Chelsea Green Publishing

Paddling Against the Wind

My wife (Anne) and I were reminiscing about all the challenges we faced as a couple during the Earth’s Best start-up.

We laughed recalling the insanity of an Adirondack canoe camping trip our family went on during the timeframe Ron and I were racing everywhere to find more seed capital to keep Earth’s Best alive.

We had arrived at Long Lake late in the afternoon and loaded up our canoe to the gunnels with gear and food. Cora, who was about 7 at the time, was excited to be venturing off on another Adirondack lake adventure. The trip was an annual event for our family and a close group of Vermont friends who joined us for a long weekend of paddling and storytelling around the camp fire.

We paddled several miles down the lake to our favorite camp site. Everyone was oohing an ahhing at all the loons we were hearing and how warm the lake water was.

The truth was, I was harboring a secret and felt a deep heaviness as I paddled away from the shoreline and the only pay phone
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