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Utica is Brewterful!

Utica and Old Forge, NY, August 7-8, 2013

semi-overcast 79 °F

The last two days have been busy with friends. Yesterday we took Lee, Sandy, Linda and Phil to the Bagel Grove in Utica. It is my favorite breakfast place, but we went for lunch. Still great! That was followed by the F. X. Matt Brewing Company in Utica. This brewery is the oldest continually operating family owned brewery in the state and the second oldest in the country. When prohibition was repealed it only took 90 minutes offer the first beer for sale. This brewery holds a special place in our family, as many events have taken place there. When Don and I retired, our sons threw us a retirement party there and the day after Ryan and Khristina's wedding, we had a party there with tours of it. Yesterday we had a terrific guide and some great beers and sodas. Everyone enjoyed it.
Recognize these guys??

Recognize these guys??

Cooking the mash to make beer.

Cooking the mash to make beer.

Bottling Saranac

Bottling Saranac

Free Beer!!

Free Beer!!

The gift shop.

The gift shop.


After the brewery we split up with Don and I running a few errands before meeting some school friends for dinner. We had a terrific time laughing and reminiscing, not to mention eating a fabulous dinner!
Today we headed north to Old Forge with Lee, Sandy, Linda and Phil. Lee is a train buff, so we made reservations on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Before the ride we introduced them to the Old Forge Hardware Store, as well as the rest of the town. Lunch was right on the water at Daikers and delicious. Our train ride was about 12 miles each way from Thendara to Otter Lake and back. On our way back we picked up 7 kayaks and 12 people who were paddling on the Moose River. The weather turned out perfect!
Lunch at Daikers!

Lunch at Daikers!

Little engine that could!

Little engine that could!

Going over Moose River

Going over Moose River

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The General and the Canal

August 5, 2013, Herkimer, NY

sunny 72 °F

On Saturday the six of us, Lee and Sandy, Linda and Phil, Don and I went to Vernon Downs. It is a great little racetrack and we always have fun. The last time we went was a Thursday, which is dollar night, but on Saturday they have a wonderful buffet! We had our window seat table from 5:30 until whenever we decided to leave. It was a perfect night, a little cool and clear. There were 12 races on Saturday, but we left after the 8th. No one won much, but no one lost much either, so it was a good night.
Dinner at the track.

Dinner at the track.

Beautiful night to lose money at the race track!

Beautiful night to lose money at the race track!


Yesterday we all went to Destiny USA, formerly known at the Carousel Mall, because none of the other 4 had been there. Basically we walked around the mall to see the new stuff and did a little shopping. We ate at the Spaghetti Warehouse, which was delicious.
Today we ventured to Herkimer to General Herkimer's Home. He was a Revolutionary War General who died in the Battle of Oriskany. Unfortunately the house wasn't open, but we were able to walk the grounds and the Cemetery. His house was right on the original Erie Canal, which is almost completely gone there, but the Barge Canal is not far from that spot. After viewing the grounds we took a cruise on the Barge Canal. It was 90 minutes and included going through Lock 18. That was great fun, because we hadn't ever gone through a lock before. The Barge Canal is actually the third canal. The original one was 40 feet wide and four feet deep. Next that was enlarged to 70 feet wide and 7 feet deep, completed in 1862. The current canal only used a few sections of that original one, but included rivers and lakes to make the canal much more user friendly and was opened in 1918. Lunch was at the Heidelberg Bakery with a leisurely ride home.
Herkimer Home

Herkimer Home

General Herkimer's headstone

General Herkimer's headstone

Our Ride on the Erie Canal

Our Ride on the Erie Canal

Going down 20 feet.

Going down 20 feet.

All of us on board.

All of us on board.

Lunch at this bakery.

Lunch at this bakery.


Perfect weather, low 70s, sunny, no humidity!

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Drums Along the Mohawk

Rome, NY, August 3, 2013

sunny 77 °F

This week has been rather busy with work for Drums Along the Mohawk. It is a Drum and Bugle Corps Show held in Rome every year for the last 35 years. Don and I are on the committee with many responsibilities. The show was Thursday night with 7 competing corps and 4 exhibitions. The weather was threatening storms and lots of rain but, once again, it turned out perfectly. It was cool and mostly clear. In 35 years this show has never been rained out and we were so happy that this tradition continued. Don is the announcer and did a wonderful job, as usual!
Don, the announcer

Don, the announcer

Color Guard and horns

Color Guard and horns

Troopers

Troopers

American Flag Squad

American Flag Squad

Encore

Encore


Even though we had many things to do this week with the show we were actually able to get in 2 bike rides. On Monday we just did a short ride of 9 miles into Sylvan Beach for lunch and back. On Wednesday, however, we rode the Erie Canal Trail. Our starting point was Lock 21 and we rode into Canastota. Round trip was 27.6 miles. Unfortunately the trail had many places where work is needed. It is all fine gravel, which is fine, but there were holes and sticks and places where it was hard to ride. It was a perfect day for a ride and we enjoyed it, in spite of the pitfalls.
Erie Canal Trail

Erie Canal Trail

Trail

Trail


On Friday, Justin, Gwen and Callie came. They are headed back to North Carolina from Lake George and made us their first stop. We were so glad to have them come. It was a great reason to have a cookout, so Ryan, Khristina, Linda, Phil, Sandy and Ralph all came for burgers, dogs and s'mores. Just as we were getting ready for the s'mores Lee and Sandy arrived from Delaware. We really appreciated everyone who took the time to come, even though we know that many of them only wanted to see Callie! That's okay, we understand.
Khristina and Ryan

Khristina and Ryan

Grandpa and Callie

Grandpa and Callie

Daddy and Callie

Daddy and Callie

Callie

Callie

The cutie!

The cutie!

Happy Callie

Happy Callie


We had a window awning installed this week, also and it has made a huge difference in the sun pouring into the camper. It should make a big difference in Florida, as well.
The weather included rain, thunder, lightning, sun and clouds this week. Mostly temps in the 70s. Pretty good, actually.

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Another Week!

Lake George, NY, July 28, 2013

rain 72 °F

Another week has flown by and we have been busy, as usual. We started the week out by helping at the Delta Lake Triathlon, right here in Rome. One of Ryan's friends runs this triathlon and two others. He is an Ironman Triathlete himself and this year they had kid's triathlons as well. Don and I are the official counters. We count the athletes as they go into the water and again, as they come out. We haven't lost one yet!
On Monday I had my stitches out from the mole I had removed and boy did it look ugly! It's looking better now.
We haven't been on our bikes much, so we were all set to go out Tuesday, until the rain:(
Wednesday was a visit to the dentist. The best part of that was a friend of ours that we just happened to run into there. It was so nice to catch up with her! In the afternoon I had a much appreciated massage! Ryan and Khristina had given it to me last year for my birthday in September and this was the first time I found time to do it. It was wonderful and so relaxing!
Fun for Don on Thursday as he had a colonoscopy. Actually, the fun was the night before! Haha! Everything came out just fine on that account :) He felt fine after a nice long nap and we met friends, Annette and Phil, at Vernon Downs. It was $1 night with programs, beer, soda, hot dogs and popcorn all only $1. Don was the big winner coming out $21 ahead even after our fancy $1 dinner!
Beautiful night at race track.

Beautiful night at race track.


Since we hadn't seen our granddaughter in a few weeks we decided to go to Lake George for a visit. We had a great ride up there, but it was 135 miles and took 3 hours. While there Don went out in the boat, tubing and cliff jumping! Whew! I stayed home and visited with Gwen's family and, of course, Callie. It is amazing how much they change in only 3 weeks. She was so alert and babbling! It was great fun.We brought birthday presents for Gwen because her 30th birthday is Monday. On the ride home we stopped at a local place we like, The Soda Fountain. It is a 50s style place with good food.
Smile!

Smile!

Nana and Callie

Nana and Callie

View from their camp

View from their camp

Callie asleep

Callie asleep

McLaughlin camp at Lake George

McLaughlin camp at Lake George

Tired after cliff jumping and tubing.

Tired after cliff jumping and tubing.

Gwen Modeling her new shirt.

Gwen Modeling her new shirt.


We were running on Saturday! First we walked in the Honor America Days Parade in Rome, representing Drums Along the Mohawk Drum Corps Show. Next was a 60th Birthday party for our good friend, Ralph, followed by a trip back to Rome. The Syracuse Symphony always puts on a good show for the start of Honor America Days with fireworks afterward. Unfortunately the nice day turned rainy and the symphony couldn't play. They did have the fireworks show, accompanied by cannon fire from Fort Stanwix. The best part of that is our friend, Phil, is a new volunteer there ans was one of the cannon shooters!
Honor America Days parade.

Honor America Days parade.

Standing guard at Ft. Stanwix

Standing guard at Ft. Stanwix


Today we went into Sylvan Beach to the 20th Annual Corvettes on the Beach, but it rained again! Dick, Julie, Jon, Vicky and Kaylin all came and we lunched at the Canal View, which is always good. We looked at Corvettes from inside the truck.
Lunch with Kaylin.

Lunch with Kaylin.

A wet vette show.

A wet vette show.


The weather has been all over the place from 40s overnight to 80s during the day. We've had rain and sun, also.

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The Three H's

Sylvan Beach, July 21, 2013

sunny 92 °F

It's been a busy week with us since we returned from Rochester. Unfortunately much of what we have been doing is not at all interesting. We did go see the movie, The Heat, with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy and it was great. If you can get past every other word starting with an F, it is hysterical. The women were fabulous together and we both really enjoyed it. Of course, it was wonderful to be in the theater on a hot and humid day. Sylvan Beach has summertime concerts on Wednesday nights and we enjoyed the one this past week. We would have liked it even better if it wasn't so hot and humid. On Thursday and Friday we took a Defensive Driving course at the Senior Center in New Hartford. This was our first experience actually doing anything at the Senior Center and it was interesting, to say the least. This time we WERE the youngest people there for sure! Our instructor was older and slower and not as well informed as we felt he should be. Lunch was interesting, also. Oh well, we are done and we will be getting our discount, so it was worth it. On Thursday evenings in Sylvan Beach there is a great Classic Car Cruise In Night, so we checked out the cars in the evening. Afterwards we watched the sun set and it was beautiful, but not as beautiful as Geneseo last week!!
Wow, what a beauty

Wow, what a beauty

Lots of TLC in these classic cars

Lots of TLC in these classic cars

Sunset over Oneida Lake

Sunset over Oneida Lake


On Friday night we met Don's brothers and sister-in-law at the Bavarian Festival in Utica. We have gone for a few years now and it is fun. Great German food, beer and music. Due to the heat it wasn't as well attended as usual on Friday, but hopefully it picked up on the weekend.
I attended a baby shower for my nephew's wife on Saturday. Jon and Vicky got married last September and are expecting this September. It was a lovely shower and she appreciated everyone attending as well as all the gifts she received. Of course I brought Disney Princess things for the baby :)
The happy mom to be

The happy mom to be

Too cute to eat!

Too cute to eat!


This morning Don and I got up at 5am to help out at the Delta Lake Triathlon. It is run by one of Ryan's friends and we volunteered last year also. As the official counters, we need to make sure we have the same number of athletes getting out of the lake as we had going in. Once again we didn't lose anyone! I think they will ask us back next year!
Delta Triathelon finish line

Delta Triathelon finish line

Mile swim course

Mile swim course


The weather has been hazy, hot and humid, with temps in the 90s. The air conditioner has been running non stop and we don't want to see our electric bill. Yesterday afternoon we finally had a storm that brought in a cold front with cooler air and much less humidity. We were able to open the windows last night, finally!

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