|The beauty of NYS.|
There's something special about entering that driveway to our camp each year (it's our fourth year of lakeside vacations), the way the trees bend to keep it private, the wilderness aspect of the surroundings, and then when the road opens a bit to reveal the cabin or house. I really loved where we stayed this year. It was obvious the home had been built in the 1800's and had many original doors, window frames and details, mixed in with more modern day appliances and such. Calling where we stayed a "camp" is something my mind still hasn't settled around, but that's the term used in that area.
|The scenic driveway.|
Having my three kids around was especially nice, since my oldest daughter graduated college in May and has since moved out. The lake was a good size and the lowest depth of any we've been to. The weather was a mix of clouds and sun, with one day of rain and showers on most of the remaining days. The rain and chilly nights didn't bother me, not when freshly made s'mores and ice cold Coronas were plentiful. Once night settled in, common loons serenaded us with their calls.
|Indian Lake at twilight.|
|Advice my family readily took.|
The lovely landscape did inspire my imagination and I jotted down lots of notes and ideas. I plotted out one novella and planned out another. I've returned rejuvenated and ready to work. And that's what a vacation is really supposed to do: recharge the batteries and offer a break from our everyday existence. I only wished it lasted longer.