The Campout | The Long Paddle | The Short Paddle |Bob Rolls

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these photos of the Lewey Lake campout weekend can serve to tell the whole story, which was about enoying the Adirondacks in the fall. The weekend started on Thursday for Eric, Kim, Rick & Cindy, Walt & Dave. The Friday morning arrival of those setting up camp and going to paddle on Lake Abanakee, which is just north of Indian Lake, at 2:00 got the weekend rolling. More arrivals back at camp later and 7:00 dinner was enjoyed at the Speculator Inn with thanks to Anne for making our reservations. Kim's sister Debbie joined us to camp also and go for a hike, of which there are many trails to chose from at the campground.

Saturday's breakfast at Jim & Mickey Hunter's site was a spectacular affair as usual with Lewey Lake as a misty backdrop. Many thanks to Jim & Mickey and Mike & Diane Rookey and their camping buddy Nancy. Awesome pancakes and coffee, etc and a new treat made by Karen of mueseli. A major buffet indeed. Indian Lake provided the 21-miler group of 4 a nice workout to that breakfast meal and scenic tour for the touring and gawking paddlerswho enjoyed a shorter workout with a picnic stop at a very scenic campsite that is only accessible by water. It was a first in memory of having no wind to battle, which is very rare for Indian lake. The lack of wind all weekend was a real bonus and even the scattered rain showers were tolerably warm, as were the night temperatures. Our loon residents on Lewey Lake were quieter than we would have liked but gave us some nice photos on the mirror-flat water. A big campsite dinner at Dan & Sue's (yes their campsite was big too) ensued with a home-baked birthday cake by Nina for Charles, Happy Birthday Charles, and we think he was surprised. Thank you Nina, it was yummy. Dan's cooking was yummy too. Pattie Bennett joined us to camp the night. Sunday dawned very nice for another 7 a.m. spin on the lake. For folks who had had enough exercise, packing up and heading home ensued, however, 5 paddlers chose to take one more opportunity to paddle on the way home at Piseco Lake for a change of scenery that did not disappoint with those changing leaves in the evergreens on the sides of the many mountains in the background. Kim and Eric returned to Lewey Lake for one more night. Thanks everybody for making it a fine campout. We'll be back next September.