We have had a very tough year.
It was so nice to be away for 5 days.
The driving was beautiful. Really beautiful. Unexpectedly beautiful.
Maine Turnpike is a nice road, the road to Manchester, NH from Hampton is nice. 93 is nice.
But I-89 is gorgeous. Rolling hills, trees in the median, lovely turns, and just vista, vista, vista.
Route 4 in Vermont is just lovely and the perfect example of the Vermont country road. The Cabot Center just into the state was also one of the best strip malls I have ever seen. Lots of interesting antiquing, a wine tasting, a spirit tasting, a diner, a jeweler … And everything was linked, not with walls. Would love to see more places like this.
And Lanna was a rockstar. She let me stop at the Long Trail Brewery and sample everything. And we had a lovely lunch.
The drive to Lake George was lovely all around.
Lake George, NY is stunning! We stayed at the inexpensive and lovely Studio Motel at Lake George. We were able to get a room for $44 in the old Adrondack style. Yes the bed was small, the bathroom small and the mattress beat up, but there was something kind of cool about that too. There was a nice table that we played Dominion and Magic on and a pool, and some cool foreign workers that I got to hang out with. Especially one from FYROM, ie Macedonia (or officially the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia).
Lake George is gorgeous. Got up early on Thursday and just walked around to the empty “Million Dollar Beach” (I guess because of the view) and on empty bike path at 6am. Saw some deer move across the path and it was just lovely. As I blogged about yesterday. Breakfast was awesome too.
Then on Thursday we just sat underneath the tree. Me on one of the Adrondack chairs that was there, Lanna in her Shakespeare chair, watching the kids frolic in the lake and seeing some awesome people watching. Even got to get some garlic knots (try finding those in Maine) and playing Skee-Ball, and two of my favorite pinball games from Rutgers (I was in the Pinball Club) Attack from Mars and Terminator 2.
Friday involved a nice drive down 91, and a another gorgeous drive on I-88 to the Binghamton area.
The New York Fairie Festival is a beautiful event. Wonderful people, beautiful site, great vendors and a great spirit. I wish sometimes that guising was more part of my magic, but I am not called to it in my heart. We look forward to spending a weekend in the woods.
Got a great calzone 5 miles away from the Festival after taking an hour detour after making a left instead of a right. So it goes. But the interplay of ricotta, mozarella, sausage and dough was just awesome.
I did want to see the views on I-81. Kind of wish I didn’t go that way. The Friday before July 4th isn’t a good day to have a major interstate through a vacationland be 1 lane. So that was a nice hour. Was much more fun to watch from the Rest stop.
The Reunion was simply awesome on Saturday. And it was nice to have a big room, with a big, comfy bed at the Westin Forrestal Village. Was wonderful to run through Princeton, NJ again. Seeing the beauty of the Princeton University Chapel, Nassau Hall and one of the most beautiful campuses in America.
Also walking around Palmer Square. Seeing the best library used bookstore I have ever seen at the Princeton Public Library. And going to the Princeton Record Exchange, my favorite record store in the world. They have got a lot of my money over the years and I love just seeing their stickers.
The reunion was utterly fantastic. DJ was fun, the food good and the company awesome. Although they should have had more then microbrew available (got the one Flying Fish Pale Ale (NJ).) And got to dance with the wife and catch up with people I haven’t seen in a long, long, long time a long time.
And even got back from NJ to Maine in 7 hours. Even got to stop and get Fried Chicken at Crown (Between 148 and 149 South on Broadway) my old neighborhood fried chicken place. Easy trip from the GWB. Absolutely record time.
Some weekends are awesome.