For Nolan’s birthday I had purchased tickets for a 2 hour cruise on Lake George. We didn’t get to use it right away since we had family in town, but this week our days matched up and I had an extended week off (I needed a mental break from work). So we used our day together to use up the last of his birthday adventure. First stop: Lake George! Turned out to be a great day. It was a little chilly once we were cruisin’ on the water, but the views were breathtaking. All the old houses along the lake, I say houses, more like mansions were a treat to look at as we passed by on our way to the Sagamore. From there the ship turned around and we were on our way back. I will say, a two hour cruise was a bit much for us. It was us, and a lot of other seniors. We were ready to go after about the first hour. Also, I was starving and the food on this two hour sail was overpriced and mediocre. I was about to order mac and cheese, when Nol pointed out it was Kraft Mac and Cheese from the box, for $4.99 No joke! So glad he pointed that out, I’m not that picky of an eater, but i’m not paying 5 bucks for mac and cheese out of the box. No thank you. After we got back to the dock, Nol and I were debating whether to go hiking. We were pretty tired and hungry, and I didn’t want to push him too hard since it was supposed to be his birthday adventure. At the very last minute we said screw it, and went toward our hiking destination, aka the middle of nowhere! We went a good 20 minutes from where we were at Lake George, into Ft Anne. I found directions online for a trail called Sleeping Beauty. The directions to where the trail head starts and how exactly to get there can be found at this link — http://www.localhikes.com/hikes/sleeping_2975.asp
So we started our adventure, and little did we know what a hike we were in for on this day. Grueling, but well worth the effort in the end.
We followed signs for the Sleeping Beauty trail…in all we did 3 miles to reach the top. And what a view we found! Lake George surrounded by mountains as far as the eye can see. It was amazing up there, surrounded by nature. No cars, no roads, none that we could see. And since we started later in the afternoon Nol and I were the only ones up there. The rock itself at the summit is a little scary, we both felt like one wrong move and we could’ve slipped and fell. I could have sat there for hours. This was one of the most peaceful things about my entire four days off and away from my work world. Absolutely stunning! It felt even better knowing we almost decided NOT to go. But we did! And every step of the way I had fun climbing this humongous mountain with my husband. Along the trail I kept thinking, what a perfect metaphor for life it was. Both to the summit, and back. Started out nice and paved. I thought man, this isn’t THAT bad. Then the terrain got rockier, the steps steeper, and at times the ground mushier from the rain that had passed through a couple of days before. It was certainly no cake walk. There were obstacles I needed to pass just like in life. And just like in life, it was grit and determination that got me to my end goal. I reached the top knowing I had earned that view, and it felt that much sweeter because of all the effort. Not to mention, humbling, the vast land that lay before us just a tiny glance of what this world has to offer. 7 miles, 3 and 1/2 hours, and a few mosquito bites later I was that much more appreciative of life. I’m excited to explore more of our backyard this summer and hopefully snap a few more pics along the way.