So one more last minute summer road trip before going back-to-school seemed like an excellent idea… And it was! Late last week, in the mist of what seemed to be one of the most hectic week of the summer so far with Brian selling his truck, buying a new car, while getting everything ready for school, we decided to book 2 rooms at The Great Escape Lodge in Lake George, along with my sister-in-law Annick and her kids, as well as my father-in-law Joe, who all needed a getaway as much as us; so the more the merrier!
All packed up and excited, we left at 8am and made the 4-hour drive to the lake. Once there, it was sunny, and hot, perfect weather… so we spotted a terrace by the water and had lunch. We all wanted to take a boat ride to explore the lake, but since Brian and I had already taken our kids on the steamboat Minnie Ha Ha three years ago, we wanted to see if there were any other options to go on the lake. So Joe told Brian ‘just go see how much it would be to rent a boat’. Half an hour later we were on the lake in our pontoon!!! Oh yes, we rented a nice pontoon for an hour on the lake and it was the best decision of the trip. It was so much fun. The boys were a bit afraid but once we were on board, they had a blast. Cruising at our own pace, alone, with the kids waving at the huge steamboats, it was just awesome. All that was missing were the drinks and nachos! So we stopped in the middle of the lake where my nephew did an awesome back-flip from the side of the boat. He was then joined by Liam for a quick swim, and then by Logan for a one second dip! The boys fell asleep not long after while we were all enjoying being on the water. It was such a blast that now the idea of owing a pontoon is roaming my husband’s mind ALL THE TIME since we came back from that boat ride.
We then explored the beach, the main street, made a few wished in the pond and bought a few souvenirs.
The boys were really anxious to see their ‘Maison de vacance’ (vacation house as they call it) so we then made our way to our hotel. It was AMAZING. It was huge, with an awesome indoor water-park, an arcade, multi levels treasure hunts and more. I volunteered for the Target trip to get us drinks and snacks while the rest of the crew tried out the water-park. Apparently they were having way too much fun, because although I spent over an hour going aisle by aisle with a Starbucks in my hand, when I came back to the hotel they were still at the pool and riding the slides. Oh well, Target or water-slides, I guess it was a perfect way to end this great day for all of us. We then all headed out for a late diner and came back full, ready for our next day adventures.
I really need to invest in hotel-rooms-black-out-drapes. Not sure if it’s the exhaustion or if it’s the dark room but we sure slept late on vacation! The Six Flags Great Escape amusement park was literally of the other side of the road to our hotel, connected with walkway for pedestrian. No driving or parking fuss, just wake up, get ready and enjoy the park. With almost no wait time at every rides, we were able to complete our to-do ride list and even do the water ones twice (it was over 30 degrees outside!). Best part about the barrel water ride? For 25 cents you can blast the boats with water cannons. Hilarious! We spent way too much time there but it was for sure the best money we spent on that trip! Joe couldn’t stop laughing every time we would get someone soaking wet while feeding us with quarters to keep on going: 8 cannons shooting all in different directions with one of us at each of them waiting for a boat to come!!! Yeah, hilarious!
We were done with the park at around 4:30, so instead of doing their favorite rides a second time, it was unanimous, and the kids all opted to go back to the hotel to spend more time at the water-park before diner. This time I went. Oh boy, not sure when was the last time I enjoyed water-slides that much. My goal was not to get my hair wet, but that lasted for about 15 minutes until a giant water bucket dropped hundreds of liters of water directly on me. Thanks Bry for telling me to stand ‘right there’ if I wanted to stay dry as the bucket was about to empty itself. Well, my fav will always be the lazy river, and Logan’s too. Liam went out of his comfort zone and tried to surf, and he was sooo good! He’s not too keen on trying new things but he warmed up to the idea and went on his own to try it. He loved and did it 6 times. I was so proud! My nephew did it like 50 times and was so natural on it at the end. One more day and he would have been able to surf like they do in the movies!
I’m pretty sure Lake George is the capital of the mini putt. Within couple KMs on each side of our hotel, I saw at least 6. We chose to go at the Pirate’s Cove one. Kind of ashamed to admit it but it was the boys first time… but it won’t be the last. They loved it and were way better at the end. Of course Liam got attached to his golf ball and then cried when he lost it in the 18th hole!!! Well I didn’t cried because of my golf ball, but I almost did when we arrived at Martha’s Ice Cream and it was closed. It was Dole Whip day after all and I was so looking forward to it!
Next morning we packed our stuff, and made a stop at the downstairs’ arcade. These arcades should be illegal, it’s basically casinos for kids (or adults in Brian’s case). We always leave discouraged… like we spend 50$ and then the kids get a 1$ gift for the thousands of tickets they won. Go figure! At least they had fun.
I knew a quick trip to Target would cheer them up. And it did! We then stopped at some outlets store and had lunch at an old school A&W where they still have car service. We rode Go-Karts and THEN it was time to whip. Dole Whip at Martha’s Ice Cream. That place is a must if you’re in the region. My father in law had the biggest ice cream come I’ve ever seen in my life… and he finished it! Hopped back into the cars and made our way back.
We’re already planning where we’re going to go next year, and it will for sure be longer; as two nights is clearly not enough. You have to visit Lake George. It’s our 3rd time with the boys and we always find new stuff to do. Hope you’re ready for back to school; I know I’m not! Can’t believe summer is already over. I still have 4 days left of vacay and I plan on making the most of it. Summer 2017 went by so quickly, but still, I enjoyed being off work and at home with the boys so much.
Have a great last weekend before back-to-school everyone!