Iceman Celebration Day 2016 - Ostego Lake


On my walk back "home" to the motel I went past the National Baseball Hall of Fame again. This truly was a magnificent place and I'm glad that I decided to come out here. I don't know if I previously mentioned this, but the original plan was to go to Toronto. I know I made the right choice. I stopped at a bar and tried some local beer from the Cooperstown Brewing Co. The MLB Network was on and they were playing A League of Their Own. It was a perfect end to my day.


When I took a break from the museum to step outside, I saw that there was a lake nearby. I decided to go check it out, but first I went back to the motel to put on some pants and a sweatshirt. The weather here was pretty much like back home and being early May, it was a little cold in the evening. I wouldn't say that it was the best decision I've ever made, but at the time it certainly felt like it. Being fully clothed allowed me to sit out here and enjoy this chilly evening. Even though it was no longer my birthday, I got a nice present tonight.















I love oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds, puddles and any other form of pooled water. I like to go in them and I like to hang out near them. So it should be no shock to anyone that I found my way to Ostego Lake, located on the Northern edge of Cooperstown. I sat on a bench in Lake Front Park and soaked it all in without getting wet. There was a dock for boats but as you can see, there were none present at the moment. I guess it isn't boating season. I wouldn't know. I don't own a boat. But despite my shortcomings in the nautical department, I still enjoyed my time here. In fact, I really enjoyed it. Life moves so fast. Sometimes you just gotta slow down and enjoy it.











I'd like to think that I have a good visual eye when it comes to photographing my surroundings. I've been enough places and taken enough pictures that I think that I have a feel for it now. I've been sharing these pictures with you on this site since its' inception in 2001 and we're still going strong to this day. While enjoying the view as the sun said goodbye on the 8th of May, I experimented with the settings on my camera and tested out the focus in order to be a little more artistic than usual. I think it turned out. But it's not as good as it was in real life.
















God is the greatest artist of them all. Humans like to think they can create some beautiful things, and they certainly can. But nothing can compare to something that the Almighty Lord bestows upon us on a daily basis. The World is an incredible place filled with amazing surprises. But sometimes in order to see them you need to venture outside of your normal surroundings. Which is why I sat here with a tear in my eye as I took it all in. This was an incredible moment on what was already an outstanding Celebration Day trip. I was thankful to be here.









As you have already seen in the previous pages, this has already been an amazing trip and I have witnessed so many things along the way. But this might have been my 2nd favorite (as nothing could compare to Niagara Falls). I had nothing to do, nowhere else to be and I could just sit out here and watch the sky change colors. Life is so go go go all the time with work and responsibilities and there are very few times when you are free to just do nothing in an unfamiliar place. This is all I ever wanted and further cemented that a roadtrip was just what I needed to celebrate my 35th consecutive year on this planet. And so far it couldn't have gone any better. This was amazing.