Glorious memories and tall stories of beating back little waves in my kayak may be all that remains of my Adirondack adventures in 2012. I hope that everyone who reads this blog has had an opportunity to enjoy some moments in the great outdoors, too. Getting out into nature is one of the best stress-relievers I know, and there’s the added benefit of getting into shape while engaging in absolutely delightful pastimes.
More serious commentary on the grim news of our times awaits: the theater massacre in Colorado, the Penn State report, the ongoing saga of political corruption in D.C. I did see an occasional newspaper up north, buy frankly, staying away from the 24/7 news cycle was part of the discipline of enjoying a real vacation. I recommend it!
I did read some great books: a splendid biography of the American artist N.C. Wyeth by David Michaelis is well worth reading for history buffs as well as art afficionados. A fascinating recounting of the history behind the build-up to the September 11 catastrophe comes in Steve Coll’s Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. I also read the Penn State report on the Sandusky scandal and will have more to say on this topic in the days to come.
Meanwhile, to keep the mountain karma alive for a few more days, here’s a brief video summarizing this year’s Adirondack Chronicles (new photos and video!)…