Racing season is now in full swing in Saratoga Springs, where our famous historical thoroughbred racetrack brings tens of thousands of visitors to town each weekend between now and Labor Day. For us locals, weekends are a good time to get out of town, and one of my husband's and my favorite places to go is Lake Luzerne, about 20 miles north of Saratoga. Our favorite lunch spot there, with a long veranda overlooking the Hudson River where it plunges through a gorge at Rockwell Falls, is now closed, alas! But a riverside tree-shaded park with picnic tables and benches suffices for a lunch date instead, so that's where we headed this past Saturday. The view here is lovely, and (since I made the sandwiches myself) the price can't be beat!
This sweet little park sits on the Hudson riverbank just above Rockwell Falls. We couldn't see the falls from our bench, but we sure could see the plumes of mist rising from the plummeting falls. And hear the roar, as well, with the river running fast and full from many previous days of drenching rains.
After eating, we made our way down a steep bank to a rocky promontory right where the Hudson plunges into a gorge. We could see the water charging along from where the Adirondack Mountains rise upstream.