Monday, July 16, 2007

Camping at Charleston Lake

Break on Charleston Lake

Time again for our annual camping trip at Charleston Lake. This year, like many others, the McMullans joined in on the fun and games.

Sandstone Island Trail

Saturday we hit the Sandstone Island Trail, a 3.3km loop, none of which actually finds itself on an island. Not sure what that's all about.

Hiking Sandstone Island Trail
Wedged rock Hiking Sandstone Island Trail
Baby turkey vultures
Baby turkey vultures

Sunday we hit the ground running and found ourselves paddling the Charleston Lake shoreline by about 10am. Amazing all things considered. We didn't stray too far for fear of a mutiny and after about 4 km we found a nice rocky spot along the shore for a swim and some lunch.

Paddling Charleston Lake
Swim girl, swim Izzy doesn't like swimming
Teaching Izzy to swim. She hated it.

I tested out my new snorkel and mask from MEC that I had got from Santa last Christmas. Although I didn't find anything other than zebra mussels and rock bass it proved to work great.

Fishing on Charleston

A lame attempt at fishing was made by me and the boy but alas we came up short.

And of course the kids caught a snake.

Once again the inevitable afternoon wind and waves made an appearance on Charleston Lake and we quickly packed up and headed back to the beach.

That evening we enjoyed Cowboy Steaks from Reid's Dairy. Prepackaged and marinated. Very tasty, especially when dipped in Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce which we had picked up earlier from Price Choppers in Lake Placid. Or as SBR says, "The Sauce is the Boss".

Swimming at Charleston Lake

After a couple of hours at the beach, the last day was spent packing up and cooking up one last meal. BBQ chicken with Sweet Mild Jakarta Curry dip served on a fresh bun. Another hit with the entire group.

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