So, back at the campsite, the sky was lookin' a little moody. We packed up the rest of the gear, put it and ourselves on the boat and headed back to town.
We looked like this:
On the way, it started pouring. Matt, Miguel, Alexis and I were imagining getting into a canoe in the rain to paddle to an island and set up a wet camp. And we were imagining potential alternatives.
Doug invited us to his parent's cabin for coffee while we decided what our plan of action would be. (Go to camp anyway? Go to Montreal? Go back to NYC? Go to my dad's? Go to Alexis' dad's?)
Coffee was oh so good and appreciated (thanks, Doug)!
Alexis took this pic as we were leavin'.
Even though I couldn't get in touch with my Dad, we decided to head to his house. It was just a little bit north and, if he wasn't home, we could still set up tents in the yard and make use of his grill. And it was out of the mountains, so likely to be drier.
When we got there, he had just gotten home. We set up the tents and proceeded to make a tasty meal with the groceries we'd bought at Long Lake. Thanks, Miguel, for manning the grill!
We had steaks, sausages, mushrooms, corn, salad, wine, tequila, ice cream... And my dad told his Christmas Train story. It was great!
After dinner, Miguel and I joined Matt and Alexis in their tent with the remaining tequila. It was the best time Matt has ever had in a tent! SO fun! Eventually, we quieted down and I felt myself drifting, so I headed "next door" to the other tent (which was now borrowing Miguel's poles) and Miguel followed.
It was a good couple hours of sleep before thunder and lightning and rain began! We stuck it out for a while, but around 6 (?) Miguel and I agreed that it might be nice to make use of the house. My dad was already up. He took our picture (where is that??) and offered coffee, but we still had a few hours of sleep in us. We took over one of the guestrooms and didn't get up till 9-ish.
Beds. Showers. Kitchen. We were totally roughing it! ;) We had eggs & toast for breakfast, lounged around for a bit, and packed up the car to head back to NYC.
Here is Miguel driving and posing for his version of Matt's Flickr icon.
On the way home, we stopped at Dia:Beacon, where I'd like to live for a while. The art is incredible - so much fun - like a playground, as Matt said. I could have spent a lot more time there! And hopefully I will someday.
After the museum, we ate BBQ at The Piggy Bank.
Yum yum! Ribs, pork sandwiches, baked beans, green beans, corn bread, french fries. Oy.
After that, we headed home. The coolest part was that Miguel had Theme Time, Bob Dylan's radio show, on his iPod. It was amazing - I could listen to it all day. Great music and commentary. Hooray for Bob Dylan!
When we got back to NYC, we dropped off Alexis, then Miguel, then me, and finally Matt. On the way from the Bronx to Brooklyn, we saw this sunset. (Thanks, Kevin!)
It was a super-fun weekend with a great group of people! Hooray!