In this case, both conventional wisdom and historical tradition say that Lake Tear of the Clouds, nestled between Mounts Marcy and Skylight in the Adirondack High Peaks, is the source of the Hudson River. Thus has it been generally accepted ever since Verplanck Colvin determined it to be so, on his second visit to Lake Tear in August of 1873. For generations of hikers Lake Tear has been a special destination, an upward trek to the ultimate source of one of America’s greatest rivers.
But is it?
The remaining thirteen miles from Raquette Lake would be unbearable: narrow twists and turns through unbroken woods, two fleeting views of the shining surface of Utowana Lake, a glimpse of the northwestern ridges rising above West Bay, the first full-on view of Blue Mountain from the top of a short climb in the road – a view that never failed to elicit whoops – and then the graceful downward turn into the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake, revealing the full expanse of the most beautiful body of water in the Adirondacks. This reveal would bring laughter or tears, or both, so great were our emotions. From Route 28 we would turn onto Maple Lodge Road, relishing the critical last step in the transition – when the road turned to dirt – and then we would be home, immersed, ready, an unending wilderness at our camp door.
From Moving to Paradise
Under pressure, Oxford University Press revealed a list of the entries it no longer felt to be relevant to a modern-day childhood. The deletions includedacorn, adder, ash, beech, bluebell, buttercup,catkin, conker, cowslip, cygnet, dandelion,fern, hazel, heather, heron, ivy, kingfisher,lark, mistletoe, nectar, newt, otter, pastureand willow. The words taking their places in the new edition included attachment, block-graph, blog, broadband, bullet-point,celebrity, chatroom, committee, cut-and-paste, MP3 player and voice-mail.
Ten days ago, I decided to try and switch to the Colemak keyboard layout. At first, it was about as painful as you might imagine. I went from somewhere around 90wpm down to basically hunt and peck. Five days in, I was at around 15 wpm.
Now at ten days, I’m at about 30 with weird little bursts up to around 60 for words my fingers have figured out. It’s quite spurty, but I’m able to get things done and use it all the time. Even with all the typing practice, my hands have felt fine, which is great.
Here’s a graph of some of my progress so far.