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Old 05-09-2019, 08:22 PM   #61
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What do the ADK's mean to me? Insignificance. Allow me to explain.

Many years ago, Chick and I were taking a late fall canoe trip across the Boundary Waters into Quetico. We had not seen anyone in several days and we were thrilled with the solitude. There was a storm brewing, and the water took on that flat, oily look you get sometimes before it hits. For some reason, in the middle of the lake, we both stopped paddling and slowly cruised to a halt. We just sat there completely silent. It was at that moment it struck me. It was as though I saw us from a satellite - an insignificant spec on the earth that was completely unnoticed. And that feeling hit me very hard. It was almost unnerving, but incredibly satisfying. As a result my outdoor activities have this common thread - the search for insignificance. This has driven me to complete many of my 46 at night. Sitting on a mountaintop or a rocky outcropping at 3 am feeds my soul. Having Rock Pond all to ourselves - save for the moose that swam out to the island campsite to say hello - has allowed me the luxury of knowing that as long as I can continue to find that feeling, wherever I am, there is no other place I would rather be. And when I am fortunate enough to combine that feeling while looking at the face that has been there with me for the last 38 years, I must surely be the luckiest person on earth.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:05 AM   #62
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So many great responses.

For me, the Adirondacks are my 100% natural sanity medication. Maybe it's only a placebo effect. Or worse, maybe I'm already crazy. But I don't care.
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