My draw to the Adirondacks began 50 years ago while on an Upper Saranac Lake canoe trip, and has continued ever since. In 1974, while living in Central New York, I jumped at the chance for another visit after I saw a letter to the editor in Ms. magazine for a women’s retreat in Paradox, in the eastern Adirondacks. Marie Deyoe, the retreat organizer, wrote, “The women will live in A-frames, domes, and in a beautiful log cabin. They can eat meals communally.”

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