I've been going to Long Lake with my best friend Laura for about 15 years now. Green's Camp has been in the family for generations, but we haven't been since Lily was 7 months old. It's been quite a while.. and I've missed it terribly.
I can best sum the holiday weekend's events by sharing Lily's sentiments that "Long Lake is better than Disney World!" (You hear that sound? That is the sound of pride and overwhelming gratitude. First, that our vacation wasn't spoiled by whiny, bored, home-sick kids. Second, that our children enjoyed the wilderness and did not miss their precious TV, computer, play museum, bouncy houses, library, and theme park.) Lily particularly liked the water - tubing behind the motor boat, swimming in the lake, wading at Buttermilk Falls. It also helped that her BFF was there too, and they got to have 3 nights of sleepovers with their best pals.
At Buttermilk Falls which is where the Raquette River flows into Long Lake, the girls had a fun time wading among the big smooth slimy stones and feeling the water rush around their legs above the falls. (Of course, we found out after this photo was taken that there were leeches in that water, and we were all covered in them from mid-calf down.)
Jim and I ate and drank and laughed and talked and hiked. Jim made his way up Owl's Head mountain, in Long Lake,