We didn’t plan on it, but yesterday we found ourselves headed up north for our fourth annual end-of-summer day in Lake George. We’d planned on a final day in Saratoga, but en route changed our minds. We had a very lovely day – which ended just in time as a tremendous downpour started right after dark. We made it home through a raging rain, and after a brief recapping of our day and some last-minute, late-night roughhousing, we got into bed on the final non-school night of summer vacation.
Things started off in an interesting way as I saw a young man holding this sign at the side of the highway… (poor guy left his sign in our car. Oops.)
Here was some mother’s kid! And he needed a ride! I pulled over without thinking twice. Think what you will, he was smiling and just had a good feeling about him. What if this were my kid??
Elihu’s working his magic and cracking up our new friend Harrison (who by the way, was also a Waldorf kid. How crazy is that?) We had a short but very enjoyable ride with this young man. We wish him all the best and will be sending him our good thoughts as he continues his adventure (all the way to the west coast perhaps. !)
Good kid. I just hope he calls home to tell his supportive parents how things are going.
Didn’t feel quite right just leaving him there, but I guess that’s the idea. Good luck, Harrison!
We didn’t plan on this either, but a boat was just leaving, and the captain invited us along – why not?
Enjoying the northward view after a little picnic.
How the other half lives. The elegant Sagamore Hotel on Lake George.
Quite a spread. It resides on a small peninsula.
Perfect day for us. I love cloudy days, and they help Elihu to see better.
Dome Island. Public access. Maybe we’ll explore it one day. Never know.
More of the same, but it really gives a good feel for the day.
Parasailing – we’ll get to this one day too, I hope.
Cap’n Ed invited us into the wheelhouse. Once again, lil man is making em laugh.
I spent some time at the wheel too. Reminded me of the time I drove the multi-level tourist boat on Lake Como. Fareed grabbed the mic and began to announce the stops in Italian. A drunk captain just looked on and smiled. Another time, and another country to be sure. But this was fun and laid back too. (Probably a tad safer as well. !)
Now Elihu gets a turn. We both enjoyed telling Ed – after Elihu’s turn at the wheel – that he was legally blind. !!
Ed took Elihu up to the private room on the top level for a look down below at the dance floor. Many weddings have happened here. (And many drunken “Titanic” moments have happened on the bow, too.)
We shared the ride with very few people. It was a friendly bunch.
Passing the steam-powered, paddle wheel Minne Ha Ha. We rode on this last summer.
Pulling into the dock. Always interesting to watch. An impressive feat.
Now it’s on the the arcade. Funny, but this flying game blew Elihu’s mind last year and changed his life. Now, months after the introduction of Wii into our home, this is very old-school and he didn’t care to play it twice.
He ran outside when we ran out of cash. Made a little bit more, then dashed back inside….
to the kid-friendly gambling device. ! Elihu has new appreciation for the power of an addiction.
The sun came out and we were able to get a good look at the Adirondac – the boat we’d just been in (and driven.) The glass enclosure at the top right is the room from which Elihu and Ed were looking down onto to the dance floor.
Here’s where we passed the next hour. A beautiful, densely-planted garden in its late-summer glory. (The boat behind.)
Elihu was following the sound of grasshoppers and crickets.
He did find an insect making its sound – he described in detail the movements it was making, but when he tried his luck with the camera, it didn’t appear. Easy to hear – a real challenge to locate visually – by anyone, sighted or low-vision.
Elihu’s world is mostly an up-close one. Nice shot sweetie!
Elihu is showing the ‘Peace Officer’ how he can keep the peace with his Ben 10 omnitrix watch. He surprised them when he shot out a flying disc.
Now on to supper. We follow a cozy, European-esque alley way to our favorite place.
Here we are! Even got our favorite corner table on the railing!
Tomorrow it might be ramen again, but one night a year it’s lobster and clams! (We learned a very important and expensive lesson this meal: always ask if the lobster is fresh. And it it’s a tail, it’s likely been frozen. Never before have we ever tasted such bad lobster. A great disappointment. But Elihu was good about it. Poopie!)
So much for a serious picture.
So we hit the bathroom. I’m thinking about a post that’s been making the FB rounds… Handwritten on a wall is a picture of this message: Things I Hate 1) Vandalism 2) Irony 3) Lists. No sooner had I thought of it, when I thought that Elihu and I should add our names to the ones on the wall in a commemoration of sorts to our day. My eyes landed – at that very thought – on this spot on the wall. It was our mark from last year’s trip. !! I told Elihu about the Facebook post, and naturally he cracked up. Then I showed him this. Be both knew what we had to do…
Add to it! (That’s a jumping frog. Elihu says it was hard to draw on the wall surface, plus I used a flash once and it screwed him up. So if the frog is off, it’s my bad. That soured the mood for a bit. Yeeps.)
But not to worry, the mood will soon be a happy one. It starts like this – just one dinner roll does the trick. (That, and a certain, special gift.)
He got her! But she’s a wild duck, and very strong. She knocked the glasses clear off his head.
We drove home in a hard-pouring rain. Usually the road is covered in frogs. We hardly saw one the whole trip (maybe too much rain!) We made an extra detour down a country road and found this guy. He’s in our pond now. For Elihu, this was just the very best end possible to a very wonderful day.
5 thoughts on “Lake Day”
So nice pic’s
Indeed. ! :)
Ah…very nice. I used to be way into frogs and critters when I was Elihu’s age…and actually all the way into my 20’s…I had a zoo in my bedroom. And hey if cloudy days are good for the kid’s vision, he should move to Seattle someday. He might end up with 20-20! GB