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Person warms their feet next to a campfire at dusk camping in the woods
Person warms their feet next to a campfire at dusk camping in the woods

The Daily Gazette: Camping – The night a bear paid a visit

From the bloggers at The Daily Gazette.

In need of rest, nature and seclusion, I went camping in the Adirondacks over Memorial Day weekend.

We stayed at Forked Lake Campground on Long Lake, and I think it’s safe to say that of the four state campgrounds I’ve stayed at, this one was my favorite. It demanded a bit more of us, but it offered more, too.

Sites could only be accessed by foot, canoe or both, and our site was about 10 minutes down a well-maintained path through the woods. Our first night, we walked in with our gear; on the second day, we rented a canoe and paddled in with the rest of our stuff. Our reward: A spacious, remote, private campsite with its own outhouse, bear-resistant food locker and dock. “There are bears,” the caretaker warned us when we checked in. “Put everything away.” At times, our site was so quiet and calm we tricked ourselves into thinking we were all alone on Long Lake.

But we were not alone. The parking lot was full of cars, and we could hear drunken campers carousing across the lake late Sunday night. We saw and heard loons, as well as spring peepers. With the wind and waves from the lack lapping against the shore, it made for a very musical spot in the woods.

To read the full story by The Daily Gazette, click here.

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