The Hermit and Us: Our Adventures with Noah John
by William J. O'Hern
People who already define their bliss as the moment when they cross
over the "Blue Line" into the Adirondack Park will find The Hermit
and Us: Our Adventures with Noah John Rondeau a most satisfactory
reading experience while they are waitingâ€”or while they are
enjoyingâ€”their next trip. Those who have never viewed the splendid
mountains, fished the cold waters, or rambled along a balsam-scented
trail may very well develop a yearning to do so.
Author William J. O'Hern known as "Jay" to his friends and
readers has once again shown himself to be a tireless researcher.
And while letters, journals and old newspapers and magazines are
valuable to his work, Jay favors a more hands-on approach. A
seasoned Adirondack adventurer himself, he has always preferred to
interview people who have knowledge about his subjects. Moreover, he
likes to visit the places he writes about.
Jay has spent many years backpacking into those wild places, adding
to his extensive collection of remembrances and photos of the Cold
River hermit shared by those who trekked in to the wild territory to
share time with their friend Noah John Rondeau. In The Hermit and
Us, Jay describes those treasured meetings.
For all, their most important destination was Cold River Hill, site
of Noah John Rondeau's hermit home, which he often called "Wig Wam
City, Population 1." Of course, Rondeau was not your average hermit,
in that he had many friends and gave a proper mayor's welcome to
pretty much anyone who stumbled into his "city."
The Hermit and Us: Our Adventures with Noah John Rondeau includes
reminiscences of Richard Smith, Clarence Petty, Adolph Dittmar,
Helen Colyer Menz, Mary Colyer Dittmar, Clarence and Stacia
Whiteman, Charlie and Polly Russ, and many other old-time associates
the author interviewed, people who mountain-hiked to the Cold River
Town Hall where the hermit stacked his wigwam-like habitation.
The Hermit and Us: Our Adventures with Noah John Rondeau invites
readers to relive the experiences of dozens of Noah's closest
friends and relatives. The book is richly enhanced with dozens of
photos that have never been published until now. You will enjoyed
your virtual trip so much that at times you will be sure you caught
a whiff of warm balsam air or heard loons calling far off. It's the
kind of armchair trip you enjoy so much, you hate to turn the last
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