Family Fun

A couple of weeks ago Matt and I headed out to Lake Pleasant, New York in the Adirondacks for a Christian family camp.  We met Matt’s family at Camp of the Woods for a week of fellowship and adventure on and around the lake.  Since this blog has been about documenting Matt and I’s outdoor experiences, we thought we would include a little of what we did at the camp, since this camp lended itself to adventure of that nature.

Upon arrival, Matt immediately decided he was going to participate in the camp’s triathlon – a 2 mile canoe race, a 1.1 mile swim across the lake, and a 5k.  The canoe race took place on Monday, and Matt was paired with another participant. The swim took place on Wednesday, and for that he was required to have 2 spotters in a canoe paddle alongside him (his dad and I got nominated for that job). Finally the 5k took place on Friday and both Matt and I ran it.  Below are pictures of the three events:

Matt and his canoeing partner at the finish.

Matt and his fellow swimmers getting ready to start.

Matt and I at the start of the 5k.

The girls in the family decided to take a canoe, hiking, and cliff jumping day trip on Tuesday.  And on Wednesday morning, Matt’s dad, sister, and I took a sunrise canoe trip out to a lake.

Meredith, Caroline, and I (Matt’s mom is taking the picture at the front of the canoe).

Cliff jumping!

Steve, Caroline, and I at 6 AM out on the river. (I can’t believe no one wanted to get up and go with us)

The family also spent a considerable time on the beach, eating ice cream, and playing putt-putt, shuffleboard, basketball, soccer, frisbee, softball, real golf, and tennis (they had various camp tournaments for most of these events, in addition to just playing them for fun).  Matt and I even managed an evening kayaking trip, which was my first time in a kayak.

Eating ice cream on the beach.

Matt always managed to beat me at putt-putt. (Can’t you tell I’m furtively watching his stroke to determine his secret?)

The boys playing basketball.

Finally, on the way home from New York, Matt and I decided to make a stop at Niagara Falls, Canada to check out the beautiful falls we had heard so much about. We took a Maid of the Mist tour in addition to just walking along the shore and taking in the view.

American Falls at Niagara Falls.

Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls.

Rainbow as we stood on top of Horseshoe Falls.

Published in: on July 15, 2012 at 6:14 pm  Comments (1)