Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Adirondacks

While driving through the Adirondacks in upstate New York the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, the thing that struck me the most was the lack of other travelers! Wasn't I just a few hours away from our nation's largest metropolitan area? Wasn't it a holiday weekend? Wasn't the weather absolutely gorgeous? So where is everybody? I concluded that many people like to have the mental picture of a weekend in the Adirondacks in the great outdoors, but they don't really want to deal with the real thing---the long drive to a secluded spot, the fear of no cell-phone coverage, no cable television, no wireless Internet, and YIKES---bugs and snakes and the likes! So we settle for an Adirondack-themed amusement park instead of the actual experience of being in the Adirondacks---it's just too cozy to stay in our old comfort zone. And according to statistics, a smaller percentage of our population is visiting national and state parks each year. And about those famous Adirondack-style chairs shown above in the photos I took. It wasn't until I was outside the boundaries of the park that I ever saw any of them! The houses along the particular highway I traveled through the park, had front porches with lawn chairs made of the familiar aluminum tubing and cloth webbing; or perhaps the molded plastic chairs so prevalent everywhere. Not a single house I saw within the park had an Adirondack chair on the front porch! (perhaps it is just as well; I doubt that the Yankees living in those houses would take too kindly to a hillbilly photographer from one of those states below the Mason-Dixon line, approaching their front porch for a quick shot with her camera!) But if you use visualization for a relaxation technique, and you like to visualize yourself relaxing beside a wooded lake, stretched out in your Adirondack chair, soaking up the great outdoors---go right ahead; and don't worry about being interrupted by other human beings---they are all inside watching "Last of the Mohicans" on television. Miles of smiles! Tricia
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