Friday, July 31, 2009

A New Generation of Ladies of the Adirondacks

In my humble opinion, one of the finest traditions that The Ladies of the Adirondacks have is Thursday Beach Day (a.k.a. Ladies' Day at the Beach). Every Thursday afternoon all of the Ladies pack up towels, blankets, trashy magazines, books, food, beverages and kids (if we have them), and head to Wilmington Beach. It isn't exclusively women, but it generally ends up being that way. Sierra's husband works the theater on Thursdays to set up the incoming film for Friday, it's my husband's golf night and Lauren's husband is usually guiding a fishing trip. Jenny's husband ends up staying away because there aren't any other men with us. Even if the gentlemen do stop by, they don't stay for long. Perhaps they're intimidated. At least that's what I like to think. Never underestimate the power of a woman and all that stuff.

Our Thursday group continues to grow over the weeks, and we always have fun sharing words of wisdom and opinions. It is during this time that our children frolic freely with little interference from us mothers. This would not be at all possible without the presence of two wonderful young ladies. Meet Caitlin and Samantha....

These two beautiful ladies are the lifeguards at the beach. We are lucky enough every week to park our beach gear within five feet of the lifeguard chair. This, in turn, provides Caitlin and Sam with an infinite amount of entertainment. They are within earshot of all of our conversations, which allows them to participate in group discussions or at least laugh at them, which tends to be the norm, especially for Sam. We don't mind them listening in. Our discussions are generally "clean", and could be considered useful to the next generation of Ladies. They even like to pick on us, claiming that they hear thunder on a blue sky day. We do offer our support though, and cheer them on when they reprimand someone for hanging on the rope or if they yell loud enough to be heard from the raft. These ladies deserve kudos for making sure that kids and adults alike are kept safe. They even provide kids with beach toys if necessary. What beach does that? So Caitlin and Sam...the Ladies of the Adirondacks raise their glasses to you. Thank you so much for all that you do!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Stage 2

Stage 2 of the Beer Run Trifecta went off without a hitch. There were seven of us in all, ranging in age from 32 (I think that's how old Jason is) to 70. A nice spread, if you ask me.

The nice thing about this whole beer run thing, is that people don't HAVE to run. It's whatever you're comfortable with. There were those of us who walked, those who did the walk-run, and those that ran. It really doesn't matter. All that matters is making it to the finish point, which was, for this stage, The Old Dockhouse.

So when I talked to my mother about this route, she said there were some slight, gentle uphills. She walks this route all the time, so I figured she'd know. Well, let me tell you, the hills may be "slight", but when you're trying to run up them, it's like running up Pike's Peak or something. Here's a picture of me after running up the hill past the Governor's "farm". Just a tad worn out at that point. All in all though, it was a good workout that certainly ended well. Well...if you ignore the fact that our support crew was not where they were supposed to be. You see they had all of our wallets, so Jason and I reach The Old Dockhouse, and they're not there. They're at my parents. We were a little annoyed, to say the least.

We got over it pretty quickly, though, and I think the support crew truly understands their duties for Stage 3.

We were certainly a rowdy bunch after a few drinks, even volunteering to pose for the camera...

I have to say that these runs are a blast. Well, maybe not necessarily the running part, but as a package, definitely fun! The final stage of the Beer Run will take place in August, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Stage 2 Information

O.K. We've hit mid-July (even though it feels more like mid-September), which means it's time for the next stage of the Beer Run Trifecta. This next stage takes us to the lovely town of Essex. The run will begin at my parent's camp and end at The Old Dockhouse. Camp is located approximately 1/2 mile up Whallons Bay Road just outside of "downtown" Essex.

3:00 p.m is the official start of the run. I have been asked if anyone can have a head start, and by all means, if you're that parched, feel free! It's all about the exercise, the laughs and the opportunity to socialize!