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civilized ku # 2795-98 ~ bully! daze

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Teddy and the wife ~ Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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using the Bully Pulpit ~ Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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Teddy, the Rough Rider ~ Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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portrait ~ Train Station / North Creek, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
This past weekend was the annual Teddy Roosevelt Days celebration here in Newcomb. Why Teddy Roosevelt and Newcomb together, you might wonder? Well, read on ....

The short version is that, on the damp night of September 14, 1901 Vice President Theodore Roosevelt made his legendary night ride from the Tahawus Club near Newcomb, NY in the Adirondack Mountains to the Presidency of the United States of America. The long version is ....

.... On September 6, 1901, President William McKinley, while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, was shot by anarchist. Vice President Teddy Roosevelt was summoned to Buffalo but, after McKinley's condition had greatly improved, Roosevelt was advised to leave Buffalo in order to reassure the public about the President's condition.

Roosevelt then traveled to the Adirondacks, a place where he spent considerable time over the years, to join his family at the Tahawus Club near Newcomb. On September 12, he, his family, and guides hiked up Mount Marcy, the tallest mountain in New York State. During this hike, on the shores of Lake Tear-of-the-Clouds, Roosevelt received word that McKinley had taken a turn for the worse. A local man named Harrison Hall made the climb to Roosevelt on Mount Marcy with a telegram announcing the president's now grave condition.

Roosevelt was reluctant to depart immediately and informed his wife that because he had just been there, he would not return to Buffalo until truly needed. However, another telegram announcing that the president was dying banished thoughts of waiting any longer. So, Shortly before midnight, Roosevelt traveled by buckboard wagon from the upper camp of the Tahawus Club to the North Creek, N.Y. train station located 35 miles away. The trip (7 hours by day) involved 3 changes of wagons, with fresh drivers and horses each time.

Roosevelt departed from the Upper Tahawus Club, traveling ten miles in two hours to the cabins of the Tahawus Post Office, where he would make his first wagon change. From here he traveled an additional two hours and twenty minutes over a stretch of nine miles to Aiden Lair Lodge, a popular resort for sportsmen in Minerva, N.Y. Roosevelt once again changed wagons around 3:30 a.m. Mike Cronin, the proprietor of the lodge, would usher the Vice President the final sixteen miles. Despite a dark and slippery road, the two would make it to North Creek in record-breaking time.

Upon arriving at the train station in North Creek, Roosevelt's secretary delivered a telegram announcing McKinley's death at 2:15 that morning. Roosevelt had ascended to presidency on the dark, slippery Adirondack roads hours before - hence, Teddy Roosevelt Days in Newcomb, NY.

The annual celebration has a wide range of events; lumberjack competition between 2 colleges with environmental / forestry schools, dances, luncheons, a guideboat gathering, quilting exhibits, wagon rides to Santanoni great camp's farm complex, a guided tour of the ruins of the McIntrye Mine Works at Tahawus and others.

Needless to write, the wife was thrilled beyond belief to meet the President. Teddy gave a rousing speech (bully!) about his love of the Adirondacks and his ideas about / use of the Bully Pulpit (bully!) as platform for getting his message(s) across. He mingled with the crowd and even manned a saw with one of the lumberjack competitors.

Bully for him. He's got my vote.

Read some interesting facts about Teddy.

FYI, Teddy, Pince-Nez eyeglass wearer that he was, spent some time with me admiring my $1000 specs.

Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 11:15AM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in | CommentsPost a Comment

civilized ku # 2792-94 ~ life's a beach - or a bitch, if you don't obey the rules

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beach rules / notices ~ Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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beach capacity ~ Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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lifeguards ~ Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
This Monday past (Labor Day) the wife, Hugo & Johnny, and I bicycled to the Newcomb town beach which is located on Harris Lake less than 1/4 mile from Rist Camp.

The beach is, by almost any standard / criteria, the best beach in the Adirondacks - 200 yards long, 100 feet deep and covered with beautiful sand. The beach is backed by a grove of nicely spaced cedar trees (standing in sand) which provide a shaded area (I like shade at the beach). A sand volleyball court, horseshoe pit, extra large jungle gym, docks and a floating diving platform, picnic tables (outside and under a large pavilion), restrooms with changing rooms, and a snack bar (hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, etc.) complete the setup.

All of that written, the beach is also a bit of an oddity. Despite the sign stating a 1400 person capacity, we have never encountered more than a handful of people - take notice of the 3 (and only 3) swimmers (the wife, Hugo & Johnny) at the beach on Labor Day, the last big holiday of the summer season, leaving the place 1397 people short of capacity. And then there's the notice pointing out that NO PRESCHOOLERS WITHOUT PARENTS are allowed. Apparently some parents were dropping off preschoolers at the beach as a sort of free daycare location.

Someone in authority also felt it was necessary, in addition to multiple NO DOGS ALLOWED notices, to post the NO ANIMALS ALLOWED IN THE SWIMMING AREA rule. Which begs the question, were people bringing chickens, goats, cats or other animals to the beach? If so, are they allowed in non-swimming areas?

FYI, there are more NEW pictures at Rist Camp Diaries

kitchen life # 57 / ku # 1282 ~ everywhere you go there's bound to be a sink

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produce ~ Rist Camp / Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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village shoreline ~ Long Lake, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
Spent some time in Long Lake over the holiday weekend with Hugo and his friend Johnny. It rained on Sunday so the wife and I took them to the Adirondack Museum. On Monday PM the kids flew home in a seaplane (I was the co-pilot). Life goes on at Rist Camp.

FYI, there are more pictures at Rist Camp Diaries

civilized ku # 2791 ~ working it

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seaplane ~ Long Lake, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
I have moved all my computer stuff to Rist Camp and am using some time to finally get my new mini-mac and related new software up to speed. So far, all is swell.

civilized ku # 2790 ~ late day sun

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sunlight on door ~ Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
More at Rist Camp Diaries.

Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 02:00PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in | CommentsPost a Comment

civilized ku # 2788-89 / ku # 1281 ~ stream of consciousness

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dormer alcove ~ Rist Camp / Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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clock ~ Long Lake Diner / Long Lake, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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Santanoni Mountain ~ Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
While at Rist Camp, I will be posting pictures - only pictures - at a new blog, Rist Camp Diaries. When viewing the blog / pictures, think of it / them as a sort of stream-of-consciousness, picture wise.

Let me know what you think - comments always appreciated.

FYI, I will be posting entries / pictures here on The Landscapist, most likely on the same day on which I post pictures on Rist Camp Diaries.

civilized ku # 2784-87 ~ home sweet home

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fireplace ~ Rist Camp / Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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fish ~ Rist Camp / Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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pine needle pouch ~ Rist Camp / Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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rustic chair ~ Rist Camp / Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
Rist Camp is a genuine example of the Adirondack Rustic Camp tradition. Unlike newer examples - Rist Camp is 100 years old - which are built and furnished / decorated in that style, everything in and about Rist Camp is authentic as opposed to ersatz. Over the 100 years during which the camp has been in the same family, everything in the place has been acquired primarily for its functionality or personal connection to the family. Nothing has been added in order to make the place conform to the look and feel of the Adirondack Rustic tradition because, in fact, it is the authentic embodiment of that tradition.

And that fact is why the wife and I love and appreciate this place - it doesn't feel like a vacation rental property. It feels like a home - in our case, a home away from home - because that's exactly what it is.

FYI, only recently has Rist Camp been available as a rental. The current generation needs / is using the income to help defray their mother's medical / caretaking expenses. It's nice to know that the place is still serving a critical family function.

Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 12:29PM by Registered Commentergravitas et nugalis in | Comments1 Comment

civilized ku # 2782-83 ~ camp daze

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screen hook ~ Rist Camp / Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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great blue heron ~ Rist Camp / Newcomb, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
Hugo's at another hockey camp and the wife and I are at Rist Camp (for 5 weeks). All is right with the world. Or, at least, all is right with our little corner of the world at this point in time.

That written, I read an article in today's NY Times which is a follow up to (or continuation of) a previous article, re: the "easiest" and "hardest"places to live in the good ol' USofA. The determination of easiest v hardest was based on an analysis - using an index of 6 factors including income, education and life expectancy - of every single county in the US. The propose of these surveys is to gather information, re: inequality (haves v haves-nots) in the US - how and where it's trending.

FYI, according to this survey, I live in an "easy" / doing better (than average) county.

Why, you might wonder, am I mentioning it here, on a photo blog? Well, the follow up article was headlined with this ...

In One America, Guns and Diet. In the Other, Cameras and 'Zoolander'.

... followed by this:

In the hardest places to live in the United States, people spend a lot of time thinking about diets and religion. In the easiest places to live, people spend a lot of time thinking about cameras.

This information was gathered by doing a study of web search words/phrases as used by those living in counties on either end of the easiest/hardest index. The differences are interesting, depressing / sad or scary / alarming (take your pick or, as in my case, choose all 3). To wit:

In the hardest places to live ... health problems, weight-loss diets, guns, video games and religion are all common search topics. The dark side of religion is of special interest: Antichrist has the second-highest correlation with the hardest places, and searches containing "hell"and "rapture" also make the top 10.
In the easiest places to live ... the Canon Elph and other digital cameras dominate the top of the correlation list. Apparently, people in places where life is good .... want to record their lives in images.

The article is well worth reading and its conclusion is a damning one for the USofA - For all the ways that the differences here may reflect cultural preferences, however, the main lesson of the analysis is a sobering one. The rise of inequality over the last four decades has created two very different Americas, and life is a lot harder in one of them .... [T]he different subjects that occupy people's thoughts aren't just a window into American life today. They're a window onto future inequality, too.

It seems very apparent to me that many of us are spending our time fiddling (and picturing) while our own particular brand of Rome burns.