“You want to advance your cause in the Adirondacks? Then temper your idealism with realism.” That’s the advice Paul Schaefer gave a group of students on Earth Day a generation ago.
Dave Gibson of Adirondack Wild looks back in this essay on Adirondack Almanack.
At the time, Schaefer challenged the students to start at his Adirondack cabin near the Siamese Ponds Wilderness, and walk 15 miles across that wilderness, until reaching Route 30 in Speculator. “Until you accomplish that walk, you don’t know what wilderness is, you have no conception what it is,” he said.
Gibson writes: “A few years later, four of us tramped those 15 miles across the Siamese Ponds Wilderness and met Paul at the far end, a bit scratched up but feeling grand about our experiences. Paul laughed aloud at our stories, in a knowing kind of way. He had entered that country in 1923 with his family and never left it – in his heart, he was always there.”
Read the full story here: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/04/every-day-is-earth-day.html