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    Hints of Balsam and Pine  from our  corner of the Adirondacks. Adirondack Letters
    No.3: A Bear Story.
    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.3: "A Bear Story."   (On the next page.)   The bear cub sightings. More about Anita and Andrew at Ridge Camp.   List and Links to all the Adirondack Letters in this series.  

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    "A Bear Story" Adirondack Letter No.3
    CLICK HERE for fullsize photo of the nice couple from Massachusetts that told us about the bear cub at Ridge. CLICK HERE for fullsize photo of the nice couple from Massachusetts that told us about the bear cub at Ridge. Subject: "A Bear Story" Adirondack Letter No.3
    Date: Sat, 25 Dec 1999 21:43:25
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    To: < youremailname@youremail.address >

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

    Dear Fourpeaks Visitor,

    When that nice couple from Massachusetts told us about it I
    wasn't surprised. Every Springtime second-year cubs get turned
    out of home. Momma Bear is looking for a mate to start a new
    family and just doesn't want the youngster around. It's the
    beginning of a young bear's life on its own. And they're
    awkward adolescents.

    We followed the story of that bear all year. From her early
    morning splashbaths in the cow pond by Ridge Camp. To the
    occasional sightings along the jeep trail at Great Rock.
    Mid-Summer she clawed up the screening on the Ridge Camp porch.
    (Some first-time guests left food out overnight.)

    Come Fall we're finishing up building the Cedar House at Gypsy
    Camp. The cub scares Wally one day who's all alone picking up
    brush. Our carpenter Ed tells me the cub messed up his deer
    feeding station, eating the carrots and dropping her scat all
    over the place. He swore he'd get her in time.

    But he never did. I was relieved when that bear cub made it
    through her first hunting season.

    I like knowing bears are out there roaming Fourpeaks, making a
    living on the land in their ancient ways. They're solitary and
    territorial and they need a lot of empty land--one square mile
    for each breeding sow. More than that for a mature male. The
    bear defines my wilderness for me.

    I'm planning on doing a page on this. Look for it next month at

    Winter weather held off long into December. We're bush-hogging
    and mowing more than 30 acres of backcountry, mostly old
    homesites--Hurley, Boughton, High Meadow, Back Lot, Farmhouse,
    Hamilton, Oak, Sugar, Lookout and Second Drive. Revised map
    coming soon to show locations. These little openings are
    important windows into our accessible wilderness.

    Pruned the apples. Hope to get a good crop next year. Cleaned up
    every trail on the place and cut a few new ones. My favorite is
    Brook Trail from Hamilton to the Picnic Hill at Gypsy Camp. Only
    a 1/4-mile long, the brook reminds me of those I've seen in the
    Southern Piedmont. Picturesque rock falls and lots of evidence
    of pioneer development--grade changes at the cultivation lines
    and many stone piles and walls.

    That's enough for now. This is our second Letter this year.
    In the last one I said we're shy about advertising our place
    which can appeal to so few. A lady wrote back and said she
    liked the letter and hearing about our Adirondack hideout even
    though she never was here (and probably never will be). This
    letter is for her.

    Thanks for reading this. If you've ever been a guest with us, go
    look in your mailbox and pick up your $100 Gift
    and come see us again. If you've never
    been--give us a call and we'll chat about it. Or use the
    easy reply form at There's
    a lovely quiet season coming up soon. And please visit us
    On-Line: "A 700-acre private rest and play-ground." Pretty Camps in a Hidden Valley. Things to do here--activities. Family Hiking, Mountain Views.

    Your Adirondack Host,

    Martin Schwalbaum

    P.S. News!! We've been awarded Dog-friendly U.S. Hotel of the
    Month for December 1999
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    If you didn't like it please reply to this with "REMOVE" in
    the subject heading. Thanks.

            Member Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau
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    This is   No.3  of a really occasional   Letter,  "Hints of
    Balsam and   Pine  from our Corner  of the Adirondacks,"  for
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