Lakeside Living

We’re back!  We hope you all had a wonderful week because we certainly did!  Upstate NY is beautiful and really does have a lot to offer vacationers.  Kick back, relax, and come along with us to hear what we did!

So last Saturday we packed up the car and hit the road! My strategy for packing items in the car for trips like this is to use plastic bins that are all a manageable size.  I used clear, so I can see what’s in each one, but then it was easy to load up one full of linens, kitchen things, and out door items that we felt we needed. DSCN2300

And when you go to load the car, they just stack up really easy and keep everything together.  You can fit so much more this way!  I just love it!

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Birdie and I started the trip by taking a terrible self portrait together…

IMG_20130810_071350Not our best, but good enough!  🙂  Once we got all gassed up with both petro and coffee we were on our way!  Driving and driving and driving…

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(hour 3 noted above) After about 4 hours we took a detour and headed to Cooperstown!

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Along the way to Cooperstown, we passed this little gem of a museum.  And let me tell you, it was gosh darn hard not to forget all our plans and lose ourselves in this place all afternoon.

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You never know what we could’ve picked up in that Rock Shop and excuse me, but they have a talking dinosaur!  We couldn’t quite figure out if he was petrified along with the other creatures or if he was just magical and special…. we will just have to go back and find out!

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Cooperstown is SO. DARN. CUTE!  What a gorgeous little All-American “village” (I kept noticing that NY has signs at the town limits that label them all as “villages”.  “Village of Cooperstown”, “Village of Pulaski”, etc.)  Unfortunately we couldn’t linger too long as we had Birdie and not all the places were dog-friendly, but we did get to see some of the sights and pop into a few shops before grabbing some lunch.

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The town is seriously something special and for baseball lovers it must be an awesome day and a great visit.  We saw lots of dads out with their kids – young and old alike, so definitely a very family-friendly environment! After we wrapped up our visit to Main Street we decided to head to a local Cooperstown brewery for some lunch.

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Council Rock brewery had a nice selection of brews and a cozy enough environment that allowed us to leave Birdie outside without much worry about her.  Great food too, with brawtworst and chorizo and awesome sweet potato tater tots.  Seriously, get the tots if you go. The inside had a cute collection of signs about beer.

After lunch we loaded up and headed back on our way to get up to the cottage!  When you’re off the main highways in NY it’s really amazing to see these old towns that have preserved some of the original buildings and town centers.  It’s just awesome!

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Ok, did anyone catch what I threw in up there?  I’ll come clean and yes, I did include a photo of an Amish man (which is a no-no), but I didn’t get his face and figured he probably won’t be reading my blog to chew me out.  It is Amish country up there, so we did get to tip our hats to the throw-back way of living life.  Hey, it worked then, so why wouldn’t it work now?

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I’ll stick to driving a car though.  Speaking of, our route up to the lake consisted of a lot of simple but beautiful highway views.

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Come back tomorrow and we’ll get to the details about the lake, cottage, and the fun in between!  As you can see… it lived up to all expectations!

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