Thursday, July 21, 2016

I'm Back!

Consider yourself forewarned....this post is going to be chock full of gorgeous photos! 

Grab yourself a cup of tea....or a cocktail....and settle in for a picturesque journey along incredible Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY. 

Sweetie and I have made a tradition of heading up to the lake for his birthday every year. His birthday is a bittersweet time for him, as he suffered the most tragic loss imaginable 20 years ago, on the day before his birthday. 

It's an incredibly difficult time for my sweetie, and my heart truly breaks for his sadness. He's such a good man, and nobody deserves that kind of grief. 

All I can do is be there by his side, loving him and comforting him. 


Fortunately, it brings him peace to spend the time in a gorgeous place that helps take his mind off his heartbreak.

Lake George is a boater's paradise, over 32 miles long and nestled among the Adirondack Mountains. 


My sweetie books us into a fabulous resort each year, with panoramic views all around, and every luxury imaginable available to us. 


After checking in and having a quick lunch on the promenade, we headed out to the lakeside cafe to start the vacation on a sweet note. 


The resort boasts multiple restaurants, cafes, and pubs, all with killer lake views. I don't think there was one we didn't visit during our stay!


We sat for a while, sipping on a cocktail and getting into vacation mode, while watching a summer storm move in over the lake. 


Fortunately, it didn't amount to much, and the rest of our time at the resort was just glorious. We couldn't have asked for better weather!


It's amazing how just being away from home is such a treat at times, despite the fact that I truly love my home. 

When I go away, I don't see dust-bunnies or cobwebs or dog hair....they may be there, but they're not MY problem!


No dishes to wash, no meals to cook, no gardens to weed. Nothing to do but relax. 


Water, sunshine, relaxation....heaven. I could easily get used to a lifestyle like this!


The promenade has seating areas all the way down to the lake, with waiter service for snacks and beverages, day and night. 


The resort is just as glamorous in the evenings, with fairy lights on all the River Birch trees lining the promenade. 


We spent some time the next morning relaxing on the lounge chairs on the dock, right by the lake. 


We were well and truly in vacation mode by this time!


After a while, the clouds parted and the sun shone through. Time for this Irish girl to find some shade....


....and I found it in the form of an amazing boat that friends of ours keep docked at the marina next door. They were kind enough to take us all around the lake, for hours. 


I was so completely contented, scooting around Lake George in their gorgeous boat. 


Looking back at our resort from the lake - just stunning!


The day couldn't have been more perfect!  Blue skies, white clouds, sunshine, mid 70's - gorgeous, a picture-perfect bluebird day!


We passed some incredible homes on the shores of the lake - this one reminded me of a sandcastle. 


I'd move right into this one in a heartbeat!


A gorgeous little church on the lake shore - I can just imagine the wedding bells ringing.




A campground you need to take a boat to get to - some people really know how to live!


There wouldn't be any bears on that island, no need to worry when camping. That's my kind of camping, for sure. Add an air mattress and a bottle of Prosecco and I'm there!


Can you see that tent nestled among the trees in the center of the photo? What an amazing experience that must have been for those folks, to drift off to sleep to the sound of the waves, and wake up to the sound of the gulls. 



I'll bet that captain wasn't one bit worried about making it through the narrow channel between the trees - these big tourist boats go up and down the lake all day long. 


Truly a boater's paradise. I seriously toyed with the idea of buying a cabin cruiser some day, in lieu of my dream of a vintage RV. 

After I win the lottery, I suppose I could have both!


Heading back to our resort to shower and dress for dinner. 


I was so sad to say goodbye to this glorious place, but it was time to go home. 

See you next year!

34 comments:

  1. Lovely photos. Great place,magnificent skies. So glad u had this time away. Happy u r back. Rhonda

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    1. It was such a great trip, Rhonda - I've been playing mad catch up at work since I returned!

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  2. Welcome back! We've stayed at that resort, although it's been a while. Lovely place and fabulous location. Lake George is such an iconic getaway, and rightfully so.

    xxx

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    1. Ahhh, so you know the amazingness of this resort first-hand!! It was tough to leave....

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  3. Now thats what I call vacation! How did you ever leave? I bet your blogging mind went into overload.
    Lisa

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    1. Yup, I could have blogged about a bunch of meals....drinks....views....homes. But I really tried to 'unplug' while I was there!

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  4. I've been to that resort several times and you're right, it is fabulous! It's always a hard place to leave...glad you had fun!! :)

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    1. We really did have a great time, Kim - it was nice to have some quiet time together!

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  5. How wonderful that you had a great time and I hope "settled" things a bit for him. The sky is blue - the water looks lovely and what a marvelous creation God has made for us to enjoy!

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  6. Welcome back, hope you are well rested. I love the beach...but I almost prefer mountain lakes surround by evergreens. Always seems crisper, more refreshing. I love all your beautiful lake and sky shots. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. I love heading to the water when we go away, since that's something that's not outside my door here. Oh, there are lakes in the region, for sure, but not right outside my door like at that fabulous resort! I love the beach, too....but maybe not the sand so much!

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  7. Oh my goodness that is such an incredibly beautiful place. And weather in the 70s!!!! Heaven on earth! Glad you had such a fabulous, relaxing and rejuvenating time with your sweetie. What a nice tradition to go there each year for his birthday. Your pictures are beautiful!

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    1. Since we got back the weather has gotten HOT and HUMID - ugghh!! Oh well, it won't be for long - August is around the corner, and things start cooling off here usually in August.

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  8. Oh that looks glorious and so relaxing. I would love to be there with my sweetie too!

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    1. Perhaps someday you will be, Debbie! :)

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  9. It's a gorgeous place indeed and that water looks so cool and refreshing; glad that you had perfect weather! :)

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  10. It's a gorgeous place indeed and that water looks so cool and refreshing; glad that you had perfect weather! :)

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    1. We really did....and now that the heat has come to the mountains since we've returned, I'd be so happy to jump into that lake for a swim!

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  11. Thinking of you and your sweetie during this difficult time. Glad you are able to escape and enjoy each other and those gorgeous photos.

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  12. Thinking of you and your sweetie during this difficult time. Glad you are able to escape and enjoy each other and those gorgeous photos.

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    1. Thank you so much, Valerie! You're so sweet!

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  13. So sorry for your Sweetie's loss and continued grief. Praying that he finds peace.

    I have a running blogger friend who spends Summer's on Lake George. Her husband has s boat and they'll spend weekends on it. Your pictures are gorgeous and shows the area so beautifully. I noticed that the color of Lake George is the same color of green as our Lake Greenwood. Welcome home. I'm sure your garden needs you. Lol!!

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    1. Oh, it certainly does, Laurie! It's a little out of control and I'm planning on spending a good amount of time tomorrow doing garden chores!

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  14. Loved your photos. I feel so sad after reading this, though. What an unimaginable loss he has had.

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    1. Yes, Deb, I can't imagine how he survived that. I'm glad I'm here to help him through his tough times.

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  15. Your boyfriend's heartache is unimaginable. As you know, I've lost a child so I know how awful that is in itself, but to lose both your child and your spouse at the same time...there are just no words.

    I'm glad you both had a chance to get away though. I know how hard you work and that you definitely needed a vacation. The area you went to looks absolutely gorgeous. I was just showing the pictures to my husband, too and we were oohing and aahing. Hope the rest of your weekend goes well.

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    1. Hi Melanie, Yes, you certainly know loss like my honey does, without a doubt. I'm sure you would have a lot to talk about if you were to meet. You are obviously both very strong people to live through such tragedy. xo

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  16. So sorry for your sweetie's pain. And grateful that you have found each other to see each other through those dark times. Blessings...

    What an amazing place. I can imagine that staying at a place like that is quite restorative. Thanks for sharing with us. Welcome home.

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    1. It was fantastic, Daisy, and yes...I did feel quite restored when I returned! I guess I didn't realize just how much I also needed this getaway!

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  17. Ahhhh! Lake George sounds like a wonderful vacation to wish for! Glad you had a good time. Nancy

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    1. Thanks, Nancy - it was glorious to get away, and also wonderful to get home again!

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  18. What a magnificent place to live, or visit.

    I read the linked post and, oh my .... I can't imagine such sorrow for your husband, and I'm sure it's not been easy watching him go through times of reliving those dark days. Sometimes, the best way to help a person is to leave them to themselves for awhile, with the promise that you are there if there is anything you can do to help.

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    1. That's pretty much all I can do, Dayle. I just let him know that I'm here if he wants to talk....and I'm also quiet when he doesn't want to.

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