED FAUCET IS FED BY A 30 GAL TANK INSIDE THE BUILDING. BOTH THE
    BATHTUB AND THE FAUCET AT THE CABIN ARE FED FROM AN 80 GAL TANK.

    > 3. The kitchen pump is a pain. I primed it and got it to work at least
    > once every day, but it took an inordinate amount of pumping. Toward the
    > end I took the much easier route of walking to the pump house, which is
    > not at all a problem.
    THE VACUUM SYSTEM (PITCHER PUMPS) HAVE LEAKS WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FIND.
    BY NEXT YEAR WE HOPE TO HAVE THE TANKS AT THE CABIN FED FROM THE NEW WELL
    BEHIND THE CAMP BARN. THEN IF WE CAN'T FIX THE PRESENT VACUUM LINE WE MAY
    HOOK THE PUMP IN THE SHED DIRECTLY TO THE OUTFLOW OF THE NEW WELL.

    >
    > 4. The mice in the building with the beds are quite loud at night,
    > chewing on something in the ceiling. We also found a dead one in the
    > bathtub. I imagine there's no solution for rodents in the woods, nor were
    > we put off by it in the least. But FYI.
    THANKS FOR LETTING ME KNOW. THE TRAPS ARE BAITED SO YOU WILL FIND A DEAD
    ONE NOW AND THEN. BUT THEY HAVE BEEN VERY ACTIVE THIS YEAR.
    >
    > Thanks again for everything -- we really loved our stay and can't wait to
    > return.
    >
    THANKS AGAIN FOR TAKING THE TIME TO MAKE THIS REPORT. IT'S VERY USEFUL!
    MARTIN


    Subject: more photos
    Date: 13 Oct 2002 10:28:08 Eastern Standard Time
    From: markobbie@**.com
    To: martin@4peaks.com

    Hi Martin,
    We loved the Web page and we hope that it gives prospective guests a good
    idea of what your special place is all about. Here are four more photos,
    from our fall anniversary getaway:
    1. View south from Rattlesnake Knob, with Ebeneezer's slope in the
    foreground
    2. Mark at the Great Rock
    3. Morning sun over the meadow, seen from New Camp's porch
    4. Candlelight dinner at New Camp
    Nancy will send a watercolor that she did on a very windy afternoon atop
    Rattlesnake.
    Take care.
    --Mark


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