The Fun Continues Around Lake George!

Trip Start Aug 21, 2010
Trip End Dec 31, 2010

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

So, today was the reason for our being at Lake George.  We had a school in Bolton Landing.  The school was great!  A small school, the population of the town isn't huge since it's mostly a tourist area.  I was talking to the principal and noted that the students must like having the summer work, though!  And he said that was too true - the kids work so hard in the tourism industry during the summer, that going back to school in the fall is a break for them!  But living in a place like this isn't all work.  The gym teacher asked us how long the assembly lasts.  She was happy to know we wouldn't be cutting into third period, because she was taking the kids to the beach that day.  One grade had swimming and life guarding practice, another - fishing.

We finished with the school by 11am and were able to check into our lodging early.  We stayedat the Blue Water Manor - it seemed like summer camp.  The place had cabins and a pool and cafeteria.  But it was very nice.  We were excited once again to be there in the off season.  Instead of over $90 per person for our VERY humble room, we paid about $80 for the both of us.  Still over budget, so we only stayed one night.  But, it was worth it.  
Blue Water Manor is right on the lake with free use of boats!  Normally I am a boat snob - meaning since I grew up on lakes, I really only like to go on boats when the weather is perfect.  But today, even being 65 and overcast, I knew we only had one day to make it count, so we did.  We had a picnic outside overlooking the lake nestled in the Adirondacs.  Then we took the afternoon to canoe!  We had the option of a glass botttomed kayak for two.  However, as cold as it was, I wanted something with high edges to minimize the potential water in my shoes.  Now, Lake George is about 7 miles long and anywhere from 2 to 4 miles wide.  And Blue Water Manor is in a bay.  So, we barely made it to the end of the bay to be able to look down the lake a distance before we were tired enough to decide we had gone far enough.  We stayed there, not paddling, for a long while before heading back to shore - determined to make the most of our time on the water.  We chased some ducks, then headed in.

Then it was time for dinner.  We went to the town of Bolton Landing and parked.  We then walked th street up and down to see what was open and make a selection for dinner.  Along the way we visited the shops, but noticed most of the town was closed, if not for the season, it was closed by 5pm.  We decided on the Lakeview Lodge for dinner.  When we walked in we stood awkwardly until someone realized we were there.  Then we were seated awkwardly, and ignored awkwardly.  Feeling overwhelmingly awkward here, we simply got up and left the restaurant.  This is not something we normally do, but it was awkward.
We then walked to Cate's Italian Restaurant.  Here, we also entered awkwardly and waited awkwardly to be seated awkwardly.  I don't think it was us, either, because many other patrons came by during the length of our meal and were awkwardin their waiting and seating.  We're not sure what it was about this tourist town out of it's tourist season that made the Maitre D's awkward. For example, as we sat there, the woman in charge of Cate's, we'll call her Cate, even though I don't know if that was her name, had a weird business sense.  A pair of people asked to be sat for dinner.  They said, "Do you have room to seat us?" (mind you we were sitting outside surrounded by empty tables)  Cate says, "No - but I will at some point.  Have a drink at the bar, I'll come get you when I can seat you."  We don't think she believes in waiting lists.  A group of 11 came up and asked for a table, even offering to wait if none were available.  Cate said, "Nope - I won't have room.  Thanks for coming, though, maybe come back later."  We thought it awkward to send away 11 paying patrons.

Anyway, th food was amazing.  We split a Chicken and eggplant, pasta dish.  We just figured out this splitting a dish to save money because restaurants always give bigger than necessary portions.  It was awesome.

We spent our night wishing we could make a bon fire, but instead watching a movie on the TV.  Ahh Lake George, we like you.
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