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This Issues Photo - Fishing in Ice Water

Issue Hero - All 46ers.

Released this summer by the Adirondack Wilderness Foundation.

All money is donated to help the Adirondack environment. The book mentions in great depth their personal list of the Adirondack National Park’s Natural and Man Made Wonders. This book delves into AuSable Chasm, the North Pole, Santa’s Workshop, and many other wonderful places.

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September/October 2011 FEATURES Box 46 - Our Fan Mail Page 5 This section is for reader mail. Editor’s Note - Welcome

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Family Matters – Go Outside Now Page 7 The childhood that my friends and I experienced was very different than what most children are experiencing today. Places to Visit – Fort Ti Page 10 Visit Fort Ticonderoga and take a journey back in time to an 18thcentury fort. Boating - Boat Plans Page 13 There are quite few of you who tried building their own boat. Camping - Essential Equipment Page 15 Forgetting an essential piece of camping gear can lead to a miserable and even disastrous camping trip. Fishing – Day on Lake Champlain

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Dining – Deers Head Inn

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Recipes – Bark Eater Muffins Page 19 Originally a stagecoach stop, the Bark Eater has been a rest stop for guests for more than 150 years. Photo – Fishing in Ice Water

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Environmentalism – Recycling Page 21 Have you ever heard the expression “go green”? The average American generates four pounds of solid trash per day. Learning by Doing – Bird Feeder Page 22 Birdfeeders are fun to make and are essential in order for birds to live. Adirondack Hero – All 46ers Page 25 This “Genesis” issue dedicates the status of hero to all of those rugged individuals who in the past climbed all 46 high peaks.



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Reading Recommendations

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Closing Humor

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Upcoming Adirondack Events

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Readers Photos

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You may wonder why we chose to use the number 46. It is quite simple. There are 46 high peaks in the Adirondack Park. The name Adirondack High Peaks is the term given to 46 mountain peaks in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. All 46 peaks were originally believed to be higher than 4,000 feet.

Adirondack Fun Facts The Adirondack Park is larger than any of the seven smallest states in the United States. There's no marked boundary to the park, no "entrance gate" and no admission fee. The highest Adirondack Mountain is Mount Marcy at 5,344 feet high. The Adirondack Park is larger than the Everglades, Yellowstone, Glacier, and the Grand Canyon parks combined. Essex County, located in the Adirondack Park, contains the greatest number of waterfalls in the State of New York.

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The Editor’s Note:

Sunset on Lake Champlain

Welcome to our inaugural issue, which I have dubbed amongst my peers as the “Genesis” edition. Genesis is defined by as; an origin, creation, or beginning. I hope you enjoy our beginning edition. I am a transplant to the Adirondack region. I was raised on Long Island and then moved to a small town in Westchester County, called Goldens Bridge. The Adirondacks are truly God’s nature preserve.

Photo Courtesy Alicia Trapasso

Friends, family, and many others have asked me, why I would choose to live upstate New York in the Adirondack Mountains. They ask if I miss the cultural diversity of a large city. My answer is quite simple. The Adirondacks are an immense wild area of blue and green space in which to relax, play, and plot many fun filled family adventures. I am surrounded by diversity. Boy Scout Entrance Sign in Brandt Lake

I first came up here as a child to a Boy Scout camp in Brandt Lake. It is called, The Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation. I fell in love with the region. When it was time for me to apply to colleges, I decided to come back to this beautiful area with such friendly people.

I thank you for reading Adirondack Adventures and hope to hear from you in the future. Reader mail and feedback is always appreciated, welcome, and enjoyed.

Hope you enjoy the reading,

Jim Hewitt

“I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich.” - Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford When my wife, Virginia told me she was pregnant and I knew that it was time to raise a family, I could think of no finer a place to raise my family than in the Adirondacks.



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“No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied - it speaks in silence to the very core of your being” - Ansel Adams

Family Matters Go Outside Now! This article has been written and published with permission of the Author, Scott Hurlburt. The childhood that my friends and I experienced was very different than what most children are experiencing today. The very nature of childhood has been transformed, principally, and there is very little nature in it. Today, children have devices like I-phones or I-pods that can store thousands of songs. In my day, you could carry around a little transistor radio with an earplug and there were only a handful of FM stations. Many of us did not have cable TV; instead we had an antenna that would deliver three fuzzy channels.

Feeding the Ducks

In my childhood we could go to an arcade to plan pinball or pool, there weren’t any exotic games until Pong. Pong was considered a high tech game for its day. Players would sit across from each other around what looked like a stovetop range, the kind you see 7


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in a kitchen Island. Each player would have a knob to turn that would then move a small greenish line of the screen. This line would strike what appeared to be a tennis ball back and forth while simultaneously making a “blip” sound.

much in those days. In fact, my daughter laughed at the idea that we used to ride in the car sometimes just to take a ride, like it was entertainment. We swam in the river or lake almost every day during the summer; we fished there and sometimes made a fire and stayed overnight by the water’s edge. Our parents did not worry about us, we were raised to be independent and to make well reasoned decisions. Well, at least our parents were right about the independent part, we often made very irrational decisions and engaged in activities that were very dangerous. I will leave this topic for another article.

Picture Courtesy of Washington Crossing Historic Park

It is a small wonder that we survived in a time that was so barren and lacking in technology. We survived by reading books, listening to records on a record player and going outside. I can still here my mother’s booming voice, “you are either inside or outside.” I knew that my mother was speaking in code and that being inside meant that she had a list of chores for me. During the summer my friends and me were almost always outside and often on the move. We often rode our bicycles or walked where we needed to go. Our parents did not transport us around

Children have largely withdrawn from the natural world and they have not experienced the freedom that my friends and I experienced in our childhoods. A number of childhood researchers are demonstrating how the natural disconnect that has occurred is harmful to children. Most researchers agree that one consequence of children withdrawing to the inside of their homes is school age obesity. In 1964, 40% of school age children walked to school or rode a bicycle and about 10% of those children were overweight. In 2004, 10% of children walk to school or ride a BIKE AND 40% ARE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE. Researchers say that there is a phenomenon

known as “nature deficit disorder.” When children are absent from the world of nature their creativity is stagnated and imagination is diminished. Children also suffer losses of social skills and empathy for others. A 2006 research conducted by Burdette and Whitaker found that children who experience nature on a regular basis are healthier, more resilient, have better academic records, are less aggressive, and become better stewards of the environment. Research conducted at the University of Minnesota found that a major decline in free time for children aged 3 to 12 years old had occurred. Children now have twelve hours less a week of free time. Children’s play time has decreased three hours per week and some schools, so obsessed with standardized testing have shortened or eliminated recess all together. During the same time period, time spent in unstructured outdoor activities decreased by 50% for children. The research also found that even though children are spending more time in doors, they are talking less with family members.

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family members per week. This rate has declined by nearly 80% today. When I was growing up you did not miss mealtime, if you did you were out of luck. Mealtime was a time of plentiful conversation, everyone trying to get a word in. I was not allowed to eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted, my family was on a budget and my mother stuck to it including food cost. The rate of families having regularly scheduled meals together has dropped by 33%. In a variety of studies, this one element, regularly scheduled family meals together was the most accurate predictor of success in a variety of areas as well as reduced risk around important youth risk factors.

Children today spend about seven hours a day using various media tools, laptops, I-pods, I-phones, cell phones, Kindles, etc. That is a staggering 49 hours a week of immobility spent almost entirely indoors. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children need 60 minutes of unstructured play daily and at least part

of that time should be in the natural world in order to maintain physical and mental health.

There probably isn’t a singular factor that has driven children inside but rather a convergence of factors that has accomplished this ominous feat. Parents have been terrified by the national media hat has several full-length television shows devoted to child abduction. True stranger abduction is rare; most abduction is familial in nature and part of a marital dissolution or discord. Those facts aside, parents today would never turn their children loose as my friends and I were. That loss of freedom may be the greatest loss of all the many losses that children today are experiencing. The good news is that children take to nature very well if given the opportunity. Part of being a responsible parent is putting some balance in your child’s life. Establish technology boundaries with your children and enforce them, they will thank you later on when they realize what they have been missing. Help put

their lives back in balance between the natural world and a world that is not in balance with nature. An entire world of wonder is awaiting your children, go outside now!

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Places to Visit Fort Ticonderoga This is an excerpt from Amazing Adirondack Wonders. The section on Fort Ticonderoga was written by Dr. Carl R. Crego. Visit Fort Ticonderoga and take a journey back in time to an 18th-century fort that played major roles in both the French and Indian War (17541763) and the American Revolution (1775-1783).

French on July 26, 1759 and renamed it “Ticonderoga,” a Mohawk word meaning “land between the two great waters.” On May 10, 1775, Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold, and 81 “Green Mountain Boys,” militia from across New England, seized the Fort along with its valuable cannon and its stores of gunpowder in America’s first significant victory of the American Revolution. In the winter of 1776, the Fort’s cannon were hauled overland to Boston and were instrumental in forcing the British to abandon that city. “Evacuation Day,” celebrated in Boston each year, commemorates this event.

Fort Ticonderoga. Photo by Richard Timberlake.

Called “the key to the continent,” Fort Ticonderoga controlled the strategically critical portage between Lakes George and Champlain, part of the water route between New York and Canada. The French began construction of the Fort, called Carillon, in 1755. On July 8, 1758, the British made an unsuccessful attempt to capture the Fort in the bloodiest battle fought in North America until the American Civil War. They wrested the Fort from the 10


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Ethan Allen’s Capture of Fort Ticonderoga. Collection of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum.

Abandoned at the end of the Revolution and ravaged by time and scavengers, the Fort sat Stonehenge-like on the heights of Carillon for decades. In 1820, William Ferris Pell, a New York City importer, purchased the Fort and its surrounding garrison grounds of 543 acres. Pell built a summer home, The Pavilion, on the shore of Lake Champlain,

just below the ruins of the Fort. In early 1909, Stephen Hyatt Pelham Pell, the great-grandson of William Ferris Pell, and his wife, Sarah Gibbs Thompson Pell, began the restoration of the Fort. The most recent restoration was completed on July 6, 2008 with the dedication of the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center, a reconstruction of the magasin du Roi or King’s Storehouse.

Lake Champlain – Ruins of Fort Ticonderoga, ca. 1890. Collection of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum.

Today, Fort Ticonderoga is home to one of America’s largest collections of 18thcentury military artifacts. The weapons collection is composed of over one thousand muskets, bayonets, pistols, swords and polearms representing most of the major types of weapons used in the colonial wars and it rivals the collections of the Tower of London and Colonial Williamsburg. In addition, the museum has on exhibit one of the largest collections of 18th–century Americanengraved powder horns in the country. Mounted on the Fort’s walls is the largest collection of 18th-century artillery in the Western Hemisphere.

essential to a soldier’s comfort.

JOHN MILLER, His Horn, 1762. Collection of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum

For more than 11,000 years prior to the European settlement of the Champlain Valley, Native American tribes hunted, fished, and fought each other on the Ticonderoga peninsula. The Fort is the major regional repository of Native American artifacts. Fort Ticonderoga is more than a world-class museum. Visitors to the Fort are engaged by its many daily and special living history events. Every day our Interpreter/Guides lead tours that recount the history of the Ticonderoga peninsula and the Fort. There are also musket and cannon firing demonstrations as well as special programs that illustrate the trades associated with building and maintaining a fort. Music was an integral part of a soldier’s life. Drum beats assembled work details, indicated when it was time to eat, and relayed commands during battle. Soldiers marched to fife and drum music.

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Fort Ticonderoga’s Fife & Drum Corps marching on the Fort’s Parade Ground. Collection of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum.

Two of our most popular special living history events are the annual, two-day encampments in which scores of reenactors portray military life on the New York frontier. In late June, The Clash of Empire commemorates the Fort’s role in the French and Indian War. In early September, The Struggle for Liberty honors the sacrifices made by the Continental Army to gain our independence. A highlight of these encampments is a daily battle that demonstrates the military tactics of the period. But our encampments are more than spectacular battles. Each day of the encampment, reenactors present unique programs that portray the daily life of soldiers. Visitors are encouraged to stroll through the military camps and talk with reenactors about 18th-century life. Another popular feature of our encampments is “Sutler Row,” where merchants sell reproductions of 18thcentury items that were

Reenactors bring history to life at the Struggle for Liberty Encampment, Photograph by George M. Jones, III

There is a long tradition of gardening at Fort Ticonderoga and no trip to the Fort is complete without a visit to the King’s Garden. The French, British, and American soldiers who occupied the Fort planted vegetable gardens to supplement their meager rations. In 1912, Stephen and Sarah Pell had a one-acre plot at the rear of The Pavilion, their recently restored summer residence, enclosed by a brick wall. Inside this tract they created a formal flower garden which they called the King’s Garden, a name derived from an 18thcentury British map. Today, the King’s Garden has been restored to the 1921 Colonial Revivalstyle formal garden designed by Marian Cruger Coffin, a pioneering female landscape architect. The Garden is like a Turkish carpet – a seamless pattern of flowers and shrubs with repeating colors and textures that mirror each

other. Visitors can tour the Garden with one of our interpreters or walk its pathways with our self-guided tour. Beyond the walls of the King’s Garden, three Discovery Gardens educate and delight our visitors. The Garrison Garden features vegetables grown by soldiers at the Fort. The Children’s Garden consists of colorful plants and offers activities that engage the five senses. In the Three Sisters Garden, “sister corn”, “sister beans”, and “sister squash” grow together Native American-style.


For more information you can contact the Fort via their phone number at 518- 585-2821, or through their e-mail address at

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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" - Henry David Thoreau

The King’s Garden and The Pavilion. Photograph by Heidi teReile Karkoski, Curator of Landscape.

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Fort Ticonderoga is a private not-for-profit historical site that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggle, sacrifices, and victories that shaped North America and changed world history. The Fort Ticonderoga Museum is open each day from late May to late October. The King’s The garden is open daily from early June to Columbus Day. A daily schedule and information on events can be found at 12


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Marilyn MacDonald Rock's Grocery Stop by M&M Country Store when you are camping at Macomb Reservation State Park. They have got great food, gas, movies, ice cream, and more.

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Boat Plans for Boat Building This article has been written and published with permission of the Author, Leon Panjtar. There are quite few of you who tried building their own boat and failed, but there are some who had succeeded and finished their project by using good boat plans. Actually there are a lot of people who succeeded. Boat building plans can these days be found around the web however all of you who want to buy boat plans must first some research on the topic. You can spend hundreds of dollars on a boat plan but if you don't know anything about boat building you just might throw away everything because you will not know that you bought a plan that has a lot of faults.

You can buy some boat plan and complete your building project, but you won't know how your boat will act in water or in rough sea conditions. The only way you can test how a boat acts when in water is that you are a large company with all the fancy professional gear and knowledge or by putting it to a test in real conditions.

12ft Pirogue canoe Stitch and glue plywood construction. Picture Courtesy of Morten Olesen, Naval Architect, Denmark.

The first option is out of your reach because it is usually preformed on scaled models of the original design in research labs and in special design software of big boating companies. This tests are performed before some company decides to build a real size prototype.

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There are lots of sellers that offer boat plans online for a small price but not all of those plans are worth buying. You can find all sorts of boat plans online, from power to sail boats, wood to fiberglass, etc. Most of them are very old and so the finished product just could be an old design and it may have a lot of technical faults in its construction 13


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The second option is that you expose your newly built boat to real time conditions. Let's say you find out that your boat is not sea worthy. You just spent a fortune and thousands of work hours to build it and in the end basically all you can do is to take it apart. Imagine throwing all that away because of a design mistake of some designer who probably doesn't even exist when you try to find him to get your money back. I think it is very important to check all the boat plans sellers and try to find all the possible reviews about boat plans you would like to buy. If you spend some days looking for a

perfect plan for your boat there are more chances you will get it right and your project will be worth investing time and money. If you are serious about boat building and are seeking for boat plans for a boat of your dreams then you should think about obtaining some useful resources that will show you where to get all the boat building info you need. I am a big DIY enthusiast and in the last few years I rebuilt two boats and build one of my own from scratch. I know how hard it is to find a suitable boat plan because I spent a lot of days on researching the boat building topic. I decided to write a guide about all boat plans sellers to help you decide where to buy your boat plans and where you might have problems with your DIY project. You can end up saving a large amount of money by reading Boat plans for Boat builders Guide on my DIY Boats Blog or end spending everything you have for a faulty designed boat which won't even flow. Article Source: Copyright 2010, Leon Panjtar.

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Camping Essential Camping Equipment

is always unsafe to drink out of rivers and streams, so you need to be sure that you bring your own water along. Humans need water to survive, so if you want to survive your camping trip without having stop for a trip home or to a store, be sure that you have the water you need.

This article was written by David Fox, Owner of Thompson Outdoors. Visit them via their web page at If you are planning to go on a camping trip, you will want to make sure that you take along all the appropriate camping gear you will need. Forgetting an essential piece of camping gear can lead to a miserable and even disastrous camping trip. The following are seven pieces of essential gear that you need to be sure to pack for a great camping trip. One of the most important pieces of camping gear that you will need is a sleeping bag. Sleep is a very important part of your trip and you will want to be sure that you do not end up sleeping on the cold ground with the bugs and other crawling things. Before you leave on your trip, be sure that you check the sleeping bag off your essential pieces of gear.

Standard 4 Person Tent

When you go camping, you never know what kind of weather may be coming your way. It is always important to have a tent with you so you can have protection against any weather that you run into. There are different sizes and styles of tents that you can choose from, depending on your needs, but make sure that you have one along.

Unless you want to go hungry or scrounge for food on your camping trip, you better remember to pack the food you are going to eat. Make sure you take food that will not need to be refrigerated and will provide you with plenty of energy on your camping trip.

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At least part of the time that you are camping, you will be in the dark, and more than likely there will be no electricity readily available. While a campfire will provide some light, you may need light in your tent or if you have to go off into the woods after dark. Make sure that you take a durable flashlight that will withstand

the rain, and you may even want to pack extra batteries just in case you need them. Before you go out into the wild, you need to make sure that you are prepared for anything that can happen, and you never know when an accident can happen when you are camping. Take a first aid kit with you in case anyone gets scratched, cut, or seriously injured. While it is best to prevent accidents from happening, it is always wise to be prepared. Another very important piece of camping gear to take with you is a good knife. Knives are very versatile and can be used for a variety of things like cutting food, opening packages, or even filleting fish if you decide to go fishing. These are just a few essential items that you should take along with you as part of your camping gear. While there are many other things that you may want to take along, make sure that you put these seven things at the top of your list! For more information regarding this article visit Thompson Outdoors via their web page at

The Campfire

Campfire Picture Courtesy of William “Bill” Rutz.

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keep the boat moving between 2.5 and 3 miles an hour.

Fishing on Lake Champlain! This article was submitted by John Hewitt. Last month, I went fishing on Lionel Simards’ boat. He is a great family friend. I went with my parents and my brother, Seamus. Getting up early to go fishing was not as hard as I thought it would be. I like to sleep in during summer vacation from school. I am going into Fifth grade at Peru Intermediate School.

Seamus Driving

My brother and I got to drive the boat from time to time. I am sad to say that my five year old brother is a better “Captain” than me. It was really fun driving the boat, but the most fun thing for me was enjoying the nature. The mountains were beautiful and amazing. Seamus loved reeling in the lines. We caught a few fish, but released them back into the lake so we can catch them when they get bigger. It was fun and no one got sick. My Family on Boat

We met Lionel and his son, Buddy at the Port Henry boat launch early in the morning. It was still cool out so we were all wearing sweatshirts except for my dad who seems to never be cold. We launched the boat, which was more work than I expected. Mr. Simard backed into the water while his son, Buddy held onto a rope that was attached to the boat to keep it from floating away. We put all of our gear and coolers onto the boat and went out onto the lake.

The best part of the trip for me was the nature. We saw loons, ducks, gulls, and many other animals on our day out on the lake. Video games and television are fun, but not when compared to the day we enjoyed. If I had a choice to see nature in the Adirondack Mountains every day versus play video games, nature would be the winner.

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The Ride Home - John


Websites of Interest

The Deers Head Inn Restaurant

Adirondack Explorer 36 Church Street Saranac Lake, NY 12983 888-888-4970 Adirondack Forty-Sixers P.O. Box 9046 Schenectady, New York 12309

Deers Head Inn Sign

The Deers Head Inn is located at 7552 Court Street in Elizabethtown, NY 12932. The phone number is (518) 873-6514. Webpage is This restaurant is a historic landmark. The food and atmosphere is well worth a drive to enjoy. The Deers Head Inn Restaurant was originally established in 1808. As you walk up the pathway to the restaurant you can almost feel as if you have gone back in time. The Deers Head still has the look and feel of the classic road house. There are three seating choices. You may sit on the porch and enjoy the view of a small country town while you dine on mouth-watering foods. Another option is to casually sit in the pub section and enjoy live music on a Friday night. The third option is to be seated in the formal dining room. The main dining rooms are more formal without being stuffy. All three areas offer a pleasant dining experience. “The atmosphere at the Deers Head is a wonderful combination of friendly neighborhood restaurant / roadhouse / tavern that also happens to offer really good food.” – North Country Rambler 18


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Backpacker Magazine 800-666-3434 Camping Life Magazine 20700 Belshaw Avenue Carson, CA 90746 310-537-6322

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir

Climbing Magazine Box 420034 Palm Coast, FL 32142 800-829-5895 Leave No Trace Inc. P.O. Box 997 Boulder, CO 80306 800-332-4100 Local Hikes National Geographic Traveler Heather Wyatt 711 Fifth Avenue, 17th floor New York, New York 10022 212-610-5535

Recipes Bark Eater Morning Glory Muffins Originally a stagecoach stop, the Bark Eater has been a rest stop for guests for more than 150 years. The Inn is located on an old family farm in the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. The Bark Eater Inn is located at 124 Alstead Hill Lane in Keene, NY has 21 rooms in four buildings. They also have a beautiful, scenic system of cross country ski trails and horseback riding trails serviced by a stable of approximately 35 horses. In the spring and summer on Saturday they hold a Polo match. Some of the nicest people in the world walk through our front door. They can be reached by phone at 518-222-2306 or 518-583-9658. Their e-mail address is This recipe has been taken from The Adirondack Cookbook. The books’ ISBN number is 978-1-4357-1579-0.

Ingredients: 2 1/4 c sugar 4 cups of flour 4 tsp. baking soda 4 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. salt 3 cups of carrots, grated 1 cup of raisins or craisins 1 cup of coconut 2 apples peeled and grated 2 tsp. honey 6 large eggs 2 cups of vegetable oil 4 tsp. vanilla

Directions: In a large mixing bowl combine the sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in the carrots, raisins, coconut, apples, and honey. In a separate bowl beat together the eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Stir the egg mixture into the dry mixed ingredients until fully combined. Pre-heat the oven to 350. Spoon into well-greased tins. Fill to the top! Bake @ 350 for 35 minutes or until springy to the touch.

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” - George Bernard Shaw



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Photo Opening Day of Trout Season 2011

Bill Rutz eager to catch the season’s first Trout. This photo was taken by Jim Hewitt. It depicts one of his best friends, William “Bill” Rutz fishing between the melting ice on Lincoln Pond. Talk about being a dedicated fisherman. Reminds us of the country music song, "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)", which was recorded by singer Brad Paisley. 20


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Environmentalism The Importance Of Recycling Article written by Natasha Pratt. Have you ever heard the expression “go green”? The average American generates four pounds of solid trash per day for a grand total of one thousand four hundred sixty pounds per year. Americans are the number one trash offenders around the globe. Less than one quarter of the trash produced by Americans gets recycled, leaving most of it to sit in landfills and unfortunately in the past out in the middle of the ocean. Americans are roughly five percent of the world’s population and generate forty percent of the world’s waste.

minimization, which is the process and the policy of reducing the amount of waste produced by a person or a society. The second arrow represents reuse, to reuse is to use an item more than once. This includes conventional reuse, where the item is used again for the same function and new life reuse where it is used for a brand new function. By taking useful items and exchanging them without reprocessing or recycling the item back to raw material, reuse helps to save time, money, energy and resources. The third and final arrow is recycle.

Road Sign in Lake Placid. Photo Courtesy of Seamus Hewitt.

Garbage at Landfill

In 1990, thirty four million tons of material waste was recycled and went up a significant amount to sixty four million tons in 1999. The correct definition of recycling is taking a product at the end of its useful life and using all or part of it to make something else. All of us on earth play an important part as consumers in our environment, we all take in and as expected we should give back, that is all part of recycling. On most recyclable things you will see three arrows moving in the shape of a triangle, each one of these arrows represents a different part of the recycling process. The first arrows represents reduce or waste 21


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There are many ways to recycle. Most people in the North Country have a composter. A composter or to compost is to take kitchen materials such as raw scraps from the garden and place them all together in a large barrel and create your own natural soil. Another way is to return cans and water bottles at the redemption center. You can also return all of your papers and empty plastic, metal and glass containers to your local transfer station. Recycling is a big way to save our planet, keep our air clean and conserve our resources. So next time you think about throwing away something that can minimize our waste remember reduce, reuse and recycle!


Learning Thru Doing The Bird Feeder Article written by Greg Pilson. There is estimated to be over 100 billion individual wild birds on earth, and each one needs to eat certain amounts of food on a daily basis in order to survive. That’s where we come in! Birdfeeders are fun to make and are essential in order for birds to live. Bird houses can be made out of practically anything and are usually hung in different locations around your yard for birds to enjoy. Purchasing a bird feeder is another option, however this can be expensive and both methods serve practically the same purpose. The following is a fun and easy way for families to make a bird feeder.

What You Will Need • An empty milk or juice carton (any size will do) • String (must be strong) • Scissors • Stapler • Hole punch • 2 small wooden dowel rods • Bird seed • Markers, paint or anything which can be used to decorate the carton. Ensure the paint is water based not to hurt your feathered friends and try not to use anything that can be potentially dangerous to swallow. Directions 1. Wash and dry the carton thoroughly. 2. Decorate your carton however you would like. 3. Using your scissors cut a square in each side of the carton (a square big enough to fit at least the head of a bird). 4. Using your hole punch (or your scissors) make a small hole below each square. 5. Push your dowel rods through the holes from one side of the carton to the other. 6. Fill the bottom of your carton with bird seed. 7. Punch a hole (or two if you like) in the top of your carton. 8. Hang your finished feeder to a tree branch with string. Although these bird feeders will not last forever (or even close), they are a fun, inexpensive way for children to learn about birds and the importance of caring for our wildlife. To view the article in original format, go to



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Crossword Puzzle Test your Smarts

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Across • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •


1. Holliday's nickname 4. Fundamental 9. Discontinue 14. Piece of the past 15. Island off Venezuela 16. Cop ___ 17. Spill the beans in a way 19. Frasier's brother 20. Chilled 21. Clown's prop 23. CBS forensic drama 24. Nudges 27. Space clouds 29. "L.A. Law" actress Susan 30. It's good to hear 33. Mexican muralist Rivera 34. Diet to the max? 35. 2 or 3, but not 4 39. Neuter 41. Work with dough 42. Health insurance provision 46. Napkin site 49. Give the OK to 50. Bridal parties 52. Mediocre mark 53. Big dipper 56. Island near Tahiti 57. __eleison Lord have mercy 59. Traditional summer reading 62. Mashers' looks 63. Bring joy to 64. Doctrine 65. Scandinavian epics 66. Dark time 67. "___ a Wonderful Life"

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1. Repudiated 2. Delphic shrine 3. Acquired 4. Prohibition 5. Football's Parseghian 6. Totals 7. "Not likely!" 8. Gambler's milieu 9. "No way!" 10. Dermal opening 11. Safety signal 12. They're often near swings 13. Least taxing 18. Tokyo, once 22. Moon vehicle, briefly 25. D-Day was its turning point 26. Look 28. Like a neglected dog, say 31. Shirt size (abbr.) 32. Hits on the head 33. Laundromat owner's purchase 35. Coddled 36. Half of bi37. May drop down on computer 38. Does a checker's chore 39. Put in irons 40. Agape 43. At a minimum 44. Charlottesville sch. 45. Blush 46. Pope after John XI 47. Take into custody 48. Testament with 150 parts 51. "The Sopranos" network 54. "Hi-___, Hi-Lo" 55. Online periodical for short 58. Part of a portfolio 60. Ordinal suffix 61. After all deductions

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Adirondack Hero

First Twenty Five 46ers

We have decided to make all Adirondack 46ers our hero for this issue. This “Genesis” issue dedicates the status of hero to all of those rugged individuals who in the past climbed all 46 high peaks.

The ADK 46er Badge of Honor

It takes a special kind of person with real dedication to climb all 46 high peaks. The editor, Jim Hewitt has only managed to climb three. His first was the tallest, Mount Marcy. He followed that hike by climbing Cascade and then Giant.

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” - Sir Edmund Hillary

1. Herbert K. Clark 2. George Marshall 3. Robert Marshall 4. P. F. Loope 5. Herbert L. Malcolm 6. Edward C. Hudowalski 7. Ernest R. Ryder 8. Orville C. Gowie 9. Grace L. Hudowalski 10. C. H. Nash 11. Charles W. Horn 12. Henry H. Arthur 13. Paul H. Arthur 14. Louise A. Goark 15. Clarence R. Craver 16. Alice Waterhouse 17. Ramon L. Hall 18. Edward A. Harmes 19. John M. Harmes 20. Edward B. Clements 21. Rudolph Clements 22. Nora L. Sproule 23. Eugene L. Bamforth 24. James A. Goodwin 25. Franklin H. Wilson, Jr.

Adirondack Forty-Sixers P.O. Box 9046 Schenectady, New York 12309

The first person to climb all of the high peaks is Herbert K. Clark. His first ascent was Whiteface Mountain on August 1, 1918. His last peak was Mount Emmons on June 10, 1925. The first female to climb all of the high peaks is Grace L. Hudowalski. She started with Mount Marcy in August of 1922 and finished with Mount Esther on August 26, 1937. She also holds the number nine position on the list of people to have climbed all forty six high peaks. There is a complete list of all those who have accomplished this feat on the Adirondack Forty-Sixers web page at 25


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"Life is brought down to the basics: if you are warm, regular, healthy, not thirsty or hungry, then you are not on a mountain. Climbing at altitude is like hitting your head against a brick wall - it's great when you stop." -Chris Darwin.

Recommended Reading

A smile always can be seen on even the most selfish and bitter person when viewing a well-designed Christmas tree.

ISBN: 978-1-4303-0820-1

ISBN: 978-1-9319-5105-0



This book's creation was done by chance. A group of people were discussing Christmas and why decorations, trees, and other customs are practiced. Have you ever wondered the same? One question was regarding the Christmas tree. Where did the tree idea originate? Whom might be responsible for the tradition? Was a person responsible for the tree or was it a cultural phenomenon that grew.

This book was first published by the Adirondack Mountain Club, ADK in 1934. This is their 13th edition. It remains the essential guide for all of the trails of the Adirondack High Peaks region. This latest edition includes the latest trail routes, designated campsite and lean-to locations along with a topographical map of the High Peaks.

Think back to your first memory of Christmas. It probably includes a memory of a decorated and brightly lit tree surrounded by colorfully wrapped presents. This book is written for and dedicated to all the children worldwide who have never had the pleasure or opportunity to enjoy a Christmas celebration. 26


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Foundation. In this calendar, they have selected a variety of pictures that they believe portrait the Adirondacks. All proceeds from the sale of this calendar will be used to help the environment, wildlife, and help recycling programs. It is available via

ISBN: 978-1-5847-9568-1

Description There’s no competition. When it comes to the American Idyll, the hammock and the Adirondack chair are the winners. Built for lazing around in, they’re the classic icons of a summer getaway. And they’re both quintessentially American. Illustrated with scores of contemporary photographs and images from vintage memorabilia, The Hammock and The Adirondack Chair are also filled with “who knew?” history.

Description This calendar is published for the benefit of the Adirondack Wilderness

Each contains instructions for hanging your own hammock or building your own chair.

Closing Humor What’s humor got to do with it? Article written by Wee Dilts. Don’t take yourself so seriously. You’ll not get out of this world alive. One’s sense of humor involves the capacity to appreciate incongruity, absurdity, an unexpected future, a pleasant surprise, or a startle. Humor helps soften life’s blows. For instance note the humor people express at funerals. Participants in a seminar recently identified humor as an important coping factor. They believed it played a role in their spirituality and their perception of the meaning of life. Nurses' use of humor is important to foster trusting relationships with patients.

and I have been friends for more than thirty-five years and the binding force is the joy and humor we share about our lives and living. Benefit One - Stop taking yourself so seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself. Laughing at oneself relieves tension and gets your mind onto other issues. After a good laugh, you are lighter and more receptive to solutions. As you become aware of your own mind, you will be amazed at the humor you find in self reflection. Find the humor in your neuroticness and your weakness. I don’t know about you but my Universal Power has a sense of humor. Evidence points to the fact that our moods, emotions, and beliefs have great impact on our well being and finding humor makes life much easier to live.



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It’s a healthy antidote to stress, loss, pain and conflict. Laughter shifts your perspective. If you don’t develop a sense of humor about situations, it may be difficult to maintain your sanity. Remember, life is really a game. Learn to have fun.

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.” - Irish Proverb Benefit Three - Laughter assists with healing. Studies show that laughter strengthens the immune system, relaxes the body, triggers the release of endorphins, helps you relax and recharge. Build into your life more humor and laughter, you will keep the chemicals that build health at maximum level.

“Cultivate a sense of humor. Look for the funny side of everything. It is always there and will help you to meet any situation. Laugh at yourself at least once before ten o’clock every morning” - Emmett Fox Seven Benefits of a sense of humor. Humor is infectious. When laughter is shared it binds people together. My best friend

relief the stress of catastrophes. When life seems to fall apart, look at the whole picture and laugh at the situation. A dire situation often brings a chuckle to relieve the overpowering pain; such as when someone passes and people attend the service and reception; you’ll often find them reminiscing about humorous situations related to the loved one. It helps.

Benefit Two - Relieves stress. It’s been proven that laughter helps

There is no longer any doubt that your frame of mind influences you health and enriches you life. Laughter releases inhibitions, diminishes pain and boosts energy. It is priceless medicine.

Benefit Four - Laughing with others is more powerful than laughing by yourself; However, laughing by yourself is better than no laughter. Make it a practice to get a chuckle out of something several times a day and when you’re with friends, have fun with each other. Laughter helps you become more spontaneous. Humor makes you feel good and increases your optimism and self esteem. By improving your moods and attitudes you’ll see the world through rosier glasses.

“Humor has a way of bringing people together. It unites people. In fact, I'm rather serious when I suggest that someone should plant a few whoopee cushions in the United Nations.” - Ron Dentinger

Benefit Five - Helps addicts on the road to recovery. Laughter helps you become less judgmental. It’s hard to be critical of others or yourself when you’re laughing. I’m a recovering alcoholic and 28


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I find humor in some of the things I did. I wouldn’t care to do them again; however it is healthier to laugh at my silliness than to beat myself up. You’d be amazed at the laughter in a twelve step meeting; although everyone there is trying to recover from a deadly addiction. More proof that humor and laughter have healing potential.

“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.” - Woody Allen Benefit Six - Laughter helps relieve you of fears. Most of us have a fear of authority or we have someone in our life that we’ve given the power to threaten us. Someone whose approval we think we need. There is an exercise I call the Pink Tu Tu tactic. Learn to use it on someone you fear, are angry at, or someone you feel has power over you. Simply visualize that person dancing in a bright neon pink Tutu. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and completely strip them of any power you thought they had over you. Benefit Seven - Laughter lets us have fun. Humor and laughter help you lighten up. Too often we are so caught up in life that we forget to have fun. We are so concerned with being mature responsible adults we forget to laugh. Life brings a constant barrage of conflicts, challenges and situations. Humor

adds the element of fun to a situation. Learn to find humor in life and life will become more enjoyable. Best of all it’s Free, Fun, and Easy to use. As you learn to look for humor and playfulness in yourself and others, you’ll find life full of new discoveries. You’ll become aware that those around you have become more pleasant and fun to be with. Make humor and laughter a mainstay in your life; you’ll live on a higher plane. You’ll be more relaxed, youthful, poised and in balance. Try it. You’ll like it.

“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, “Where have I gone wrong?” Then a voice says to me. “This is going to take more than one night.” - Charles Schultz About the Author Wee Dilts is a teacher, counselor, psychologist and a lifelong student of the metaphysical life. She has written numerous articles, eBooks and training manuals. She is dedicated to helping you live a richer fuller life. If you’re ready to change your life you can get free articles at

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Upcoming Adirondack Events Adirondack Harvest Festival at the Adirondack Museum Sat, Oct 1, 2011 until Sun, Oct 2, 2011 | 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY Enjoy the traditions of autumn and celebrate spectacular foliage. An outing for the whole family with wagon rides, cider pressing, pumpkin painting, and more! (518) 352-7311 American Finals Rodeo Fri, Sep 2, 2011 until Sun, Sep 4, 2011 Painted Pony Rodeo, 703 Howe Rd Lake Luzerne, NY, 12846 (518) 696-2421 Annual Olympic Car Show & Parade Sun, Sep 4, 2011 2634 Main St Lake Placid, NY, 12946 (518) 523-2581 Corn Maze Opening Saturday September 10th - October 23rd Rulfs Orchard 531 Bear Swamp Road Peru, NY 12972 (518) 643-8636

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Eighth Annual Seminar of the American Revolution View Fri, Sep 23, 2011 until Sun, Sep 25, 2011 | 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY A weekend seminar featuring speakers on topics related to the American Revolution. Space limited. Reservations are required. (518) 585-2821 Elizabethtown Farmers Market Until Fri, Oct 14, 2011 Hand Ave, Elizabethtown, NY, 12932 (518) 293-7877 29


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Keene Farmers Market View other area events Until Sun, Oct 9, 2011 Rte 73 Keene, NY, 12942 (518) 425-3306 Lake Placid Farmers Market View other area events Until Wed, Oct 12, 2011 17 Algonquin Dr Lake Placid, NY, 12946 (518) 524-7247 Pumpkin Patch Rulfs Orchard 531 Bear Swamp Road Peru, NY 12972 From the third weekend in September through Halloween. (518) 643-8636

Pumpkin Patch

Rustic Furniture Fair sponsored by the Adirondack Museum Sat, Sep 10, 2011 until Sun, Sep 11, 2011 | 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Where: Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY An exceptional festival of the rustic arts including handcrafted furniture, accessories, and Adirondack paintings. (518) 352-7311 Struggle for Liberty: The Revolutionary War at Fort Ticonderoga. Sat, Sep 10, 2011 until Sun, Sep 11, 2011 | 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, New York Experience life during the Revolutionary War at Fort Ticonderoga. Highlighted programs including colonial trade demonstrations, interpretive vignettes, camp life and a daily battle re-enactment make this a must-see event. (518) 585-2821 Wilder Homestead Annual Harvest Festival Sat, Sep 24, 2011 177 Stacy Rd Burke, Adirondacks, NY, 12917 Collectibles & craft fair, 19th Century games; Artisan's demonstration of 19th century textile production. Exhibit: Artifacts of Almanzo Wilder's time; pumpkin painting; chapter readings from Farmer Boy; scarecrow building; food and music. (518) 483-1207 30


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Reader Photo’s

Beaver Lodge by James Hewitt

Snowy Road in Peasleville

Cardinal by Lionel “Buddy” Simard

Black Bear at Bear Mountain State Park

Chipmunk by the Simard Family

Courtesy Seamus Hewitt

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