head north

Are you there winter?   No?  Ok, that’s cool.

The mild winter has been fun, but I know my kid has been pissed.   He’s a kid, of course he wants tons of snow!    This grass in February stuff isn’t cool.   To give him something of a little winter experience his dad and I brought him up to Saranac Lake this weekend.   It’s the Adirondacks, they must be slammed with snow?   Nope.   But it was still pretty cool.

Manfriend’s brother helps construct the ice castle for The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival so we got to get a little preview of the awesomeness:

 

 

Really amazing stuff.   I believe the Winter Carnival kicks off this weekend and runs through next.   Weather permitting the ice castle should be open for the next 30 days.   The theme this year is space invasion and there are a lot of amazing space craft ice creations…2 1/2 hours away from Albany…definitely worth the drive.

After we checked out the castle we wandered into Lake Placid for a bit..walked out onto the lake, enjoyed the day.   Then manfriend’s bro took us to a relatively secluded frozen lake, it was pretty breathtaking at dusk (sorry for the choppiness, it’s a crappy panorama app on my iPhone):

 

Not a ton of snow in the Adirondacks right now, but still beautiful to see.   That’s what I love about living in Albany.   Jump in the car, drive about 2 1/2 hours south and you’re in the city.   Drive about 2 1/2 hours north, you’re deep in the Adirondacks.   NYS may annoy the crap out of me sometimes, but it’s got range.

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schroon lake

If you’re driving up the Northway to “the lake” you’re probably going to Lake George, every once in awhile we head a little further north to Schroon Lake, if you think this pic is pretty you should see it in the summer.

The beach was closed but we were still able to do ample exploring and relaxing, how amazing is this view?

The water was very high, I’m not an environmental expert but this pic kinda sums up my statement (half submerged dock):

We still had time to wander up the shore and enjoy the not quite chilly May afternoon,

I even took a little risk and popped my toes in the super chilly water

(I love that my feet are so pale they actually look like they’re glowing.)

Schroon Lake is a definite visit in the summer, seriously, you won’t be disappointed.

518 readers do you ever venture past Lake George?   What’s your favorite “almost to Canada” destination?

vacation decisions

Summer’s almost here.   Camps need to be signed up for.   Tiny inflatable pools needs to be purchased.  Flip flop style decisions need to be made, yay for summer!   We always have a lot of local fun in the summer because there’s so much to do here!

Strawberry picking in Schoharie (with some silly looking strawberries)


Fun throwback rides at Hoffmans (I always call this the paratrooper but does anyone know the actual name of this ride?)

Impulsive pool parties in the yard:

And margaritas on the patio:

Yum!

If we do take a vacay we’re deciding between the Adirondacks

or Florida (love this picture)

I love the Adirondacks and manfriend hates Florida (especially in the summer) but I love visiting the Tampa-Clearwater area so we’ll see if we can’t convince him to consider a little Florida time.  Hey you spend most of the time in the AC, right?

The final option we’re considering is Kennebunkport in Maine.  We haven’t been there in about 7 years but it is always amazing (go to the Lobster Shack!)   So what would YOU choose?

Have you made your vacation decisions yet?   Where are you spending the summer?