Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Weekend Vacation

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Williams

Hey Girls -

This weekend we packed overpacked the car and headed to the Adirondacks.

Our destination...a beautiful cabin along the lake.  The cabin nestled in the woods has hosted family gatherings, tennis round robin tournaments, swimming the channel competitions, boat rides on the lake, canoe races, and walks through the camp for over 101 years.  This weekend it hosted our family.  From the second I heard the gravel rumble under our car wheels as we drove down the winding driveway to our friend's vacation home, my stress level dropped and I found myself saying, "It's so beautiful," ad nauseam.  But really, it's so beautiful.  Take a look.

Here's a peak at the house.
This is the view of the house from the sandy beach.  It has six bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths.

Huge wrap around deck, screened-in porch, flowers blooming...paradise.

Two balconies extend off second floor rooms at the back of the house.  Perfect spots for lake views and drying bathing suits.

Here's a look at the dining room.  The decor in the house is historic and true to the time the house was constructed.
Check out the Adirondack items that decorate an elevated ledge at the stairs' landing.
My personal favorite spot in the house, the sleeping porch - complete with three double beds all in a row.  Oh, and panoramic views of the lake.

At dinner time on Saturday night we all shared our favorite parts of the day.  There were eight of us in total and each of us had a personal favorite.  Check out our highlights:

Swimming the Channel:
It's a camp tradition that any child who swims from the dock to the island and back again can earn $5.  This year my six-year-old was set on earning that five bucks.  And ten minutes into our bathing suits, he did!
Minutes before I handed over the $5.

Enjoying the View:
From any vantage point, at any time of the day...absolutely stunning.

Riding the Pink Lady:
Sure, there are speed boats and jet skies on the lake, but the best boats are the barges.  Practically every family on the lake has one.  It may look like a dock with a motor to you (well, it kind of is), but the ride on "The Pink Lady" was my favorite part of the day.
If you think this picture is of a deck, you'd be wrong.  It's the Pink Lady, the water barge, in all her glory.

Swimming at the Sand Bar:
All the barges meet up at the Sand Bar (a shallow area in the lake).  If college campuses floated, this is exactly what they would look like.
Why yes, that's a beer pong table in the foreground.

Hanging out on the Deck:
After breakfast we spent some time coloring on the deck.  Not a bad place to color Spiderman red.

Catching Fish off the Dock:
Oh man, this was my kind of fishing.  The fish practically caught themselves.  Every kid caught at least one.  Good thing, because they swapped fishing stories (like old men) all afternoon.
"Here fishy-fishy."

Roasting Marshmallows at Open Face:
Open Face is an Adirondack lean-to.  It could probably fit fifteen people.  There are pillows and blankets and views of the lake and campfire.  Did someone say campfire?  Bring on the S'Mores!


Jumping off the Diving Board:
Does a diving board ever get old when you're a child?  

Can you believe we packed that all into one day?  Can you believe our kids still woke up at 6am?  

This Adirondack camp is beautiful!  It is special in a way that none of these photographs or words can capture.  I can't quite put my finger on it.  Perhaps it's the fact that this house has hosted one hundred years worth of families and friends vacationing together, escaping the stresses of their lives to spend time jumping into the lake, catching fish, enjoying the view, sharing a laugh or adventure, and feeling collective gratitude for the enormous good fortune that brought us all there...together.
I'll just write it one more time...it's so beautiful!

Feeling less stressed, 

Note from Mrs. Kelly:  This place looks AMAZING.  Oh man.  I think I'd never leave...especially that sleeping porch and "Pink Lady."   Thanks for sharing.  And thank your friends for letting us "crash!"


Mrs. Stevens said...

Wonderful post! Make me even more excited than I already was for our first trip to the Adirondacks next month!

Karry said...

Your photos are beautiful, looks like a wonderful place!

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