Monday, May 24, 2010

Gorges Camping

I have a lot to catch up from the month of May, like the trip to the Caribbean, but first let me tell you about my weekend. It was such a welcome and refreshing experience last summer when I reunited with my high school friends from our respective homes scattered around the state for a bachelorette weekend that I decided we should make it an annual occasion, irregardless of weddings. This time we stayed at a camping cabin near Ithaca, which is a bit more our style than a night of gambling and clubbing at a casino, and cheaper than a hotel.


It was camping-lite, with beds, lights, and a full-size refrigerator in the cabin, appropriate for Meredith, our first-time, hesitant camper. She was vexed on the first night when a chipmunk stole a fork and they were unable to build a fire, but things got better from there.


Elaine brought her nine week old puppy Milly, an adorable Brittany Collie mix. She sleeps like a babe and nips like a pup. I spent some time passing on sage dog rearing advice (ie. how to not make my same mistakes) and my friends got a kick out of hearing my singsongy sweet dog-baby training voice. It's strange to think that next time I see Milly she will likely be a full grown dog!


The area is home to state parks brimming with gorges and waterfalls, as well as Cayuga Lake waterfront, making for daily easy hikes with beautiful views.




We ate simple meals heated over Elaine's charcoal grill, at a picnic table adorned with wildflowers.



There were s'mores for dessert, once we procured enough wood to get good glowing fires going. And light boombox music, fireside chats, and board games before bed.


Being in one room when the lights went out was akin to sleepovers of our teenage years, except with real beds instead of an uncomfortable floor.


We also treated ourselves to a dinner out at Moosewood, Ithaca's legendary vegetarian restaurant, for healthy fare that was for the most part delicious, except for some well-intentioned but poorly executed shrimp...and what is shrimp doing at a vegetarian restaurant anyway?


Now I've got the itch to camp again this weekend, but few sites are available for Memorial Day weekend...the late bird must travel far to find a worm.

20 comments:

  1. Wow, Julia. That makes me want to go camping, and I hate camping. Those pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. You girls have a good thing going, it looks like.

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  2. It looks so beautiful! And so green and warm, as opposed to the deluge and floods we're getting at the moment :-(

    Shrimp at a vegetarian restaurant! That's so weird. I'd have a bit of an issue with that, actually. I mean, aren't vegetarian restaurants mean to be...vegetarian?

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  3. It looks absolutley beautiful. Your photos are great and your descriptions make me want to jump on a plane and come over to spend a weekend!

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  4. Oh, your camping trip sounds fantastic, Julia..! And Moosewood - I own three or four of their cookbooks! They do have fish recipes, so I guess it's not really vegetarian - I think it was started as a more healthful, natural way of eating sort of thing in the 70s.

    Anyway, I am so glad you had a good girl trip in the woods - it really is a fabulous idea.

    xoox,
    -maria

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  5. HOW spectacular! I can't think of a better bachelorette party (seriously, that is SO my style). And is that *the* Moosewood, as in the cookbooks? Bummer about the shrimpies but otherwise what an experience!

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  6. Ohmygod, that looks like the best weekend ever. So, so gorgeous, lucky you!
    And damn those chipmunks! I'm currently at war with one, as he's determined to tear apart my entire veggie garden. Grrr.

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  7. oh i am SO jealous, what a perfect weekend!!!

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  8. Ahh the wonderful memories! I don't even remember you taking all those pictures but they look so good-I will show Mike, it was such a great time, reunion every year!

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  9. This looks amazing! And you had such a gorgeous weekend for it.

    And lord, Milly is a cutie cutie pie. Look at those floppy puppy ears!

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  10. wow - just like everyone else: i'm jealous!

    I adore camping!

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  11. oh wow! this looks like such a wonderful weekend! and thanks for the hot tip--I WANNA GO there!!!!

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  12. my goodness it looks gorgeous. I feel quite relaxed just scrolling through your pictures. lovely...

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  13. Miz November - if you hate camping, you could try cabin camping. Having a solid shelter with lights and electricy helps (as would bringing a camping stove which is almost like a real stove, but we didn't have one this time)

    Marie - you are welcome to hop over on a plane and visit whenever the fancy strikes!

    vintage simple - good to know re moosewood & fish. I've only read one of their cookbooks which was all veg, so I assumed.

    bigBANG - yes, the very Moosewood of the cookbooks!

    Jay - I praised the weather. The downside to camping is fear of rain and bundling up in lots of layers, but there was none of that last weekend!

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  14. I love camping trips! Your pictures are beautiful. I love the pup!

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  15. Beautiful. And jealous much!

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  16. Such great pictures! I wish I was there.

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  17. this looks amazingly wonderful! i'm late to camping...as in, i went for the first time five years ago, and i LOVE the idea of it, but end up not sleeping well throughout the night and we always end up leaving after one or two nights as a result. i want to get better at this. i also don't have a lot of vacay days left, so if you find any good camping spots within an hour or two of nyc, please let me know! sorry for the rambling message. :)

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  18. Hey, you're in my town! Hope you had fun, it looks like a blast. I'm living at my parents lake house on Cayuga. I have to say though, I'm missing the city something fierce.

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  19. Oh my...cutest puppy ever! Looks like a fun camping trip. :)

    Lauren
    Lrstewart0711.blogspot.com

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