|The lake at Marcy Dam|
|View from the summit of Whiteface Mountain, |
looking down on Lake Placid
|View from Mt. Severance, overlooking Schroon Lake, NY|
We enjoyed swimming, hiking, exploring, reading maps, getting a little lost, stopping whenever we felt like it, eating ice cream (OK, I enjoyed eating ice cream. The Mr. isn't so much into it), not showering, campfires, teaching the kiddo how to collect sticks, and talking about all the things that come to mind when one doesn't have a computer or phone to distract. It was a really special time for us.
|She loves these little sunglasses. Seriously. |
If only we could all look so beautiful.
|Looking upriver towards Marcy Dam|
|From the top of Whiteface Mountain|
|On our way up a Mt. Severance|
For breakfasts, we alternated between these two options:
- instant oatmeal with brown sugar, dried fruit, and/or cinnamon
- scrambled eggs with sausage and potatoes - I precooked the sausage and potatoes before we left so all that was involved was warming them up, but I used a pound of bulk loose sausage, not links or patties. Next time around, I will go with the links or patties because they're more easily contained on a griddle, and less likely to fall off of a toddler's fork onto the ground.
Lunches mainly consisted of serious snacking (since we typically had lunch once we had hiked in wherever we were going that day):
- sliced summer sausage
- sliced cheese
- crackers or baguette
- carrots and celery with hummus
- trail mix
We prepared dinners once we made it back to our campsite. Here's what we had:
- burritos - precooked rice and beans, precooked shredded chicken, salsa, cheese, tomatoes, and peppers - should've brought some sour cream and guacamole, but I forgot. I would do this one again.
- tortellini pasta with chopped squash and zucchini, with alfredo sauce - I used some packet of instant alfredo mix that had in the pantry that was really easy to prepare, but it would've been just as easy to have a jar of sauce. I'd do this again, but maybe add more vegetables, and/or some chicken or sausage.
- gourmet spinach salad - a bag of spinach, seasoned and cooked chicken, 1 chopped tomato, 1/2 c. shredded parmesan cheese, sliced carrots and celery, garlic croutons, and 1/2 c. of vinaigrette dressing - the lesson learned on this one is that while a salad is really easy to throw together at home, it isn't the easiest of camping food ... and leftovers get weird really quickly. It was delicious though, but I probably will try to find something that's more ... confined within itself ... for the next trip.
- grilled bratwurst - this was delicious, and so easy. Check plus for next time.
- eggplant parmesan - one (1-lb) eggplant, sliced between 1/4" and 1/2" thick (so I guess that'd be 3/8"?), sprinkled with salt and pepper and browned on both sides in olive oil in a skillet. Top with 1 small jar of marinara sauce (I bought the smallest one I could find at the grocery store, which was somewhere around 8 -10 ounces) and 1 cup of shredded parmesan cheese. Cover and let the cheese melt slightly before serving (though parmesan doesn't really melt like other cheeses ... it does get a little softer). This was the best dinner we had, in my opinion. It took all of 15 minutes to prepare (which automatically made it awesome), had few ingredients (ding ding ding! amazing!), and was filling and delicious. It would be super easy to do again while camping, but can also be done at home. We served it with the rest of a baguette we had from that day's lunch. If at home, it'd also be great with a simple salad or over some pasta.
Here's proof of deliciousness:
|She cleaned her plate! Always a good sign.|
It was so good. Have I said that enough?
We spent one day in the town of Lake Placid, which had nice sidewalks and a beach area, along with some fun shops and an energetic buzz with all the activity going on. The kiddo grabbed Salem's leash and started walking him ... she got such a kick out of it, and we didn't let on that she was really the one being constrained in the process!
We got the chance to stop and visit a friend's parents on the last night of our vacation. They were such sweet hosts, and kindly took the time to show us around the camp they live at, the nearby town, and the beautiful lake. We're thankful that even though being in New England is a bit out of our comfort zone, we're still able to keep ties with friends - and make new friends in the process!
|Thanks Rick and Linda for being so hospitable! Oh, and for letting us shower ...|