On Saturday morning Matt, Alexis, Miguel, and I drove to the Adirondacks for a weekend of camping.
Matt drove. Doesn't he look happy?
Alexis pulled an all-nighter the night before, so she got the backseat in case she needed to stretch out and take a snooze.
Miguel had already been camping for a couple days - we picked him up along the way in Chatham, NY. He was hangin' out in a coffee shop. We were totally late (about 10 minutes) getting there!
Here he is sippin' his super-small coffee.
Along the way, it started raining.
The windshield wipers were driving Alexis batty! So we came up with a new nickname for her. Back-Seat Wiper. Or BSW for short. Sounds kinda...gross. This was her reaction!
It was all in good fun. :)
By the time we got to Long Lake to meet up with the rest of the crew, we were a bit late! Luckily Doug, Christine, Jerril, and Mariko didn't leave without us. We packed up all our tents, food, and supplies onto our "party" boat, as the campsite is only accessible by water.
Jerril drove. Here he is with Mariko!
Just a funny picture of Miguel:
When we arrived at the site, we all started setting up our tents. Miguel and I had decided to just bring one. I hadn't seen his tent, but he was pretty sure mine would be better than his. When we took it out, though, we discovered that the poles were missing. Oops! Luckily, it only used two poles and we were able to tie the ends to trees to keep it up instead.
Took us a little longer than the others, but when we were done, we had a functional, dry tent. Hooray!
Once the tents were up, we were all ready to get some food in us. Jerril, Doug, Mariko, and Chris did all the work, while the rest of us enjoyed some quality box wine and tried to keep dry. Kudos to Jerril for the taking charge.
Dinner (steaks, beans, broccoli, cornbread, and rice) was delicious. And, according to Matt, it was even better because it was in the woods!
After eating, we did a little more drinking, hung out on "the rock", and Matt and Miguel took turns taking Jerril's kayak out for a spin.
Matt heading out as it was getting dark:
By 11pm, we (as in other people) had hoisted the bear bag up away from the site and everyone crawled into tents to get some sleep.
Sometime in the 5-6am range, we heard wood being chopped. By the time the rest of us got up at 8:30 or so, Jerril had gone kayaking and seen the sunrise, chopped wood and made a fire, and was starting to prepare breakfast. How great is he?
The sun peeked out for a few minutes, so I documented it.
The morning was spent hanging out in hammocks, reading, and relaxing.
I took a boat ride with Doug, Christine, and Jerril out to a beach.
We waded a bit, and Jerril took the kayak out for a spin.
We then headed back to the campsite to pack up and go a few separate ways.
To be continued. :)