Adirondack Vacation

September 4, 2009

This summer I made a promise that each summer month I’d leave myself a free weekend to take a break and spend time with family. In June and July that meant heading up to the lake but in August we ventured back to the Adirondacks where we hadn’t been since 2007 so it was great to be there again.

Our cousins Will & Sarah spend a chunk of time there each August with their doggies so we de-camped for the weekend and had a blast.

There’s lots of wildlife….even in the cabin πŸ™‚

The first day we spent a few hours four wheeling – Jeff was in heaven πŸ™‚ I was hanging on for dear life!!

Coozan dogs. Born on the same day in different states πŸ™‚

Exploring the Adirondack park

Trail clearing as we go!

Hmmmm…..wall of branches – pretty πŸ™‚

Our gracious hosts πŸ™‚

Cocktail time!

Cole is the patriarch of the family – a very good dog.


This photo will determine whether you are a true dog lover or not πŸ™‚

True dog lovers will chuckle knowingly.

Those who aren’t so keen on dogs will recoil in disgust.

Dogs will be dogs πŸ™‚

Grit loves to chase Strider πŸ™‚

The second day we went about 1/4 mile down the road to pull a beaver dam.

Beavers like to dam up wet areas to flood them and give themselves more habitat. Unfortunately this can wreak havoc on the lake that the water flows into so our task that day was to pull the beaver dams out (sticks, mud, rocks, etc.) and get the water flowing again.

Yes I now realize my outfit is something out of a bad 1970s sitcom….oh well. When you’re in the Adirondacks and no one else is around you tend not to notice πŸ™‚ It was tiring work but oh so satisfying as the water went from a trickle to a flow to a flood!

The dogs got very dirty on their adventure and slept the rest of the afternoon πŸ™‚

That night we built a fire and roasted some marshmallows πŸ™‚

Jeff glances up at the fighter jet flying overhead (they do training exercises over the park)

Corn shucked and ready to go!

A hike up Mt. Lila the next day

Showering in the lake!

I couldn’t choose between these next two – they both make me sigh in happiness and smile.


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Awesome. A million slices of heaven. Just love them. So glad you got to spend some time there…good for the soul.

Michael, Orvis and I could not stop giggling at all of the incredible dog photos! They all look so happy and it looks like you had a wonderful time!

That looks like the CHILLIEST lake shower ever! Brrr. Fantastic documentation of a beautiful place. Making me go "awww" and *sigh*. πŸ™‚ 4-Wheeling sounds fun:)

you really do have The Life, and yes—that comment is tinged with jealousy πŸ™‚

ahhh… home! Your photos brought me right back to the calm feeling I had growing up. I needed that!

Said "aww" so many times when scrolling these images (and subsequent daydreams of having a lake house of our own one day). Thanks so much for sharing!

Thank you so much for sharing your happiness….Dogs are amazing and I feel life is complete with them in it…

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