This stop on our New York state road trip has been a real treat!
My little sister and her boyfriend Jared just relocated from Florida on up to NY as well. Crazy, right? That we both, my sister and I, moved from the warm and sunny states to woods of New York. She left Florida the same day I left Hawaii in fact! We’re such sisters, always on the same wavelength.
Luckily for us, the timing just fell in to place for a nice two-night visit along our eat to west route. So after seeing the McKay and Duggan side of the fam and our eastern-NY pals, we headed toward Albany.
Pottersville, where Valentine Pond is, is about 45 minutes (maybe even an hour) outside/north of Albany. I haven’t seen my sister in over year, not since I was in Florida last March. So this reunion was long overdue!
And what a place for a reunion to occur.
Camp Curtis is the rustic and luxurious country home of the Curtis family; Jared, Anna’s boyfriend is a Curtis. His Dad and Uncle both have houses on the property and the backdrop is the clean, serene upstate beauty all around us. Valentine Pond (which is more like a small lake), the woods, and the clean air make this family camp a wonderful retreat.
The Curtis clan is great! Warm, wacky, inviting and very hospitable, they welcomed us right in and we’ve spent a few days here eating with them, sharing music (guitars, basses, and banjos galore!)… we’ve been trading stories and hanging out.
Not to mention that amongst all of us “kids” there are enough Apple products to open our own Genius Bar.
The only thing possibly outnumbering our fancy electronics is the pets! The Curtis Family are pet-lovers for sure! Our little JJ has had the best time ever. He hasn’t even been scared! He just got right in with the other pooches and he’s been playing, cuddling, running around. He’s even been walking on the hardwood floors. (Trust me, I’m just as shocked as you are).
It’s just one more reason why Duggs and I need to expand our fur family when the time is right. Jayjers just does better with more doggies around! So Anna and Jared have their blended fur fam, and then the Uncle and Cousins up here for the weekend had a couple pooches with them too. It was way too fun being on the pond, feeling the cool clean air, and just seeing oodles of wagging tails and running paws.
Spending a few days here has really allowed me to re-charge my batteries. I’m still sick, don’t worry. But mentally – I feel a peace that’s been long overdue. I think part is just being around my sister. Going so long being so far away from her just tugs at my heart. Matthew’s family is amazing and wonderful, and being with them was long overdue too – they make me feel like one of the fam for sure. But nothing beats being with your own sis, right?
I’m so happy to know mine will only be a six hour drive away from here on out! Woohoo!
The pics in this post are all my iPhone snap shots. At some point I’ll have to make a real nice photo post of pics from our good camera from the trip. We’ve had a lot of fun taking some nice shots, and I can’t wait to get them uploaded and have a look. We have some awesome shots of the boys and Anna all jamming out together, all of the animals going nuts, it’s just been an awesome time – I love when a bunch of redneck music-geeks get together for some hang out time. For now the quickies will do and they at least give you an idea of what camp life has been like.
We’re moving on from here to Buffalo (Fredonia, NY) – FINALLY! YAY!
We’ll get to our last stop on the road trip and get to see my cousins, aunts, uncles and so on. We’ll be living with my cousin Nick and his son Austin – so finally getting there and starting to get acquainted with our new home will be awesome. The rambling phase will come to an end and we can finally feel able to settle down. Homeless, no more!