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    Hints of Balsam and Pine  from our  corner of the Adirondacks. Adirondack Letters
    No.4: A Lake Placid 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.4: "A Lake Placid Story."   (On the next page.)   List and Links to all the Adirondack Letters in this series.  

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    "A Lake Placid Story" Adirondack Letter No.4
    Subject: "A Lake Placid Story" Adirondack Letter No.4
    Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 05:00:23
    From: < >
    To: < youremailname@youremail.address >

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

    Dear Fourpeaks Visitor,

    It was the late sixties and my wife's idea of a weekend away was
    downhill skiing. She liked tour buses, too. So my first look at
    the Adirondacks began at a tacky bus company on the West Side. The
    package (I've hated that word ever since) included a room at the
    (even then) run-down hotel across from the Alpine Mall on Main

    I remember we ordered a meal at the Golden Arrow and I got up from
    the table and went over to visit the old couple at the cash
    register. She reminded me of my bubba (hair in a bun with a sweet
    creased-up smile). The old gentleman took just a minute for his

    Only a few days later I was 4-wheeling up a backcountry road with
    a real estate agent who knew land like I knew --well, say-- book
    printing. We turned into an abandoned field, bounced along a rough
    woods trail for a bit, and then I got my first look at The Cabin.

    To say it was "Love at first sight," is putting it mildly. By next
    Spring I had split with the lady and was spending every weekend I
    could manage right here at camp. In those days we got water from
    the brook and did without a fridge. The rest is history--which you
    can read about at

    This year--our third in this business--bookings were strong. I got
    to thinking how we found this place--the quiet woods, just empty
    space and no people. Looking back to those first days in Lake
    Placid the contrast was striking.

    More so today. A new 3% add-on Occupancy Tax (half million dollars
    in just six months) goes to the Visitors Bureau ad budget to bring
    thousands and thousands even more touristas to their choked
    streets, tasteless shops and plastic ho-motels (since redone as
    Adirondack "inns").

    We just decided to move a bit further away from it all.

    The big project this year was trail building. We were lucky to
    find an environmental student with experience on wilderness trails
    in Idaho and Alaska. He worked wonders with just a handsaw,
    mattuck, shovel and peevee. The summits of both Rattlesnake and
    Ebenezer may now be found with ease. The old Smith Road from
    pioneering days is open again from Sugar Camp to their
    tin-roofed logging camp and beyond. 150-year old maples the
    oldtimers sugared alone are worth the visit. The most successful
    effort is the 1/4-mile long foot path along the AuSable. Three
    flights of stairs cut into the bank and a broad swimming pool we
    discovered for the first time. See

    A dead tree fell down across Stonehouse Road yesterday. The
    weather's changing. Apples are doing well after the heavy pruning
    two years ago. The Princess apples at the side of the Stone House
    are the most abundant and best tasting. Jam making time in the
    next few weeks.

    Thanks for reading this. If you've ever been a guest with us, go
    to to learn about our midweek specials
    and free upgrades. Come see us again. If you've never been--think
    about it. There's a lovely quiet season coming up. And please
    visit us On-Line: "A 700-acre private rest and play-ground." Pretty Camps in a Hidden Valley. Walks with views & Beauty spots. Photo Guest Book--What they said.

    Your Adirondack Host,

    Martin Schwalbaum

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    subject heading. Thanks.

       Former Member Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau
           Tourist stuff: 800/2PLACID

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