So, we finally did it! We took a trip with the kids, and stayed overnight, at a place that was not owned by some friend or family member!
When I was growing up, my mom saved each year to bring my sister and me on a short vacation. We never went far, only a few hours away, but we saw something new, and we stayed overnight in a hotel! Finally, we've been able to give our kids the same experience.
So, Monday morning we headed to Lake George. This came after a weekend of the dog losing her collar (and tags) Friday, Mike getting sick Saturday, and the electricity going out while we were packing up Monday morning. Somehow, everything worked out anyway, and at about 7:30 a.m. we headed out for our adventure.
The first place we went to (after the rest stop to use the "facilities") was Fort William Henry. This was fun! It is a reconstruction of a fort from the French and Indian War. We saw a film, took a tour, learned how to shoot a musket and a cannon, and pretended to be English soldiers.
Then, we took a tour of the lake on the Minne-ha-ha, one of the few remaining steamboats. We also brought our lunch, and ate on the boat.
When we were finished with the boat, we went to Twin Bay Village, where we stayed for the night. It was right on the lake, so the kids were able to wade around (I sat in a chair with my bathing suit on wrapped in a towel and a long sleeved shirt - brrr!), then we cooked some hot dogs in the little kitchenette, flew some kites (or tried to at least), and had a good night sleep.
Tuesday morning, we got up and headed down the road to see what we could find. We had planned on going in the rowboats at Twin Bay Village, but we had to check out of the room by 10:00 a.m., and it was even colder than the day before. I did not want to spend the rest of the day wet.
Anyway, we found Magic Forest, a small amusement park. It was very family-friendly, and everything was one price! Again, we were able to bring our own lunch and eat at the picnic tables there. The kids rode tons of rides - even Lily! (Though she wasn't too happy about the fast, spinny ones). We saw a magician, and a diving horse (really!) and took a train ride and a tram ride. We stayed almost until closing time.
After the Magic Forest, we were all hungry, so we went to Grandma's Back Porch, which was recommended by a friend (they're related to the owner!) We had an enjoyable, delicious dinner. They were very helpful with Rory's dietary restrictions, and we felt right at home.
Our bellies full and our feet tired, we got into the car for the drive back home. The kids fell asleep in the car and had to be carried to bed when we got there. I was happy to take a hot bath and get to bed myself.
The only thing we forgot was to check the batteries on the camera, so we have precious few pictures to show! But at least you can see where we were, and we will always have the memories in our hearts.