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Saranac Lake & A Quick Stop In Lake Placid
Wow, it's almost the weekend and I haven't even told you what I did last weekend yet!
A good friend of mine went up to his family's camp on Upper Saranac Lake last weekend, so I went up and hung out for a night. Chris was my room mate in college for the first two years that we lived in the dorms, and my housemate after we moved off campus.
We used to make an annual trip to the camp in the spring, but I had never been up there in the summer.
Chris' camp is located a few hundred yards from the lake, which is nice. It takes no more than five minutes to get down to the beach, and you don't have to listen to kids screaming in the water all day if you don't want to.
We hung out at the camp for a while quenching our thirst and playing a few games of Can Jam before heading down to the lake to go out on the boat. Chris' family has a 19 or 20 foot boat, and we all enjoy a little water skiing here and there. We even managed to talk Chris' wife Kelli into giving it a try, and she popped right up out of the water her first try!
We skied and swam around (it was in the 90s last weekend) before heading back to camp for dinner. Burgers, mac salad and homemade sweet potato fries for dinner. Yum.
After dinner we went back down to the lake to pull the boat out and cool off once more before settling in around the campfire. What is it about campfires that enables you to just stare at them for hours? I get bored with TV after about 30 minutes, but I can sit there and stare into a campfire all night without thinking anything of it.
So that's what we did. Chris and I sat there and stared into that fire until about 2am, quenching our thirst.
The next morning we woke up and he decided that summer would be a good time to purchase a new ski/boots/bindings setup (he was right). So we drove over to Lake Placid, and he got all hooked up at Cunningham's Ski Barn. After he had all his new gear squared away we headed down to the Arena Bar & Grill for lunch. The food wasn't anything special, but we could sit outside across from the Olympic Center with the dog, so we were happy.
On the way home we drove down Route 73 through the high peaks. Passing all the trail heads really made me want to hit the trail and climb another peak or two. Hopefully I can bag a few more in the next week or two, I'll let you know!
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