Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Week in the Adairondaks

Last week was a week I look forward to over the last couple of years: scout camp.  Since my boys joined boy scouts, they've been going to Massawepie Scout Camp the second week of July with their troop.  The first time I went with them was 3 years ago and it's turning into an annual event for me.  What I like best about it is that it truly feels like a vacation.  Cell service is spotty up there so you're really disconnected from the world.  I leave work behind and spend a week in the mountains.  Granted, you're sleeping in a tent (with a cot at least, not on the ground) but overall its really nice.  Additionally, as a leader there's really not a lot I NEED to do.  So this gives me an opportunity to have fun.

This year I spent most of the week riding my mountain bike with the cycling merit badge group.  Very hilly terrain but a LOT of fun.  I got a total of about 95 miles in which is quite a lot.  However, the highlight of the week had to be going on a canoe trek with Christopher.  Since he had only one merit badge class to take, he did a lot of out of camp activities.  On Thursday, a bunch of scouts got some canoes and paddled around the lake and stopped at a bunch of places and swam etc.  It was cool hanging out with him for the day.  I tried doing some activities with Nicholas but every time I suggested we do something, he was more interesting in doing things with his pals.  A little disappointing, but I'm glad he was doing things he enjoyed.

Next year I definately WON'T be bringing my bike as I think I'm done with those trails.  Besides, it will be Christopher's last year going as a scout and he won't need to take any merit badges.  If all works out, he'll be an Eagle Scout by then.  Nicholas will only be doing like one merit badge class so the two of them will probably doing a lot of treks like we did this year.  I'm going to try and convince Ellen to go up with us and spend the week doing out of camp things with my boys.  I think it will be our last opportunity to do something like that with them.  The following year Christopher will be off to college.  Good Lord how time flies.

I'm going to get some pictures up (either here and/or Facebook) as soon as I get a few minutes.  Good time was had by all.


Thursday, July 05, 2012

July 4th Riding Marathon

Hope everyone had a happy July 4th!  We spend much of the day at Ellen's niece's place.  Mostly trying to stay cool!  Even though we were in the shade it was like 92 degrees.  Top it off with the fact that most of the guys (myself and Christopher included) spent a lot of time riding mountain and BMX bikes and we were sweaty guys!  I'd already done about 11 miles yesterday morning before breakfast before it got too hot so there was a LOT of riding happening yesteday.  Ellen's nephew carved out trails on their property as they have a big place in the country (well, what amounts to the country out here).  Christopher wasn't much of an off road rider until he started going around these trails.  He found he did pretty well getting around and is now getting into it!

They also have a creek that runs behind their house so once the sun started going down, everyone migrated to the back and were wading in the stream.  Nicholas spent much of his time knee deep in the water while Ellen took pictures.  I'll have to post one or two on Facebook for everyone to see.  Despite the heat we actually had a lot of fun.  Ellen got to hang out with her brother and his wife who she only sees a couple of times a year at family gatherings.  It was one of those hang out with a drink and chit chat kind of afternoons (with lots of bike riding going on).  Some of Ellen's neice's friends have little kids so we had toddlers running around all over the place being cute and getting dirty.  Overall can't ask for much more for a holiday (with the possible exception of not having to go to work the next day).