Northville Placid1

Here is a selection from Robbie Gamble’s intricately detailed journal of his recent long walk on the Northville-Placid Trail in the Adirondacks. The journal is published in full in the first issue of Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry, now on sale at

“Day #3:   During the night I hear occasional far-off loon calls on the lake, and nearer by, the hoo-hoo of owls hunting through the night forest.


mist wisps

on the face of the water

I eat my breakfast down by the lakeshore, all the golden hues of last evening washed out into paleness of new light. The enormity of the stillness is humbling, comforting. Time feels more cyclical here—mornings will come again and again, greeted always by stillness and the chance call of a loon.

I’m a bit anxious for the day, over twenty miles to cover to stay on track for the schedule I have planned…”

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