4th of July weekend at the lakehouse pt 1

July 5, 2010 |  Category:   friends holidays life travels

We just got back from one of the best weekends we’ve had in a long time. This is the summer of first meetings – people that I’ve gotten to know online, but are meeting for the first time and who have generously invited us to stay with them.

Sara Jensen and her family used to live in NYC, but they moved to the San Juan Islands in Washington state a year and a half ago (take a look at their wonderful shop. I’ve been using their pomegranate tote bag all summer). I didn’t know her when she lived in NY and I had only really started to get to know her earlier this year, but she invited us to her lake house over the 4th of July weekend while on their cross country road trip back East (yes, she single handedly drove her 2 year old and husband to NY in 6 days from the San Juans).

The lake house is a special place. It was built in 1906 and has been in her family ever since. There is no electricity or running water, there never has been. Life is stripped down to the basics – cooking, eating, swimming, talking and hiking. There were about 15 people staying in the 5 bedroom house and the girls had the best time. Claudine kept saying “it’s so quiet here” and Mia learned how to swim with a life vest on. We couldn’t get her out of the water so she happily paddled around by herself collecting lakeweed when all the adults got too cold from swimming. We warmed up in the sun and watched her from the dock with our coffee and beers.

The days really slow down when you have no regard or care for time. Though this wasn’t camping in the woods, this was as close to camping as I’ve gotten in probably 18 years when I did some serious camping and hiking for weeks at a time in the summers during college. It was a reminder of the importance to stop, unplug and just breathe.

More photos tomorrow…

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  • ChantaleP July 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Now that’s what summer’s all about! It’s great to hear you meeting up with virtual friends.. in real life. Awesome.. and generous too! They have a beautiful place. Beautiful photos as well, could almost smell the wildflowers..

  • Louis Duke July 5, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    This is so amazingly wonderful.
    Great photos.
    I am so happy to have found your blog.

  • audrey July 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    These are the most beautiful photos you have taken yet. And such a beautiful story to match them. It made me want to drop everything and go live simply in the woods for a little while. I think that people severely under-estimate the need for quiet time.

  • mina July 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    That looks heavenly. Enough of a kick in the butt to work my way upstate…although it seems like you had “ghosts” in your cabin…; ).

  • Jennifer July 5, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    “It’s so quiet here”-that’s beautiful. We left the city for Upstate, then the ocean. Your blog always has me longing for the city, but also makes me feel that I am in part, still there.

  • ftenshin July 5, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Jenna, that looks like a fantastic trip! You must have had a wonderful time… there’s nothing like being in nature to unwind, looking forward to more photos!

  • Caddy July 6, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Sounds like a lovely weekend!! The pictures make the location seem so idyllic!

  • Adele {modernemotive} July 6, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Looks like a lovely weekend. Nothing beats being this close to nature with just the basics. I can’t wait to go camping at the end of the month to get a taste of it. Though we’ll have running water. 🙂

    Looking forward to Part 2.

  • Karen July 6, 2010 at 8:15 am

    ahhhhhhh…pure bliss.

  • bronwyn July 6, 2010 at 9:30 am

    What a pretty cabin. That looks like a great time. Claudine’s swimsuit is darling!

  • Sara Jensen July 6, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I love seeing other peoples photos of Camp Llewoh. It was awesome having you guys there.

  • Quindome July 6, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Isn’t the internet amazing the way it can bring people together in such nice ways? And yeah, Claudine looks adorable in her little suit!

  • joslyn July 6, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    wow…what an utterly magical weekend!

  • Lecia July 6, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    It looks like perfect summer!!

  • yossy July 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    you can really feel the warmth in these shots. yay summertime!

  • Sandy July 7, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Such gorgeous photography. Love the dog photo a lot.