Showing posts from September 18, 2016

Lake George Adirondack Balloon Festival

Sometimes my husband and I take turns doing something special with the children. We each need our own one-on-one time with our son and daughter. Each child also gets that special time with a parent where he/she doesn’t have to compete for attention. One such special event is the Adirondack Balloon Festival . Since we live outside of Saranac Lake, making the 5:00 am Big Balloon Breakfast at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport hanger in Queensbury was no small feat. The biggest challenge wasn’t so much the early drive but getting my son out of bed. He agreed much later on that is was definitely worth the trip. Touted as the oldest and largest hot air balloon event on the East Coast, the Adirondack Balloon Festival started September 22 and will continue through September 25.  On Friday, September 23, the event kicks off at 3 pm with craft vendors and live music at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury. Later that evening 80 balloons will take flight, includin

Hawaiian Canoe Hokulea Arrives in the Adirondacks (Lake Champlain)

I've been following the mission and journey of the  Hōkūleʻa    as she and her crew continue their world-wide journey promoting a sustainable future. There is always so much more to learn. According to  Hōkūleʻa    Ka'ai McAfee-Torco, a teacher and consulant on board from Honolulu, Hawaii, the name  Hōkūleʻa ( Arcturus)  is a lode star for the Hawaiian culture and for McAfee-Torco. “The name means 'Star of Gladness.' It is the star that passes over the islands. It is the sign that lets you know you are home. It has a very special meaning to us all.” Hōkūleʻa , the flagship for the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) continues on her four year-long, 47,000 nautical mile round the world trip to bring awareness of the fragile nature of our water systems and the need for a sustainable world.  The first voyage came in 1976 after artist Herb Kane 's vision of building the iconic double-hulled sailing canoe came to realization. Kane saw his own cultural ancestry becom