Thursday, September 1, 2011

Loving Life at Lake George

Calm waters
Summer in Upstate New York has a lot of potential.  The weather is wonderful, there's no humidity and there's always plenty to do!  When Heather's parents came to visit for the Labor Day holiday, she was super excited about showing them how to actually enjoy summer!

Just up the big road (or as the locals call it, Interstate 87) from Clifton Park is Lake George, located in the southeastern Adirondack State Park.  The 32 mile long lake is nicknamed Queen of American Lakes and drains into Lake Champlain to its north.  The area around the lake is home to year round residents, but the place really comes to life during New York's beautiful summers.

 The best way to see Lake George is to be on Lake George!  The Lake George Steamboat Company generously provided us with tickets to take a ride on their authentic Paddlewheeler, The Minne-Ha-Ha (thanks y'all!).  

The Minne-Ha-Ha
The boat was initially built by the Lake George Steamboat Company and construction lasted from September 1968 to August 1969.  In September 1998, the stern wheel steamboat was re-framed and lengthened and was ready for her christening on June 2, 1999.

The Mine-Ha-Ha is an authentic steamboat, powered by it's own boiler.  We were too entranced with watching the lake glide by that we missed checking out the engine room, which is glass-enclosed so folks can see what it takes to keep the boat moving.  Standing over the bright red paddle wheel was a bit misty, but it was cool to see how we were getting to where we were going!

Today, the Minne-Ha-Ha is a fixture on Lake George and caters to passengers from all over the world.  The one hour cruise took us out to explore the southern half of Lake George.  We glided smoothly over the crystal clear water, which, believe it or not, is actually drinkable!

And even though Mr. Ed is a bit nervous terrified of open waters, he said that the Minne-Ha-Ha really wasn't that scary!  Seriously, look at that smile!

Being out on Lake George must have eased his mind a bit because he didn't seem to mind hanging out at the indoor water park later that evening.  Of course, he did have the whitest legs in Upstate New York...

Just up the road from Lake George in Queensbury, the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park had a suite waiting for us, plus free tickets to the water park...all courtesy of the park for Heather & Brett's appearance in their 2011 commercials

 Told y'all life at Lake George was good!

* Special thanks to the Lake George Steamboat Company for complimentary tickets to ride the Minne-Ha-Ha.  Thanks y'all!