Hello friends! I hope that everyone had a great weekend! We are back home from our trip to the Adirondacks with some of our best friends and had an absolute blast! It was our first vacation away from James and while I was nervous about how he would do staying with both of his grandparents (and how I would do without him), we all did well.
Our adventure started bright and early Thursday morning when two of our friends met us at our apartment to ride up together in my dad’s minivan that he kindly let us borrow for the weekend. The car ride flew by with lots of chatter and laughter along the way. At some point on the drive our stomachs started to grumble but it wasn’t quite time for lunch. Somehow we got on the topic of donuts, and I quickly pulled out my phone and googled “donuts near me”. I stumbled on a place that had great reviews and was directly on our route. It happened to be a laundromat/donut shop which seems to be the most random combination in the world but we didn’t let the confusing marketing stop us from taking a quick pit stop to try some of these laundry mat donuts.
Oh my gosh guys these donuts were amazing! I’m not going to lie, it’s one of those places you pull up to and you start to question your decision to stop. The inside was confusing as well with most of it consisting of washers and dryers. Tucked in a corner at the entryway is a small area where donuts and coffee are being sold. Ok, so let me not go on and on about these donuts, but they literally frosted and sprinkled the donuts right in front of you! Such a fun stop, and after the first bite of our donuts we had no regrets.
We arrived in Lake Placid minutes ahead of two more friends, and met up with them for lunch at The Cottage. Great conversation, amazing views and a delicious meal were just what we needed to kick off our ADK vacation. Post lunch we opted for a hike that Josiah and I have done before and thought our friends would really enjoy as well. It’s a 2.5 mile loop that is mostly flat and includes a section that hugs the shore of Lake Placid which makes for a really beautiful walk. It felt good to stretch our legs, get some fresh air, and continue to enjoy the company of our friends.
When we arrived back to our cars it wasn’t quite time to check into our Air B&B but we decided to reach out to the host to see if we could get in a little early. Sure enough, our host got back to us right away and said that our house was ready. We picked up a few pizzas and wings for dinner on the way over to the house since we knew that once we checked in we wouldn’t have the motivation to go back out. Our house was in a very remote location, so limiting trips to civilization was ideal. It was a 30 minute drive from Lake Placid to our house including a section at the end that was a very windy and steep dirt road. I think we were all a little skeptical pulling into the driveway just because getting to the house was a feat in and of itself.
From the driveway the house didn’t look too impressive, but as soon as we stepped in the door we were all pretty blown away. It was shockingly nice considering my lowered expectations upon arrival. The living room had high vaulted ceilings and featured an array of windows, a spacious dining room, deck, multiple fireplace/pit options, finished basement, lots of bedrooms and bathrooms, games, movies, etc. We were all giddy with excitement over our new home for the next couple of days.
After settling in and playing a game or two, our stomachs told us that it was time for dinner. Fortunately dinner came together with little effort as we reheated the pizza and wings, and quickly cut up some veggies. We ate and talked and laughed our way through the evening. Our one friend Sam kindly offered to bring supplies to make homemade chocolate chip cookies, including her mixer from home. I was very impressed as I knew I wouldn’t have the motivation to do that much cooking on vacation. Her cookies were amazing (I still need the recipe) and as we awaited the arrival of a few more friends we nibbled on warm cookies and milk.
Two more friends arrived to the house a little before 10pm, and at that point I was getting pretty tired. While I wanted to stay up with everyone, Josiah and I decided to call it quits for the night and head to bed. The rest of the group watched a movie, played games and relaxed for a few more hours before getting some rest as well. I’m still kicking myself for not just staying up with everyone else because my body and mind had a hard time calming down from all of the vacation excitement and I ended up taking quite a few hours to fall asleep that night. Oh well!
Part two will be coming soon! Happy start to the week everyone!