Living in Upstate NY, there are lots of different beautiful areas to go when you want to be in the great outdoors. Chris’s parents love to spend time camping on Saranac Lake during the warmer months, and recently Chris and I had the opportunity to help them set up camp. Chris and I have had really horrible luck camping. We attempted to go with them to camp on an island two years ago and ended up forgetting our tent and sleeping bags (how do you do that??). It also thunderstormed pretty much the entire time that we were there. I am all for a good storm, but when you are on an island with your dog pouting in a puddle under a picnic table, things could be a little better. We figured that going and helping set up camp for the day would be a little better. Well, now I think that we are just bad omens! Not only did we almost lose a tire on the boat trailer, but it poured the entire time we were trying to set up! I tried to take pictures, but had to put my camera away when it got sloppy outside.
Saranac Lake is very close to Lake Placid, which has been the home of the Olympic Games twice over the past 100 years. Lots of athletes travel here to train for sporting events and iron man competitions.
The first part of our trip went well. The ride was going as smooth and we were getting really close to the lake. That was until Chris said “Um..does that look like smoke coming from the tire??” immediately I could smell burning rubber and called Chris’s mom (who was driving the car towing the boat) and had her pull over. It turns out that there was a piece of metal that was wedged into the tire, burning a deep ridge into the rubber. Everything ended up working out fine, but it was a close call!
Kelly & I waiting to be rescued!
Once we decided that the tire would be fine, we continued on and eventually made it to the lake. We emptied the car and packed up the boat for our journey to the camping spot.
Saranac Lake is a gorgeous place. If you live in the area, I recommend that you check it out! If you like camping (and I don’t scare you after reading this post) I think you might be interested. Not only can you camp on a normal campsite, but if you have a boat or kayak you can camp on one of the islands that are on the lake! It is really a cool experience. You have your own private island!
But, I must warn you! Be prepared to get soaked!