Looking south on the pier in Skaneateles, NY.
Yesterday my husband's sister spent the day watching the kids while we went out to get some time together. We don't do that as much as we should, and when she offered, we gratefully accepted. Even though it was a cool, gray, dreary, misty day, we enjoyed going to Skaneateles Lake, eating lunch out, window shopping, walking on the pier, and going for a long drive around the lake.
It was simple - no frills for us that day. Just lunch at Doug's Fish Fry, and dessert at the Skaneateles Bakery, and both were delicious. I enjoyed tne childlike indulgence of sitting right beside the aquarium at Doug's, watching the freshwater tropical fish while we ate (gumbo and onion rings for me, fried fish and homemade mac and cheese for my husband). I had key lime cheesecake at the bakery, while Tech Guy enjoyed a red velvet whoopie pie. I see extra workout minutes for both of us this week, but it was totally worth it.
It was a pleasure to go window shopping. Antique stores, jewelry shops, artisan goods of all kinds, it was just relaxing. After we finished wandering and looking, we went for a nice drive around the lake. It's one of the Finger Lakes of New York, so it's long and narrow, and runs from north to south between deep rolling hills. It's a shame the weather was so gray, but the lake had its own beauty, reflecting the misty sky and the brown-gray hills, with touches of golden yellow at the edges from the blooming forsythia planted by many of the lakeside homes.
A stained glass koi window ornament,
and behind that the pier and "gold coast" of the lake.
We had fun looking at the waterfront properties, which ranged from little cabins and "camps" all the way up to massive mansions, with every variation in between. We make a game of picking out locations with a view, as if we could someday buy property and build to suit ourselves overlooking one of the Finger Lakes. Who knows, someday we may be able to do that. Until then, we'll enjoy visiting and dreaming.