Day 23! Home

Well, here we are at home.

I managed to spend some more dollars at the Duty Free in Newark Airport before we took off. Well, when a girl sees a bargain, what is she supposed to do!? Perfume this time but at least it didn’t take up too much room.

We didn’t have the pleasure of flying back on the Dreamliner last night, we had to make do with an Airbus but it was fine. The flight was uneventful and we even arrived back early at Heathrow.

We whipped through the e-passport gates, our luggage was practically first off the plane, met up with our driver and were heading out of Heathrow within 15 minutes!

When we arrived home and opened the cases it came as no surprise that one of them had been opened ‘for security purposes’ at Newark and searched. At least this time it was left tidy!

We had a great time, met some wonderful people and saw some memorable things. We drove 2684 miles.

So, it’s time to say ‘farewell’ once again and to thank you all for travelling with us and for the comments you posted.

Until we all meet again, we would just like to say ………………..

arrivederci, adeus, hejdå, 再见, zoi geen, zai jian, tot ziens, au revoir, tschüss, shalom, ciao, じゃね, anyeonghi gasyeo, poka/Пока, adios, hejdå, tạm biệt, vΘleft, farvel, ya sas, tókša akhé

and see you on the next ………………………. holiday road:

'Bye' Hope to see you all soon!

‘Bye’ Hope to see you all soon!

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Day 22! Lake George, NY to Newark, NJ

So, we left Lake George after our very short visit to head back to Newark for our flight to the UK. Lake George is a real tourist area but very nice.

We had re-weighed our suitcases before we left Dot and JB’s just to make sure, but they seemed okay.

The Luggage 2015

The Luggage 2015

Before we left we stopped off to see Prospect Mountain at Lake George.

Prospect Mountain

Prospect Mountain

Prospect Mountain is one of Lake George Region’s iconic landmarks. This beautiful mountain, located in the foothills of the Adirondacks, has a 2030 foot summit with magnificent panoramic views of Lake George and Adirondack Region. It is very popular among tourists, locals, and hikers because of its 100 mile view at the peak, and anyone can either hike or drive up to the top. The views are so spectacular and breathtaking, one must not leave Lake George before going to Prospect Mountain… it’s so unbelievably amazing!

Lake George Village from Prospect Mountain

Lake George Village from Prospect Mountain

Sand at Lake George

Sand and Lake George from Prospect Mountain

Old Cable Railway

Old Cable Railway

Old Cable Car on Prospect Mountain at Lake George

Old Cable Car on Prospect Mountain at Lake George

The Adirondacks

The Adirondacks

Prospect Mountain originally had to use an incline railway car to access the house at the top where people could dance and eat. Construction on the railway began in January 1895 and cost $120,000 total. Construction was finished six months later, with the railway opening on June 15, 1895.  After failing financially, the railway system ceased operation in 1903. The area was bought and soon donated to the State of New York.

Prospect Mountain House

Prospect Mountain House

In 1932, the building at the top of the mountain burned down and was replaced by a steel fire tower. For 30 years, people studied what to do with the land, which was owned by the state, and in 1954, New York Governor Tom Dewey signed legislation to build a highway up the mountain. Twelve years later, in 1966, then-Governor Nelson Rockefeller made funds available for the highway. The Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway was opened in 1969, dedicated to war veterans and providing access to the 2,021-foot (616 m) summit with a 100-mile (160 km) view at its peak.

The drive to Newark was a short one for a change, about four hours and as our flight was not taking off until 10.30 pm we decided to have lunch (eating again!) along the way. We found one of the places we like to eat at, Cracker Barrel, it’s a country restaurant and store, they sell lots of interesting things, including rocking chairs.

Whenever we eat at one it’s always packed full of the ‘older’ generation. The meals are great and a good price too. I had the most gorgeous Apple Cider Chicken. The sauce was so lovely I’m going to try and replicate it! Si had chicken fried chicken, yes that’s what it’s called.

We were then back on the road. It was an uneventful trip most of the way ……….. until I saw a man bent over the bonnet of a Police car being handcuffed!! Oh, plus these lorries being transported, all on the back of each other!

Lorries

Lorries

Welcome to New Jersey

Welcome to New Jersey

I must make one final mention of Margaret (sat nav). She was doing beautifully, until we were just a short distance from Newark when she suddenly went to sleep. Whoosh, she was gone, black screen, just what you need when you are in loads of traffic. She re-booted eventually and we made it to the Hertz return facility.

It’s probably best not to say too much about what happened at the Hertz facility!! All I’ll say is that we were fortunate to catch the flight back to the UK!!!!!!!!!

Day 21! Elmira, NY to Lake George, NY

Today we said ‘Farewell’ to Dot and JB. It’s always sad to leave but fingers crossed we shall see each other again very soon.

Our journey to Lake George was uneventful but we thought this was rather interesting …………….. a sign for a ‘Text Stop’, soon to arrive in the UK I’m sure! It indicates that a ‘Rest Area’ is imminent so anyone who wants to read or send a text should wait until they reach the rest area rather than texting/reading whilst driving!

Text Stop

Text Stop

 

 

Text Stop 1

Once we had checked into our hotel we made our way to Fort William Henry.

Those of you who know me well will understand why I wanted to visit the Fort ……………. it was portrayed in the movie ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ and you know I love a movie location!

Fort William Henry

Fort William Henry

Fort William Henry was a British fort at the southern end of Lake George in the province of New York. It is best known as the site of notorious atrocities committed by the Huron tribes against the surrendered British and provincial troops following a successful French siege in 1757, an event portrayed in James Fenimore Cooper’s novel, The Last of the Mohicans, first published in January 1826.

The fort’s construction was ordered by Sir William Johnson in September 1755, during the French and Indian War, as a staging ground for attacks against the French fort at Crown Point called Fort St. Frederic. It was part of a chain of British and French forts along the important inland waterway from New York City to Montreal, and occupied a key forward location on the frontier between New York and New France. It was named for both Prince William, the Duke of Cumberland, the younger son of King George II, and Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester, a grandson of King George II and a younger brother of the future King George III.

Following the 1757 siege, the French destroyed the fort and withdrew. While other forts were built nearby in later years, the site of Fort William Henry lay abandoned. In the 19th century, it was a destination for tourists. In the 1950s interest in the history of the site revived, and a replica of the fort was constructed. It is now operated as a living museum and a popular tourist attraction in the village of Lake George.

Inside Fort William Henry

Inside Fort William Henry

 

 

 

Musket Shot at Fort William Henry

Musket Shot

Cannon Shot at Fort William Henry

Cannon Shot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Si at Fort William Henry

Si at Fort William Henry

 

Sand Flying the Flag at Fort William Henry

Sand Flying the Flag

While we were there it suddenly started to thunder and a storm rolled in but it didn’t last very long ……………. here and gone in a few minutes!

Storm on Lake George

Storm on Lake George

For dinner tonight we took the advice of Bud on reception here at the hotel and went to eat at the Log Jam. Great recommendation, great food! As this will be the last main holiday meal and as I know there are those who read the blog who do enjoy a food photo or two, I thought you may enjoy these. Here’s Si with his ribs and scallops and me with my salmon!

Si at the Log Jam

Si enjoying his ribs!

Si at the Log Jam

And his scallops!

Sand at the Log Jam

I had the ‘healthy’ salmon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow evening we fly home and land on Wednesday morning, so our final post will be from good ol’ Blighty!

See you ‘across the pond.’

Day 20! Elmira, NY

Today has been another magnificent hot day.

The blog today will be rather short as we’ve spent most of the day shopping and eating!!

2 Guys, 2 Gals and a Dog!

2 Guys, 2 Gals and a Dog!

After yesterday’s breakfast pizza we decided to have a light breakfast of fruit and cereals. We thought it best to save ourselves for dinner as we are going with Dot and JB to one of our favourite restaurants!

We decided a visit to the Mall was in order to do a little shopping so Dot, Si and myself set off for Sam’s Club and Macy’s. We found some rather lovely things to buy. Dot and I actually saw a dress we both liked so bought one each. We reckoned that as we both live on different sides of the Atlantic that it wouldn’t be a problem.

Tonight we went to Texas Roadhouse and enjoyed some great food, steaks and shrimp were the order of the day.

There’s always a bucket of peanuts in their shells on the table to nibble while we wait to order and they serve the most magnificent fresh hot rolls with cinnamon butter.

Peanuts in their shells at the Texas Roadhouse

Peanuts in their shells at the Texas Roadhouse

Oh My! Dot and JB at the Texas Roadhouse

Oh My! Dot and JB at the Texas Roadhouse (I’ll get a telling off for posting this one!)

JB and Si at the Texas Roadhouse

JB and Si at the Texas Roadhouse

Oh dear, perhaps I shouldn’t have had the Hurricane Margarita!!

Unfortunate!

Unfortunate!

Day 19! Elmira, NY

Gosh, it’s hot here today, probably the hottest day we’ve had on our holiday so far!

The Gang and Kasha, the dog, in Elmira

The Gang and Kasha, the dog, in Elmira

We started the day with a Skype ‘chat’ with my Bro and SIL back home in the UK to catch up on all the news and for them to say ‘hello’ to Dot and Nat, then it was time for breakfast. Dot had made a special trip to the local store to buy us a breakfast pizza! We’ve had one before, they are very good indeed, but oh my, this one was huge! One side was bacon and eggs, the other ham and eggs. Now, that’s what you call a pizza …. only in the USA!!

Our Breakfast Pizza!

Our Breakfast Pizza!

It was our plan to head towards The Waterfront Restaurant in Hammondsport for lunch. Later of course, not immediately after breakfast pizza! We’ve been there before and it sits right on the beautiful Keuka Lake. The last time we visited we saw a sea plane landing on the Lake.

On the way we stopped off at Dot’s summer camp.

3 Gals at Dot's summer camp

3 Gals at Dot’s summer camp

 

The Models up at Dot's summer camp

The Models up at Dot’s summer camp

Barn at Dot's summer camp

Barn at Dot’s summer camp

Before we got to the Lake we stopped off in Hammondsport to take a look at the annual Art Show that was being held in the town square. There were lots of jewellery, pottery, photographic and painting stalls.

At one photographic stall we came across lots of photos that could have come straight out of our laptop!! it seems that the photographer had visited lots of the same places as us and had taken lots of the same photos as our resident photographer!

There was even an Irish band to keep us entertained, they were very good.

The Band

The Irish Band

There was one particular jewellery stall that we took a great interest in where the necklaces, bracelets and earrings had been handmade featuring Caring Stones, that is African Kazuri Beads.

Kazuri (meaning “small and beautiful” in Swahili) beads are unique, hand crafted ceramic beads made by women in Kenya. The industry started and continues today, for the purpose of helping disadvantaged Kenyan women find a way out of poverty and currently supports employment of over 300 African women.

Kauri provides these women, primarily widows and single parents, with fair wages, benefits, child care and AIDS education. All Kazuri products are fair trade.

We were enticed to buy a few things!

Dot and Sand's Jewellery

Dot and Sand’s Jewellery

After our purchases we continued on to The Waterfront where we managed a fine lunch at a great table while enjoying all the boats on the Lake.

3 Girls enjoying lunch at The Waterfront

3 Girls enjoying lunch at The Waterfront

 

 

 

2 Gals and a Guy enjoying lunch at The Waterside

2 Gals and a Guy enjoying lunch at The Waterside

Keuka Lake

Keuka Lake

Sadly, Nat had to leave us today and return home to Pennsylvania but we look forward to the time when we will all be together again.

 

 

 

Day 18! Lake Pleasant, NH to Elmira, NY

So, the long awaited day has arrived …………

We had a long drive, leaving New Hampshire and travelling through Vermont into New York state. We passed Lebanon Airport and Windsor, birthplace of Vermont in 1777 and in Wilmington we saw Dot’s Restaurant! I think our Dot must be moonlighting, I’ll have a word with her about that!

Dot's Restaurant!! Wow!

Dot’s Restaurant!! Wow!

Vermont has no major roads that we saw and so it took us longer than expected to drive through it. We expected our drive to Elmira would take six hours but after a couple of stops and then a major accident, it took seven. At least the drive was lovely and sunny.

Vermont is lovely and seems to be mainly made up of trees so there wasn’t really much to photograph as we travelled along, but we did see this rather oversized chair!!

The Big Chair

The Big Chair

We are now together with two of our best buddies Dot and Nat (JB will be here on Sunday) and spent a lovely afternoon and evening catching up, laughing and enjoying a lovely meal together and an evening stroll.

Three Besties!

Three Besties! Me, Dot and Nat

2 Girls and a Boy!

2 Girls and a Boy (Si)!

Dot, Nat and Si at Aldridge Park

 Nat, Dot and Si at Eldridge Park

Day 17! Lake Winnipesaukee

We decided an easy day was the order of the day as tomorrow we have a six-hour drive to Elmira in upstate New York.

Tomorrow is a very special day as we will be meeting up with our best pals, Dot, Nat and JB. Those of you who know me well or have been following the blog for a while will know that Dot and Nat are my ‘Twilight’ best buddies. It’s been two years since we were all together so as you can imagine, we are all very excited!

The Gang May 2013

‘The Gang’ May 2013

So, we drove back to Lake Winnipesaukee but this time went to the west side of the Lake to a town called Wolfeboro. It’s not very large, the population at the 2010 census was just 6,269, but as it’s a holiday destination it was very busy. Parking’s a problem but we were very lucky and managed to find a space just off the main street.

Lake Winni at Wolfesboro

Lake Winni at Wolfeboro

The town was granted by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth in 1759 to four young men of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and named Wolfeborough in honour of English General James Wolfe, who had been victorious at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759. In 1763, 2,300 acres were added to the 60 acres reserved for the governor. Colonial Governor John Wentworth, his nephew, established an estate on the site, known as Kingswood. Built in 1771 beside what is now called Lake Wentworth this was the first summer country estate in northern New England. Settled in 1768, the town was incorporated in 1770.

Wolfeboro

Wolfeboro

Over the years Wolfeboro, whose town motto is “The Oldest Summer Resort in America” became popular as a summer colony, particularly for families from Boston and southern New Hampshire. Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, Kurt Vonnegut, Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon have spent time in Wolfeboro and in August 2007, French President Nicolas Sarkozy holidayed there too.

It has loads of little shops and eating establishments. Of course, we shopped and then we ate, at Jo Green’s Garden Cafe. We sat on the upper deck and the view out over the Lake was just wonderful.

Lake Winni at Wolfeboro

Lake Winni at Wolfeboro

 

 

Downtown Wolfeboro

Downtown Wolfeboro

On the way to Wolfeboro we passed through Chichester and Alton! It really is enough to confuse the already confused!! For those of you living outside of the UK, we have town named Chichester and Alton too.

We then travelled back to New London for our dinner reservation, The New London Inn Coach House Restaurant, again! Again, I had the wonderful steak and Si had …………… scallops! Again, I forgot to take pictures but believe me, it happened!

There was one thing I forgot to mention on yesterday’s post and that was that we saw a man being arrested on the main street, handcuffed and put in the back of a police car! Well, that’s not something we see very often, if at all, where we are from! Apparently, he was being arrested for DUI, driving under the influence of alcohol. We were told that it happens quite a lot here in New London. My goodness, you wouldn’t think it was that kind of place, it’s very small and very quiet. Hey ho, you never know!!

To cap it all, when we arrived at the restaurant tonight there were two police cars parked outside! We thought they must have been waiting to breathalyse Si as he left after dinner but when we asked the receptionist what was ‘going down’ she said that one of the policemen was her boyfriend and he’d locked his keys in his cruiser and had to phone for backup to bring out a spare set of keys!!!!!!!!