Lake George

In upstate New York, just across the border from Vermont is Lake George. It's a long and skinny lake, tucked between mountain ranges that rise up from the shorelines to the sky. This little indent between mountains where the lake is today was carved out by a glacier that passed through here a very long time ago.

The water is cold and deep and stunningly clear. At the north end of the lake, there is a cliff face called Roger's Rock where rock climbers come when the weather is right to make the ascent over the water below. The south of the lake is a bit developed and there's a little resort town with restaurants and tourists and mini golf. Farther north though things are much more wild.

Because it's long and narrow the lake is like a corridor that funnels wind from one end to the other, sometimes stirring the water into waves especially in the middle of the lake. But on some rare days everything is calm. 

If you head south from Ticonderoga towards the middle of Lake George, just off the shore there are a string of islands that are part of a public state park. In many parts of the lake the water is deeper than you can see, but here it becomes shallow and you can swim between the islands in the sheltered water. When the sun shines, ribbons of greenish-blue light stream through the clear water, grazing the shallow lake bottom below.

The islands here are small and some have one or two camping spots where you can sleep just above the water. It's an enchanted place to camp, or just rest for a picnic during the day.

There are over 150 islands on the lake and 44 of them that you can camp on. It's a beautiful place to take a trip and feel the gratitude of being in a place so blessed with fresh, clean water. The sky is open here and the place still has a wild feeling.