The Adirondack Almanack http://www.adirondackalmanack.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:00:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wilderness 50th: Howard Zahniser And The Black River Warshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/08/wilderness-50th-howard-zahniser-and-the-black-river-war.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/08/wilderness-50th-howard-zahniser-and-the-black-river-war.html#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:00:26 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=47607 Howard Zahniser at Mataskared, Crane Mtn in backgroundHoward Zahniser knew he needed two things when he came to the Adirondacks in 1946. The two things could help him prove himself to his national wilderness mentors—now his new employers—at the Wilderness Society. They could also help him build the practical and functional organization needed to pursue a national wilderness preservation system. First, Zahnie, as he was known, needed honest-to-goodness wilderness in reasonable automobile vacation reach of Washington, D.C. for our family. Even this was a two-day car trip then, and we would camp overnight on the way. Second, he needed to leave his professional comfort zone of public relations and public information and journalism work. He needed » Continue Reading.

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Historical Biographies and William West Duranthttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/08/historical-biographies-and-william-west-durant.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/08/historical-biographies-and-william-west-durant.html#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:00:07 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=47604 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat follows is a guest essay by Sheila Myers, who is working on a historical novel based on the life of William West Durant.

In science there is an expression that theories can never be proved, only disproved. I teach science, and that may be why a comment I read while researching William West Durant for my novel about his life provoked me to find out where this famous builder of Great Camps in the Adirondacks drew his inspiration. This then led me to uncover some fallacies in his biography.

It started with the dissertation by Mary Ellen Domblewski (Cornell University, 1974). In it she conjectures that Durant, having no formal » Continue Reading.

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Lost Brook Dispatches: Giants in the Misthttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/08/lost-brook-dispatches-giants-in-the-mist.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/08/lost-brook-dispatches-giants-in-the-mist.html#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:00:28 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=47572 Magnificent giants - timeless and veiled.Last week we spent a few precious days at Lost Brook Tract. It was a cool, overcast stretch of weather that reminded me of the Adirondacks of my youth, when impending fall could at any time push and urge its way into lazy August days, into the fading summer.

During nearly all of the time we were on our land the cloud ceiling remained low and Keene Valley enjoyed gray days and rain. But at our lean- to at 3,300 feet we were immersed in the clouds themselves, the daylight hours gloaming, exalting the primeval feel of the forest.

We are accommodated to – though ever awed by – our cathedral » Continue Reading.

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The Milky Way Over Johns Brook Lodgehttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/08/the-milky-way-over-johns-brook-lodge.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/08/the-milky-way-over-johns-brook-lodge.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:00:02 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=47628 JBL Milky Way 2

The night sky at Johns Brook Lodge on a clear moonless night is always breathtaking. The lodge is a great place to visit if you enjoy staring into the heavens. It is a backcountry lodge outside of Keene Valley, 3.5 miles into the High Peaks Wilderness. There have been numerous renovations to the lodge over recent years, most recently the sleeping accommodations were upgrade with real mattresses and new bunks. The staff are really what makes the place special though, they make great meals and know the valley inside and out. If you are looking for a nice backcountry accommodation it is definitely worth checking out. The view from the » Continue Reading.

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This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlightshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/08/this-weeks-adirondack-web-highlights-205.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/08/this-weeks-adirondack-web-highlights-205.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:00:03 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=46893