We spend all winter waiting for Memorial Day Weekend, or at least I do, because that means it’s time to welcome in the summer. While I’m off on a different kind of boat ride this weekend, I can’t help but think back to some of my best boating experiences. I have always loved being out on the water, but it wasn’t until after college that I fell in love with lake life. One of my best friends, Alicia, lives on Upper Greenwood Lake in New Jersey, and we spent many summer days lounging on the boat and swimming in the lake. We’ve also taken out the pontoon boat on summer evenings to watch the sunset or a firework show to kick off summer with her family. It has become one of my favorite ways to relax and enjoy the summer months.
Last summer, while on a trip through the Adirondack region of New York, the group I was traveling with stopped for a night in the town of Long Lake. We stayed at a hotel on the lake and our plan was to eat dinner on a boat while enjoying the sunset, except the weather had other plans. As soon as we all loaded onto the boat, got settled with our sandwiches, and headed out, it started to downpour. We decided that we still wanted to head out and as we did, the rain just kept coming down harder, so after a very wet loop around the lake, we decided to head back to shore.
We were soaked, as were our sandwiches, and many of the people on the boat ran from the lake back to the hotel, but three of us decided to at least finish our sandwiches before leaving the boat. We had a little bit of cover, especially once the others ran back to shore, so we enjoyed our dinner as the rain turned into a drizzle and eventually stopped.
The woman who was driving our boat asked us if we wanted to go out and give it another go, the three of us, Craig, Cailin, and I, excitedly agreed that would be the best thing to do. We headed back out on the lake and admired the scenery around us. As the sun began to set behind the mountains, it was the ideal time to be out on on Long Lake.
Our driver told us stories of growing up on the lake and we admired spots that have always been important to her, as we photographed the beautiful night. Of course, no photos really do its beauty justice. That night, even though the air was cool as the sun went down, I remember feeling so content and at peace out there on the lake. Moments earlier were filled with chaos, as our plans suddenly were changing, but after waiting out the storm, we were rewarded with the most perfect sunset boat ride. In those moments, I was reminded of those summer days and nights on the boat with Alicia.
For me, being on the water is relaxing and when I can feel most at peace. It’s time spent with family and friends, as well as time to get away from my computer and phone, and spend time outdoors. That’s how I felt that evening, and as we headed back to shore, I was grateful the weather didn’t ruin the experience. We headed to the nearby beach and set up a fire to toast marshmallows. This night was probably my favorite of the trip for so many reasons, but that sunset boat ride will always stand out.
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