Thanks to the tourism commercials on TV I discovered the Adirondack Mountains; believe it or not after a year of living on the East Coast there are still so many places I don’t even know exist. A quick Google search confirmed that commercials weren’t lying; the Adirondacks really are beautiful. Surrounded by lush greenery and big blue lakes I couldn’t think of anywhere I would rather go camping. I’m not going to lie we were already heading up north to Cooperstown so driving another hour to go camping was pretty much a no brainer.
The original plan was to camp at Indian Lake Islands, where the only way to get to your private island is by canoe or boat, but by the time we got off work and made the drive up the marina was closed; so we settled at Lewes Lake.
That is one of the Islands you can go camping on!
It had been at least a year if not more since the last time we set up our tent so naturally we had a bit of a struggle. We couldn’t get the poles to match up, a very sad situation when a stranger walking by says she has the same tent and give us, avid campers, instructions on how to set it up. I’m not just using the term avid lightly, I mean I went on a two week long camping trip with no running showers or toilets (seriously our shower was a big bag that you lay in the sun to heat, and what looked like a potty training toilet was all we had).
Eventually our struggle with the tent ended, but the one with the bugs had just begun. Seriously two gnats flew into my eye, and they didn’t just graze my eyelashes, but full on got stuck where I had to use my fingers and squeeze it out. Disgusting.I.Know.
The first night ended pretty early, we were both exhausted from waking up for work so early; not only that, but the fire alarm starting going off in the hotel room at 3 AM which kept us awake for way longer than we should have been. It was good though because we planned on getting up early to canoe on Indian Lake.
Canoeing. Not what I anticipated.
I mean I knew it would be work; not a leisurely day relaxing on the lake, but what I wasn’t prepared for was Devin sitting backwards and us spending an hour zigzagging tired and exhausted on the lake. We were seriously ridiculous. Somehow we ended up facing one another in the canoe, which doesn’t make any sense because how can you paddle backwards. Well since we weren’t going anywhere I very carefully maneuvered myself to face the other direction. My legs were squeezed into a cubby hole meant to fit a backpack and after 15 minutes of banging my knees against the metal canoe I had enough and turned back around. Turning around had to be the worst, out in the middle of the lake this little metal canoe was rocking from side to side and all I could do was pray we didn’t flip over.
For whatever reason it never crossed our minds that maybe Devin should turnaround and face the other way, where there was plenty of room behind him (seriously he had his legs thrown over the metal bar that is supposed to support your back and thought nothing of it). Not only that but we thought he was the front and I was the back, we were completely wrong, I was in the front which explains why we were just zigzagging Devin wasn’t using his paddle to guide us.
Here is the evidence of Devin facing the wrong way.
We finally gave up and opted to rent a motor boat instead. And let me tell you that is totally the way to go. We were able to relax out on the lake and go from the very top down to the bottom with ease. It was the perfect day, the sun was shining brightly and the big fluffy white clouds gave us a bit shade just as we needed it. By the time we turned in the boat I already had a horrible raccoon tan line, burnt back, and sore ass (it was so choppy out on the lake and our little boat didn’t handle the wake with ease, I was bouncing all over the place).
We headed back to camp, took showers, started our fire and began making our delicious dinner- Mac and Cheese with Spaghetti Oh’s. (we were doing this trip cheaply). The bugs were again so bad that we ate dinner in the car to avoid them. We stayed up late burning off the 6 bundles of wood Devin bought, for the two night trip, eating marshmallows and telling stories. It was an awesome night!
We both had tons of fun and I for one can’t wait to go back to the Adirondacks and explore more of this huge state park. Indian Lake and Lewes Lake were a great introduction, but I think next time I am ready for some white water rafting!
That’s my story…
Peace & Love
- Go camp on an island on Indian Lake. #18 looks nice and is secluded by itself, but even the ones with multiple campsites on it are so spread out you won’t even notice you have neighbors
- Rent a motor boat from the marina. It’s about $75 for a full day $65 for a half day (forget about canoeing) – especially if you plan on camping, hauling all that gear would be a horrible idea
- If you really, really want to canoe rent it from the campground, it will save you $10. But do be advised that it is non-refundable, so if you get out on the lake and hate it because you aren’t going anywhere you just wasted $20 bucks
- Pack a cooler of beer and a picnic lunch. You can pull off the lake to eat on any of the islands, or just kill the motor and eat in the middle of everything
- Don’t ever let me drive the boat- I almost stranded us out there. I was going full speed and was swaying back and forth on the lake, not on purpose, just my bad steering. When all of a sudden I was going to run into the shore. I quickly let go of the throttle and then the boat died. Devin had to try and restart it for several minutes. Just when we thought we would be back to paddling it thankfully started up. So if I’m on a boat with you and ask to drive…say NO!!
Who let me drive this thing?!
- The showers are Lewes Lake are free! That’s right, no quarters needed!
- There are no grocery stores anywhere remotely close, only gas station convenience stores, so make sure to bring all the fresh food you want because if you forget something there is no replacing it.
- Buy your wood on your way up there; don’t buy it at a gas station outside the area like we did. People sell wood for as low as $4 for a huge bundle outside their houses.
- Lastly, give yourself a few days to explore the area. There are so many hikes, lakes, and rivers to explore. Also if you can go in different seasons I would recommend it, Spring was lovely, but the Fall with the changing leaves would be amazing.