17 of my family [not everyone was able to camp this year; it's usually about 23; my niece's Amanda, her husband Robbie, kids Gianna and Cameron, my niece Christina and her boyfriend John were not present] and 5 "extended" family members descended upon the Adirondack Mountains near Lake George for our annual pilgrimage to "close out the summer". The kids, ages 4 yrs. old to 17 yrs. old, had a wonderful time swimming in the lake, fishing, boating, playing cards and making s'mores by the nightly campfire. The men also have a wonderful time doing about the same thing with the addition of few alcoholic beverages [women as well] after the little kids were bedded down for the night. The gals took a trip to the Lake George Outlets for some shopping and my sister-in-law Cynthia [visit her blog] and I worked in our art journals one afternoon. We had several visitors who stopped by on different days for visits. I am so happy to announce not one disagreement among us [that is a bit unusual when all of us are gathered together over a long period of time!!! You know, Italian families and all!]. The owner of the camp grounds is always happy to see us come in but I am sure he is even happier when we leave....we are known to be very loud at times!
Let me explain one thing here, I say camping and it is camping as were are in the Adirondack's among the trees and all, however we stay in cabins [small ones I might add] that have a private bathrooms, running water, electricity, heat, microwaves, stoves, refrigerators, beds with real mattresses [some more comfortable than others] and air conditioning....this is about as rough as I can manage. These little cabins are right on the lake; there is a beach and two docks with paddle boats and row boats for our use. It really is a great place.....
Although we had a ton of fun, it is always sad to see this trip come to an end as it represents the "end of summer". I'll share some pictures:
|Sunrise on the Lake-picture taken from my cabins kitchen window|
|Sunrise after the "Blue Moon"|
|The red building is my cabin-sleeps six|
|My nephew Jonathan, his son Brandon, my husband in red jacket and my grandson Niko|
|My son Anthony and my brother Frank "taking it easy"|
|My granddaughter Mahina with my brother's dog Oliver|
|All the 2012 Campers|
|Grandnieces Lexie in middle, Gabby on right and my granddaughter Mahina on left|
|Mahina on the beach|
|Brandon, my DIL Moani and nephew Levi|
|Lexie and Brandon making s'mores|
|My grandnephew Brandon, who caught the biggest fish this year, with my grandson Niko|
Until next year......