Monday, August 17, 2009


We're home!!!!!! We actually pulled in around 8:30am on Sunday after driving through the night from NY. All of us were exhausted, but so glad to be done with the drive home. The house is currently a mess and looks like a hurricane hit it, but I'm hoping to have it cleaned up sometime tomorrow. Originally, I planned to have more done, but when we arrived yesterday, we had to turn around and take a trip to Lows and get a new faucet for the kitchen sink--the damage on the old one was irreparable. Since we were out, we went grocery shopping too. The fridge has been empty! By the time we returned, H1 fixed the sink, dinner, and H3 was put in bed, we were so tired that nothing got cleaned! Dinner was good though. Grilled salmon salad with a homeade honey-mustard vinegrette. Mmmm! Compared to camp food all summer, it was wonderful. Not that the food up there is bad, it's just not like home.

Camp was amazing though. 2 months and we got to do so much: 2 5-mile hikes, cliff jumping, climbing wall and repelling, shotgun, archery, swimming in a beautiful lake, canoeing, and H1 got to go kayaking and sailing (I went last summer, but not this time). There's a lot to do up there and we're already looking forward to going back next summer--probably right as I finish cleaning up and getting organized from this summer! Anyways, here are some fun pictures from the summer.

H1 and H3 on a hike around the lake (5 miles)

H3 at the Adirondack Museum

H1 and H3 in front of the museum

Hanging out in the lake

Scooting around the Health Lodge

Me at the shotgun range


Playing in the sports field

Me at the archery range

Massawepie Lake (where the camp is)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Home on the 15th

A little over a week left before we return home to VA! The Adirondacks are beautiful though and this has been a great summer overall. It started out a big rough, with one of the other staff members (and friend of mine) getting appendicitis and taking a trip to the hospital for surgery. He's back at camp though and it's good to see him feeling better. H1 has been busy working on the waterfront again. He's been teaching a few classes, like sailing, swimming, and canoeing, but has mostly been working on some odds and ends projects that have needed to be done for years--like repainting canoes, builing boatracks, etc. He's enjoyed it and has had a great time seeing friends again.

H3 and I hang out in the health lodge during the day, cleaning up scrapes, cuts, and sprains as they come in--well, I do the caring for and she does the cheering up. Everyone loves her, staff, scouts, and scoutmasters alike. It's hard to frown when she's smiling at you. She's been such a trooper. Hardly a fuss the entire time she's been up here. Despite her schedule changing drastically, she's been happy and content most of the time.

I wish I could upload some pictures of our trip now, but will have to wait until we get home. There's only dial-up here in the health lodge, and it's too far to get to town in the evenings. Suffice it to say that our free time on the weekends has been great! Last weekend we went to a restaurant called Tail of the Pup and had ribs and pulled pork bar-b-que. Afterwards, we went canoeing across Tupper Lake and went cliff jumping. Got some pretty good pictures of the trip, but not of anyone jumping. My friend Alinda got some of the jumping pictures, so I'll have to get those from her. H3 hung out with one of the other guys while H1 and I jumped and swam. It was one of the most beautiful days of the summer and the water was perfect!

Oh, today H1 and I took a short drive after lunch during a break and picked some rasberries. Oh so yummy! I'm hoping to go blueberry picking when we get home and then apple picking in September. I love fresh fruit!

I have to get back to work, but there's a short update. More updates and lots of pictures in a week or so!