I had been longing after a vacation away from the daily hustles of life. August 19th 2017 could not come soon enough and once it arrived, it didn’t disappoint. It’s an annual family tradition to spend a week per year in the Adirondack Mountains disconnected from the world.
Leaving New City for Long Lake New York on Saturday morning is like going from the 21st Century back to 1970’s where life is lived a bit slower with more attention to the beauty around you and spending quality time with family and friends.
I made a promise to myself to take a week-long hiatus from electronics, posting on Facebook or LinkedIn and most importantly, no work emails. I’m proud to say that I kept my promise with exception to wish my beautiful daughter Kimberlie a happy 21st birthday in Vermont.
The remainder of the week was spent reading, fishing, boating, hiking, building campfires and making smoares as a family. We visited a wild life center and learned much about the Adirondacks from the Ice Period to the early days of settlement.
We finishing the week on a strong note by taking a scenic seaplane ride with Helm Aviation which provided Alex, Uani and Max a bird eyes view of Buttermilk Falls and the amazing infrastructure of several massive Beaver Ponds with walls as high as 8 feet tall. It’s truly amazing to see that focused work moving one piece at the time can result in something strong enough to hold back millions of gallons of water.
On our ride home yesterday, while the rest of the family was taking a snooze, I had time to reflect on a fantastic week with family and friends. I feel refreshed in every sense of the word and can’t wait to do it again next year.