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      TrailPatrol




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      Registered: December 2002
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      The infamous "Gangster Car" from my days at summer camp, 40 years ago.
      · Date: Sat September 24, 2005 · Views: 3,281
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      Keywords: Adirondacks
      Trail Name: TOBIE Trails
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  1.   Sat September 24, 2005 5:03am
    1. TrailPatrol

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      Registered: December 2002
      Location: Isanti, MN
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      We were ten and eleven year-old boys from Adirondack Woodcraft Camps, a boys camp just down the road from where I now stood. One of our first hikes each year was to a unique place called “Mountain Pond”. It was an easy hike for our 18-20 year-old counselors, but for ten year-olds from a town environment, it seemed like forever. As we hiked down the sandy road from camp, the counselors led us in hiking songs, and told us stories, some of which were true accounts of local history and nature, but most of which would be classified as “tall tales” or maybe “local color”. The Gangster Car story was one of those tales. As they wove this intricate tale of the hapless bootlegger beset upon by revenuers, my ten year-old imagination could just picture the cars careening down the twisty mountain road, flying off the roadway and landing where it sits today. Of course as ten year olds, we never questioned why the car didn’t have an engine. Or tires. Or gauges. Or why the bullet holes in the back of the car looked a lot newer than the rusty old Ford Model A did. Nor did we take into account that the roadbed was still in use by the Raquette Lake Railroad during the entire 13 years of Prohibition in this country. These were our counselors; our adult leaders. We believed every word they told us. They were also the same ones that told us about the Bog Monster and the Rondaxe Man. After a while, I finally rode on to Woodcraft itself.

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  1.   Wed April 19, 2006 6:44pm Rating: 10 

    1. TrailPatrol-

      Thx. for the info. on your Adirondacks trails and adventures.

      If you would, please elaborate on the stories of the Bog Monster and Rondaxe Man you heard at the Woodcraft Camps... would love to hear the synopsis of both tales if you would not mind... love scary camp tales...
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