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Trinity alumnae gathering for lunch at the Lake George Club… a sure sign that the height of summer has arrived!  We had a glorious time, as always, thanks to the graciousness of our hostess Barbara Rourke and wonderful leadership of Ginger Ryan.

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As we do every year, we gabbed about just about everything…. Memories of Sister Ann Francis and Sister Columba, the Psych Nun (Sister Margaret Finnegan) and roommates of fond memory…

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Of all the alumnae gatherings I attend each year, our Lake George luncheon is surely the one with the most laughter, perhaps most raucous, and likely to reveal the most honest opinions on startling topics.  Of course, I can’t say what those are…. what goes on at Lake George stays there!

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Thanks to all for another great day at the lake!  (Below is the view of Lake George immediately behind our group above!)

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Later that afternoon, as I was driving back to Long Lake across the mountains on a wonderful seasonal road called the Blue Ridge Route, I rounded a turn and admired the farm in the valley ahead…and then screeched to a halt.   Could I really be seeing….

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Buffalo in the Adirondacks??

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Yes!!  Wow.  A small herd of 20-30 head of bison, including a number of calves, gathered around a watering hole on the hottest day of the year so far.

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Backwoods entrepreneurship knows no bounds!  Turns out there’s a company that is breeding and raising the buffalo for meat and bison-related lore.  Check out the website for the Adirondack Buffalo Company

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But buffalo are not the only exotic animals being raised deep in the woods and mountains of the North Country.  Another important-but-exotic animal raised on various farms is…

alpaca (Large)… the alpaca, raised for its fleece, which becomes wonderful scarves and hats and sweaters and vests during those long Adirondack winters.  And yes, there’s a website and an association for the Adirondack Alpaca Breeders..

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And these calves lounging by the side of the road called out to me and said, Hey, we’re not exotic, but we want to be part of the Adirondack Chronicles!

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