The Catskills, Mt. Tremper Fire Tower & Onteora Lake

This post is only about a month and a half late, but we’re glad it’s finally here.

Back on Memorial Day Weekend, Megan and I along with Sam and Melissa headed into New York’s Catskills Mountains for some camping, hiking, and just plain-old outdoor relaxation.

Aside from the 4+ hour drive through Memorial Day Traffic, we eventually arrived at our weekend’s campground, Kenneth L Wilson Campground.

The campground was small, and there wasn’t much to do actually at the campground. But the campsites were well spaced apart, aside from not much vegetation between them.

We lucked out with some decently quiet neighbors, albeit a one night of shenanigans involving alcohol and smelly drugs weren’t all too pleasant when trying to go to bed, thankfully it was only one of the nights.

We awoke Saturday morning and planned what we thought was a 3-mile hike up and down Mount Tremper to its fire tower, but this turned out more like 6-7 miles. It was actually a beautiful hike and wasn’t terribly steep.

I was too chicken to climb up the fire tower, I have awful balance and coordination issues when I have a fear of falling, so I opted to hang out at the bottom and chat with the tower keeper who was hanging out at the top and unlocked the fire tower so people could enjoy the view.

After the hike, we headed back to camp and made some delicious foil-wraps. I’m still trying to convince Megan to do a camp-cooking youtube channel.

Sunday was a late morning, and a short actual 3-mile hike around Onteora Lake, I wish I had brought the kayak because this lake looked amazing, we saw some beaver houses (hotels, condos, townhomes, dens, what are they actually called?)

And right as we were leaving we stumbled upon a deer stair straight at us, I snagged a pretty sweet slow motion shot of it in the video above.

Back at camp, we made tortilla pizzas, which has now become a new requirement on all camping trips and played a few hands of Quiddler which I now know I am awful at.

That night, Sam and Melissa opted to pack up and leave because of the pending torrential rain the next morning, and we opted to stay because our gear does a bit better in the rain.

Of course, we awoke to exactly that, torrential rain, so we packed up quickly, and then drove the 3-4 hours home to end an otherwise perfect weekend.

Catch us in a few weeks as we head to Vermont.

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