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Fall Break 2011
For fall break this year, 11 of us (mostly CS PhD students) drove four hours to spend a few days relaxing at a house we rented on Lake George. (Some pictures taken by others.)
Driving through the NY countryside.
The boat house.
The sunset from our dock just as we got to the lake.
The first night we made burgers on the grill.
Burger with egg, blue cheese, sauteed mushrooms and onions, and a little ginger peach habanero sauce. Sooo good.
Eating on the porch.
Hanna receives her burger and, understandably, cannot contain her excitement.
Some people across the lake were so happy that we were visiting that they decided to have a fireworks show in our honor! I found myself wondering if Columbus would have been disappointed that our arrival overshadowed the usual celebrations of the Day bearing his name.
Deniz tries Octoberfest beer and October-colored oreos. Conclusions: coordinated colors do not always imply coordinated tastes.
We spent much time hanging out in the boat house, which was built over the lake on stilts and had three of its four walls filled with windows looking over the lake.
I sent this picture of Basu to Merriam-Webster for inclusion under the word “recline.”
Bishan was still learning Basu's technique. Here she almost makes it, but accidentally rotated 90 degrees during her follow-through. Keep practicing, Bishan!
My first (only?) goal of this trip was to sit by a lake and do nothing. :)
Deniz went swimming more than the rest of us combined. Somehow she didn't care that the water was freezing.
*siiigh* CS people...
Hiking up Buck Mountain.
It was supposed to be a 2.5 mile hike, then we took the longer 3.2 mile route, then we realized it was 3.2 one way with 2000 feet elevation gain. And then we took the wrong fork somewhere and made it longer.
But it was a beautiful hike nonetheless.
A little garter snake we spent 10 minutes taking pictures of.
View from the top. Our house was on the tiny, barely-visible peninsula sticking out into the middle of the lake on the left side.
Katerina and Kostas.
Sean keeled over at the top, either due to lack of food or 3G coverage.
Dale a hard-earned 2000 feet above the lake.
Back at the fort, most of us soon were napping.
Before I fell asleep, I managed to hang up the hammock that I'm increasingly glad to have lugged back from the Amazon.
After a nap, we went for a very peaceful canoe ride.
At some point Deniz found, named, and subsequently became inseparably attached to this moth. His name was Bipolar, because sometimes he thought he was a moth, and other times, a leaf.
Breakfast the morning of the last day before leaving.
Hanna helps us pack up and get ready to leave.
Our whole group! I'm already looking forward to next fall break :).
Way more peaceful than the average weekend of a PhD student.