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Final goodbyes

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Getting ready to head to Iowa for our roof repair but not before a few final fun times.  The weather was beautiful over the weekend but on Monday the rains started and it is still raining today!  Being from California I should be appreciative of all this rain but I’m not,  I just want the sun to come out so we can get back out on the lake and have some fun.

We did make it for a beautiful hike on Thursday between storms.

Will never get enough of these beautiful mountains and lakes, love  the Adirondacks

Will never get enough of these beautiful mountains and lakes, love the Adirondacks

Can we call this a frontbomb?

Can we call this a frontbomb?

There were lots of people on the top of Bald Mountain and Duke was in the perfect spot so I just shared the view with a family!  Coming down the mountain Duke cozied up to some people posing on a rock, so he is in their family photo also!

We had one more dinner out and we choose Mountain Side restaurant even though we had not heard great things about it but we had heard about “THE BIG DADDY”  and Paul and Ethan were sure it was going to be amazing!

BIG DADDY - Buttered, Toasted thick bread with lots of Pulled Pork and topped off with Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese!  Wholly Cow!

BIG DADDY – Buttered, Toasted thick bread with lots of Pulled Pork and topped off with Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese! Wholly Cow!

They both ordered their own and had smiles on their faces from the first bite!  Although Paul was paying for it later in the evening!  Me, I’m sticking with the wonderful BBQ Chicken with the roasted vegetables!  Yummy!.

Later that evening we took a walk down Main Street because we were all feeling a bit overstuffed!  Main Street in Old Forge is littered with cute boutiques, antique stores, bars and restaurants.  This one we have never ventured into!

Hmmmm

Hmmmm

I wonder if they can pay the rent with those hours!

Today we will have a final BBQ with Fred, Judy and the Boys, maybe a fire with smores (rain go away!) and then tomorrow morning we are off on our own again with a couple days in Canada, Michigan and Illinios before settling in Iowa for two weeks while they fix our home!  I get to go home during that time so I am excited to get to September 9th!

 

Thanks for a wonderful day,

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Holidays are the most difficult for me even though I love living my life and enjoy all the wonderful things we get to do.  We are forging new places as we create new traditions, ones of change!  Friday was my birthday and I have had several while being away from home.  This one was beautiful!  Paul and I along with his sisters, nephews and some friends enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day on the Moose River canoeing!  It took us over 4 hours to meander the river with several stops to snack and swim including cupcakes and of course the song!!!!

Then in the evening I enjoyed a night out, with a movie/play and then cocktails on the roof!  The movie was Grease complete with live actors and funny ideas about the “old” movie!    Lots of laughter!  Then we went to a new bar in town that is a rooftop lounge, open air with great views of the main street and real live grass growing!

The girls called, I got lots of emails and texts and if I can’t be home then this was pretty close and  memorable!  Thanks honey for making my day!

More summer fun

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

 

The weather is cooperating and we are taking advantage.  Summer is winding down for us here in the Adirondacks; Paul’s Sister Carol leaves on Saturday and we will be heading west in another week.  Yesterday we spotted the chicken in the backyard and today we found this turtle in the neighbors yard!

Far from the lake

Far from the lake

He was a bit afraid and was moving pretty fast as the audience grew!  Finally the neighbor picked him up and was going to walk down the road to a swamp area and release him.  It is about a 1/4 mile away.

Every evening

Every evening

We see deer most every day, at all times of the day.  Many have fawns and these two we see often as they hang out near Judy’s home.

We visited The Enchanted Forest, Water Safari which is a big deal in these parts, lots of rides, entertainment and water slides.  Paul’s brother Daniel works for the park as the park facilities manager!  He gets to fix all the rides or whatever goes wrong in the park.  We had lunch with Daniel,  watched the circus act and did a little walk down memory lane!  Paul worked at the park when he lived here in the 70’s.

Riding the train

Riding the train

I'm thinking this ride is from the 70's!

I’m thinking this ride is from the 70’s!

Maybe this one too!

Maybe this one too!

Daniel built some of this carriage for Cinderella

Daniel built some of this carriage for Cinderella

Love these musical bells!

Love these musical bells!

Bumper Cars, definitely retro

Bumper Cars, definitely retro

This sign is on the wall in the previous photo!   I think Daniel is proud of his work!

This sign is on the wall in the previous photo!
I think Daniel is proud of his work!

Waiting for sunset in Inlet

Waiting for sunset in Inlet

Today we were suppose to watch a little league game but it got rained out!  Instead we got to see this beautiful sunset

SunsetBoat

Looking at the reflection on the shoreline

Looking at the reflection on the shoreline

We weren't alone

We weren’t alone

Chicken for Dinner – and!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Paul, Is this your chicken?”  Fred calls from the driveway!

“What are you talking about?”  Paul calls from the car as we are about to leave.

We had just finished a nice BBQ dinner of Chicken, salt potatoes and salad, and were on our way to BINGO! So I was very confused as I sat waiting in the car.  I’m thinking, someone thru their chicken out and Duke was eating it in the yard!

Yep, a real chicken is wandering thru the yard!  We have seen deer , squirrels, chipmunks, dogs wandering around but  never a Chicken!  I’m thinking he has no idea a relative was just on the BBQ!

Fred is the photobomber!

Fred is the photobomber!

Today was a grand day.  It has been raining a lot and we have had a picnic rained out and a backyard movie on the wall rained out.  We even sat under shade tarps for a campfire and ate s’mores in the rain but today the sun came out and we took advantage even though I was not prepared!

Not sure this is going to work!

Not sure this is going to work!

 

Hands Free!

Hands Free!

 

If you haven’t laughed already today, have a look at the video!

Tubing Adventure Video

 

 

 

15 Miles on the Erie Canal, Low Bridge everybody down!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Boy can it rain!  It rained so hard early Monday morning,  I thought sure we would be floating by the time it stopped.  The other thing that happens with storms is the heavens rumble forever;  I never saw lightening but the thunder was non stop for several hours (or at least it seemed like that at 5 am!)  We haven’t had the best weather but when it is nice it is so beautiful.

Today we took a ride on the Erie Canal and through Lock #E18.  Lock 18 is one of two locks on the canal that operate with the original 100 year old equipment. We have done so many rides through locks that I’m not that interested but the weather was beautiful and a ride on the river was very relaxing.  We almost didn’t get on the boat!  The boat was scheduled for 3 pm and advanced reservations were recommended but we thought a Wednesday afternoon in Herkimer NY, no problem!  It was,  we arrived about 15 minutes before departure and they only had 3 spots and we were 6!  The very nice lady called the captain and he allowed the six of us to purchase tickets and come aboard!  There was a family of 8 that came in as she was calling to the captain and they didn’t get to come along!  The good news is they saved $19 per person!

Carol, David and Ethan getting ready for our exciting ride on the Erie Canal!

Carol, David and Ethan getting ready for our exciting ride on the Erie Canal!

They are constantly dredging the canal.

They are constantly dredging the canal.

The canal is only 12-14 feet deep and is used for mostly recreational use.  Originally it was built to move freight from NYC to Buffalo and into the Great Lakes.

Small Cruise Ship

Small Cruise Ship

Our captain said these cruises go from Rhode Island to Chicago!  That might be interesting to do one day.

the 2nd oldest Church in New York State

the 2nd oldest Church in New York State

Fort Herkimer Church is along the banks of the Erie Canal and is the second oldest church in New York and the oldest building in Herkimer County.

Let me out!

Let me out!

Inside lock E18!  Now we get to go up river and turn around and go back!

A Great Looper!

A Great Looper!

On the return trip through the lock we had company; there were three boats all from Ohio.  They were doing America’s Great Loop and are know as Loopers.  They are much like us only they use their boats to adventure around the rivers, canals, and lakes of the Eastern part of the USA.  America’s Great Loop can be started anywhere along the loop and takes about a year to do the whole thing.  It is about 5-7 thousand miles and includes Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great Lakes, The Canadian Heritage Canals, the Erie Canal,  Mississippi River, Tennessee River, Hudson River,  Okeechobee Waterway and the Illinois River.  Paul thinks he wants to do this someday!  I think living in an RV and traveling America’s highways is interesting enough!

 

 

 

 

The captain of one of the 3 boats is holding his boat in place as we raise.  His shipmate (wife) has rubber gloves on as she holds the bow of the boat away from the slimmy sides of the lock!

The captain of one of the 3 boats is holding his boat in place as we raise. His shipmate (wife) has rubber gloves on as she holds the bow of the boat away from the slimmy sides of the lock!

The Loopers heading into the lock!

The Loopers heading into the lock!

 

Another great adventure in New York!

A very busy Sunday!

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Tonight we enjoyed the sounds of  Nick Ziobro, a local boy who’s family has a summer home here in Old Forge for many years.  He has an amazing presence on stage and a voice of a real crooner, it was easy to forget he is only 17!

Besides enjoying a great concert tonight, this afternoon we went to the private airstrip in town and enjoyed an afternoon of Radio Controlled aircraft!  We even got to see a couple small drone’s.

RCplanes

biplane

Yep!

Yep!

A flying lawnmower!

A flying lawnmower!

A good laugh

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

We are doing a lot of laughing this summer while we spend time with Paul’s family!

Duke get's in on the action!

Duke get’s in on the action!

No one has any idea why Duke chose to jump up on top of Carol and just sit down!  He was very serious and really didn’t want to get down – Paul had to pull him off her!

More hikes, water, and a little more culture

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

I just can’t get enough!

No smog here!

No smog here!

Psychodelic mushrooms

Psychedelic mushrooms

Mushroom

Not sure you would want to eat these!  Psychedelic Mushrooms, brilliant color.

I also enjoyed a Childrens Musical version of Tarzan this week.  The little 8 year old boy who played the child, Tarzan was amazing.  He had a solo and he is going to be someone to watch!

Last night Paul and I went to the Boonville, Oneida County Fair to see the Tractor Pulling.  That’s interesting!

Small tractors

Small tractors

Loud Tractors, lots of smoke!

Loud Tractors, lots of smoke!

Then the really loud ones competed!  My butt was vibrating from the noise!

Too dam funny!

Too dam funny!

There were a few exhibits and plenty of cows, pigs, goats  and horses and these guys!

Those are some horns

Those are some horns

The fair was tiny, in fact most of the fair was the midway!  We had our fill of grease and topped it off with a giant root beer float to fill in the gaps. A fun evening.

 

 

Culture in the Adirondacks

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

We are enjoying the nature with lots of hiking, and some boating.  This week I learned to SUP! Stand up Paddleboard.   It looked easy but standing on a surfboard and balancing while paddling was a real workout for my legs.  I will definitely be trying it again.

A Bikeboat - pretty fun toy

A Bikeboat – pretty fun toy

Relaxing in the woods

Relaxing in the woods

Another beautiful pond

Another beautiful pond

No smog here!

No smog here!

 

 

The Town of Old Forge has a great Community Arts Center.  We have been to VIEW  twice already to see a Big Band Group and tonight I went with the girls to see a Children’s Musical Production of Tarzan.  It was very creative and entertaining. The kids are very talented.  It was a musical that had a little comedy.

I have also been reading a lot.  Last night about 2:30 am I finished The Light between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman.  This is a first novel and I will be looking forward to the next.  She draws you into the story and the characters so well.  It is definitely a sad story but the tears only came at the very end.

We made a trip to Utica which is about 45 minutes south where we found a great little spot to have a real Italian Dinner.  Utica-Rome  is known for their Chicken Riggies a pasta dish with chicken, rigatoni, spicy and sweet peppers and a creamy tomatoe sauce.  I have made them myself but Paul wanted the real deal.  We found Ventura’s which we didn’t know it (we found it on YELP) but everyone here knows about it!

In the old neighborhood!

In the old neighborhood!

This place was definitely from the era when the Italian’s were prominent in the Utica area!  You step inside and down the stairs into a different era!  The bar is upfront, male waiters, male bartender, male photos on all the walls, fancy table clothes and the menu was lots of pasta and meat!  The riggies were great!  I think I come in a very close second!!!

Besides all this going out, I have been enjoying my sewing machine a little and have completed a wall hanging that I will be getting quilted here locally.  I can’t wait to get it and hang it somewhere in our home.  I haven’t done any decorating yet in the new home and it really needs some personalizing!  Matching artwork on the walls is not my style!

Another beautiful day on the lake

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Sunday was dinner and a boat ride at Paul’s uncle Dicks place on 4th lake.  We have had several opportunities for beautiful weather and getting out on the lake.  Today was a little cool but the water was perfect for a ride!

Captain Dick!

Captain Dick!

Carol, Paul and Paul's cousin Pat.

Carol, Paul and Paul’s cousin Pat.