Sunday, June 19, 2011

Goodbye Weekend....

It's over already??  Man, what I'd give for the work week to go by as fast!  I had a fairly uneventful weekend.  Yesterday my BFF Alicia and I puttered around and went for chips and salsa at a little Mexican joint in downtown Glens Falls.  I'm not big on the food, but I LOVE their salsa!  I wish I took a pic of it, but I forgot.  It also makes for good people watching, because the tables sit right outside of a traffic circle that after, I don't know...five years of being in existence, people still can't handle.  Seriously, in a span of about 30 minutes you'll hear at least 10 beeps from horns!

For the second summer Downtown Glens Falls put out these painted Adirondack chairs that are sponsored by various local businesses and made by local artists, it's a "Have a Seat" campaign.  I didn't get to see all of them last night, but I got a picture of a few that I really liked, and you can see them all on the website.  I LOVE Adirondack chairs, but if you know anything about me you know I love anything Adirondack!

I really liked this one and it might actually be my favorite.  Plus Algonquin is a conquest of mine, it's the second highest of the High Peaks and since I hope to become a 46er before hitting 30 - it's on my list!

Moose are my most favorite woodland creature!  You'll see a lot of moose stuff in Adirondack stores and on souvenirs around here, but the reality is they really don't thrive in the Adirondacks.  I believe there are less than a thousand in the park and they are protected from hunters.  This chair is called "One Elk", because in the party of moose, there's one elk...can you see him??

I mostly like the ones that are tied to the area, some of them are kind of random, although still beautiful or creative.  I thought this one was cute because of the tail and ear coming off the edge...

And I didn't get a picture of it, but there was one that was covered in pennies which I thought was cool, you can see it on the website if you're curious!  At the end of the summer they hold an auction for people to bid on their favorite chair!

Quick funny story about Adirondack chairs and my BFF Alicia.  Last summer we took a day trip to the Lake Placid Region, as a part of the day trip we were on a mission to get our "Forever Adirondack" pin collection, which required us to go to various visiting centers of choice areas.  On the way home we decided to stop in the "Schroon Lake Region" to pick up that pin and while we were there we found some chairs on the lake and decided to take a seat.

As we were sitting Alicia, in a complete serious tone I might add, asked: "What do they call Adirondack chairs in the Catskills?"  The Catskills being a far less superior chain of mountains that are a part of the Appalachian chain in southern NY.

I looked at her with a, "huh?" look on my face and burst out into laughter, explaining that the Adirondack chair is known as the Adirondack Chair nationwide.  And my proof to back it up was that they're a piece of furniture you can buy in the Sims - hah!

I actually found out this past week in fact that they're also known as Muskoka chairs, but uhmm....that's not right.  :)

Moving along...

Today I decided to do a bike ride up to Lake George.  I was a little hesitant because I knew it would be super busy up there, but I haven't done much in the way of bike riding lately and I couldn't let such a beautiful day go to waste!  Again, I didn't get as many pictures as I would've liked to have, but the village was bustling with people and the trail was busy too!

I MUST get a picture of this one bridge, I always say I want to stop and get it but I'm one of those people who stopping just hurts them, I HAVE to keep going.  This one bridge is crazy difficult to go over - going over it heading towards the lake is the worst and I've yet to successfully ride over it, I have to walk it like a bum.  It's the only part I walk though, I swear!  Coming back on the other hand is my favorite stretch of the ride because you don't have to pedal for the whole section, it's all down!  My max speed according to my tracker (Endomondo) was 43.4 MPH!  I'm pretty sure it was on that stretch.  I clipped along pretty well today, my average speed was 11 MPH and I shaved a lot of time off compared to when I went the weekend before Memorial Day.  I biked for a total of 15.5 miles.

There were a lot of people on the beach today swimming.  In my opinion it was a perfect day, it was warm and there was a nice breeze.  I enjoyed laying on the grass for a little bit. Some of you may remember back in February I did a Polar Plunge and it was on this beach...

What a difference 4 months makes, huh?

While at the beach I had a sandwich that I got from some deli.  It was huge!  So I only had half...

And took another picture for good measure (with one of the steamboats):

I didn't bike to Sprinkles for ice cream to add on an extra bit of mileage today because the sun took a lot out of me.  I did however stop at Cooper's Cave on the way home!

And yes, I sat in the air conditioned car because I'm a baby.

I came home to my beautiful ice pack that my mom handed over to me for my legs - I tried finding one as big as this in the stores because I didn't want to take this from her, but I was just telling her what a lifesaver it's been for me (it had a small hole in it so we patched it with duct tape, lol)  It's perfect because it fits over both of my shins at the same time...

And the beast and I have been enjoying our looooong evening (seriously it's 9:00 and it's still light outside!) snuggling, napping and watching some Netflix!

He looks viscous doesn't he??

I'm thinking a bath is in order for the evening and then I'm hitting the pillows!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!


stephanie said...

Catskills chairs made me giggle! And the weekends always go too fast!!!

Miss S. said...

Uh-clearly you are right-they are only & forever Adirondack! I almost bought 4 of these this week-they fold up for storage.

We have ice-packs that size-Target in the camping section.

Lastly-I love your cat!! He looks like my cat Max from when I was a kid. Only max would sit on you and try to lick your ears. still gives me shivers.

sarajo said...

Sounds like a great weekend! Chips and salsa sounds really good. Even at 5 in the morning. LOL!
That lake looks like a lot of fun! You are lucky to live in such a beautiful area!
And that is a HUGE ice pack! I have never seen one that size before.

allstarme said...

Yeah sounds like a great weekend!

Brandy@YDK said...

sounds like the best weekend ever. the chairs are so cool. we have a similar thing here - but it's penguins.

Connie Weiss said...

I adore chips and salsa....and adirondack chairs.

I need to get out some hiking and stuff!

Beautiful pictures!