Feeling Grateful

by Kimberly Hickok

Just about every July 4 weekend we’re in the Adirondacks at our camp in Long Lake, NY. The camp is accessible only by boat or float plane. There’s no cell phone service – except for one spot about halfway down the lake. Lights are powered by solar panels and the refrigerator is powered by propane. With limited access to the outside world (we do have a land line – kind of weird to call it a ‘land’ line because it’s actually a phone line that’s in the lake) it allows us to connect with friends and family and affords me the opportunity to ‘unplug.’

With everything going on in the world sometimes it’s hard to reflect on the positive. Therefore it’s with a grateful heart that I write this post and share with you some memories of the times we’ve had at our camp over the last few years.

long lake ny adirodacks camp fire

Campfires for toasting marshmallows, making s’mores or to stay toasty on a chilly night. That’s Santanoni in the background.

Long Lake NY - Adirondacks

Paddling in a canoe with Mark is one of my favorite things to do. We have to work together as a team or we’ll end up underwater – literally and metaphorically speaking.

Huge mosquito bite

Bugs, and therefore bug bites, come with the territory but there’s nothing like hiking through the woods especially when the reward is a swimming hole complete with waterfall. (Buttermilk Falls, Long Lake NY)

July 4th fireworks in Long Lake NY

Watching fireworks. Long Lake, NY may be a small town but they put on a kickass fireworks show every July 4. We take the boat down and view from the water. Life is good.

Kayak Kid

We don’t need no stinkin’ video games at camp. The kids swim, kayak, go tubing or water skiing and when it rains we play games like dominoes.

Long Lake - sittin on the dock

Sitting on the dock never gets old. Even though the scenery never changes – it’s always changing – y’know what I mean?

Merganser Duck Family

Hello duckies!


American Flag

I’m grateful for the freedom we have to come and go as we please.

We’ll be there this July 4. I can’t wait to have a good time and make more memories. May you and your family have a fun, safe summer. Make memories. Be grateful.

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1 comment

Kathleen Schnitzer June 30, 2016 - 5:28 pm

Great place, love your pix and your quality of life attitude!


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