Family Camping Weekend – Awenda PP

It’s that time of year again – Family & Friends Camping Weekend. Our annual trek to a nearby provincial park to catch up with family and friends as we get silly, take photos, hit the beach, play games and pig out by the nightly fire. This year we are back at Awenda Provincial Park, a scant 1.5 hours from the city. We’ve been here quite a few times and always seem to get at least one of our regular campsites. 

Path to the Swimming Hole

Path to the Swimming Hole

The only quibble we have about this park is how far the beaches are from the campsites in general. Although its not that uncommon to have them away from the campsites this one is quite the trek. Only a couple of us actually hike the path down to the beach but most drive so they can bring food and drinks (and also drive those of us back who walked). The hike to the beach is about 2 kilometres plus a staircase down from the escarpment that the campsites are on.

Water Lily

Water Lily

This year I think I walked that trail three times not too mention walking back one time up the long staircase and back to the campsite. My good friend Deanna  and I got away for a couple of hours to do some night photography on the main beach (we drove this time, you know, because of the gear). 

Stars over Georgian Bay

Stars over Georgian Bay

It was beautiful night and the moon was out lighting most of our way.  

On the Sunday night I suggested that we do a group photo before people started disbanding for another year. 

Family & Friends

Family & Friends

A couple individuals are missing from the shot but I hope we can get a shot of everyone the next time we meet up. 

To New York’s Caroga Lake

Today was the start of my week long solo road trip to Maine. It is going to be a mad adventure as I hit some great places in the New England area. I’ll be camping in New York, Massachusetts and a few places along Maine’s coast up to my final stop in Acadia. Tonight I’m doing a quick stop in Caroga Lake Campground just south of the Adrionacks.

Caroga Lake State Park

Caroga Lake State Park

Once I had the campsite set up and some dinner in my belly it was time to head out to the lake to get some shots as the light faded away.

Way Point

Way Point

After about an hour I wandered back to the campsite to wait for full dark before heading back to see if I could get some night shots.

The Big Dipper

The Big Dipper

Although you can see the stars, things were a little bright with all the homes across the small lake. Still it was fun to get out and enjoy a sky full of stars. Tomorrow I move on to my next campsite in Massachusetts.