Archive for March, 2012

Welcome to Spring!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Well, it’s officially Spring by the calendar. And it’s looking and feeling like it out there this week. This is truly a strange year weather wise. Last year we were getting snow regularly in March, this year, my forsythia is blooming, a full month ahead of it’s usual schedule.

My forsythia getting ready to bloom a month ahead of schedule

It’s looking like an early flying season for us. Flight area just needs a little dry-time, and with the near 80′ temps we are forecast to get this week, it should make it happen!! Happy Spring Everyone!

Weekend Doings

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Saturday, wifey and I headed out to Washington County to visit some of our fav places for eats, take-outs to bring back home, and some of the best maple syrup available. A trip like this takes us out to some places that I’ve written about before, out toward Salem which is near the VT border. We stopped at the Battenkill Valley Creamery, on County Route 30 near Salem, for some of their fantastic ice cream for an evening dinner party, and fresh eggs for our Sunday morning breakfast. Next, we headed for Salem and lunch at Steininger’s. This place is our fav go-to place when we feel like a drive out into the country and lunch you typically don’t find in a sleepy town like Salem.

The main drag and only traffic light in Salem


Worth the drive from anywhere, Steininger's

Next, we headed out toward Vermont to get some good maple syrup, at the Mountain Valley Maple Farm, on State Highway 153 in West Rupert VT. Sorry, but I don’t have any pics of their sugar operation. They weren’t boiling sap when I got there because the temps were too cold that day for sap to run. Anyhow, these folks make the best maple syrup, get yourself some.

On the New York/Vermont border. Sign says West Rupert was chartered 1761, truly small town Americana at it's best.


Golden goodness, that was very yummy on my blueberry pancakes that wifey made for us on Sunday morning


Here's the info where you can get yourself some. Click the pic, it enlarges. They ship anywhere.


March has Arrived!

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

March came in like a Lion-sorta. We got around 8″s of snow-a big deal this year.

Backyard view off the deck this morning.

 So, maybe it goes out like a lamb and we get an early spring flying season?

Recent Doings

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Last Sunday was a beautiful day for a drive up around Lake George and the southern Adirondacks. Wifey and I stopped by a really cool retro diner in Bolton Landing, Bolton Beans. The diner, as well as Bolton Landing were very quiet, but it didn’t affect the mood at the diner or the food.

An original rail car diner in beautiful condition.

We drove north on Rt. 9N toward The Hague, and stopped at the the overlook at Sabbath Day Point on Lake George.

Sabbath Day Point overlook, what Lake George looks like this winter - no snow and little to no ice.


Historical marker, on the history of Lake George and it's two Centuries of battles along the Great Warpath.

I’ve been reading a great book, “Conquered into Liberty” by Elliot Cohen, that tells the history of the most fought over part of America, the “Great Warpath” between Albany NY and Quebec in Canada, which much of flying area for my balloon rides is part-of.