Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ideabook Tuesday: Sleeping Porches

The summer before I started eighth grade, I spent a long weekend on Keuka Lake, in New York's finger lakes, with my friend Tracy and her family. We spent our days swimming in the lake and bumming around the tiny town of Penn Yan, and our nights being gossipy 12 and 13-year olds on the pier then, when it got too late, on the sleeping porch.

I'm sure it wasn't my first introduction to the sleeping porch, but it made a big impression. The weather in upstate New York is perfect for sleeping outside in the summer, and screened porches make it possible to do so without being woken up by mosquitos.

I've been back to Keuka since that first trip and I'll be visiting again soon - Alicia's family has a house there. This will give me something to think about while I'm doing laundry and packing and doing more laundry:

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for Thursday. BTW: we used to have a sleeping porch before the renovation. It was the best! AKB

Kit Pollard said...

I am really, really excited.

I kind of imagined you sleeping on a porch, in between cookouts and Camp Iroquois songs...

Jaya Wagle said...

Love sleeping on the porch idea. In India, we still sleep on our roof (it is flat) with mosquito nettings. Under the stars, gossiping with my sister till my mom would hush us up... best memories. Thank you. :)

Kit Pollard said...

What a great memory!

I just wrote an ideabook (I'll post it here next week) on houseboats. I found so many great pics of houseboats in Kerala. Really cool structures that looked like so much fun, partly because they were so open to the outside. I haven't been to India, but those photos (and your comment) make it sound very appealing!

Anonymous said...

i used to sleep in the hammock at keuka without a net for several years

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