Summer Vacation 2017 Part 3

As I sit down to write this, I haven’t even been home 48 hours, and yet it seems like a lifetime ago. The camper has been unloaded, cleaned, and put away. Laundry has been done. Groceries have been bought.

I loved this vacation.

So. Very. Much.

Most importantly, I was able to see my two oldest children (AND my son’s GF and my youngest’s BF). That’s probably the best part. It’s a great feeling to be at a point in life where you can spoil your kids when you see them. When they were growing up, we really expected a lot of them, and didn’t do a whole lot of spoiling.

I really love the adults they have become. When you’re in the midst of child rearing, you really can lose perspective. It’s all so overwhelming at times. But so very worth it.

Want to know what else I loved about this vacation?

Not to get all mushy, but I loved spending time with my hubby. His schedule has been pretty crazy at work for a long time. We needed this.

Want to know what else I loved?

  • no makeup
  • no hairdryer
  • no straightener
  • no alarm
  • sport shorts
  • t-shirts
  • jog bras
  • breakfast/hiking or biking/dinner/bed

You get the idea.

We arrived in Lake Placid around dinner time and set up in a light drizzle. Before we had finished, Logan (our middle child) and his GF Sarah arrived!

(Now just to avoid any assumptions, I need to explain the lack of pictures of Logan and Sarah. Unlike my two girls, they are not into photo sessions of any type, so getting any type of picture is next to impossible.)

They provided us with some hiking ideas to keep us entertained. They are both counselors at a camp, so our time together was limited.

Then we headed out to grab a bite to eat. I can’t remember what this was, but it certainly earned presentation points from me.


We had a great time chatting and enjoying each others company. Before I knew it, they were dropping us off and heading back to camp.

The next morning we decided upon this hike:Screen Shot 2017-08-13 at 1.45.03 PM

Excellent choice!



.3 to the summit! How bad could it be? That’s only a little more than a lap around the track.


Unfortunately, it was straight up.


A butt shot…yeah…not proud, BUT I felt perspective was needed.


Amazing views! So worth the climb.


Hiked through a lot of mud today.



You can tell you are getting close to the trailhead when you have actual bridges.


That night, after Logan and Sarah tucked the campers in bed, we picked them up and went to Donnelly’s Ice Cream (a popular ice cream stand in nearby Saranac Lake). If I ate dairy, I’d be all over this. But I don’t, so I just watched.

And tried to take a picture:


The next day’s hike was a lot easier! Which was a good thing, as I was beginning to feel every bit of 50.


Reed signed us in so they would know where to locate our bodies.


I entertained myself while I waited.


Look what I saw on our way up. Reality check. Fall?



If you look closely, you can see the ski runs on Whiteface Mountain. This was pretty cool, as we had skied there several years ago.


And that my friends is it. Summer Vacation 2017 is now but a memory. And a good memory at that.

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