We moved northwest of where we were in New Hampshire to get a peek at the foliage of the Adirondack’s in upstate New York. Adirondack Park is 6 million acres of land, lakes, rivers and streams, with the Adirondack Mountains looming over it all. The Park is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountain and Everglades Park put together. Half the land is owned by the state of New York, the other half is in private hands, but the Adirondack Park Agency reviews all private development plans to make sure they are compatible with the Park’s goal of preserving the wilderness. Needless to say, it is a place of great natural beauty.
I found out that the Adirondack chair, that iconic symbol of rural, outdoor settings, originated in the area in the 1930’s and even though it had a straight seat and back (and 11 pieces of wood, all cut from a single board), it always had the wide armrests that are its hallmark today. Those armrests are a necessary convenience for resting your cocktail, while enjoying the lake and mountain views.
As an added benefit we got to stay with some good friends at their lakeside resort, the North Woods Inn in Old Forge. The RV was left in the parking lot and we had a huge, comfortable room overlooking Fourth Lake. A large bathroom, a jacuzzi tub, room to spread out; life was good for a few days. We relaxed, caught up, toured the area and ate way too much. The weather was just like what we had left behind in New Hampshire, cool, overcast and damp, but we made do, as usual. Actually, if the sun had been out, looking at all the spectacular foliage ablaze in the sunlight might have been too much on the eyes. A few days respite, then it was back into the RV and onto the road south. The foliage fading behind us, the long pants and sweaters traded for shorts and flip flops, heading down the highway, I saw palm trees in our near future.