Friday, November 13, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Snow has already fallen on the High Peaks, but before the first flakes fall here in the valley, I want to take a look back and share a few of my favorite things from Summer 2009.
One of my favorite spots in the world -- I had to fight a lot more guests for my hammock time this summer!
Our family spent a fun day tubing at Schroon Lake for Sodie's 13th birthday. They even got Mom out on the tube ... here's the photographic evidence!
One of the benefits of our very rainy June and July was that the little waterfall just beyond our driveway flowed most of the summer
On summer Sunday mornings, I played the organ at this little chapel in St. Hubert's. More than one Sunday found me running up the road with the hymnal under my arm... leaving guests at the breakfast table! (Doesn't this church just make you want to hum "the little brown church in the dell?!")
Our personal flock of hummingbirds brought many moments of joy to us as they zipped and zoomed around - sometimes 5-6 at a time. They are, however, very hard to photograph with our less-than-speedy camera.
We love the Keene Valley Farmer's Market. One of our favorite stands features the one-and-only Dimitry who sells wonderful olive oil and goat's cheeses. Our girls look forward to his hugs and their weekly sample of bread dipped in olive oil with garlic, tomato and basil. We make the same thing at home, but somehow it never tastes as good as Dimitry's ... which is served "from Bulgaria with LOVE!"
Wayne gets his weekly cup of coffee from John of Adirondack Country Gourmet Coffee. His coffee beans come straight from his friend's farm in Honduras. Our guests rave about the fresh roast and perfect blend. If you'd like to try a bag, just email John at email@example.com.
And last but definitely not least ... my new keyboard! A birthday gift that I will enjoy for many years to come.
It was a good summer ... now onto FALL!!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
First, there is the drive to work ... out across the lake in the early morning light. Braving the wind and waves at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour.
Upon arriving at work, there is the challenge of parking. Have you ever had to park a boat under a house?!
Or perhaps I should sit this way and enjoy the view of Whiteface Mountain?
At the end of the day, there is that commute again. Twenty minutes of pure lake bliss.
Sigh... it's a tough job, but somebody has to do it!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
And to give you an idea of what this looks like in motion... here is a one observer's video record of this year's swim start:
After serving breakfast and doing room service, we headed up to Keene to watch some of the biking portion of the race. We stood along the road with a handful of others, cheering as the athletes came down the hill, made the turn and headed back up the other side of a 56 mile loop. They rode the loop twice for a total of 112 miles.
One of my favorite things was watching our friend, Ruth. She has such a joyful spirit and I know that each cyclist appreciated her tribute as they passed by.
We were so inspired by watching the cyclists, we decided to head up to Lake Placid to watch the finishers. As we entered the village, we passed some of the marathoners just heading out ...
As each runner approached the finish line, the announcer called his/her name, where they were from and interesting trivia (such as "7 time finisher" or "62-year-old grandmother of four", etc). Each time a first-time finisher crossed the line, the announcer would shout, "John... you ... are... an... IIIIRRROONNNMMMAAANNN!!" (I still get chills just remembering!)
Each finisher had their "moment." Most ran across the line with their arms in the air. Some were a bit more subdued (or maybe exhausted?!). And then there were the "memorable" finishes... like several guys who laid down and rolled across, the girl who cartwheeled across, the couple who finished holding hands. Personally, my favorite finish occurred as a man and woman approached the finish line side by side. At the last second, he slowed his pace and let her cross first. Such a gentleman!
Some scenes at the finish...
These are some of the bikes parked inside the Olympic speed skating oval. We were there from about 6:30 pm until about 9:30 pm and there were close to 1,000 athletes still out on the course. Remember ... they had started at 7:00 am!
We were amazed by how "spry" many of the finishers still looked. Check out the big smile and energetic stride on this young woman!
Being an Ironman athlete is a huge commitment. Athletes train about 25-30 hours a week - in addition to their jobs! There are so many inspirational stories of men and women who've overcome incredible odds to compete. Even the ones who don't finish are champions!
It is impossible to adequately capture the thrill of that day, but hopefully these photos have given you a taste of the experience. And if you like this sort of thing, I invite you to join us next July. But book early! (2,200 athletes and their friends/families fill up the accommodations quickly)
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The phone call began like any other as the gentleman on the other end inquired politely about our guest rooms, rates, and availability. My pencil was poised over the appointment book when he dropped the bomb!
"My great-grandfather built your house."
Broemont was an inn hosting travelers who came to Keene Valley to hike and hunt. The Broe men served as guides working for the Ausable Club in St. Hubert's. We were amazed to discover that we have the livingroom furniture arranged exactly as it was in the early days of the Broemont Inn.
A bit of Keene Valley history... this photo depicts the "new highway" Route 73 when it was first built.
The third generation... baby Betty was born and raised in this house. Her mother, Mae, taught elementary school in Keene Valley for 30 years. People in town still call the Snow Goose "Mae Broe's house!"
Young Betty and a friend at the swimming hole ... the same one our girls swim in!
Betty was thrilled to return to her childhood home and to spend Mother's Day weekend sleeping in her old bedroom which is now our "Harmonies" guest room!
Breakfast was truly a family affair! Betty, her husband and two sons had such great stories to tell. We felt honored to "listen in" as they reminisced about the day Nixon resigned, summer afternoons reading on the hammock, and fond memories of Uncle "Collie" - a Keene Valley legend in his own right.
Forget breakfast ... let's look at pictures!
From the moment we set foot in the Snow Goose, we have felt chosen to carry on the legacy of this grand home. Following their visit, we received this email from Mike Green (Betty's son)...
"Both of you have done an excellent job keeping the "big house" looking great. We have often worried what would become of her and were delighted in her present condition. You all have truly done a fantastic job in keeping her running. "
After spending a weekend traveling "Memory Lane," we are even more thankful for this amazing place and more inspired to bless others with this sanctuary for weary travelers who want to enjoy nature and find a quiet place for their souls.
Another email from Mike shared these additional thoughts about "Collie" (Charles Broe)...
"Every visit my family made to Keene Valley while I was growing up was highlighted by Uncle Collie stopping at the "Goose" to say hello to everyone. I can still see his jeep turning in the driveway. Uncle Collie even went so far as to take me, my brothers and friends to his hunting camp. Another memory I will not forget.
Uncle Collie ... was kind, generous with his time and loved telling us about his life experiences. Collie had a heart the size of the Adirondacks. I was in college when my mother called and told me that Uncle Collie had passed away. My sadness was immense. He was truly a fine man."
Saturday, April 25, 2009
You find one of the last remaining snowbanks and make home-made ice cream!
I'd write more, but the ice cream is ready. Gotta run ... Yum!