The Tourist Town Gets Some Tourists!

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

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

We had to check out of our room at Blue Water Manor in the morning, but they told us we could stay on the grounds and enjoy the lake as long as we wanted.  We took the time to picnic again.  And, were it not so cold and cloudy, we porbably would have boated again.  But I will remind you of my self-admitted boat snobbery.

We could have just left for our next destination, but we knew that was just a Knight's Inn and nothing to look forward to.  Besides, it was Friday - and Pirate's Cove is open on Fridays!  We resolved to play Pirate's Cove before leaving the area, but that left us five hours to kill between checking out and playing golf.

We decided to go down to Lake George Village and see what there was there, fully expecting a ghost town tourist village.  We were wrong.  We were fortunate to find parking at a meter on a side street - one with an hour and 15 minutes on it still!  We found out later that there was a classic car show there this weekend, hence all the pretty automotive eye-candy we had seen driving around.

We didn't walk far before we found a "Make Your Own Candle" store.  We did just that - with some Christmas presents in mind.  We left Wax-nWix to continue our walk.  We found an ice-cream parlor which advertized "Home of the $5 Foot-Long Ice-Cream Sundae: 4 scoops, 3 toppings, whip cream and a cherry on top."  Well, given that the smallest possible 1-scoop cone was $2.75, splitting a $5 foot-long was an economical choice.  It was so awesome.

Our walk continued across the street.  We went into the Warren County Courthouse, no longer used for law, it is an historical building, a museum to the history of the State of New York, and a bookstore.  Inside, we met Dale, the keeper of the history of the area.  He can be seen in an upcoming episode of ghost hunters, as that entire crew was in town just a week ago shooting an episode on the nearby army fort.  He was consulted as the historical expert.  He told us the history of the courthouse, even taking us where other patrons do not get to go - the back judges chambers and library which still holds books from the 1800's.  He told us stories of the battles over this region between the French, Brittish and Indians.  A good story-teller who knew his facts, we were entertained for about an hour, then explored the other two floors of the courthouse.  This included a hands on exploration of the old jail cells in the basement.

We left the courthouse to wander along the lake's coast and marinas a little longer before collecting our candles from Wax-n-Wix and going back to Pirate's Cove!

We got to Pirate's Cove 5 minutes before they opened, waited in our creeper van, and when they opened the doors, we were the first to step in.  We played and loved it as we thought we would.  I got one hole-in-one, but it was kind of cheap.  Both of us had many ALMOST holes-in-one - like the ball was in the hole and then jumped out.  But whatever, the score, we had a blast.  We were glad, then, to be able to revisit Barnsider BBQ for dinner.  While we ate, a musician was setting up to play that evening.  He's a music teacher during the day, and we talked about today's youth and schools and he was very interested in what we do for a job.  He wonders if kids these days will ever change - will ever take responsibility.  I don't think the upcoming generation is as hopeless as he does. 

We said goodbye to the saxaphonist, Pirate's Cove, and Lake George.  It's only Friday and we still have two more days of a weekend to go!
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