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Kid Guest Post: Maple Week at the Wild Center

by. Amelie Cudmore, age 8

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Today I went to The Wild Center with mom, dad, grandma and my brother Brayson. We have a group membership for family and friends. First, we signed in.

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Then we got to do a treasure hunt because it was maple weekend. We had clues and started across from the big sphere, then went to the science lab, then the art room, then some place over by the trout. We found the golden leaf! It was really pretty. Next, I was playing with the otters. They really liked to follow my hands on the glass! Then we sat down and did an art project. We used stencils first, then did some painting.

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After that, we went to make paper with a bicycle! We used it to make the pulp. We put the pulp on a screen in a picture frame, then put color on it, then let it dry. With the paper, we made a maple recipe on the printing press. We put ink on a roller on the stencil, then put our paper over it, then squished it with a big wheel. It was pretty fun. After that, we got to pet the snake! It is a rat snake. His name is “Son of Fluffy.” He is called that because his dad’s name is Fluffy. Last, we went to the gift shop and bought maple syrup candy and maple syrup.

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It was an amazing day! I hope you liked this.


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Floors & Paint & Decorating, Oh My!

We spent our first long weekend in Tupper Lake since we bought Camp Wilderness Sunrise! My daughter didn’t have school on Friday, and my husband had to work at a convention in Lake George Thursday night, so it all worked out for a long weekend.

Our brand new hardwood floors had been delivered since our last visit, so we had lots of work to do. We had a local contractor come in to check out the heating system and make some minor repairs. And we realized the front door was in bad shape, so my husband made an early trip to Tupper Lake Supply to get a new one. When gutting our house in Colorado, I became obsessed with egg shaped door knobs for the main entry–I don’t know why, but I love them. Anyway, we were able to find egg shaped door knobs here, so the Camp has one too! It’s our signature. The new door looks great.

Bryan set the tile in the entry–it’s a beautiful slate with a slate mosaic in the middle. The colors pick up the natural blues, greens and browns out the window, and complement the green walls. My husband always claims to not care about design decisions–and makes fun of me because I love those decisions so much–but he suggested we use 2 different tones of hardwood flooring–75% in a darker hue that best hides our big dog’s fur and 25% in a lighter hue that best hides our little dog’s fur. Nobody–including our contractor friend–understood why he would do such a thing, but he was right. The floors look awesome. We’d put cherry floors in our house in Colorado and both of us loved those random pieces of wood that were lighter than the rest–it provided nice interest. The floors in the Camp take that concept in the best possible direction.

I spent the long weekend finishing up the paint in the dining room, cleaning it and setting up furniture. It consists of all vintage furniture–a freshly painted table from my brother in law’s 100 year old farmhouse, bent wood chairs my husband grew up with that were from his grandfather’s antique shop and my grandparent’s buffet and hutch (which will serve lots of fondue and raclette in the very near future). I also added a small cafe set for the kids–so we can have a permanent “kids table” and keep the main table free for dinner parties, catching up on work projects and board games. I’m turning the built in shelving between the kitchen and dining room–where my grandmother used to display her tea cups–into a bar. The original cork floors that we found in here cleaned up great and look awesome!

My other project was the bathroom. I finished painting it and refinishing the vanity, and I also cleaned it really well (stripping the wallpaper made a huge mess). We’ll replace the toilet and flooring next. Did you know you could “butch up” pink tile? Because you can. Especially when it has great black edging tile. We’ve added lots of dark grey and flannel. The tile was in perfect shape–even the grout is perfect–and something about that black edging made me love it. I remember scrubbing that grout with a toothbrush when I was taking baths as a kid, and, well, I’d hate to waste all that hard work!

Saturday night we had dinner at Casa del Sol in Saranac Lake, and let me tell you, the chile con queso with flour chips is just as good as you remember. The new owners are doing great and worked their tails off to get us a table quickly–with 2 overtired kids and a ton of other waiting people at their busiest time. The kids were bribed with Shirley Temples and spent most of the 45 minute wait introducing themselves to fellow diners, dancing to “All the Single Ladies” on my phone and tackling one another. We ran into a bunch of old friends and the food and drinks were great–I can’t wait to go back.

Right before we headed out, my good friend from childhood stopped by with her husband and baby to check everything out. Her husband is an electrician and will be handling all the Camp’s electrical needs. I told her about all our plans for the Camp and about our planned Girl’s Weekend once it’s done. I can’t wait to have people visit–and to welcome old friend as vacationers.

The kids and my mom were complete rock stars all weekend. I took the kids to The Wild Center (loving that membership!) and for a hike, but they spent the rest of the day with my mom. They chased their cousin around the couch, raced through a tent/tunnel combo and spent a lot of time cuddling and watching Dinosaur Train. Amelie also realized she could see herself in the windows in the early morning, so she spent a lot of time dancing while her dad and I tried to wake up and drink coffee. At 5:30 am. The Camp is just too fun to sleep in!


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Renovations have begun!

This summer, my husband and I purchased my Grandparent’s old lakefront home in my hometown of Tupper Lake, NY.

After living in CO for the last 10 years, getting married and welcoming 3 dogs and 2 kids to our family, we’ve moved back to New York to be closer to our family. We are currently living in a row home from the 1800s in a city in upstate NY, and I have to say, all summer, all I’ve wanted to do is go back home to Tupper Lake and go swimming! No matter how much we loved Colorado (and trust me…we LOVED Colorado), I missed swimming in the lakes and rivers all those years we were away.

We visited Tupper Lake for Woodsman’s Field Days in July, and our kids had a blast. We planned our next trip for the week between summer camp and school, since our kids would be out of school. I asked my mom, who has owned my Grandparent’s home since they passed away, if we could stay there. I hadn’t been in the house since I was in college. Walking around, taking in the magnificent view of the lake, my husband and I thought, “We need to buy this place.” And we did.

Last weekend we brought the kids and dogs to Tupper Lake, and began the renovation process. Upon arrival in town, we headed to the Brick Oven Cafe on the recommendation of a shop owner in downtown, and the sandwiches were amazing–fresh bread, interesting combinations, healthy, perfection! I spent the day swimming with the kids while my husband ripped up old, tattered carpets and tore down old, damaged wallpaper. Afterwards we stopped for a well-deserved beer at The Trails End. Then we grabbed pizza, wings and breadsticks for dinner for $20 at Guido’s Pizzeria under their meal deal!

Sunday morning we went to the Lumberjack and had the most amazing breakfast (as usual). It made me happy to see that my kids were starting to remember this place–they wanted to know where the Lumberjack guy was! I was back at the lake with the kids for the day, and my husband was back at the house making it lovely. We stopped at Aubuchon’s Hardware for our paint, and I was ecstatic to see they had the Pottery Barn colors I wanted! Everyone was super helpful. We headed up to Bog River Falls at the end of the day, and to my surprise, both of my children willingly swam down the falls on their dad’s lap, to the applause of many families camping at the nearby sites. We ended the night with s’mores in front of the outdoor fireplace.

Monday morning we went to the Washboard Laundromat for donuts and they were even better than I remembered! Yum! We ate our donuts on the front deck as we watched the sailboats warm up for the regatta, then headed off into the woods for a morning hike. My husband went back to work on the wallpaper removal project, and I took the kids to the Wild Center with my mom, sister and niece. It was amazing! I cannot believe how lucky the residents and visitors of Tupper Lake are to have such an amazing resource. I look forward to coming back and getting work done in the cafe (free wi-fi!), working on science experiments with the kids in the lab and hiking and snowshoeing the trails.

Our weekend was over much too quickly–I think it was the most relaxing, productive and enjoyable weekend of our entire summer. Our kids left happy (and very tired!) and our dogs left with smiles on their faces. So did my husband and I. Our next trip will be with a moving truck full of furniture!

Stay tuned…


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Note: I’ve already had several friends ask us when the house will be ready for vacation rentals. The answer is, I’m not sure. The overly ambitious side of me says this winter (just in time for $15 lift tickets at Big Tupper!), but it may be longer than that. We want to make sure it’s completely awesome first! If you’re interested in renting the house, leave a comment and I will be in touch.