A 4th of July Adventure

Happy 4th of July!

Hope you are all enjoying this 4th of July weekend. If you are in the Adirondacks there was plenty of activities and fireworks to take advantage of, and if you are like me you are a little sad it all has to come to an end and we have to go back to work tomorrow.

I spent this weekend driving — and I mean a lot of driving. Friday was my Mom’s birthday so I was in New Jersey, and decided to avoid the crazy holiday traffic by driving back home a little later in the morning on Saturday. Yeah, that didn’t work so much. I got to right before the N.Y. / N.J. border on Rt. 17 in Mahwah and it was dead stop. Thank goodness I went to college in Mahwah and knew some back roads to avoid the traffic and got on the Thruway in Orange County. Unfortunately, it was still a bit of a mess. We stopped at the next service area and there was not a single parking spot. I’ve never seen it that packed.

Since I always say I want to stop at all the local places on the way back up here and we were already not going to make it up to the ADK in a decent amount of time, I figured why not take a little detour. It.Was.A.Blast!

We got off in Poughkeepsie and decided to explore. Since that town was so fun, we decided to take Rt. 9 all the way up to Albany!

I can’t believe that’s the way my family used to have to go before the Thruway was built. I did stop at some fun places between the two cities and would love to do the drive again with some friends, because I think they would love it. it’s filled with wineries, little boutiques, small town, farm stands and some amazing local food. I stopped at a few places, and will share them soon, but there is just so much to do, you can’t accomplish it all in one day.

I guess that set the tone for the whole weekend, because Sunday I decided I wanted to explore more.

If you know me, one of my favorite things is to get in the car and just drive — with no specific plan or end destination. But, I don’t get to do it as often as I would like.

When I woke up to a massive thunder and rain storm Sunday morning and decided kayaking wasn’t on the agenda, I figured a drive would be fun.

We took the Northway up to the second Lake Placid exit and then followed Rt. 9 and other local roads north along Lake Champlain.

It was like being on vacation. Small towns, beautiful views and a little rain. We stopped in Keesville, Ausable Chasm, Port Kent, Plattsburg and more.

We ended up all the way in Rouses Point, where you either have to decide to head west to the Northway, go back south on Rt. 9, go East into Vermont or keep going north into Canada. Since it was an adventure, we decided to head north to Canada.

I knew they spoke French in Quebec, but figured they would at least have some signs in English since we do that near the border.


With no real map and no understanding of how far anything was, we decided to follow the signs for Montreal. I never realized how close it was. Considering it was now about 8 p.m. and we really didn’t know where we were going, we took a quick drive through the city and then headed back to the U.S. Surprisingly, on the highway it only took about 2 1/2 hours to get back to my house in the lower Adirondacks.

The first photo at the top of this post is the U.S. border check point when you are coming into New York and getting on the Northway. It was pretty neat to see those words across the plaza, and being it was July 4 weekend, it was even more awesome.

4 thoughts on “A 4th of July Adventure

  1. Sounds like a blast & making the best of the moment at hand! Next time someone tells me to get lost, I think that's exactly what I'll do. It's the best way to see & appreciate all the things you would otherwise overlook. Two
    thumbs up!

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