|A hiker stopping at the gazebo showed me how to use take a panorama with my iPhone. |
“I knew the woman this is named for,” I began several times throughout
the morning, as twenty-somethings, sixty-somethings, and in-betweeners appeared
at the gazebo overlooking Lake George to take a load off and savor the view. I
wanted the hikers to know what it took to create this preserve and the special
person in whose memory it was renamed.
|The preserve is 45 minutes from|
Not that anyone needed to hear it from me. The Lake George
Land Conservancy has an excellent flyer that describes the Lynn LaMontagne
Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob and its trails. More than 2,500 people annually
enjoy what is accurately described as a moderately steep hike with the reward
of “a shady rest at the preserve’s gazebo with expansive views of Lake George
and the Adirondacks.”
Lynn, who died from breast cancer in 2010, had been
executive director of the Lake George Land Conservancy. I was lucky to get to
know her because her son, Jeff, and my son Joe have been buddies since Lake
Avenue School. She was a lovely person inside and out, smart, sweet and classy –
and passionate about preservation.
The trail fit what this tenderfoot was looking for to a T: a
do-able hike with a place to sit and soak up the lake and mountains for as long
as I liked, with the added bonus of being 45 minutes from home, not counting a
pit stop at the outlets.
|Finally took the time to take this|
one-mile hike and enjoy the views
of Lake George and the Adirondacks.
|Soul food: sky, water, mountains.|
So there I was on August 6 – a weekday! – navigating my
first hike in way too long; taking my time along the trail; sharing the Lynn
Schumann legacy with people from Hudson Falls, New Jersey, Webster, NY, and
France; queen of the gazebo with my water bottle, a bag of almonds, a sliced-up
pear, a chunk of Manchego, my husband’s binoculars and my new iPhone, whose
pictures barely do justice to the scenery but are lovely nonetheless. They are
my answer to people asking “what are you doing” since leaving my full-time
newspaper job in July.