Oct 13, 2008 — Last month, the Adirondack Nature Conservancy announced that it had inked a deal to buy Follensby Pond, near Tupper Lake. The pristine lake was once the site of the fabled "Philosopher's Camp," visited by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The Nature Conservancy paid $16 million for the property. The group hopes the 14,000-acre parcel will eventually be purchased by the state of New York and added to the forest preserve. Follensby has been off-limits to the public for more than a century and it could be months or even years before hikers and paddlers are allowed into the area. But last week, Brian Mann was invited to spend an autumn day paddling Follensby Pond. He was the first journalist to visit the property and sent back this exclusive audio postcard.