Blog Entries in 2012

Jun 29, 2012
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I had a meeting at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake earlier this week. The history museum is nationally-known and highly regarded, called "the best of its kind" by the New York Times. Meeting concluded, I visited some of the 22 exhibit spaces and historic buildings on the huge campus. Things are always changing at the Museum, and I wanted to check out a few favorite exhibits as well (
Jun 15, 2012
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      Got a call this afternoon that a moose had been spotted near Lake Pleasant School. I jumped in the car with my camera. It seems everyone but me has spotted a moose lately.      Moose move quickly unless they are feeding in isolation. Of course they move quickly! Their shoulder height exceeds my own 5'6". "Bull or a cow?" I wondered as I walked around the
May 30, 2012
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Categories: General
      That's the view from my corner office (above). I am not very important in the scheme of things, so getting a corner office in the Adirondack Wild was the result of serendipity as much as pecking order.       We are a county of small hamlets dispersed among huge swaths of wilderness. Tourism is big here and existing businesses are small and independent
May 29, 2012
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I was having a conversation last week with someone who asked how the tourism season will shape up this year. He was concerned about gas prices.The season will be fine despite gas prices IF the weather is good. That is reality for outdoor destinations.After weather, it is the general state of the economy more than gas prices that dictates demand and spending in the tourism world, particularly for
Apr 12, 2012
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        My daughters played in the woods behind our house in the Adirondacks, unsupervised, from about the age of five. They were always within shrieking distance – even when perfectly happy, little girls scream as if they are being tortured. Pretending they were rabbits out-smarting coyotes or building forts out of brush, my children played outdoors with the same intensity