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Adirondack Lifestyle ™: Apr 22, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day 2010 in the Adirondacks

Happy Earth Day From The Adirondacks - Here's To The Greatness of America's Mammalians!

In honor of Earth Day, I will reprise a story from the Adirondack Lifestyle blog archives about an interesting Earth Day I had eight years ago when this picture was taken with President George W. Bush, here in the Adirondacks. In retrospect, I wish I had invoked my prescient powers that day!
The President was here to commemorate Earth Day by working with a crew of us locals who could get security clearance (they must have missed my escapades during that year abroad), on a hiking/mountain bike trail in Wilmington. He spoke later in the day at Whiteface Mountain about all the great things he was planning to do for the environment during his coming administration. I remember we stood outside for a long time waiting for the President and his entourage to arrive. It was a cold and damp day, with the spring snowfall emphasizing we were in the Adirondacks. The President decided he liked me and I became his "running buddy" because I asked him if he'd like to help me nail up a trail marker with a mountain bike on it. After he nailed the trail marker to a tree, he asked me, "What does this mean on the trail marker?" I explained to him the little picture was a mountain bike, and it meant one could use this trail for mountain biking in addition to hiking or running, my preferred activity. When he heard I was a runner, he became my best friend for the day since he prefers running over mountain biking as well. I suppose it is safer. It was an interesting experience; I met a number of very fit marksmen who were hidden in the woods surrounding the entire trail system, and I met Ari Fleischer, the President's press secretary at the time, who was freezing cold in his tassled loafers and thin dress socks.
Because it is very important to be fair and balanced, I am also posting the cartoon below, one of my favorite Earth Day funnies, by a great talent who also has a long connection to the Adirondacks. I dare you to not laugh when you read this cartoon. Getting a good laugh like this makes me say, "Sometimes I miss the guy."