What a beautiful weekend! We headed north near where our son and DIL live for a long weekend away. We had hoped that our newest granddaughter would be born while we were up there but she was stubborn and wasn't ready to join the world yet. Our poor DIL is so ready!
We made the best of our time away and enjoyed spectacular weather and had a wonderful time. We camped in NY state along a beautiful creek - well they called it a river but it was pretty narrow. The days were right around 80 with evenings in the 50s - perfect camping weather. We spent some time with the soon-to-be parents but also found time to kayak.
Friday we hit up a lake 40 minutes away. It was a pretty lake but was a bit crowded with other boats and annoying kids on jet skis. As we were making the turn towards the lake what did we spy - a yarn shop! It wasn't open yet but we hit it up afterwards. I wasn't going to go in since I really was dressed for kayaking - not shopping. But the lady working was very sweet as I made apologies for my attire. Then we stopped for a quick bite and sat overlooking the lake.
We ended back at the camper for showers and reading and knitting along the water. Our view was gorgeous.
Friday evening we spent with our son and DIL - taking them out for dinner. Our DIL is going stir-crazy. She teaches and school ended a week or so ago. She has been sticking close to home except for walking the dogs. Friday morning she got the dogs harnesses on, struggled to get her sneakers on and went outside only to see this in their driveway. No walk today!
We ended the day going to a music fest in their town - businesses sponsor various music groups. We ended up at their favorite ice cream place enjoying a scoop and listening to the band and chatting.
Saturday we tried to go to one lake only to find the road to the boat access closed because of construction. We headed in another direction and ended up at Rio Reservoir. This ended up being a wonderful choice. It was quiet and unbelievably gorgeous. We saw lots of other kayakers but didn't have to deal with motor boats or jet skis. The sky was crystal clear and was so very quiet. We paddled to a hidden waterfall we had read about. We saw bald eagles - my first time seeing them in the wild. One swooped down right in front of us and pulled a fish out of the water. Very cool! There were the remnants of an old wooden bridge to paddle in and out of and of course was great for pictures. One thing with paddling on a lake vs. creek is that you have to paddle more! We spent 3.5 hours on the water which made for some tired kayakers!
Then we got back to the camper, took showers and headed to a nearby winery for a glass of wine and some live music - an older guy playing acoustic guitar and singing. He was really good! The setting was pretty - kind of rustic and woodsy.
Back to the campground for dinner over the fire, cocktails and a campfire. It was a pretty great evening! And we had a visitor - not a bear thank goodness. But pretty cute.
Sunday we headed home - it took us forever because of construction on 81. Is there ever no construction on 81? I think not.
So we are back home anxiously awaiting any baby news. The week will be a busy one as I have 8 dozen halupki (cabbage rolls) to make for a family reunion on Saturday. I'm sure we will be travelling back up north at some point this week to meet our newest granddaughter - hopefully! And I started a Whole 30 today. Trying to get my eating back on track.
Joining Karen of Pumpkin sunrise for her Weekending posts.