After such a fun long day on Saturday, we were looking for something a little less intense on Sunday before we headed back to central NY for the week ahead. The Village of Lake George was nominated, as it usually is with the boys, and I requested that we stop in Saratoga National Park. Mark wanted to make a quick stop at the Race-cino to collect his free rewards. He always gets these in the mail, and if we are around we stop. We have obtained several free items this way. On this trip he had the chance to win up to $250-. So day planned we packed up, had a late breakfast at Ambrosia Diner and were off.
The village is a different place during the "Off" season. I particularly like this time of year the best at places that are usually hyped during the summer. I honestly struggle with crowds and this was a perfect day of the village being crowd less. The boys went directly to the arcade, while Dad supplied them with $ for some games, and the two of us took our usual stroll down the main drag and past the lake. I stayed clear of the shops this time, surprisingly several of the stores were open. Instead we simply enjoyed the nice Fall day and the beauty of the lake against the Autumn colors.
The boys were found still playing games and winning tickets.
Next stop was Saratoga Park.
We were running late by the time we got to the park, and my main objective was to simply see the entire park, as well as obtain a National Passport stamp. The park has several componets; several have to do with the arts; there is a theater, a dance school and the SPAC arena where several concerts are held each summer. (We had a nice trip to see Motley Crew many years ago). There is also an auto museum, the Gidion Hotel, (where the famous people stay) multiple trails to hike, picnic areas, and of course the all important famous healing Springs.We have all been to the park before, but I had hoped to explore it a little more in depth. Again, since I have a non-hiking family, and since we were late, we made only one stop and that was to use the restroom. We have tried the spring water before as well, and let me assure you...it is not pleasant tasting water. I cant imagine why or what possessed people to travel for miles to obtain these "healing" liquids. Yuck. The natural spring water is actually good, but the "healing"waters (and people actually do bottle it and drink it regularly) is just plain disgusting. So since we had stopped at the springs before we didn't stop this time either. I never did find a passport location, and I am wondering if I am looking in the wrong place. This park is a state park...not a national park. I may have to do some research on it. I got some tree shots just the same.