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No.10: A River Story.
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"A River Story" Adirondack Letter No.10
Subject: "A River Story." Adirondack Letter No.10
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 16:31:34
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Dear Fourpeaks Visitor,
The river has two ends which few of us get to see. Our view is
limited by geography, which is at the middle for the most part. An
inclination to consider only strictly human events is another
factor. But natural thought is a gift, and one that can develop in
any of us, given the right circumstance.
Most seasons little sun gets through the overhanging canopy along
our forest brooks. Today just some wet snow clings to the bent
branches overhead and bright beams light the place up. The sound
of moving water is muffled by the white blanket covering it over
with only a few great rocks protruding. Some guests walk the path
along it starting at the stone fence behind Thoreau House. I see
them coming out in the next field at Gypsy--kids, dogs and
grownups just a few small specks in the broad field with Jay
Mountain, Clements and Ebenezer behind them.
At Perkins Farm the sugarbush is laid out along the same rocky
channel that has its source by Ebenezer and Rattlesnake. The old
sugar house is at the bottom by the stream and sizeable maples
follow the course as far as their logging camp. Fifty or so of the
largest ones, all over two feet accross, are grouped together by
the rough kitchen with the tin roof still in place. The road
crosses the brook over a stone culvert and there's still a soft
spot where they laid logs accross it corduroy-style. They
collected with a tin tank in an iron frame and drew it on a coarse
sled to the boiling pans.
Driving along the flats on 9N the other day, fields are blank
except for the line trees, pale stalks and occasional winter
flowers that poke through. There the waters run black, the channel
for it shaped by sun and wind and the contour of the riverbed.
Translucent thin ice borders the flow, getting more opaque as the
layers thicken. Where it's solid, snow glints white along the
edges. The bright surface blends with the river bank which is
otherwise bare. A mild winter, it never froze through. I miss
seeing the great cakes of green ice piled along the shore from the
alternating freeze and thaw.
In contrast to this, the waters follow deep cuts in bedrock at the
little gorge in Wilmington close by and farther along in
Keeseville at the Chasm. A famous area attraction since early
motoring days, I have a photo of my Dad with friends in the
twenties. The men wear knickers, argyle socks and peak hats and
the girls are slim in long dresses and no hats. They're standing
at the water edge and the sky is just a sliver between the high
barren walls. It drops fast and a cold spray rises on the air
currents. The path is all broken rock with no evidence of organic
debris. The river empties into Lake Champlain not far from there.
I'm told it's marshy with pools and drowned trees that extend
along the shore, but I've never seen it.
It's 40 degrees today. Snow hangs over the roof edge a foot or
more until the weight breaks it off and it crashes down. Where
it's been walked or driven on the surface is water and clear ice.
The melt flows down the path toward the little brook just below.
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