Today we have a fun story from fellow Woody Boaters Chris & Julie Bullen, who traveled from Ontario, Canada to New York’s beautiful Adirondack Mountains to participate in the recent ACBS International Pre-Events. With their V-8 powered Clarion gentleman’s race boat in tow and the GPS set on “Big Moose Lake” – the adventure begins! – Texx
A Postcard From The Adirondacks
2014 ACBS International Pre-Events
Photos & Story by Julie Bullen
I look forward to the ACBS International Pre-Events in September every year. I have yet to be disappointed. They always involve classic boating in a new area, traveling with many other classic boats and a ticket to places you might never otherwise see.
This year’s event was held in the Adirondack Mountains in Old Forge, NY. The group arrives on Sunday to start the event on Monday morning. We set the new GPS built into our Ford truck and no worries – we were confident it will find us the fastest route and get us there without any stress. HA! By the time it got dark we started to veer off the main roads in upper NY. Hmm – that’s odd we are not that close yet.
We had printed a Google map, but that was too small and did not help as we were now too far off the planned route. That’s OK – we’ll just follow the GPS. No choice really. No stores, no towns and now the road gets narrow, the asphalt has turned to gravel – 50 miles to go, at 5 to 10 miles per hour! We are up and down and around the bend on the longest cottage road I have ever seen, towing a 30 ft. trailer.
Our biggest concern – does this road end? How do we turn around? Not a relaxed drive. On the bright side (positive thinking) we had “Riot” – our 1993 Clarion built gentleman’s racer and not our fragile 1940’s WJ Johnston as the bumps would have shook her seams loose.
We did eventually come out onto a nice paved road at the end of Big Moose. Never will we be without a map again. 5 minutes on the paved road we arrived at The Big Moose Inn, with a warm welcome from the proprietor and friends – our much anticipated fun finally started.
In the morning it was off to Old Forge to the coolest theater, with the biggest collection of everything Photographic. Old cameras, video cameras, projectors of every kind, it would take hours to see them all and they were on the walls as you walked the hall into the theater, very cool.
We were greeted by many familiar faces to see a slideshow about a mystery. Now I had no expectations that this was a good idea, but it turned out to be quite a story – A murder back in 1906 that inspired the book “American Tragedy” and the film “A Place in the Sun”. The author (Craig Brandon) of the true story was on hand for today’s show and he walked us through the facts and speculations of this great tale.
Afterwards, we all went up to the Big Moose Inn for a fabulous lunch. The Big Moose Inn is 111 years old, one of the last remaining Adirondack lodges with access to Big Moose Lake, built in 1902. A perfect spot to enjoy lunch and set out on a ride (on a steel platform party boat) to go out on Big Moose Lake to the scene of the crime and other points of interest. Turned out to be a great day. Yummy food, great friends – new and old, out on the water.
Day 2 started again in Old Forge and the Fulton Chain of Lakes. There are 4 of them, all connected by narrow areas and rivers.
We were split into 2 groups – an early and late start – we started in the town on Lake 1 and headed up to Lake 4 for lunch. No I did not forget the names – that’s the names.
On our way up the lake chain we meet the gang from the Antique Boat Museum who were there touring with the friends of the Museum.
Again a great lunch, this time at the Woods Inn in the town of Inlet, NY with a great view down the lake. It was nice to get out of the cool weather and rain drops for a while. After lunch back down lakes 4,3,2,1, the sun tried to peek out and show off the beauty of the Adirondacks and some impressive boat houses.
Another great day on the water and off we headed for Skaneateles and the 2014 ACBS International AGM and boat show. This was a very entertaining 2 days and thanks to Doug Adams and his team of volunteers for putting on a great and memorable event.
Special thanks to Chris & Julie Bullen for sharing their story with us today. Another area of the country where classic boating is alive and well, that we don’t know much about (like northern Wisconsin) and, based on those boat houses, requires further investigation.