Our first stop was three blocks from home to pick up an antibiotic for Philip who had/has bronchitis. We are thankful God enabled him to preach and meet his responsibilities as one of the camp evangelists. Since he was so sick we decided to leave a day early and break up the trip to Pefferlaw, Ontario, Canada over two days. The first evening Seth and Heidi Wetherald graciously allowed us to stay in their home and the boys enjoyed getting to know Emmy and Ellie. It was a joy to see Brother Clair Sams again and sit under his ministry. I particularly enjoyed his "paradox" messages: "The Unchanging God who Changes" and "The All-Knowing God who Forgets".
We enjoyed getting to see Mrs. Ethel Canfield, Elizabeth, Evangeline, and Emily but were sorry to have missed Doug by several hours. They took us to see the sunset over Lake Ontario and it was beautiful!
After leaving the Canfield's we headed for Crane Pond in the Adirondacks. The Kizer family had shared the information about this camping spot and we decided to give it a try. The road in is unpaved and normally there is a section that is under water but due to the drought it was a dry riverbed for us (I was thankful!). That was our main concern/challenge because we don't have a four wheel drive, just a family van. If we can do it.....anyone can!
Once you arrive at the parking area, it's necessary to either hike or canoe in your supplies. Having three chidlren, and having packed everything, including the kitchen sink, we opted for canoeing in. It was about a 1/2 mile row to the campsite and that canoe was packed to the brim. Much to my relief, not one time did it tip over in our travels!
This is all the stuff that needed transported. We opted to take the tent, parents and children on the first trip and while the boys and I set up the tent, Philip went back for the rest.
This is why we chose such a remote, out of the way, location........it was perfect. (truth is - Wal-Mart was about 30 minutes away!) This picture was taken one morning right before breakfast while standing at our campsite.
The entire lake was ours for the first day and a half. There were some people who came in to fish but no one stayed until the last night we were there. An entire lake all to yourself - ahhhhhhhh........the loons were beautiful at night, it was so quiet and peaceful, we fished (enough to eat a meal) for bass, the boys went "swimming" on the hot afternoons, and the evenings were nice and cool. God answered our prayers of no rain and no bugs!
Allan is ready for breakfast! (You can see our food hanging from the tree- we didn't get to see any bear while we were there.)
Fishing wasn't fantastic but it was fun and we had enough for supper one evening.
All five of us deemed it a success and hope to do it again. Some people have asked if I (Marianne) really like camping. The truth is - I do. When we get ready to go camping I turn a mental switch to ignore dirt and once I do that - it's very restful. Now, if I lived in the country and everyday breathed clean air and experienced stillness then it might not be as fun. But periodically I need to wash my spirit from the grime and filth of the city and allow the beauty of nature to breathe new life and vibrancy into the deepest parts of me. I enjoy cooking in my cast iron cookware over an open fire, keeping things simple, and being free from the cares of electricity and technology. I like the peacefulness of simple living and camping is that for me.
After packing up and leaving the Adirondacks, we traveled to PA for the Miller family reunion on Saturday. This was a highlight of the trip! My Grandma Miller is still living and all of her living seven children were able to come. I think the only people we were missing was one aunt, one uncle, three cousins and their families, and my brother and his family. But I'll save the pictures of this leg of the trip for the next post.