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Entries from May 28th, 2010

Playing Chicken with Parks

May 28th, 2010 · 3 Comments · News

We have big “Parks” and little “parks”. In case you haven’t heard, New York State is having a bit of a fiscal issue. While the rest of our “system” languishes in a limbo of budget-extenders, Department of Environmental Conservation and Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation fought their own battle and “won” a small victory.

Every organization with a stake in state budget negotiations is doing the same with mixed results. You could say that I’m one of those “mixed results”. And like most things in life, there are two sides of the coin.

Update: Mountain Visions recognizes this game.
Legislature Successfully Defends Paterson’s Assualt On EPF

Paterson tossed a grenade into the assembly and senate chambers and waited for someone to dive on it. Of course there probably isn’t one upstanding human being in the legislature, so they did the only thing they could, they tossed the EPF on it to save themselves.

Point au Roche Beach Empty

Point au Roche Beach is Mine

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Delightful Scenery, Good Roads

May 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Adirondack Life

Adirondack Mountains

“Git up Thar”

The Adirondacks are the paradise of the stagecoach driver. A peculiar genius is this Adirondack driver, as a rule. He does not at all suggest the immortal older Weller. If ever there was a distinctly American type, it is he ; but he belongs to his coach as much as Sandy in the old song belonged to his mill. He is essentially a product of the region. There is nothing conventional either in his speech or his appearance. The only concession he is known to make to the generally accepted social decalogue is in the matter of smoking. Adirondack Stage DriverAn Adirondack stage-driver smokes continually, but he never appears on the roof of his coach with a pipe in his mouth ; that would be beneath his dignity. He smokes cigars, and he smokes them from the time he gets up in the morning until he goes to bed at night. In all other respects he has contempt for the dictates of fashion. His topboots and big straw hat are picturesque, but they do not convey any impression that their owner is oppressed with ideas of order ; in fact, they look hot and uncomfortable. Moreover, he drives in his shirt-sleeves, — a proceeding which would have horrified the older generation of English mail-coachmen… (Link)

An Adirondack Stage
Agnew Bros Stage Line
Stages through the ages
“The Great Stagecoach Robbery”
Stage Coach in Hamilton county, 1910 (jpg)
Stage Coach in Hamilton county, 1910 up close (jpg)

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The Highest Located Hotel

May 14th, 2010 · No Comments · Adirondack Life

Stevens House, Lake Placid, Essex County, NY

Lake Placid NY, circa 1911. “Stevens House and Mirror Lake, Whiteface Mountain seen in distance nearest house”
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