With summer quickly approaching I thought it would be a good time to write about my own “Charlie Tango” helicopter adventure last summer. The irony here is that I am petrified of flying. I still fly because what kind of life would I live if I never traveled? I want to explore different parts of the world but if I let my fear consume me then I will miss out on a lot of great adventures.
So back to last summer. Mike and I spent every weekend at the Great Sacandaga Lake or GSL for short. With the motto: the best kept secret of the Adirondacks, it truly is a hidden gem. When we are at the GSL we stay at Giuseppi’s camp (super Italian name I know). Giuseppi is Mike’s childhood friend and Giuseppi’s two brothers, Giacamo and Gaetano, and his college roommate, CJ and CJ’s girlfriend Courtney, spend the weekends with us. Their “camp” really isn’t much of a camp, it’s more of a house.. a big house, that’s right on the water.
The Lanzi Family
Giuseppi’s family is very well known in this area because they own three out of four restaurants on this lake:
I recommend stopping at anyone of these restaurants if you are in the area. Sport Island Pub and Lakeside Tavern are more casual places. If you are looking for food, drinks, and entertainment, you can’t go wrong with either one. If you are looking for a formal restaurant that is a little more fancy, Lanzi’s on the Lake is the place to go. The best part about all three places is that you can pull your boat right up to their docks and leave it there while you eat. Now back to the helicopter ride…
The Sky’s the Limit
Mr. Perrone, a family friend of the Lanzi’s, owns a very successful aviation leather company, so as you might have already guessed, he owns a couple airplanes and helicopters too. One day last summer he flew his helicopter to camp and graciously took everyone that was there for a ride.
I’m not going to lie, I was pretty scared at first because like I mentioned earlier I am petrified of flying. But I wasn’t going to let my fear stop me from this once in a lifetime opportunity.