Making fire the old-fashioned way
I really enjoyed the feature "A Tribe Called Youth" on Primative Pursuits by John Urich (Spring 2013). Tim Drake, one of the founders of the program, is engaged to my daughter, Sarah, and is passionate about the organization. I attended a fundraiser last fall at a minature golf course south of Trumnansburg. It began snowing and blowing so bad we needed to build a fire. Tim summoned everyone and produced a long rope from his truck as well as a long log and a piece of wood. Although several people had lighters, Primative Pursuits doesn’t make fires the easy way. We all pulled back and forth on the long log and within two to three minutes we produced (with Tim's help) a beautiful fire. We were all impressed and grateful for the magical warmth. I have seen Tim and crew in action and it is truly a wonderful program. Thanks again for the feature.
I enjoyed the article about making salt in Syracuse and the Irish history (Spring 2013, “The Green’s on Top). We have often enjoyed a good meal at Coleman’s. Lansing has a good history of brine wells and salt making beginning about 1890. Instead of Irish we had Syrians moving here to work with the salt.
Louise Bement, Lansing
In the Winter 2012 issue the caption on page 48 for the wonderful picture of the bridge over the Keuka Lake Outlet states that the railroad tracks are dual-gauge, which I believe isn’t correct. Most dual gauge tracks have three rails, not four, since one of the outside rails can serve wheel sets of either gauge. So why the four rails on the bridge? Frequently these appear over bridges to provide another set of rails that might catch a derailing slow-moving train locomotive or car in its sideways slip before it goes all the way into the water below.
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