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Rod and Priscilla's Stupid Vacation Website

What The Critics Are Saying:

I want that hour of my life back. - Adam Wolfson

It's just pictures of trees. That's no good. - Annie Lee

Some of us don't have that kind of time... to sit and look at someone else's vacation photos on the web for an hour. - Bobby Brady

It stinks! - Jay Sherman

In the tradition of bozos who would force their families and friends to sit through slide shows of their vacations, here's our website full of pictures of our vacation. At least this way you can click through it quickly and don't have to pretend you are interested.

This is the first time i've ever had a camera, and one thing i've noticed is my tendency, when i saw something purty or interesting, to say "hey, this would make a good picture" instead of just enjoying the thing. I don't think i liked it, and i may not bring the camera along again in the future. (well, he may not, but have no fear. i certainly will. there will always be plenty of vacation photos for you to feign interest over.) None of the pictures on this site do any justice to the beauty of the wilderness up there and i know from experience that looking at pictures of this area is just as boring as looking at anyone's vacation pictures from anywhere. But we took 'em anyway, and here they are!

For our vacation, we went to the Indian Lake area in upstate New York, in the Adirondacks (here's the Chamber of Commerce's website). The Indian Lake Township consists of three separate towns: Indian Lake (which is not on Indian Lake, the lake), Sabael (which is), and Blue Mountain, which in addition to being a town is also a lake and a mountain). We stayed at Smith's Cottages in Sabael.

My parents had a summer home in Sabael from when i was in 5th grade up until my sophomore year of college (and then they sold it to help pay hospital bills when my mom got sick), and i went up there every summer in addition to the occasional long weekend or holiday in the winter, so i knew the area and was happy to be back. I didn't think priscilla would ever want to go into a region full of "dirt and bugs", but her jobs as a field engineer have softened her dirt-fearing ways a bit and it was actually she who encouraged this vacation.

I don't know if we got lucky or if the weather up there at this time of year is just exceptional. Not having a temperature gauge with us, I'd guess the average temp during our stay was somewhere in the mid-80s coupled with a complete lack of humidity (humidity as far as we know, that is. a local woman complained about the humidity, actually. pshaw. if she wants humidity, she should come to jersey.). It rained twice during our stay, but mainly at night and the following day was always nice.

Day 1: Saturday, August 17th

Our trip didn't start off on a good foot, since we found that the car we were renting did not have a tape deck. This despite Priscilla having received assurance on two separate phone calls that we had reserved a car with a tape deck, not a CD player. The man told us that the cars don't come that way anymore, and helpfully suggested that we borrow some CDs from our friends. (ha...ha...hrm...thanks)

Obliviously, we will not be renting a car from them again. Crappy woman with her "Yes, no problems". bah. If it weren't for my not wanting to put 700 miles on my car plus the added wear and tear of lots of hilly roads, we wouldn't have bothered spending the $300.

So we went home, put back the 15 or so mixes i had made specifically for this trip, and picked out some CDs. For those interested, the list was:

  • AC/DC = Let There Be Rock
  • Asian Dub Foundation - Facts And Fictions
  • Atari Teenage Riot - Burn, Berlin, Burn
  • Bis - Social Dancing
  • Blondie
  • Crystal Method - Tweekend
  • Damage Manual - 1
  • Dead Kennedys - Frankenchrist
  • De La Soul - Buhloone Mindstate
  • Depeche Mode - Ultra
  • Enigma - Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi
  • Fall - I Am Kurious Oranj
  • Gorillaz
  • Love And Rockets - Lift*
  • L7 - Hungry For Stink
  • Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying
  • Pixies - Bossanova
  • Powerman 5000 - Tonight The Stars Revolt
  • Prodigy - Fat Of The Land
  • Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
  • Queens Of The Stone Age
  • Rob Zombie - The Sinister Urge
  • Roots Manuva - Run Come Save Me*
  • Saul Williams - Amethyst Rock Star*
  • Smiths - Meat Is Murder
  • Spawn Soundtrack
  • Suzanne Vega 99.9 F°
  • Trans Am - TA
*Asterisk means we didn't get to listen to the CD.

Our trip up involved two hefty traffic jams, which cost us about an hour and a half. We still made it in a little over 5 1/2 hours, mainly because the conventional speed limit on I-87 is about 80 mph, which is a little faster than my old station wagon could go. Still, we got there a little past 5:30, which is about 1/2 hour after the office closes. Another cottage dweller told us that our cottage was probably unlocked, and it was, so we just kinda went in and pretended like we belonged there. We moved our stuff in and then went down to the beach and sat on the rocks for a while.

Note: Clicking on many of the pictures will open a larger picture in a separate window. The larger picture will be 445 by 334, so if you are using a really primitive video card, you may want to keep that second window full-screened. Similarly, they are quite large (often over 100k), so modem users need a little patience. Also note that Days 2 and 3 are quite photo heavy, and will take a while to load. We may split them up into 2 pages each if we get a lot of complaints. Please direct your complaints to this address.

Warning: Unfortunately, this is hosted by Geocities, which is very miserly with its bandwidth (of course, it is free...). Choose which pictures you want to enlarge carefully, because opening too many will shut the site down for an hour...

Update: All better! Taken under the wing of the SuperMegaMonkey.

Aliens As we approached our destination we encountered a little mountain-people weirdness. There was also a UFO made out of wire and some odd stuff in the window, but this picture was taken from the car so priscilla didn't get a good shot. In my experience, most of the people who live out here are reasonably sane.

Our cabin. The first thing i noticed about this cabin was the missing strip of flypaper hanging tastefully over the kitchen table complete with flies. I appreciate the sort of place that either a) doesn't use flypaper or b) put in the extra effort to make sure to remove it before the guests arrive. The linens also exuded a reassuringly strong scent of fabric softener. This helped me with my trepidations of using their towels and sheets and the thought of it only disturbed my sleep for the first night, really. As rod said, my field work really has softened me up.

Special easter egg for the lay-dees. One of these pictures features a shirtless Rod reading on the deck.