Camping: Day One

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We left home yesterday at noon. It was a little later than intended, but still good for us. We actually would have left at 11 but Hemingway was being his typical asshole cat self, and refused to come inside…

The original idea was to drive halfway then stop to sleep. Instead we ended up driving strait through, only stopping for a few hours at a rest stop. The good thing was the puppies were really well behaved. We only had to deal with one accident, right at the beginning of the trip.

Because of this, we arrived at the campground first thing this morning and my best friend came around and we got to spend a few hours together. It was really good to see her and talk to her in person instead of communicating in calls and texts like we usually have to do.

After my friend left, we mostly just relaxed at the campsite as both of us were exhausted. The pups are enjoying themselves so far and still well behaved.

Tomorrow I’ll get to see my friend for a longer period of time, but the rest of our time here she will be working the evening shift…which came up last minute. So that’s a major bummer but it is what it is.

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On the Road (Almost)

My work week is finally over. It wasn’t the worst week ever, but it definitely will be a contender with weeks I do not want to experience again. I don’t like blogging about work as blogging about work can get complicated…but basically we got hit with a storm and about 4:30am Wednesday morning I awoke to a power outage. 

We have a generator at work so I grabbed the directions, headed outside and attempted to get it running. I still had an hour before I had to be up and working, so I figured I’d get the power running again, then get a least 45 minutes of sleep before getting back up. That did not happen. First, I couldn’t get the generator moved out from the little shed we keep it in (both wheels were flat). I finally did get it moved (and I am SERIOUSLY feeling it today…my boss actually said he was surprised that I moved it at all)…then spend another 15 minutes fighting to get it plugged in. Finally got it plugged in and got it running…just to go inside and find out that it was doing jack shit and I had to call my boss. Luckily the electricity came back on before too long so it wasn’t a major issue…and I later discovered that the directions we had…were only about half the directions. There was a whole ‘nother process to follow AFTER the generator was running. But we won’t get into that…

So needless to say…I spend Wednesday craving a nap and today just feeling sore, grumpy and unmotivated to do just about anything, including any packing.

I did get most of it done though. We’re probably going to get a later start tomorrow as we still need to load up the car, I have to stop at the bank, and we will probably stop at Family Dollar for a few things we forgot to pick up at the grocery store…then hit the road. Fortunately we already planned to break the trip into two days so we’re not rushed…then at the end of the week we’re going to visit my Aunt and Uncle in Indiana Thursday into Friday and come home Saturday. When I was in college I went out to visit them a few times, but I haven’t seen them since my wedding so I’m looking forward to it. 

Right now though, I think I need some sleep. 

It’s Almost Time For Vacation!

This past weekend, Hubby and I drove down to NJ so I could spend Father’s Day with my Dad. It was a pretty low key weekend, Hubby did a lot of work around the house for my parents and we squeezed in a trip to the Cape May Zoo, which is one of my favorite places to visit when I’m in the area. We did have a bit of a problem with our pet sitter however, which was unfortunate. Nothing major. The pups and cat are all okay, but he couldn’t handle the puppies. We were able to hang on to him until we returned late yesterday night (Sunday) but it did put a kink into our plans for next week…

After this week of work, Hubby and I are leaving to go to Michigan to visit my best friend. Up until this weekend, we hadn’t made any solid plans. We just figured that we would find a motel or something to stay in and kind of just travel at our leisure…but then we couldn’t find a pet sitter, and I wasn’t keen on putting them in a kennel…and let’s face it, it was hard enough leaving them for a weekend…forget about leaving them a whole week when they are still so young. So we spend lots of time between Friday night and Sunday afternoon figuring things out and eventually we decided that we were going to take the puppies with us and we were going to camp. We made reservations for a campsite at a state park out in MI, bought and borrowed ourselves some camping supplies and we should be mostly all set. We’re planning on taking two days each way of traveling, so those stops aren’t planned, and we’re going to take a detour to Indiana to visit my Aunt and Uncle (still have to call them about that) but at least the major part of the trip is set. 

I have no idea how much I’ll be posting during the next few weeks. I might try to at least post pictures that I take on my iPhone, or something but it all depends on whether I have dependable service. Last time I was in MI, there was no service in certain areas so who knows. Most likely I’ll be posting as much as possible on Twitter

In a Battle Against Nature, Nature Always Wins

My hubby is an outdoorsy kind of guy. This never fails to surprise me, as he is normally found holed up in front of a computer monitor…but mention the word hike or canoe to him and he’s all over it.

I am not an outdoors person unless I am sitting outside reading, or behind the lens of my camera. I do enjoy going for walks, leisurely, unchallenged walks…and I enjoy swimming. Beyond that though, not a fan.

But since I am living in an area that is so abundant in ourdoorsy activities…I’ve been trying to cultivate an interest. And, as I’ve already established that I enjoy walking…hiking seemed like the best gateway activity for me. The fact that Amazon had a very awesome sale on hiking shoes a few weeks ago sealed the deal and as soon as the boots arrived, we planned a trip to Giant Ledge.

We probably should have researched this trail before setting off as this is NOT a good beginners trail, especially for someone who suffers from inner ear issues that screws with her balance (that would be moi)…and who also hates heights (holy crap, did you see those pictures on that link!). But I mustered up some bravado, pulled up my big girl panties and we took off. Slowly. Very slowly as I carefully plotted each step. 

As we inched our way up the trail, I started getting more confident…which obviously spelled disaster. Just as I thought I was kicking the trails ass, my foot slipped while trying to climb over a sizable rock…and well, my face broke my fall. Blood was everywhere. Dripped on my already beat up glasses (which miraculously survived) my hands and arms. My jeans. Somehow my shirt managed to avoid the gore…

My first reaction was to freak the eff out. I do not handle pain nor my blood very well. In the past, I have been known to pass out/throw up from much more minor things (TB tests, getting stitches removed, spraining an ankle, etc) but my big girl panties stayed on and while I cried…I managed to stay conscious and not throw up. Even when hubby announced that he did not have magical abilities that would be able to summon help and/or a quick, pain free trip back down the mountain to the car. So instead Hubby helped me clean up best as he could, and some helpful hikers gave us some extra first aid supplies. Then we turned around and painstakingly made our way down the mountain.

Of course all the confidence I had on the trail earlier was completely shattered. It was one thing to go up the mountain, but now we were going down the mountain and the threat of gravity was just too strong so I decided that I would crawl down the mountain on my ass. And yes, it took forever but I managed to get off the mountain without any more injuries. 

We then drove to the nearest ER where I was taken right in. I guess when your face is scraped up and your lips are fatter than Angelina Jolie after botox it looks super bad. Thankfully nothing was broken. My teeth however are loose so I went to see a dentist on Tuesday, and I go back on Monday. So far they are intact, but loose and out of place. I’m hoping the dentist can help as my parents spent thousands of dollars worth of orthodontia when I was a teenager, and I’d hate like hell for my teeth to be ruined after that…but I guess I’m fortunate that having a snaggle tooth is preferable to a head injury or a facial fracture. I’m also thankful that my pain has been fairly manageable…or at least nothing a few Aleve haven’t been able to keep in check. 

I will probably go hiking again…but trust me, I will be doing my research first. 

 

The Riverside Cafe & Lodge

Needing a break, and something to celebrate…Hubby and I decided to celebrate our three year anniversary of our engagement and my two year anniversary of moving to the Catskills. We decided to have dinner at The Riverside Cafe, which Hubby has been wanting to try for awhile now and I’m a sucker for good food that I don’t have to cook.

The first thing that struck me about the Cafe was the view. It overlooks the Beaverkill River and is a very popular trout fishing spot, which was evidenced by the handful of anglers that had taken up sentry in the river. it didn’t seem that much was biting today, but it was a peaceful scene to accompany dinner. 

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The beer and wine selection was fairly unremarkable, though I believe they have a separate menu. We both decided on a Sam Adams lager, and I did notice that aside from the pseudo local Roscoe Beer Company beer…nothing local.  But then again, perhaps there was a more extensive list on the drinks menu.

The menu is smallish, but there were quite a few specials. It’s fairly simple, and definitely geared towards meat eaters. There were several different types of steak, lamb, veal, and seafood were prominant. There were several pasta dishes that I was tempted by but at the end I caved to the crab stuffed trout (which was from a local hatchery). Hubby ordered the filet mignon. 

Before our entree arrived, a family style green salad arrived sprinkled with just a smidgen of feta cheese and four home made dressings…blue cheese, ranch, a balsamic vinaigrette and this Asian dressing. I’m sorry to say I am completely blanking on what exactly it was…but it was absolutely delicious. It was the consistency of honey and sweet, though not overpoweringly so. I had two helpings of salad just for the dressing. I wish I had smuggled some out, as I have some some salmon in the freezer I’d love to marinate with that stuff. 

And then came the bread. The homemade, hot out of the oven herb bread. One of the best breads I’ve ever eaten. And no, there was not a single crumb left.

Our entrees came just about the same time as we were finishing off the bread, so great timing. The first thing I noticed about my meal that the tail was still attached…and further inspection proved that the head was still intact as well. So I have to admit that that was just a teeny off putting, but I bravely separated those two parts and was able to focus on the main part of the fish. As it was a stuffed trout, it was deboned. I have no clue how they managed such a feat, but there was not a single bone to be found. It was very tasty. especially the crab. I’ve only had trout a handful of times, but I definitely need to eat more of it. It was served on a bed of risotto and cabbage, seasonal squash and asparagus but I did not eat more than a few bites as I was so full from everything else. I did however bring it home and will most likely eat it for breakfast tomorrow. I had a taste of Hubby’s steak, and it was delicious…even for someone who isn’t a huge fan of beef.

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Even though I was full, Hubby convinced me to order dessert. I ordered the strawberry rhubarb pie and Hubby ordered a strawberry mousse. There were quite a few desserts, and my only regret for the night was by ordering what I did…I was very much tempted by the chocolate lava cake….but the pie was good. I’m still new to rhubarb, but the crust was delicious and I’m almost certain that the whipped cream was homemade. 

The Riverside Cafe is pricey, but it was well worth it. It’s been a very long time since I ate food that delicious…in fact, not sure if I’ve ever had food quite as good. Plus, I loved that after we finished eating, we were able to meander down by the river and relax in a porch swing, listening to the water run over the rocks. A wonderful way to celebrate two of our special anniversaries.

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