I had been telling my fiancé and how much I want to get away from the noise and hustle and bustle of New York City. I wanted to be near nature in an open space. A place where there was no pushing for personal space, no sirens, no yelling, and definitely no “stand clear of the closing doors please, ding, dong” or this. I wanted to go to a place so quiet I can hear my own thoughts. And since we normally go on trips like this with friends I wanted it to be just the two of us.
Being the amazing man he that he is, he came up with the wonderful idea of going upstate New York to Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, just about 4 hours north of the city.
We took an scenic drive with the Fall foliage leading us, and tall majestic trees welcoming us to this place filled with nature, peace, quiet and loooots of space… it was pretty much everything I had asked for.
The roads were deserted and so of course we stopped to take a selfie.
and to strike a pose…
(PS I love my TOMS!)
We l arrived around 3:30 PM on Saturday and the weather was fairly nice, in the mid 60’s with a bit of an overcast.
As soon as we checked in we rented bikes and went for a ride to the lake.
We were awe-struck by this view… (press play)
…of the Adirondack Mountains.
After we let this gorgeous sight sink in, we grabbed the (self-service) kayaks and went on the lake.
I swear we weren’t alone but you wouldn’t know that by looking at these pictures. There were a couple people here and there, but nobody on the lake when we were kayaking, nobody on the trails, and nobody in close proximity and it was such a luxury to have this time.
I attempted to give him a kiss on the kayak but… watch the video to see what happened.
We kayaked for a while but stayed near the shore since we were alone and I don’t know how to swim.
After a while it started to rain, so we went back to cabin, dropped off our bikes and for lack of time went on the Vasa trail. This particular trail was alright but not much to see.
Somewhere in between we ran into Viima and Littlebit.
Look at this map for the real trails.
After the walk we were very hungry and went to find the Wal-Mart, located in Gloversville, one town over. We ended up driving in the wrong direction for almost 40 minutes! How is this possible? Well, no cell phone signal means no GPS. I can’t believe how reliant we are technology now a days. I can’t imagine living without GPS, I would never get anywhere.
Right before we got to the highway though we found some hunters. And we just had to stop for this… O deer!
We ate Burger King for dinner and picked up frozen food from Wal-Mart. Fast food when you are hungry in a place far from home is the most amazing meal on earth… it’s a blessing. (ps I don’t eat fast food at home)
We returned back to our cabin which had very nice fireplace. Antonio lit it up using log and newspaper that was provided. Really cool experience.
Then I beat him at Candy Land in 45 seconds, beginner’s luck I thought, but then I beat him again, and again. Finally we traded turns and he beat me. He used to play this game as a kid and claims is not as fun as he had remembered it ::wink::
Before going to bed, I insisted that we should go to the lake and watch the sunrise. We had no idea when the sun would rise so I set the alarm for 4:30 AM and convinced him to wake up with me. It was pitch black. I thought ok, well that gives me time to shower and get dressed, and so I go on to that. I come out of the shower, still pitch black. I made breakfast for us …and coffee, still pitch black. Finally around 6 AM I was so sleepy and there was no sign of the sun coming out so I gave up and went to bed. Antonio had given up way before me. At around 7 AM the sun starts to come out but by then I didn’t want to get up and so we slept lol.
We left at around 11 AM since we had to be in NYC for a baby shower but it is incredible how barely 24 hours in a place like this can fill one with peace and positivity. We had a very nice time.
On the way back we came across many pumpkin sales. We picked up some for our nieces and nephews.
Back in the city.
Lodging: Lapland lake is a made up of 10 cabins: Pohjan, Kota, Suksi, Poro, Pulkka, Ruska, Tunturi, Lumi, Latu and Lapin. We stayed in the Kota. The lodging is very rustic and not for everyone but we enjoyed it very much.
Activities: Nature Trails; Bird Watching; Kayaking (kayaks are provided free of charge); bike rentals are available for half a day or full day. (There’s a beautiful lake a bit of drive north, great for pictures)
Important to know: No cell phone service. No TVs in the cabin.
I have to say that although we were completely disconnected from the world we didn’t miss any of it. We didn’t miss the cell phone (except when we got lost), the TV, the noise, the crowds. Being around nature is such a blessing and so good for the soul.
The next day I woke up refreshed, happy, positive and energetic. The total opposite of how I usually am on Mondays.
I would love to hear about your favorite weekend getaway. Would you ever go to a place that makes you feel completely disconnected to the world, with no cell phone or TV, etc? Have you been to similar place? Comment below to let me know.