Postscript: Favorite Memories

Feedback and favorite memories from our adventures at Rollins Pond Campground

One of the aspects I enjoy of formal trips I’ve guided is the feedback either directly at the end of the adventure or the survey responses that come back. It gives me a chance to hear what worked well and what didn’t and gives me perspective – sometimes wildly varying – on what people took away with them from their experience.

Our informal adventures through the Adirondacks were no different. At dinner on Thursday night, I learned what the girls’ favorite memories from our long weekend were.

Kellie: the view from the top

Anna: the canoe ‘interlude’

Liz: the beautiful sunsets on the water

Sadie: the canoe rescue

Maura: the wish boats

For me, there was the very tangible thank you gift that these wonderful friends left me:

Finger Lakes cutting board 15 Steps

For those of you not familiar with Central New York – it’s the Finger Lakes. A beautifully warm, wooden cutting board made locally in my home region. I teared up when I opened the box.

And then there’s the intangible. The connecting with old friends in person and feeling like a loved part of their lives. The spark in a girl trying something for the first time and enjoying it. Trying something almost new and liking it myself (i.e. planning and executing my second adventure weekend of the year and/or consciously and deliberately sharing my love of the outdoors with friends). Relearning how to explore like a seven-, eight-, or nine-year old.

While they may have thanked me for a lifetime of memories, I thank them too for getting me to stretch a little out of my comfort zone. As the saying goes, the magic happens outside of your comfort zone.

For the rest of the trip report, click here.

Published by Kate Monahan

Travel happy. Outdoors professional. Writer. Photographer. Educator.

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