Solo Camping at Cranberry Lake, NY, U.S.A.
October 16th - October 18th, 2017
Nature has the power to soothe and heal, whether it is from a broken heart, lost, boredom, anxiety, or in my case, craving a mean of escape. This wanderlust moment led to my first 'SOLO' camping trip to upstate New York....and it was tremendously relaxing and mind-cleansing. To be honest, I wanted a little dodge from the reality and the pressure of job-finding, networking events, getting rejected, agitated for acceptance, interviews, and waiting and waiting and waiting...and waiting. What seemed like an impulsive tent-buying moment ended up to be truly rehabilitating at the right moment when I needed it most. As much as I like the energy and speed of New York City, taking a step back to recharge every once in a while is a healthy thing to do. After all, not all those who wander are lost.
Cranberry Lake is located amongst the Adirondack mountains and is considered one of the largest remote lakes in the area, intermingled in 50,000 acres of wilderness, a perfect location to get away from the urban scene and for outdoor enthusiasts. I woke up at the break of dawn with my gears and rations to pick up the rental car from Newark Liberty International Airport (cheaper price, that's why) and I was on my way. It took approximately 6 hours (330 Miles) to reach Cranberry Lake Campground via I-87 N from Newark, with windows rolled down, cool beginning-of-fall wind wisp by and my 90s music on shuffle, it was a dandy drive.
Having a passion for cooking and an appetite for food, the meals included : Steak with stir-fried mushroom, onion and asparagus for the first dinner. Cold cuts and cheese sandwiches with banana for first breakfast. Thai porridge with soft-boiled egg for first lunch. Beef Chili pasta with mushroom and potatoes for second dinner. Bacon, sausages, fried egg and buttered toast for the last breakfast.