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"Summer and Ironman" Adirondack Letter No.2
Subject: "Summer and Ironman" Adirondack Letter No.2
Date: Sun, 19 Sep 1999 04:11:37
From: Martin Schwalbaum/Louise Merriam < YourAdirondackGuide@4peaks.com >
To: < firstname.lastname@example.org >
To: Fourpeaks Visitors
At: < email@example.com >
Dear Fourpeaks Visitor,
This Summer (our third only) brought some interesting
visitors and a few surprises. Most everyone had a satisfying
--what we call a "mild" wilderness experience--resting,
hiking, seeing night sky, hearing animals and being "off
the grid." More honeymooners and couples in love. Folks
with dogs. Outdoor-type people. Just a few who never
ventured out, and weren't any fun at all.
Wolf's Nest got refurbished and a new view deck added on.
Whiteface Mountain was never prettier to look at. See it at
More rebuilding and fixing at Ridge this year. The Guest Shed
is floored and furnished. The sauna works. Our prettiest
camp. Best views. See it at http://4peaks.com/frc.htm
Trail damage from the "Ice Storm of the Century" is just
about cleaned up (finally). People are finding our beauty
spots like "High Meadow," "The Adirondack Desert," and "Big
Rock." Through salvage operations this Spring and Fall we'll
be opening up an ancient track behind Sugar Camp to
connect with Ridge Camp. Cross trails, too. The old 1900
Sugar House and Logging Camp is open already. Look for these
backcountry places soon at the new property map
http://4peaks.com/fmprp.htm (Missed the Ice Storm? Read
about it at http://4peaks.com/fk1ice.htm )
Ironman came this August. A worldclass triathalon event, the
bike course went right by the river here and we got some good
snaps. See them at http://4peaks.com/fk4iron.htm (Bikers--
come and do this on your own. Easy touring, hills aplenty
plus mountain trails. Sports types--plan to watch the
triathletes next year!)
It was a dry year. Some called it a drought. Natural life was
stressed. The barn swallows nested once in May (the usual
time) and then again in late June. It was odd. Milkweed was
sparse and the Monarch butterfly population is way down. The
river was as low as we've seen it. There was a forty-acre
forest fire day last week near Stewart Mountain past Keene.
It threatened to get out of control and Nathan and others
were worried. Luckily the last few days of hurricane weather
took care of that. The river is full again.
That's enough for now. This is our first Letter in over a
year. We're shy about advertising our place which can appeal
to so few. But then others out there just like hearing
about the Adirondacks even if Lake Placid or George is as
close as they ever get to it. This is for them, too.
If you've ever been a guest with us, please pick up your $100
Gift Certificate at http://4peaks.com/fgift.htm and come see
us again. If you've never been, but are thinking about
it--give us a call or use the easy reply for at
http://4peaks.com/finquiry.htm There's a lovely quiet season
coming up before it snows.
http://4peaks.com/ "A 700-acre rest and play-ground."
http://4peaks.com/fcamp.htm Pretty Camps in a Hidden Valley.
http://4peaks.com/foguest.htm Things to do here--activities.
http://4peaks.com/fotrails.htm Family Hiking, Mountain Views.
Happy Vacations! Great Getaways!
Martin and Louise
Member Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau
Area information: www.lakeplacid.com 800/2PLACID
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