Anyone that knows me I love celebrating achievements and family times.
Last month, my grandson completed school and finished early. I had told him because of his grades, his early completion, and his perseverance, I would take him to Lake George. I spoke to his mom, and she agreed as I wanted her to be part of the celebration. And then, his siblings wanted to join. So, we began the process of coordination. (Like herding cats…)
In the interim, he and I took a motorcycle trip together one day, down to Shelburne Falls, to the Bridge of Flowers, and grabbed lunch. It was a good day, but it was not his day at Lake George I promised.
After a few weeks of people working to get squared away on schedules and such, we made plans for yesterday’s trip.
I am excited!
Closing in on the day, Jacob told me he was excited. He began to look up restaurants and we talked about things to do for the day, and where we might eat. His mom agreed to meet us in Lake George with his siblings. As the day, came closer, we had more conversations and talked about the trip.
On Monday, we took time to make sure the car was clean and ready. (My vehicle is a traveling office a lot of the time.) Because when we met, I was going to be the chauffeur and needed the space for the family. I filled the tank, and we came home for dinner. We charged cameras and phones and made sure we had chargers and cords and what we needed for the trip.
The weather was going to be great. It said, “72 and sunny”.
That night before, Jacob asked if we could have coffee before we left in the morning. I agreed, and we decided I was getting Jacob up at 6:30.
I awoke at 4 and came down to make sure my work was done and articles were in play. Waking Jacob, he pretty much jumped out of bed. I packed our cameras and equipment before I woke him. The car was loaded and the three of us headed out.
We headed over to the coffee shop and talked about the day ahead. It was 55 degrees and gorgeous when we left Keene. The journey began. Lake George is a few hours away from our home. Jacob and I talked about the communities we drove through. We talked about cars, school, work, and family. (He got asked to work while we were driving.)
We stopped for a bathroom break, and I grabbed more coffee. Moments later, we crossed the state line to New York. As we drove through the countryside, I remembered my travels with my parents to the Adirondacks. (I have been in the Adirondacks since I was 2 years old.)
The lesser traveled path…
One of the things I like to do is to come in the “back way” to the village of Lake George. It brings it along the edge of the lake. We saw deer on the sides of the road, as we drove along. As we turned onto the beach road, I know why I come here.
Parking the car, Jacob had been in communication with his mom and they were about a half hour a way. We went to find a bathroom and walk along the boardwalk. A little while later he received a text that they were parked next to our car, and we headed over to meet them.
The day was supposed to be 72, but it was already 76, so some shopping was required for some. We wandered around, pairing up with one another in conversations. We decided it was time to think about lunch. Jacob had decided he wanted a burger, so his decision was for A&W. A&W is a childhood favorite of mine. And Jacob told me no matter what we had, he wanted a milkshake!
We headed out and after finding a space to park, we went over and found a picnic table under the awning. Even though the sign suggested a slower time due to staffing the server found us quickly. We went over the menu and most people quickly decided as we discussed options. The orders were taken, and conversations continued. People moved around the table to talk to others.
In a short time, burgers and hot dogs, fries, onion rings, milkshakes, and floats showed up to the table. Let me just say the food was incredibly good and everyone was happy. Alyssa bought her own root beer float mug and was happy. ? We had a great server, great company, and great food!
We left there and as we drove, we talked about the rest of the day. We decided to head down to the beach area and boardwalk. Alyssa wanted to try out her new camera, as did a lot of the kids. So, pictures of flowers, ducks, boats, parasailers, and more were the objects. Mariah was doing her best at one point to get pictures of a chipmunk, in one of the garden areas. Me, I sought out shade when and where I could. There were lots of family pictures.
We talked about our annual trip to the Lake George area for the Adirondack Nationals. About the cabin I rented. About maybe getting an RV trailer and leaving it at a campground for the summer. All the conversation for a return trip.
While we were walking, Jacob decided he wanted to get shaved ice. We headed over to the little shops. Unfortunately, that one was closed, but they got some type of slushy. Though one of them did get a pistachio ice cream. Next, they started visiting the shops and Jacob decided on a rubber band gun! Alyssa got another llama and Mariah found a blanket she liked.
Let’s go golfing!
Then it was decided that they wanted to play some miniature golf. So we headed over to one of the best in the country. Around The World miniature golf. (They have a second half which is Around The Country.) The last time I was here was with my daughter Amy. This is a great course.
The kids played hard. Jacob plays at his pace. Jordan takes it seriously. And Mariah is mildly competitive. It would be fun to see her and Amy play. It was fun to watch them and hear them laugh.
And all too soon…
It was after 5 and we still needed to get home. The kids turned in their clubs. And we headed over to my car to get a ride back to theirs. As I dropped them off and hugs and goodbyes were said, I knew we had a wonderful time.
My wife, Jacob and I headed out along the water’s edge, knowing we would be back soon.
Tina’s phone goes off!
“Did Jordan leave his phone in the car?”
And so we met at a convenience store, where more hugs and more goodbyes. And we headed back…
With texting going between cars…
And then I stopped at a visitor center. And they were there. More hugs. More goodbyes as we left.
We got home around 8 last night. Jacob snoozed much of the last 2 hours. Which meant it was a pretty good day! And when he awoke and I asked about his day. The best thing?
“Seeing everyone,” he said.
That sums it up.