somehow we managed to not take a picture of the iconic little red building at the end of the pier. oh well.
so, the next day, our big huge adventure was hiking the watkins glen gorge. i will write an entire post about it, full of amazing pictures, later. so, we now pick up with life after the hike….
in order to get the kids motivated to finish the hike without stopping for snacks every 50 feet, i promised them ice cream. we found a cute little place just down the road, called the glen dairy creamery. there were SOOO many flavors. and the prices were super reasonable.
isaac was wearing goggles that covered his nose in the regular section of the pool, until a lifeguard whistled and megaphoned that he couldn’t wear them. he was pretty mad, but recovered nicely to play with the girls for awhile.
later, during a routine grocery trip to walmart, derek ended up buying anna a new bike. she’s been riding a tiny little 16″ one gear bike and it is so hard for her to keep up. we got her a little 20″ mountain bike that seems a little too big for her, but she has adjusted quickly and is now racing all over the campsite whenever she has a moment.
the rest of our day was kind of lazy. derek’s mom had actually hurt her back the day before, so we were laying low. isaac played his ipad with grampa, hazel napped, and we took anna to check out some shopping. the shopping turned out to be a bust, but we recovered by having some ben and jerry’s. (there’s that iconic red building i was talking about).
on our final night, derek’s parents took us out to a delicious fancy pants restaurant. (to be clear, they took us out to almost all of the restaurants during their time here. we had to fight with them to pay every now and then). every was delicious.
outside of the restaurant, there was an old telephone booth. i had high hopes of taking a pic of all the kids shoved in there, but they were not interested in partcipating. so this pic would have to do.
back at our camp, we loaded up derek’s parents car with items that we have realized we don’t need or want, for them to take back and store in nc. we said our goodbyes. anna went back with them to have a sleepover. and that was that. derek picked her up in the morning (and said one more last goodbye) and we were on our way to ithaca!