Given that we can live only a small part of what there is in us — what happens with the rest?
~ Pascal Mercier, Night Trail to Lisbon
Bolton Landing is on Lake George in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. I could tell you about Lake George, things I’ve found on the internet, but I never got a very good look at Lake George so it hardly seems pertinent to my summer vacation story. M and I have plans to go back to the Lake George region sometime in the future. Maybe next year. Maybe not. One thing we learned on this trip is that the Adirondacks are not as far from here as we thought they were.
The only reason I bring up Lake George at all is because Bolton Landing happened to be a stop on our way to Vermont. We randomly picked it as a place to have lunch, the thinking being that we might have the opportunity to sit by Lake George at a waterfront restaurant and maybe get in a little walk after we refueled our bodies. I’m sure there are restaurants where we could have gotten a look at Lake George, but the one we originally picked turned out to be little more than a take-out shack on the water that served things like hot dogs, hamburgers, and grilled cheese. All of which are good if that’s what you like to eat. Plus, and this may be more than you want to know, I passed on a rest area since we were so close to Lake George and I was in need of a loo. The little take-out shack did not have a restroom.
So, we drove through the main drag again, looking for a place that would satisfy all of our needs. We ended up at The Huddle Kitchen + Bar where we were able to sit outdoors and enjoy the lovely weather. As often happens when traveling with M, it turned out to be a great place to eat. He seems to have an instinct for honing in on restaurants that serve wonderful food. Some of the places we’ve eaten have looked unassuming or like dives, but they more than made up for the ambiance with their food. The Huddle, by the way, had good ambiance to go with great food. M and shared a small plate of broccoli rabe and an entree of Mac N Cheese. The two dishes went together so well I would like to try replicating it at home sometime.
The motorcycles pictured somewhere above were part of the Americade Motorcycle Touring Rally. You can be sure that if and when M and I visit the Lake George region again, we will be sure to confirm that we will not be there during Americade. I have nothing against motorcycles in general. I have family members who ride Harleys, and who would probably love the Americade event. However, it was fairly crowded with all those folks on their bikes and there was the issue of those who prefer to ride big bikes that make BIG noise. Lunch was less than peaceful with all that BIG noise riding past us.
As for the loo, if I remember correctly, The Huddle was the place where there was a sign that stated something along the lines of:
Men’s toilet to the left
Women’s to the right
Because women are always right
Of course. (Actually, I know better, but did think it was cute.)
After filling up with tasty food, we walked across the street to have some of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Because… why not? It was there, we were there, and who can resist? I probably had something with caramel in it. M probably had something with chocolate or raspberries. It doesn’t matter. It’s all good.
The drive through the Adirondacks was beautiful. I loved the landscape and all the greenery. One thing you might notice from the pictures I took out the car window is that there is little to no traffic. After making our way through the Newark (New Jersey) and New York City areas the day before, it was a relief to have so much space on the road.
I had no cell phone coverage in the Adirondacks. If we had been dependent on GPS to help us find our way, we would have gotten lost eventually. Or wound up on the Canadian border. Speaking of which, we meant to bring our passports just in case we wanted to visit Canada while we were so close, but we forgot and left them at home. We did see the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on the opposite side of the highway as we got closer to the border. They had the road blocked and were checking vehicles. I suppose if we’d come back that way we might have had a chance to say hello and have our vehicle checked.
We did have maps and a TripTik from the AAA. We’re old fashioned that way. Sometimes it pays to be a luddite. We printed out our own TripTik now that the AAA has an online function for that, but I do have to mention that I miss the old TripTiks. I enjoyed flipping the pages and reading the descriptions of towns and sights to see on the back of each page. As we passed towns mentioned in the TripTik, I’d read the information about them as part of the in-car entertainment. (In case you are too young to know what I’m talking about, there is a great blog post, complete with pictures, about TripTiks here.)
We were making our way towards the Essex Ferry, having decided the ferry was the best way for us to cross over to Vermont. The ferry crosses Lake Champlain, from Essex, New York to Charlotte, Vermont. Our final destination for this leg of the trip was Burlington, Vermont.
I think the ride to the ferry on the back country roads was one of my favorite parts of the trip. It’s a gorgeous area. It made me wish I could paint landscapes. If I could, that’s where I’d go to do it. I’d even paint the roads because they have so much character.
The day, as you can see, was lovely, but it was also if-y. There were occasional spatters of rain on the windshield as random and occasional dark clouds moved overhead.
I hope I’m not boring you too much with the driving part of the trip. I know most folks get where they’re going and show you that part of the trip. I find the journey just as fascinating as the destination and spend a lot of time looking around and enjoying the scenery. If you get too bored, we can play a game or sing songs.
But there might not be time for games or songs since we are almost at the ferry.
Thank you for riding along with me today. We’ll board the ferry another time and cross Lake Champlain. As you might expect (and are getting a glimpse of in the above image), it’s a delightful trip (in good weather, of course) with some stunning views.
I’d invite you to the dock or the Point to watch the sunset this evening, but I think I’m going to skip it. We’re in the midst of a terrible heatwave (currently it feels like 119°F) and they’re saying we might have a record high by the hottest part of the day. Sunset is scheduled for 8:26 PM, and we could watch from the comfort of the air conditioned house or the pool.
Be good, be kind, be loving. And take a little time out of your day to pause and Just Be. 🙂
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 230) A glimpse of cooler days during these dog days of summer. 231) Reestablishing my morning routine. It feels good to be exercising and meditating and practicing yoga again. 232) All the ways we have of cooling off on these hot days. I don’t take these things for granted because I know that not everyone is this fortunate (and have suffered southern summers without air conditioning in the past when we were less fortunate). 233) Mint-infused water. 234) Fresh peppers from the garden. 235) You, your visits, and your comments. Thank you.