When my son was a toddler we lived in Louisiana, and played in Lakeside’s play yard in the summertime when we visited my father’s family in Essex. That was before there were any summer activities at Lakeside, so we simply enjoyed the quiet, peaceful setting and space to play. When my son was 3, we came for our first winter visit. Having never seen snow, he gazed at the same play yard transformed by the seasons. I gazed at the children, coming out of the building wearing bibs
Our family had always dreamed of moving to the North Country. The high peaks region is a playground for nature lovers—climbing, hiking, skiing, and air that smells like rain and leaves. Although I was born and raised in Brooklyn, my wife and I had been coming up for years before we had children, secretly scoping out real estate websites, different communities, places to hang out. Personally, I figured it wasn't possible prior to retirement--the job options are limited, and
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