July 5-8th 2015
Ahh! The heart of the Adirondacks...Old Forge, NY
Old Forge, NY is perhaps one of the most popular Adirondack destinations. Home to the tree's, lakes, camping, outdoor sports, BEAR and of course Enchanted Forest. Nestled in the Adirondack woods is this beautiful little town that is sprinkled with rustic outdoor living and modern luxury. I personally have ventured to Old Forge at least a dozen times in my life, and traveled through it a dozen more. This town is the gateway to everything ADK.
My family has spent vacations here often over the years, and we always have a great time. At the Old Forge campground we have enjoyed the hikes, the campfires, games, s'mores and even a few themed weekends.....specifically Halloween, which we had done several years in a row when the kids were younger.
This weekend was just about getting away and enjoying the great outdoors.
First up is a little fishing.
Riley loved the outdoors...
While the boys fished and Riley did some swimming. Peanut and I did some picture taking..
The first day at camp, we pretty much enjoyed the outdoors and RELAXED, Then the boys got restless and did some rowing.
They seemed to do pretty well. I remember days of going out in the row boats as a kid. These ADK lakes are the best to do some boating. The color of these lakes always reminded me of tea. Several hundreds of tea lakes.
We took lots of LONG walks around the campground. I ran into some friends along the way, both human and animal.
As a surprise I found that two of my friends were also staying at the campground, My friend Melissa; who I only saw briefly; she is one busy gal. and my friend Regina from high school. She noticed my facebook pictures and asked if we were all here. YEP!!! We found each other and spent some time catching up. (can you believe I never did get any pictures of my friends.)
The morning bliss....BEAUTIFUL!
We were some of the first people to arrive, and the forecast expected RAIN! I was glad we did go when we did as it kept the people away. Regina told me it was packed that Sunday and Monday...We got lucky that the crowds never got to big...BUT it did RAIN!!! No harm no fowl, we were enjoying the water rides anyhow.
At the entrance is Paul Bunyon....
There is even a petting zoo, complete with sheep and goats.
No older park would be without these old fashion cars.
I'm not even sure how Mark fit in there.
Despite all these wonderful nostalgic park must haves....Today Enchanted Forest is all about THE WATER PARKS... (it was raining HARD...at this time...but guess what NO LINES)
We had so much fun at Enchanted Forest. A late afternoon ice cream at the Pied Piper in the village and we were back at our snug little cabin in the woods. We spent the next two days enjoying the outdoors...
Wildlife in the ADK is quite common....there were several ducks,
We saw some deer, and a host of birds, but the NUMBER 1 wildlife sighting I was not fortunate to see.....BEAR!!! For years bear sightings at and around Old Forge has been documented. There once was a dump (I recall seeing as a child, but have no idea where it is located.) that had bears often rummaging through it, but I think this has been discouraged and better care to confine the area has been made since. Rumor \at the campground was BEAR were seen and seen often. I had hopes of seeing one...preferably from a GREAT distance away but close enough to get a good picture of course This never did happen however, late one of the night I awoke to people yelling "BEAR"....you'd of thought an ALIEN had landed and was taking people up to the mother ship. I heard cars running, people screaming, lots of talking. I tried to see out into the darkness,...but I never caught a glimpse of what I understood to be a momma bear and her cub. After some talking most of which I only heard in pieces, but one was up a tree, and off a distance. As the discussion died down I fell back to sleep content to tell my family of all the excitement (I don't know how they slept through it) the next morning.
The following morning as I begin to tell of the exciting news, my husband busts my bubble....he had taken Riley for an early morning walk and guess who walked right in front of him...That momma and baby bear. I missed it...guess that's what I get for sleeping in, and of course he did not have a camera.
Guess I'll have to stick with photos of non moving natural beauty...
One one of the days we visited the Village of Old Forge...
The Adirondack Hardware is full of fun things to look at and has just about ANYTHING you can think of.
Lots of outdoor fun, some excitement at the Theme Park a little R&R and our little vacation was coming to an end....Good Bye Old Forge..till next time.