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    Hints of Balsam and Pine  from our  corner of the Adirondacks. Adirondack Letters
    No.2: Summer and Ironman
    Hints of Balsam and Pine: Nature Reflections in a minor key from our quiet corner of the Adirondacks. For Fourpeaks Guests and anyone who ever dreamed about a wilderness getaway. CLICK & GO!  (On this page.)   Adirondack Letter No.2: "Summer and Ironman"   (On the next page.)   Ironman USA Comes to Fourpeaks.   List and links to all the Adirondack Letters in this series.  

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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 < >
    To: < youremailname@youremail.address >

    To:    Fourpeaks Visitors
    At:    < youremailname@youremail.address >

    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

    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 (Missed the Ice Storm? Read
    about it at )

    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 (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 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 There's a lovely quiet season
    coming up before it snows.          "A 700-acre rest and play-ground."    Pretty Camps in a Hidden Valley.     Things to do here--activities.   Family Hiking, Mountain Views.

                    Happy Vacations! Great Getaways!

                    Martin and Louise

            Member Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau
           Area information: 800/2PLACID

    This is   No.2  of a really occasional   Letter,  "Hints of
    Balsam and   Pine  from our Corner  of the Adirondacks,"  for
    Fourpeaks guests   or  anyone  who   ever   inquired about  a
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