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Michael & Max on Hall's Lake, I mean Pond on August 26th 2010. Image © Joe Geronimo

Michael & Max on Hall’s Lake, I mean Pond on August 26th 2010.
Image © Joe Geronimo

The year was 2007, and it was our first “Official” vacation as a family in which we didn’t visit family. As a child I grew up going on vacation to New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region and fell in love with those areas at an early age.

I had hoped by taking my family to New Hampshire, they might feel the same way I do about it. Our trip was thus planned for a week of relaxation on glorious Lake Winnipesaukee. We left our home here in New York the day after school finished for the summer, with a two-day stop-over in West Newbury, VT, to visit with friends. Michael & Max, who both share a love of water, were extremely excited about prospects of swimming in Lake Winnipesaukee but also had a keen interest in a small, obscure swimming hole near Newbury called Hall’s Lake or in New England most everything is referred to as a “Pond”.

Over the years of their short lives they had heard all the stories of summer fun on Hall’s Lake. Tales of fishing, swimming, girl chasing and star gazing from my friend Ian, whose family has a cottage there. Shortly after our arrival in West Newbury, the boys were begging to head over to the lake, and this is where we fell in love with Vermont.

We now return every summer as kind of a guys getaway where we get to bond as father and sons, and swim, fish, gaze at the stars and tell more stories. Maybe Michael will even girl chase this year!