3 Lakes Trip - Saranac Lake - Part 2

We met up with friends from back home in Saranac Lake. It was raining hard that day and I must have checked the weather forecast every 20 minutes... you know just in case the 4 day weather forecast of rain and thunderstorm will change to sunny and dry just because I checked! 

We had a quick lunch, purchased a few last minute items at Aldi and headed to the lake. Changed into our rain gear, unloaded kayaks and loaded them with our gear. One last prayer for our safety and a break in the rain, shuttling the trailer to a different parking lot, going back to that parking lot because of a forgotten life jacket and then getting pulled over and we were finally off. 4 adults, 5 kids, 1 canoe, 1 tandem kayak, and 3 single kayaks plus a lot of gear!

As soon as we started paddling, the rain stopped. Hallelujah! We arrived at our campsite, had enough time to unload the gear from the kayaks, set up camp, and started dinner.... and then the rain came again. And it rained, and rained and rained. The kids were all wet and cold.  The mosquitos seemed to all know that we were trapped under the tarp and they had a feast... We ate dinner (chili that we made at home, froze and reheated on our camp stove), quickly cleaned up and went to bed before 9pm. We felt defeated, especially with the forecast looking so grim.

It rained hard all night long! We woke up to clouds and soon after the sun came out! And the sun stayed out, no more rain for the rest of out stay!!! 

We made breakfast (eggs, bacon and sausages) and just hung around the campsite for a few hours. The little kids played "adventurers" in the woods, jumping from rock to rock looking to find paradise! The big kids (and the Dads) had a lot of fun gathering firewood (slim pickings and everything was soaked) and cutting down dead trees with a small hatchet.

After a few hours of just hanging out we packed up sandwiches for lunch and left to explore the lake with the kayaks. Our destination was the other side of the lake, paddle up Saranac River and kayak through the locks. We did this last year and loved it. You can read about it HERE.

It's about a 3 mile paddle (maybe a little more) to the other side of the lake and up to Saranac Lake. We went through the lock and kayaked a little bit further down the river. We stopped and we all floated down the river together while having lunch. On the way we saw a beaver dam, lots of loons, ducks and even otters! 

On our way back through the lock we decided to stop and stretch our legs. The lock operator let the kids help operate the locks and explained how everything worked.

On our way back to the campsite we stopped at a few unoccupied campsites to look for firewood. We really lucked out at one site (thank you #66) and brought a bunch of firewood home. We ended the night with some dinner (Hobo packs) and S'mores. 

Part 2 or Saranac Lake will come soon! I have a feeling this is getting a little to long! 

You can click here to read about PART 1, PART 3 & PART 4 of our trip!

Day 10 McGill's Go Up North - Saranac Lake, Adirondacks

Day 10 we woke up to perfect weather! Sunshine but still very comfortable temps (I think the high was about 85 that day). I love peaking out of the tent in the morning when everything is quiet and still.

Our tent is a 4 person tent and surprisingly pretty roomy (for our standards). The boys each sleep on a side. Scot and I, in the middle and Finn always on my side. Our bags are at the bottom of Finns feet. Finn is pretty bad about sleeping IN his sleeping bag. I have to repeatably check on him and make sure he is warm enough and stuff him back in his sleeping bag.

We didn't bring a cooler with us to the campsite. It was just too big to take in the kayak and really the only thing we needed to keep cool would have been milk. Scot and I learned to drink our coffee black and we actually liked it. Not enough to drink it always black, but we know now that we can survive with black coffee.

Again, we had to get creative with our daily numbers... here is Finn helping me out with the 10!

Today was a bit of a sad day, we were leaving our amazing campsite. We were all a little sad as we could have stayed here for another few days! Before we packed up we took a family picture.

The kids did a great job helping us pack up and we actually had to leave them behind at the campsite to do one kayak trip without them. It was just easier to get everything back to the car. But no worries they were absolutely fine and ended up enjoying the freedom they had for 30 minutes.

One last picture before we left the campsite! We had to be off by 11am, which made it a little hectic morning.

Even though we had to leave the campsite at 11am, we still had the kayaks till 1pm. The boys decided that they would kayak alone together. I knew it wasn't going to work out but let them try anyways.

It kinda went like this... 20 paddle strokes, 2 minutes break, 10 paddle strokes, 5 minute break, 5 paddle strokes, 10 minute break... you are getting the point! We didn't get far! We switched kayaks and paddled for a little bit longer.

Once back at the car, we took the time to really clean the car out and organize our camping equipment since we won't be needing it anymore. We threw away a bunch of old food, organized clean and dirty clothes. The timing was perfect as soon as we finished the car, the kayaking rental company was already there to pick up the kayaks.

We drove to our next destination and our shortest drive on the trip... 20 minutes to Lake Placid. We found our hotel and checked in and left soon again to explore Lake Placid.

Our first stop was the 1980 Olympic Ice Hockey rink. The hockey rink where the Miracle on Ice took place. It was pretty cool walking around there and you could feel the energy in this place. Even the boys thought it was pretty amazing and like always had 1000 questions for us.

After vising the hockey rink we decided to take a scenic drive. We drove over a bridge and saw a few people swimming in the river below us. We stopped and checked it out, only to discover one of the greatest swimming holes we have come across. It was pretty amazing. Two waterfalls, a deep swimming hole and a cliff to jump off. The boys were in heaven! I think this might have been their highlight of the trip!

Of course Finn, didn't take much prompting and he jumped from the cliff, which was about 30 feet high. Later Jake and then Scot jumped off as well. Just for the record, I didn't jump... A that's not really my thing anyways but B I was pretty accident prone on this trip anyways and really didn't want to test it.

We hang out for a really long time and only left when is was starting to get dark. We stopped in Lake Placid to get a eat pizza to eat at the hotel. The pizza was amazing and we all went to bed happy and full! This was our last big day on the trip. We are heading back home...