A Weekend at Cranberry Lake

Happy Tuesday everyone! I took an extended weekend away from blogging, but I’m back at it this morning with a weekend update! How was your weekend? I hope the week is off to a good start for you too!

FRIDAY

After sleeping in a bit thanks to my parents having James for a sleepover Thursday night, we packed ourselves up and hit the road for a weekend trip to the Adirondacks. We drove to Cranberry Lake which was just shy of a 3 hour drive. Thanks to a little caffeine boost after a quick pit-stop at Starbucks on the way up, the drive flew by!

Josiah and I were the first to arrive and enjoyed a picnic lunch before we were joined by the other campers. Our main activity Friday was the lake and it could not have been a more beautiful day for an afternoon on the water. The campground had a sandy beach and swimming area and our friends brought a kayak and stand up paddle boards. The lake conditions were choppy, but that didn’t stop us from taking the boats out and swimming in the wide open water.

Before we knew it, dinner time was approaching and our grumbling stomachs called us back to the campground. We dug into some snacks and sandwiches and started a fire for the evening. The rest of our group joined us a little later, and we all enjoyed the most creative campfire dinner of hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls. Genius and oh so delicious. Thank you Brian and Sam for introducing us to this meal! For any campers out there, all you have to do is roast a hot dog over the fire until it’s warm, and then take a raw crescent triangle and wrap it around the hot dog. The next step is ideally a slow roast to give the crescent time to cook around the hot dog, and if you’re patient you’ll end up with bigger version of pigs in a blanket! I’ll never eat a traditional hot dog again, haha!

Our friends were on a roll and even thought to bring reese’s peanut butter cups and chocolate graham crackers so that we could step up our s’more game as well. Yum! The night passed by quickly between all of our delicious campfire treats and fun conversations. The clock struck 10pm which meant campground quiet hours, and we all went to bed shortly after.

SATURDAY

The morning started bright and early, I mean who isn’t up at the crack of dawn when they’re camping?! The night was so peaceful, but I always struggle to sleep. Josiah and I were in charge of breakfast and cooked up some eggs, bacon and sausage to have alongside bagels, with lots of fresh berries. Some of us stuck with bagels and cream cheese with everything else on the side while others got a little creative by cooking up some campfire (how many times am I going to say this word?) breakfast sandwiches! All I did for mine was make a breakfast sandwich, wrapped it in foil and placed it on the grate to heat up over the fire. Not going to lie, something went wrong with the eggs and they tasted kind of burned, but I can’t complain for a camp breakfast.

Two of our friends went to the beach Saturday morning while the rest of us climbed Bear Mountain which was located right within the campground. It was a quick hike and featured some really pretty views. I barely used my phone on this trip which is why my photo assortment is running low…thanks again Sam for sharing your pics! Camping calls for a little break from technology and it’s always refreshing to do so.

Once we made our way back to the campsites, I took a little nap in Josiah’s hammock, some of us played games, others talked, and Marie and Kevin made a highly innovative camping lunch of “walking tacos” for our group. I am putting these on the menu in the future even if we aren’t camping because it is such a fun and low-mess idea! You each get a small bag of chips, we had an assortment of Fritos, Doritos, etc. you crush them up a bit, and then fill the remainder of your bag with taco meat, salsa, cheese, sour cream, shredded lettuce and any other toppings you like, grab a fork and enjoy! Our friends are so smart!

Josiah and I reluctantly said goodbye to everyone after lunch and drove back home to pick up James at my parents house. We were so grateful for the time to get away and go camping with our friends though and James enjoyed his time with Grammy and Pappy! He ate milkshakes and fries for lunch both days, how could he complain?

We took turns napping on the drive home, camping is exhausting! Josiah also pushed hard for a takeout dinner Saturday night and I’m glad he did because it was really nice not to have any dishes to clean up in the midst of unpacking Saturday night. We had an anonymous note and gift card to a local meat market show up in our mailbox the other day from a church member (we’re assuming?), so we used that to get some burgers and potato salad and they hit the spot!

It was an early night for all of us, and we woke up feeling well rested Sunday morning.

SUNDAY

James and I woke up to our go-to pancake breakfast, I am switching things up this week with some baked oatmeal and muffin recipes, stay tuned. I can tell we’re both burning out of pancakes fast, but like I’ve said before they are just too darn easy!

After church the three of us went over to my parents house to watch their dog Charlotte for the afternoon because they were out on a friend’s boat all day. While James napped, I took Charlotte to one of our favorite trails and I forgot how nice it is to walk without pushing a stroller or hauling James around in the hiking backpack (love ya bud, but you’re a load!).

An easy dinner of spaghetti and meatballs rounded out the evening, followed by another batch of chocolate zucchini bread muffins and an episode of Manifest. Not loving season 2 as much as the first one, but we’re hanging in there. Also, who’s excited for The Bachelorette season finale this week? The drama is picking up!

THIS WEEK

And here we are one day in to another week already. Summer is flying by! Who’s looking forward to fall? Who wants to hang on to summer as long as possible? I’m a little bit in both camps right now, but definitely leaning towards more summer please! James and I are getting into a groove and especially loving all of the lake time we’ve been getting in lately. He LOVES the water and I’m happy where he’s happy πŸ™‚

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Adirondack Vacation Recap Part Two

I’m back with part two of our ADK vacation!

On Friday morning we were all up fairly early, but had a low key morning. I eased into the day by drinking some green tea on the deck while soaking up the beautiful forest views. A group of us did a short yoga session to kick off the day followed by cheesy scrambled eggs, bacon, and monkey bread for breakfast. Yum! After breakfast a some of us went for a hike while others stayed back and enjoyed time at the house playing yard games and such. The hike was really nice, it was a bit of a climb at the end but the views were totally worth it!

It was mid-morning when we returned to the house and happily reunited with the group that stayed back. The girls enjoyed some time chatting on the deck while the boys did their thing. Before we knew it it was time for lunch. Josiah and I brought sandwich supplies, chips, and fruit for lunch on Friday and a hearty sandwich hit the spot.

Lunch was followed by more chit chat, showers, and relaxation before we gathered up motivation to head into town for the afternoon. We made our way to Lake Placid in two cars and spent the afternoon walking in and out of the shops and enjoying the quaint Adirondack village. After a few hours of shopping and spending some time by the lake we made our way to a BBQ restaurant called Smoke Signals for dinner. Unfortunately they didn’t have a table big enough to fit our whole group at the time so we had to split into separate tables near each other. We all agreed that it was a very good meal!

Upon returning to the house we didn’t wait long to get a bonfire up and burning and spent a couple of hours hanging around the fire, eating s’mores and talking. Once it was fully dark, we put the fire out and transitioned into the house for a game of “body body” which is a must play for our group of friends. After many laughs, heated discussions, and lots of running around in a dark house we were all sufficiently exhausted and it was well past many of our bedtimes. Even with our beds calling to us we couldn’t help but take advantage of the clear night sky and laid side by side on the deck watching the stars.

Saturday morning started in a similar way, and after an action packed day and night on Friday we all agreed to have a relaxing morning at the house rather than venture out for another morning hike. After breakfast we enjoyed playing yard games, chopping wood, building hammock towers and practicing yoga. Lunch was provided by David and was every kid’s dream meal of chicken nuggets, fries and quesadillas. We’ll take it! Post lunch everyone was feeling ready to get out for the day so we piled into the cars and made our way back to Lake Placid for a quick stop in the Olympic museum, and walk around mirror lake which concluded with a stop for some delicious ice cream treats from a local creamery on main street.

Since we had shopped quite a bit the day before we decided to keep our visit to lake Placid shorter on Saturday in anticipation of enjoying more down time at the house. Once back, the group split up into various activities, some played board games and the nintendo switch, while others read peacefully in the living room. Dinner was hot dogs, burgers, and pasta salad followed by a game of “hot seat” and then a fire, s’mores, and sharing embarrassing stories with each other. We were all pretty tired Saturday night, so not quite as many late night games happened that night. We had originally planned a stop for frisbee golf on Sunday, but ended up deciding to head home instead. The morning flew by and before we knew it we were saying goodbye to our rental house and a wonderful weekend getaway with friends.

Have a great day everyone!

Adirondack Vacation Recap Part One

Hello friends! I hope that everyone had a great weekend! We are back home from our trip to the Adirondacks with some of our best friends and had an absolute blast! It was our first vacation away from James and while I was nervous about how he would do staying with both of his grandparents (and how I would do without him), we all did well.

Our adventure started bright and early Thursday morning when two of our friends met us at our apartment to ride up together in my dad’s minivan that he kindly let us borrow for the weekend. The car ride flew by with lots of chatter and laughter along the way. At some point on the drive our stomachs started to grumble but it wasn’t quite time for lunch. Somehow we got on the topic of donuts, and I quickly pulled out my phone and googled “donuts near me”. I stumbled on a place that had great reviews and was directly on our route. It happened to be a laundromat/donut shop which seems to be the most random combination in the world but we didn’t let the confusing marketing stop us from taking a quick pit stop to try some of these laundry mat donuts.

Oh my gosh guys these donuts were amazing! I’m not going to lie, it’s one of those places you pull up to and you start to question your decision to stop. The inside was confusing as well with most of it consisting of washers and dryers. Tucked in a corner at the entryway is a small area where donuts and coffee are being sold. Ok, so let me not go on and on about these donuts, but they literally frosted and sprinkled the donuts right in front of you! Such a fun stop, and after the first bite of our donuts we had no regrets.

We arrived in Lake Placid minutes ahead of two more friends, and met up with them for lunch at The Cottage. Great conversation, amazing views and a delicious meal were just what we needed to kick off our ADK vacation. Post lunch we opted for a hike that Josiah and I have done before and thought our friends would really enjoy as well. It’s a 2.5 mile loop that is mostly flat and includes a section that hugs the shore of Lake Placid which makes for a really beautiful walk. It felt good to stretch our legs, get some fresh air, and continue to enjoy the company of our friends.

When we arrived back to our cars it wasn’t quite time to check into our Air B&B but we decided to reach out to the host to see if we could get in a little early. Sure enough, our host got back to us right away and said that our house was ready. We picked up a few pizzas and wings for dinner on the way over to the house since we knew that once we checked in we wouldn’t have the motivation to go back out. Our house was in a very remote location, so limiting trips to civilization was ideal. It was a 30 minute drive from Lake Placid to our house including a section at the end that was a very windy and steep dirt road. I think we were all a little skeptical pulling into the driveway just because getting to the house was a feat in and of itself.

From the driveway the house didn’t look too impressive, but as soon as we stepped in the door we were all pretty blown away. It was shockingly nice considering my lowered expectations upon arrival. The living room had high vaulted ceilings and featured an array of windows, a spacious dining room, deck, multiple fireplace/pit options, finished basement, lots of bedrooms and bathrooms, games, movies, etc. We were all giddy with excitement over our new home for the next couple of days.

After settling in and playing a game or two, our stomachs told us that it was time for dinner. Fortunately dinner came together with little effort as we reheated the pizza and wings, and quickly cut up some veggies. We ate and talked and laughed our way through the evening. Our one friend Sam kindly offered to bring supplies to make homemade chocolate chip cookies, including her mixer from home. I was very impressed as I knew I wouldn’t have the motivation to do that much cooking on vacation. Her cookies were amazing (I still need the recipe) and as we awaited the arrival of a few more friends we nibbled on warm cookies and milk.

Two more friends arrived to the house a little before 10pm, and at that point I was getting pretty tired. While I wanted to stay up with everyone, Josiah and I decided to call it quits for the night and head to bed. The rest of the group watched a movie, played games and relaxed for a few more hours before getting some rest as well. I’m still kicking myself for not just staying up with everyone else because my body and mind had a hard time calming down from all of the vacation excitement and I ended up taking quite a few hours to fall asleep that night. Oh well!

Part two will be coming soon! Happy start to the week everyone!