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Monday, July 28, 2008

Horseback Riding and... Bobsledding???


Greetings after another beautiful day in Keene, N.Y. We have now been at the Bark Eater Country Inn for just over twenty four hours. I have to say that the accommodations and the hosts are just fantastic! It is so beautiful, peaceful, and quiet here in the mountains! The rooms are simple (no TV) and comfortable, my Mum and I have been staying in the old Carriage House, while some guests are also staying in the main house.
The Main House
The Carriage House
Also I have to say we've been befriended by one of the local cats isn't she gorgeous? She keeps shooting into our room whenever the door is open!

Today stated out with breakfast on the screened in porch. My Mum and I went for a bit of a walk up the road (whew its steep when you're in the mountains! This is the kind of area where you really do need a truck! Unlike the city where you see people driving these silly, gas guzzling, behemoths!). We toured into Keene and the next town over, Keene Valley. Along the drive we came along some beautiful sites...


Early afternoon my Mum and I got back on horses for the first time in over fifteen years. We were escorted by a guide on a gorgeous one hour trail ride through the forest and hills. I don't think my horse was really in the mood to work today. At first he refused to leave the stable yard, then once he did get going, he thought it was hilarious to go under every low branch and close to a few trees before I caught on he was doing it on purpose!!!

Following our horseback adventures, we got back in the car and headed up to Lake Placid to check out the shops. Before we got there we spotted the Old Lake Placid Olympic Bobsled facilities... advertising... you guessed it! Bobsled rides (on wheels not on ice). So I pulled the car over, turned around and pulled in. I mean, how many opportunities do you get to go on a bobsled? I know in 30+ years I've never had the opportunity present itself! Needless to say... we went! What a crazy rush! You go so fast and way up the banking curves!


After a good giggle we piled back into the car and continued onto Lake Placid. Wow! What a busy place (and it was when we first drove through on Sunday). It is just a busy street of people, cars and shops full of tourist crap. Needless to say I didn't spend a penny there, nor did we decide to stay for dinner. After a bit of a rest back at the Bark Eater Inn, admiring the scenery we went back into Keene and ate at the Tip-A-Canoe restaurant for the second night in a row. Once again just as tasty as the night before!

Well that's about it for tonight, Moonlight Guardian has gotten a little bit of my attention here and there but not much. Tune back in tomorrow for our next adventure... what crazy thing am I going to talk my Mum into next?????

22 comments:

Petra said...

Your trip sounds like so much fun!

Beatrice said...

I'm so glad you are enjoying your trip with your Mom.
I wish my Mom could still travel I'd be gone all the time with her.

Your pictures are wonderful as usual and I'm glad you're keeping us abreast of all your shinanagens...bobsledding horseback riding eating and stitching.
Take care and have some more fun!!!

Aussie Stitcher said...

Looks like you are having a wonderful time, love the photos, thanks for sharing.

Doris said...

your pictures are great, like always ;).
and the trip look very fun! and whit a lot of adventures!

Mel in Dubai said...

I always think of the John Candy film, Cool Runnings, when I hear of bob-sledding :)

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time with your mum. Look forward to reading about what you fun you have next!

~Tammy said...

Sounds like you're having a lovely time.

I've been in the area in the past. It is truly gorgeous. Your pictures are awesome.

Lynne said...

I'm glad your having such a great time ! I Love the Barn Pic !

PamB said...

My mom is the one always talking me into doing the slightly off beat adventures. She even went zip lining through the rain forest canapy when she was 68.

Erica said...

Sounds like you and your Mom are having just a wonderful time!

What great memories you will have to share!

Julie said...

Cute kitty, what a fun trip!

geeky Heather said...

I'm jealous you got to go on a bobsled! Good for you!

ollie1976 said...

Your trip is reminding me when I went to Lake Placid YEARS ago. Sounds like you and your mom are having fun. That little girl who has taken a liking to you is sooooo cute.
-Jen

Erin said...

Hmmmm. Well, as someone who has been EXACTLY where you are... LOL ...DH and I took the ferry across Lake Champlain and adventured around Vermont for a day. We went to the Ben & Jerry's Factory (free samples!) and the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, and the ride back across the lake that evening was absolutely gorgeous.

Oh, and if you are looking for another restaurant -- we recommend the Hungry Trout. (if it is still there...!!)

Dawn B. said...

Your trip sounds like so much fun It makes me wish i was there. The Kittie is very cute indeed. Love the scenery. Thanks for sharing.

Bette said...

Your trip sounds lovely and your photos are beautiful. It's wonderful you can spend such quality time with your mom.

CritterLady62 said...

What a beautiful place. Bobsledding, wow, it sounds like something I might have to put on that "Things to do before I die list". Enjoy the rest of your trip.

Angela said...

Love the pics, thanks for sharing!

Sally said...

It sounds like you're having a fantastic time Dani! I love the photos.

Lynn said...

Isn't it a beautiful area? I used to camp in those parts with my boys years ago.
So how did you feel after the horseback riding? It's been many years since I've done that!
Hope your good weather continues and I'll see you soon.

Carol R said...

Sounds like a fun trip! And your photos are brilliant - thanks for sharing

Crazee4books said...

Hi Dani,

Well, you certainly have an
interesting topic if anyone asks
you what you did for your summer
vacation. You went bobsledding!
You and your Mom are very brave,
that's all I can say.

The scenery where you're staying
is certainly beautiful. Look at
all the wonderful trees. And the
mountains in the distance.

The Carriage House looks like a
nice, unique place to stay, and
the little feline welcoming
committee is adorable. So pretty,
and not too old I'm thinking.

The horseback riding sounds like
fun, even if you did end up with
a devious horse. Were you a bit
stiff and sore the next day??

Hope the rest of your holiday is
as wonderful as the start has
obviously been. Looking forward
to more pictures.

Cheers!

Sharon said...

Such gorgeous photo's!