Its a beautiful Autumn day in Georgia, crisp and cool. As I sit next to my husband and our Lab Holly I was thinking of how happy and content I am with our life.
I am thankful that we have achieved the American dream. We just closed on a piece (a little over 5 acres) of lakefront property in the Adirondacks in upstate NY. We can't wait to build our log home and just enjoy our lives together. This has been our dream since E came back from Iraq and we honeymooned in the Adirondacks and now it has come true.
Here is a little background about us and how we fell in love with the Adirondacks. We got married by the Justice of the Peace before E left for Iraq in 2004. He left a month after we married to train up at Fort Drum for 6 months. Then he left in October 2004 and was in Iraq until December 2005. When I drove up to Fort Drum to pick him up we stayed the weekend so he could out process. As we were sightseeing around the Adirondacks, just taking in the beauty, we looked at each other at the same time and said "we should have our honeymoon here."
We had our Military wedding because E wanted me to have the big wedding with the dress, band, and to have all of our extended family and friends there. We booked The Wawbeek (which is sadly no longer there) located on Upper Saranac Lake. We loved the history behind The Wawbeek and we stayed in the Birch Cabin (2nd cabin off the lake). There were no phones (except in the Main Lodge), cell phones didn't work up there either, no TV's...it was perfect. We brought our portable CD player and just listened to music, but mostly we just listened to the beauty of nature. We heard the magical Loons & Owls. We climbed and reached the summit of Mt. Ampersand (my first mountain). We went to Lake Placid and visited the Olympic Sports Complex, which was a dream come true for E and I. We are huge hockey fans and to stand in the same arean where the USA Hockey team won the 1980 Olympics was magical. We also went by the Bobsled Complex and Ski Jumping Complex. Of course, we couldn't resist shopping and eating lunch in that picturesque town. We drove up to the summit of Whiteface Mountain, host of the 1980 Winter Olympic Alpine Events, which is 4,867' high. I actually got vertigo as we were driving up the mountain. Venturing into Blue Mountain Lake and the Adirondack Museum was a lot of fun. It was so interesting to see the history of the Adirondacks and to what it has become now. We also went Kayaking on Saranac Lake. This is one of our favorite pastimes and we have many. It was so peaceful and everywhere we looked there was something beautiful to see. We saw a family of Foxes. It was precious, a Mama with her little babies. They were just watching us as we glided by. Then we visited High Falls Gorge, words do no justice to describe how beautiful these falls were. The falls are magnificient and I just stood there in awe. Mother Nature just fascinates me. We also would just drive around and just take in the spectacular views and peaceful life that exudes in the Adirondacks. We had so much fun exploring the towns and shops around that area of the Adirondacks. We just felt so comfortable and at peace there. Especially, since E grew up near Rochester, NY this is in his blood. Growing up in Brooklyn...you appreciate every inch of NY and the Adirondacks captured my heart.