Sometimes you need to get as far away as humanly possible from NYC in order to appreciate living in one of the greatest cities in the world.

All about that hammock life.

Sometimes we all just need to unplug, disconnect and escape the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. And what better place to do this than Lewey Lake Campgrounds, a good six hour drive north of the city. With little to no distractions and the most minimum amount of human contact, it’s easy to be alone with your thoughts and commune with nature. A good book in hand and a hammock or two is all you need!

Go Shorty, It’s Your Birthday

Happy Birthday to this special lady!

Our camping trip happened to coincide with a good friend’s birthday and so we decided to surprise her with loud, obnoxious birthday decorations and a fabulous assortment of cupcakes from one of our favorite bakeries in the East Village. On the menu for the evening’s festivities (aside from copious amounts of rosé and hard ciders): mouth-watering beef bulgogi and pork belly from the Korean market in midtown, cooked over an open campfire. Perfection!

City Slickers Take a Hike

The view from the top of Watch Hill Trailhead.

Fortunately for us, a few more good friends were able to join our camping party on the following day. So after settling in, we enjoyed a leisurely hike up nearby Watch Hill Trailhead and a picnic complete with panoramic views of Indian Lake and the surrounding wilderness below. The Adirondack Mountains span more than 600 million acres in Upstate New York and is the largest protected natural area in the lower 48. The more you know!

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Cooking a fancy feast after a not so strenuous day of hiking.

Camping is really just an excuse to justify day drinking and binge-eating, not that I need an excuse for any of those things in my normal everyday life. Regardless, it’s even more fun indulging with friends and family. And so on day two’s camping menu: repurposing the last of the beef bulgogi and pork belly into Korean fusion tacos, complete with grilled corn on the cob and homemade guacamole. Multicultural fusion heaven!

Lewey Lake Before Sunset

A Bob Ross painting IRL.

This summer trip would be our second outing at Lewey Lake in as many years. Some of my favorite aspects of the campgrounds are the semi-private campsites, updated shower facilities, and recreational swimming. Boats and kayaks are available for rent, and fishing is permitted out in the water. Our final night was spent lakeside at dusk before heading back to camp to roast smores and idly stare at the glowing embers of the fire.

Jump around? Jump up, jump and get down?

What About Your Friends?

Camp Bulgogi 2017

It was an early start the morning after, but there’s always time for some good old fashioned scrambled eggs, bacon and instant coffee in the great outdoors. Striking down a campsite is always bittersweet, as the inclination to forsake city life and live off the land begins to take hold. Then the lure of high-speed internet, Netflix and a long, hot relaxing shower reels you back into reality. But there’s always the next camping adventure to look forward to!