Monday, August 20, 2007

Lake George

Was invited by Christine to join her for the weekend at Lake George. She spends most weekends up there in the summer, staying with her mom or friends and for 2 weeks every year rents a boat house on the Lake. I'd had this weekend in my diary since January and was looking forward to a relaxing weekend by the water. The boat house was right on the Lake. Christine had her boat moored on the front of the dock and the owners of the main house had their boat inside. I arrived at around the same time as a storm came in over the Lake and Christine's boat was being thrown around on its moorings, hitting the dock every so often. Christine kept an eye on the window for the first hour or two, then when the storm died down we headed out. We went to Christine's local bar 'The Sands' for a few drinks and got to bed at around 1. During the night the boat hit the sides of the dock and made the whole boat house shake!! I slept well though and it was nice to wake up to the sound of the water lapping the shore and struts of the boat house. Christine went shopping and I had a shower and took another sleep - the fresh air knocked me out! Then we took Christine's 16 year old niece Taylor on a hike up a small mountain called Pilots Knob. The hike took only about 45 mins but was pretty steep. The views from the top were awesome: We then went outlet shopping. I know, I know a crime in this beautiful setting, but I was cold and the lure of a bargain is sometimes difficult to resist:) I bought a really nice black cocktail dress. After a sandwich we decided to take an afternoon snooze. Awesome sleeping weather - I was out cold for 2 hours!! Then we got dressed for dinner and drank cocktails while watching the sun set with Christine's family. Her sister, cousin, brother and family, and Mom were all there. Really good people. The sun setting over the lake was beautiful. We headed out to the 'Farmhouse Restaurant' for dinner. Apparently the vegetables they serve are all home grown. Christine's friend Megan joined us for dinner. Megan has a daughter and is a chef and reminded my very much of the Gilmore girls:) She works only through the summer months and volunteers for ski patrol in the winter. She hikes, bikes, boats and ski's all year round. A life very different from mine in the city.
After dinner we went again to Sands bar. On the way we saw 4 deer right up close to the road. They just stood and watched as Christine pulled slowly up to them. I went on to club soda after the two glasses of wine I'd had with dinner. We left after a swift drink and Chatted back at the boat house (Christine updated me on what had been going on in her life recently). Then bed and another great night's sleep. In the morning we had breakfast and then decided to go for a boat ride. Christine took me up to Paradise Cove. We'd been there the year beofre with Bradley and that time it had been warm enough for swimming. This time it was still very beautiful, but only was boat was in there: On the way back to the boat house we saw a group of people who'd ran out of gas and had to tow them back to their dock. We also got gas there as Christine realized she had less than 1/4 of a tank left. After the boat ride we BBQ'd and feeling stuffed I said my good byes and headed back to Hoboken.

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