I noticed that guide and outdoor writer Joe Hackett had a column last week in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise asking whether there is any true wilderness in the Adirondacks. This is a question – entailing in turn the question of what we mean by wilderness – which I took up in several Dispatches some months ago. I’ll not return to those arguments now except to restate that yes, I think there is unquestionably true wilderness in the park. I know because I have lived there.
I am just settling into the experience of being on Lost Brook Tract with Amy for much of July, just feeling ready to write about it. It has taken me some days: this was a deeply moving time in my life. If there has been one over-arching theme in my reflections it has been that our stay there did not in any way feel like a vacation – indeed we did not intend it as a vacation. We intended to just live there. And so we did. It could have been three weeks or three years for all I felt.