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Sitting beneath a canopy of tall pines, light sabers of sunlight pierce the lush greens highlighting several different shades. A light breeze hand delivers the romantic smell of campfires while two young boys chatter away in their tent. Our overnight camping trip in Lake George has begun.

King Phillips campground Lake George, NY. Image @ Joe Geronimo

King Phillips campground Lake George, NY.
Image @ Joe Geronimo

Michael and Max are eager for a dip in the campground pool after our drive. I tag along to police the activities and enjoy the time with my boys. Cannonballing themselves into a hunger we find ourselves back at the campsite for a quick change and into the Village of Lake George for some dinner, ice cream and time along the lake.

Pool Time! Image © Joe Geronimo

Pool Time!
Image © Joe Geronimo

Michael eating ice cream and chatting with his mom. Image © Joe Geronimo

Michael eating ice cream and chatting with his mom.
Image © Joe Geronimo

Minnie Ha Ha

The Minnie Ha Ha departs on a sunset cruise. Image © Joe Geronimo

As the sun begins to set on our day and the luring excitement of a campfire, Jiffy Pop, roasting marshmallows and sitting under the stars takes hold we return to the comfort of a fire at our campsite. I am pretty good at most things, however cooking Jiffy Pop is not one of them. After I charred the Jiffy Pop beyond all recognition we decided to stick with only the marshmallows. Is there a You Tube video for Jiffy Pop!

The fire is started! Image © Joe Geronimo

The fire is started!
Image © Joe Geronimo

Night has fallen, we’re all tucked into our tents, the weather perfect for sleeping, the campground slowly grows silent and just like that sleep is upon us.

I begin to stir, its 7:15am, Michael is still sound asleep and Max well he’s Max who has been awake for at least an hour now. Shortly after Max and I hear a beastly roar from behind the walls of nylon as Michael emerges from his lair. After a quick shower we break camp, head for breakfast at one of the only remaining Howard Johnson’s left in the United States. With our day now fueled with french toast, waffles, home fries, bacon and ham we set our sights on a short 40 mile drive to the small Adirondack Village of Olmsteadville, NY where you’ll find Hornbeck Boats nestled on over 100 acres. Dubbed “The lightest boats in the Woods, it is here where I will be picking up my brand new Hornbeck “New Tricks” 12  15 pound carbon/kevlar mid profile canoe, (Boat #838). I cannot tell you how excited I really am!

Owner Pete Hornbeck gives me a tour of the shop complex.  Image © Joe Geronimo

Owner Pete Hornbeck gives me a tour of the shop complex.
Image © Joe Geronimo

 

 

On the right is a Hornbeck "Classic 12" and on the left is the mold. Image © Joe Geronimo

On the right is a Hornbeck “Classic 12” and on the left is the mold.
Image © Joe Geronimo

On the right is my new boat just before I was fitted for the foot brace installment. On the left is another boat mold. Image © Joe Geronimo

On the right is my new boat just before I was fitted for the foot brace installment. On the left is another boat mold.
Image © Joe Geronimo

After spending about 2 hours visiting with Pete and the Hornbeck staff the boys and I were on our way back to North Creek, NY for some lunch. Two weeks ago I was in North Creek and stumbled on this small delicious gem called Izzy’s Market & Deli and I wanted to share this with them. It got the two thumbs up review and we have to bring Mom here!

Michael & Max after lunch.. Image © Joe Geronimo

Michael & Max after lunch..
Image © Joe Geronimo

After lunch we took a short ride along the Hudson so I could show the boys how awesome the rapids were. The rapids were intense, amplified by all the recent rains. You could see the boys eyes grow wide with excitement and almost instantly they proposed how they wanted to go whitewater rafting next time. I gave a nod of assurance that we would as we climbed back into our car for the journey home.

Getting ready to head for home! Image © Joe Geronimo

Getting ready to head for home!
Image © Joe Geronimo

Our trip may have been short on time but it was definitely long on memories. I had the opportunity to spend some wonderful time with two amazing guys. In two short weeks our family will be back in Lake George as we begin our summer vacation.

Cheers!

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