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    Hints of Balsam and Pine  from our  corner of the Adirondacks. Adirondack Letters
    No.28: Three Birches.   A bit of living history, one of eight homesites here at Fourpeaks high valley, Bert Williams told me years ago some kin of Halsey Straight lived there in the 20's. Too poor for a cellar, they put their home right on the road below his place. Just beyond Camp Field, find it today where our Jeep Road, Perkins (Stonehouse) Road and Zig-Zag all converge. CLICK for map. A pretty spot by 'Deer Watch'" with appple, pine and three (count 'em) paper birch.
    CLICK & GO!  (On this page.)   Adirondack Letter No.28: "Three Birches."    More stuff in An Adirondack Miscellany.   (On the next page.)   Links to all the Adirondack Letters in this series.

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    Subject: Three Birches.
    Date: Sat, 14 Sept 2012 20:09:13
    From: Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)
    To:    Fourpeaks Visitors
    At:    < youremailname@youremail.address >

    Dear Fourpeaks Visitor,

    Still early morning when I get to Ridge I see the porch is loaded.
    The two women are cheerfully arranging the last of their
    voluminous belongings. They're sisters comfortable with each other
    and with their unexceptional midlife situations. The one offers me
    a basket of veggies from her garden. The men are out with the dogs
    for a last woods hike. I let them load the jeep while I check the
    place. No room for passengers I head down. They say they had a
    good time enjoyed the suggested closeby Cookout Hill spot
    windswept pines on a narrow perch.

    I open the hatch walk into the field and lay down head on arm to
    wait. My places have names. I never miss an opportunity here to
    count the slender white papered stems to make sure it's right. A
    shortlived lifeform the very first of them died in their time.
    Blocked up and saved in a pile they were bushhogged to dust only
    last year. At one time I cut ten feet into the woods to free one
    that wandered off. A clump may count as one.

    Behind a trio of nondescript and unruly dogs the men approach the
    vehicles and begin unloading. Head down on ground life around me
    already seared by the season I observe through a straw jumble
    savoring the last moments in a place beyond everyday perception.
    One works in an old pullover that says Donovan Plumbing with a
    device. I open the side doors to make it easier for them to get to
    the stuff. The lead acknowledges me and I manage a handshake. The
    ladies move in on their own. When I see they're ready to leave I
    wish them a safe trip.

    Sorting out the garden bounty I'm surprised at the quality and
    variety. Three goodsized cukes not well shaped but hard to the
    touch. I set them aside for gurkensalat a summer favorite with
    schnitzel. Two yellow squash and as many zuchini. I discard a bell
    pepper and an unfamiliar salad item for which I have no use. Two
    large tomatoes. The one right away makes my lunch with tuna al
    oglio and a nice Italian red. The flesh is firm and there's a
    lively acid bite to the freshpicked flavor.

    Late afternoon I catch the last sun at the same field of sand and
    low growth. Close to my eye small individuals loom large
    overhanging the sky in parallel with the forest trees along
    field's edge. A grassy spike bears seeds at the top with feather
    ends for flight. Leaves at considerable intervals show green at
    the base some rust along the margins burnt altogether black at the
    tip. A milky plant is brown with fungal disease portions torn away
    in a biting pattern. I don't know their names so I'm relieved to
    find a few familiar woody plants. Oak in an elongated juvenile
    form on sturdy low stalks. Pine just inches high with luxuriant
    fine needles en masse. The sun is bold red on blue with opaque
    white puffs. Unexpected everything is dark for a time while the
    light is blocked.

    I make friends with one of them on Facebook and she shows me some
    photos of their Adirondack adventure. Folks and dogs on a high
    ledge before a wide expanse of mountains and sky. The fresh
    zuchini goes well with just pasta and romano. Come see for
    yourself. I'll suggest a favorite spot and recipes for backcountry
    cabin meals you'll remember with joy. If you hurry you'll make it
    in time for the Fall colors.

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    the Adirondack backcountry a part of your vacation experience.

               Your Adirondack Guide,

               Martin Schwalbaum

             Member Whiteface Mountain Visitors Bureau           
          Member Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau

    This is #28 of a really occasional newsletter, for Fourpeaks
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