Adirondack Cabin Country.
Schaefer's essays provide new insights into why many wilderness advocates are s passionate and determined. They are glimpses into the simple encounters with mountains and wild creatures that can shape a person's lifelong values. He also reminds us that many early wilderness advocates were rugged individuals who loved to hunt and fish and experience the challenge of winter camping and mountain climbing.
This is in sharp contrast to some "wise use" propaganda that characterizes all wilderness lovers as rich, urban birdwatchers" who are insensitive to local people's needs and values. Schaefer discredits that propaganda by simply retelling his story, with personal vignettes of fellow "knights" -- local mountain people, guides and farmers, and some who founded and led The Wildernes Society. These "crusaders" are not great philosophers born of some profound conversion experience. Rather, Adirondack Cabin Country reminds us, it only takes a quiet moment at dawn on a wilderness mountaintop or the rise of a nativ trout to a dry fly to make a believer of almost anyone.
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|Date:||Sep 1, 1994|
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