Friday, August 5, 2011

Family & Friends: The Lake

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I can't even tell you how true that statement was around 6pm last Friday at Kerr Lake in Henderson, NC. I was laying there talking with friends and was in no hurry to leave. My original plans were to leave at 3pm that day, because I had plans that Saturday in Wilmington. We went to get ice cream at the Freeze Maid Dairy Bar instead, so I moved it to 6pm and before you know it it was 8pm. Eventually it turned into making muffins over the campfire around 12am. I just couldn't say goodbye yet. I was enjoying my friends (or shall I say family). I left that Saturday morning still wearing my bathing suite from Friday. I said goodbye to my brother and headed down the highway. I must have sighed the whole way home! Thankfully the early morning sun helped my journey.
With that said, Kerr Lake is a very important tradition to me and many others. I have been camping there for 28 years (29 if you count the year in the womb!). I have a record of never missing a year of camping and I really don't want that to end anytime soon. Kerr Lake is filled with endless memories, love, tears, hugs, stories, and most importantly the people who you care about so deeply. It's the kind of place where you don't want to just let anyone come (trust me, I did that once and that sucked!). It took 26 years for me to invite one of my best friends! That should say a lot about what this place means to us.

Here's a little flashback to the past: (most people pictured were at the lake this year)

(Baby in right hand corner is ME!)

There are so many pictures that I could post and introduce you to so many more amazing people that are part of the lake. Maybe I'll have to make a special post just for that! It's hard to leave people out!

Now I want to share some pictures I took from this year!

 I gave myself a little project to work on at the lake this year and that was to take pictures of things that are GREEN! Green happens to be one of my favorite colors and I love making collages like this!

Home for the week (Proctor/Proctor-Adams crew & Hardy #1 crew. Hardy #2 crew's camper is so big I didn't have room to post it. Just kidding!)

 Me, Mom, & Brother (Kevin)

 Me & my beloved hammock.

 Some of my closet friends & family that I have. Eating at Pizza Inn, playing putt putt, and hitting up the arcade is just another one of our traditions!

 Kathy & I have been buddies my whole life! All of the "kids" got friendship bracelets at the arcade.

 Friends & Family

Meet of the cutest dogs ever!

The Hardy crew showing us what they got!

We all must have skills though!

This years new trick! Kevin & Kathy make it looks so easy!

 I really can't talk about the lake if I don't post a few pictures of the food we made! We had chocolate/peanut butter chips pancakes one morning. They were delicious!


 We have a grilled cheese maker that is for using over the campfire! It's always a little better than your typical plain sandwich for lunch! You can also make great dessert sandwiches in this sandwich maker too.

These little yellow jackets were every where this year! It's amazing how close they would let me get to them with my micro lens on. They just wanted food, so I don't think they noticed half the time. I did get a small sting on my last day, but it wasn't too bad!

This seems like the perfect way to closeout this blog post. A simply gorgeous sunset at Kerr Lake. The quote that Matt & I would always write on school pictures and notes when we were younger was "See ya at the lake!" Until next year (or if we're lucky I'll see some there again this year!)...