Adirondack Vacation Without Our Dogs

That’s my husband and that’s my kid ambling way down at the far end of the dock. You’ll have to take me on faith – otherwise, how would you know? We took one day out of our Adirondack vacation and drove north, through Old Forge to Inlet and Fourth Lake … and, here they we are.

Old Forge and Inlet are kinda like Freeport, Maine … close to a large body of water and very touristy during the summer. Lots of families hoping for good weather, but taking what comes without too much complaining because, after all, it’s summer vacation, which means that there’s a more casual, laid back attitude. An easier pace. No pressing schedules.

No hidden agenda(s) … or dogs. At least, not our dogs. We leave them at home because the cottage where we stay doesn’t allow dogs and, even if we could bring them, we don’t. It’s easier to be foot-loose-and-fancy-free. To come and go. No leashes attached.

We miss them a lot. In fact, I spend a lot of time thinking about our dog-less state.  We do get to play with the dogs that live year round where we stay.  Which is like having your grandkids come over. You get all of the fun of having them visit, and none of the responsibilities.

Except that:

walking feels lop-sided without your dog by your side,

you blend into the crowd without your dog attraction magnet,

you’re not leading anybody but yourself and,

somehow, the world is less colorful,

more focused inward with a slight frown on its face as if

to say,

“Are you sure you’re okay without your best bud?”

For short periods of time, we are okay. We re-charge, unplug and r-e-l-a-x.  The hardest decision we’ll make every day is whether to put the canoe in the water before or after breakfast or to walk along the shoreline before or after dinner.

The point is that there is no point. It’s enough to put our collective feet up and celebrate the view.

Ah, the sweet, short life of summer!  [gplus count=”true” size=”Medium” ]


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