Friday, October 30, 2009


Halloween is tomorrow, but our preparations have begun!

Charlie had his pictures taken last week in his costume....

And tonight we carved a pumpkin!

Charlie had a blast playing with the "Pumpkin Guts"

Best pumpkin I have ever carved. (Martin helped too!)

Now all that is left to do is get some candy for the trick-or-treaters....

A Trip Up Noth- The Mirror Lake Inn

Our last night we stayed at the Mirror Lake Inn Resort in Lake Placid. It was a wonderful stay- the food was great, the room was gorgeous and we had a great time. Here are a few shots of Charlie and the view of Mirror Lake off our balcony.

A Trip Up North - Cascade Mountain

Breakfast on Thursday was at a place called Big Mountain. It was amazing. We had crepes and a breakfast panini that were all absolutely delicious! Great atmosphere and just wonderful food- a definate reccomend for anyone who gets a chance. They even had some gluten free choices! The Big Mountain boasts 46 different sandwiches on their menu, in reference to the "46ers" who hike all of the 46 high peaks of the Adirondacks. Speaking of which......

We decided early on Thursday we wanted to try to find a local, relatively easy hike. We finally found some information at the visitor's center and with a bit of guidance, decided to hike Cascade. From what we read there, it was the best of the high peaks to start with.
It was a pretty misty day again, and we hadn't packed Charlie anything very waterproof, so he got a new raincoat out of the deal.
The hike was a bit challenging, especially with Charlie on our backs, but seemed doable, until we were about 10 minutes from the summit. At that point there are a series of what climbers would refer to as "rock scrambles" and though I would have been comfortable with the baby on Martin's back going up, the way back down just seemed too daunting. It was so foggy we wouldn't have been able to see anything anyway, but it was a bit frustrating to get that far and have to turn around.
It was still so nice to be out in the woods and get some hiking in!

Charlie enjoyed the entire hike- he never even fussed!

Where we turned around...

A Trip Up North- Wildwood on the Lake

Day two, we headed up to Lake Placid, our main destination. We stopped at Chapel Pond along the way for some pictures, because it was just beautiful.
We checked in early to our hotel, and then walked along all the shops in Lake Placid. It was a bit misty out for most of the day, but we made the best of it!

A Trip Up North - North Creek

So we just got back from a four day adventure up into the Adirondacks. Our first stop was in North Creek, which I must admit (begrudgingly) was my idea. When looking for places to stay, I happened upon a place called the Alpine Lodge. I got it mixed up with another hotel I was looking at online, and we ended up there. Our entire stay at the lodge we did not happen upon a person working there. Our room number and key code were emailed to us, and there was no check in or out. Very strange.
The town was interesting, to say the least. Everything was closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the day we arrived and the day we left. There were a good number of shops and stores and places to eat, but we had to order pizza (which turned out to be amazing!) because aside from the grocery store, it was the only thing open!!!
The town has some historical interest- it was/is home to the train station where Roosevelt learned Mckinley had died and he had become president. We took a few picutres down near the rail station and overall had a good time, despite.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

We went to the "Pick a Pumpkin" Pumpkin Patch today along with Martin's new friend Chris, and his twin boys Riley and Carlos. Charlie had a great time seeing animals, and getting to play around with some pumpkins and absolutely loved the tractor ride. He couldn't take his eyes off the Tractor!

Chris collectively calls the boys "Rilos" which is really cute.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fall "Foto's"

Mema and Grandpa grew a pumpkin for Charlie this year, so we went over there to pick it and take a few shots outside for the Fall. Charlie loved crunching the leaves!