Weekend on an island

A few weeks ago a colleague and I were discussing recreational activities when he mentioned about a place where you can go camping – an island on a lake in Maine. The very idea of camping on an island was very enticing. And the minute I heard him say how wonderful an experience it was, I knew I had to go there to see it all for myself.  I let K know about the place, a little research and a few minutes of discussion later, he booked us a campsite on the island. And there I was after that excitedly counting my days to the long weekend.

With everything packed (or so we thought), we left the house early Saturday morning only to realize a few minutes later that we forgot to take the food that was in the fridge. Also, just to make it an adventurous start, a quick search on the GPS for that town in Maine returned a “no results found.” And, since I had no key to get into the house again, there was no hope of getting the food or directions; so, we headed north only with hope that a quick stop at a grocery store on our way would get us enough stock of food for the two days and a phone call to a friend later would help us get to our destination. What fun! It wasn’t too bad though…we did end up getting a big loaf of bread, we got the directions from a friend and we reached our destination without any problems, albeit late.

And now began the real fun.

We were given two options to get to our campsite on the island from the mainland – either pay for a shuttle service, which means they would drop us off at our site and pick us up two days later, or rent a canoe and row to the island, by ourselves. We chose the latter, not only because the price for renting the canoe for three days was half of what the shuttle would cost us, but also because we had enough time, energy and excitement to try something as fun as canoeing. After getting the directions to the island, we set off to unload the car of all the items that we would need to survive the next two days on the island. And just like that, minutes after stacking everything on the canoe, we embarked on this thrilling new experience that was to unfold.

The journey amazing, to say the least – the views of mountains here and there, the sun’s reflection on the lake, the water splashing on the face every now and then getting rid of all the exhaustion – it was simply great. While taking a tiny break from rowing to drink some water, I suddenly realized that I forgot to pick up matchsticks or lighters. Fingers crossed, I yelled out to K to ask him if he remembered; oops, he didn’t either. Just as we tried to calm our tired souls down with It’s ok if we can’t have fire. We can just eat bread with raw veggies, we realized that we had also forgotten to take torches. We were up for an adventure, didn’t I tell you? So yeah, no lighters, and no torches meant we couldn’t do anything after the sunset. Oh well, so what…not a big deal, we said to ourselves and rowed forward with the same enthusiasm.

The island was about 2.5miles away from the mainland, we were told; it took a little more than an hour to get there. Given that we both have no experience in rowing and that we were working ourselves under the scorching afternoon sun, I would say we did good. We reached our site, unloaded everything from the canoe, set up our tent and got right on to make sandwiches to feed our growling tummies. Once that was done, we sat by the lake for a while – talking, playing scrabble and taking in the beauty that is nature. We had gorgeous views of the mountain, the lake and the setting sun. As it started getting dark, we both did our share of checking to see if everything ok before we lost our only source of light (sun) completely, but we failed to notice one loaf of bread that sat on the picnic table. And like that, day one came to an end – few hours of driving, an hour and fifteen minutes of rowing, a little bit of tiredness and a lot of fun.

The sweet sound of loons made for a good wake up call Sunday morning. As I saw the sun come out after hiding for a while behind the clouds, I stepped out of the tent to start a new day. As soon as K saw me coming out of the tent, he came over to give me the news that we do not have as much food as we thought we had because squirrels had attacked that big loaf of bread that we had left on out accidentally. Two thirds of the loaf was gone…it’s amazing how these little creatures worked all night to take away so much bread, while it would have taken us two or three meals to complete that amount of bread. Oh well…at least someone had their tummies full. After this revelation, the day pretty much opened its arms to relaxation and fun – playing scrabble by the lake, taking an afternoon nap, eating sandwiches, absorbing the surrounding beauty and a little bit of rowing in the evening – I couldn’t have asked for more from a weekend after a busy week. We thoroughly enjoyed and survived through the second day of our primitive lives.

Monday came and we were not too happy that it was all going to end in a few hours. Morning was spent packing, cleaning, eating and rowing back to the mainland, while the afternoon was spent driving back home, all the while missing all the fun we had.

We had no sense of time during the two days we spent at the island – neither of us wear a watch, and the cell phones had no range there, so the time wasn’t getting updated. We tuned our lives the rising and setting sun, given that we had no other source of light. We realized that we were the only two people on the whole island during the weekend and for some reason that made me happier. We talked, we played, we tried to swim (but didn’t because the water was too cold), we picked rocks, we rested under the sun on the rocks, we rowed, we got tired, we managed with very limited amount of food, and we fed a couple real hungry squirrels a big loaf of bread – yes, they completed the whole pack in two nights and get this, they wouldn’t eat the cucumber pieces that we left for them. All in all, we enjoyed the trip (thanks to Mr.R for recommending the place to me) and didn’t want it to end so soon.

And now life’s back to its routine.

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  1. #1 by revsjoiedevivre on July 6, 2010 - 11:37 pm

    Sigh! Someone has a life. hmph. I am so so jealous

    🙂

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  2. #2 by Nu on July 6, 2010 - 11:42 pm

    1st ?

    nope..

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    • #3 by Nu on July 6, 2010 - 11:53 pm

      sounds just movie like !! my my !! I’m jealous ! 😛

      😀

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  3. #4 by chotusworld on July 6, 2010 - 11:53 pm

    Ohh man! sounds like a lot of fun.. very well written T!
    pics??- do we have to wait for WW?

    I clicked only a couple of pics, ajcl…will try to put one up tonight, if possible…

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  4. #5 by viswajithkn on July 7, 2010 - 12:14 am

    Sweet.

    🙂

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  5. #6 by piyu on July 7, 2010 - 1:05 am

    Wow!!

    Camping on an island :).. lovely description.. you make me want to go there! even though I am not so much of an outdoors person 😛

    🙂 it was a lot of fun!

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  6. #7 by liveonimpulse on July 7, 2010 - 1:20 am

    Wow this sounds like an amazing weekend ! You’ve captured it so well..

    it truly was… thanks 🙂

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  7. #8 by Dido on July 7, 2010 - 2:27 am

    wud love to see the pictures of the island… hope u had an awesomee time 🙂

    I only have a couple of pics, Dido…will upload them for WW if possible..

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    • #9 by Dido on July 9, 2010 - 10:39 am

      sure… waiting eagerly 🙂

      🙂

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  8. #10 by chroniclesofdee on July 7, 2010 - 3:57 am

    Sounds perfect!

    it was! 🙂

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  9. #11 by Vineeta on July 7, 2010 - 4:00 am

    Hey in Maine, US? wow!!!! but I m sad.. no photos.. share photos na 🙂

    yes, Maine, US 🙂 I have only two or three pics, will try to upload them for WW… 🙂

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  10. #12 by Sunshine on July 7, 2010 - 5:54 am

    ohhh u know that weekend sounds absolutely heavenly! i would love to do that and just get away from the busy-ness that life constantly is!

    sounds like a perfect wkend getaway! hope u took some good pics of the mountains! 🙂

    it sure was a great getaway from the otherwise busy life…

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  11. #13 by Psych Babbler on July 7, 2010 - 6:58 am

    Sounds amazing!!! I have never been camping but would love to go! Looks like you and K had the perfect weekend…roughing it in the great wild! Hope you have some pics from the weekend to share as well. Will look forward to them! 😉 And by the way, love your narrative of the entire event… 😀 Can feel the excitement buzzing through…

    thanks, Psych…I will try to upload the couple of pics that I took, but I don’t have many…

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  12. #14 by BlueMist on July 7, 2010 - 7:06 am

    after listening to all your camping stories; I am craving for some camping fun which does not seem to happen in near future 😦

    come here and we shall have fun 🙂 what are you waiting for, don’t you know that you have an open invitation ;)?

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    • #15 by BlueMist on July 7, 2010 - 11:22 am

      Awww…Some day baby..some day for sure ! ** keeping fingers crossed **

      🙂

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  13. #16 by celestialrays on July 7, 2010 - 7:24 am

    Made me happy reading this as though I went on that trip! Sounds like a perfect getaway!

    it was 🙂

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  14. #17 by SG on July 7, 2010 - 8:36 am

    Nice post. I am glad you had a great time. All good things must end. So you are now back to the routine life. By the way, can you tell me what is the name of this island? Thanks.

    Yupe that’s true…all things must end 😀

    We camped at Beaver island (Blackbrook cove campground)…it’s one of the islands in the Rangeley Lakes Region, SG. Here’s the link – http://rangeleyvacations.com/campgrounds.htm

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    • #18 by SG on July 7, 2010 - 4:11 pm

      Thanks for the info and the link.

      you are most welcome…

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  15. #19 by rayshma on July 7, 2010 - 8:57 am

    oh my gosh!!
    i would SO love to do this!!! including the rowing… i am also very darn sure vin’ll love it!
    please, pretty please… give me details of which island??

    We camped at Beaver Island (blackbrook cove campground)…it’s one of the islands on the Rangeley Lakes Region – http://rangeleyvacations.com/campgrounds.htm . My colleague very highly recommended the Stephen Phillips Preserve that’s on the list. Do go if and when you can and let me know how you liked it. Email me if you want any other details, Rash.

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    • #20 by rayshma on July 9, 2010 - 1:38 pm

      thanks, gurl!
      it really does sound perfect!
      will plan a weekend and drop you a mail for more details! 🙂

      sure 🙂

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  16. #21 by ambulisamma on July 7, 2010 - 9:12 am

    Wow,wow,wow sounds pretty.A wonderful weekend indeed.
    You have been tagged,pliss to do that.

    sure, will get to it sometime soon 🙂 Thanks!

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  17. #22 by Reema on July 7, 2010 - 9:22 am

    wow!!! what a wonderful idea of spending the weekend!

    🙂

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  18. #23 by Nazish Rahman on July 7, 2010 - 3:53 pm

    hey its lovely…well written though!!! 🙂

    thanks!

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  19. #24 by Pixie on July 7, 2010 - 10:37 pm

    wow! amazing T!
    I could totally picture your weekend! Just like Enid Blyton books! 😀

    🙂

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  20. #25 by zephyr on July 8, 2010 - 2:38 am

    That was a most wonderfully narrated account of the adventure. Scrabble by the lake sounds absolutely heavenly! I must admit though that I would have insisted on rowing back at least for torch or matches (not for cooking but since I can see well only in bright light!). Lovely narration. Now for the pics!:)

    It would have been too much work for us to row to and from the mainland just for the matches 😦 but we survived 😀

    Pics – I just have a couple, will try to upload them sometime next week.

    Thanks, zephyr

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  21. #26 by DI on July 8, 2010 - 7:53 am

    Wow! Some awesome trip that is! Pics please?

    Yes it was! Pics – maybe next week…

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  22. #27 by Sonia on July 8, 2010 - 10:53 am

    Awesome T!! What a beautiful weekend 🙂 Can I go with you next time? I can sit in another boat with lots and lots of food and tie it to your canoe 😉

    We have two camping trips coming up and I am already exhausted thinking about all the packing, cooking, organising – Sigh….seven months pregnant and camping, what more did I expect than to feel tired 🙂

    Of course you can 😀 When do you want to go? 🙂

    We usually have the tent and sleeping bags and stuff in the car all summer long. So we don’t have much to pack except for the clothes and maybe food. That makes it so much easier 😀

    Two camping trips sound like fun. Where are you going? Don’t worry – all the exhaustion from packing / organizing will be well worth it once you get to relax in the woods for few days 🙂 Enjoy, Sonia!

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    • #28 by Sonia on July 10, 2010 - 4:06 pm

      One to Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin and the other in Indiana – Shades State park….thats an awesome idea to leave the bags and tent in the car…We carry so much useless stuff nowadays than before !! I have even started carrying a nice table cloth hehe..

      🙂 that sounds like fun…enjoy 🙂

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  23. #29 by maverickshree on July 9, 2010 - 1:40 am

    No wonder you had best time of life on that Island..wishing you many more beautiful times ahead 🙂 Upload some pics soon

    thanks 🙂

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  24. #30 by anisnest on July 9, 2010 - 10:45 am

    wow wonderful… a perfect long weekend 🙂

    yes it was 🙂

    Welcome!

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  25. #31 by snow on July 9, 2010 - 3:28 pm

    camping on an (almost secluded) island! sounds super fun 😀 and yes, we wanna see pics hehe so where is this place, near Maine?

    It’s in Maine, snow…here’s the link – http://rangeleyvacations.com/campgrounds.htm …we camped at beaver island (blackbrook cover campground from the list on that link)

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    • #32 by snow on July 15, 2010 - 9:24 pm

      thanks for the link Ti, will definitely keep this in mind as a future vacation spot 😀

      🙂 you are welcome

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  26. #33 by Shilpa on July 9, 2010 - 10:01 pm

    wow… can just feel the relaxing environment 😀 😀

    😀

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  27. #34 by comfortablynam on July 12, 2010 - 1:35 pm

    One word.. J .. very very J.. me wants a break..me wants to go do something fun.. me me me.. booohooo .. 😥

    The place sounds awesome T..am so glad you guys had such an amazing trip 🙂

    it was awesome, take a break and come here 😀

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  28. #35 by Priya on July 13, 2010 - 1:12 am

    Oh wow! adventure indeed!! I was picturing the whole thing as i read through 🙂 seems to be a lovely place.

    it was lovely 🙂

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  29. #36 by Shankari on July 18, 2010 - 11:04 am

    Loved this writeup. We have been thinking of camping, though with two kids, I’m a little wary. Last year we went for one night, but stayed very close to the office onsite, just in case 🙂

    I saw that you have shared the details of where you have camped. I will definitely look it up and see if I can plan one too. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Welcome!

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  30. #37 by Matt on August 20, 2012 - 9:15 pm

    We’ve had the worst camping experiences ever. Glad you enjoy your hiking and camping trips. Did you visit here again?

    nope…but i did go there one more time, not to camp, but just to hang out

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