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    Hints of Balsam and Pine  from our  corner of the Adirondacks. Adirondack Letters
    No.7: A New Camp 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.7: "A New Camp Story."   (On the next page.)   New Camp Revisited, 22 photos and more sentimental stuff that accompany this letter.   New Camp, a pretty year-round camp with views, just for two.   List and Links to all the Adirondack Letters in this series.  

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    "A New Camp Story" Adirondack Letter No.7
    Subject: "A New Camp Story." Adirondack Letter No.7
    Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2001 06:48:52
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    To: < youremailname@youremail.address >

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

    Dear Fourpeaks Visitor,

    Up at New Camp for Spring cleaning chores, Louise and I hiked Camp
    Rock with Tramp, enjoying the view. The summit of Jay Mountain was
    white in sun 6 miles East. In the field below, a line of frost
    around the edges in shade was all that was left of the last big
    snow. The place looked so pretty, we decided to take time off
    from the phone and the computer. We stayed the night, for old
    time's sake.

    Years ago we made our Winter weekend visits there. Less space to
    heat than The Cabin and closer to the end of Stonehouse Road if we
    had to walk in. The kids were in sleeping bags on the floor or
    we'd just pile up together in the one bed--even the dog.

    Tanqueray martinis on the porch, we met the barn swallows already
    at work sprucing up the mud nest between the rafters. A
    solitary queen wasp soared nearby searching the most protected
    spot under the porch roof over our heads. Our meal was alfresco
    burgers (veggie for her, oldfashion beef for me) at the picnic
    table by the woodpile in front. Too chilly to sit out late, we
    made a fire in the little parlor stove, and felt right at home.

    Later, in complete dark and without my glasses, it took a few
    moments to realize the luminous watch arms were lined up at 10,
    and the time was 10:10 PM. Wrapping a spare blanket around me I
    stepped out on the porch and got comfortably settled in one of the
    Adirondack chairs, with the second for a foot rest. Warm inside
    the blanket, a chill night air on my face, I felt the quiet of the
    mountains close by, the stillness broken occasionally by a low
    bird call and, just once, a small animal in distress. The shrieks
    lasted about a minute.

    I remembered sunbathing at Brighton Beach in Winter years ago on a
    rented lounger, the surf sounds and smells, and the rows of
    healthseekers, some with tanning reflectors. And an old photo in a
    history of Saranac Lake, the patients wrapped in blankets outside
    the cure cottages in winter for the healthful mountain air. I
    breathed in the quiet for a long time. Later the air currents
    picked up and the chill got through the blanket folds. I came
    inside to get some more sleep.

    Fresh biscuits and our own homemade jam for breakfast. It was fun
    discovering over again that a wine bottle makes a really good
    rolling pin after all, and any small glass does fine for a cookie
    cutter. We didn't miss not hearing the morning news. Got to read
    the wine bottle messages folks (including us) had left behind
    over the years. Took another walk with Tramp before packing and
    leaving. Find the photo record we made--"New Camp Revisited" at

    Thanks for reading this. If you've ever been a guest with us, go
    to to learn about reduced rates for
    returning guests. Come see us again. If you've never been--find
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    make some time for us. There's a lovely quiet season coming up.
    Till then please visit us On-Line: "Explore our 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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