Tuesday

[travel] Lake Taghkanic State Park and Rhinebeck, NY

My sister and I and a friend went to Lake Taghkanic State Park for the weekend. The plan was to head down on Friday, go to the NY Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck on Saturday and return home Sunday. Well, the weather was RAINY on Friday, so driving there was a little slow-going. We stopped off at Webs in Northampton, MA because it was on the way (and because if I'm driving by Webs- I'm going to stop).

We got to the State Park and found our cabin. It was a creepy little thing with no heat- only a fireplace. I went out to buy some (wet) wood. We huddled around the fireplace all night and then went to bed in the freezing bedrooms. We had dreams about falling into icy rivers, snow, and other cold things. And accidentally killing celebrities. Crazy dreams.

Here's the cabin:

Lake Taghkanic State Park Cabin


A little path down from where the car was parked:

Lake Taghkanic State Park Cabin


The fireplace:

Lake Taghkanic State Park Cabin


My bedroom and sleeping bag that I love 1,000,000% for keeping me warm:

Lake Taghkanic State Park Cabin


Kitchen counter and sink. Beer helps keep the body warm, right? Right?:

Lake Taghkanic State Park Cabin


Living room area:

Lake Taghkanic State Park Cabin


Saturday morning we went down to Rhinebeck. It was busy but he had no trouble getting in. Near the entrance they had rides for kids and a bit of a zoo set up. Check out the lemurs:

Rhinebeck


They had a monkey, kangaroo, alligators. And a little pen of turtles and ducks:

Rhinebeck


At this point in the morning, it wasn't too crowded:

Rhinebeck


We shopped and visited the animal barns:

Rhinebeck


Rhinebeck


Rhinebeck


In the vendor's buildings we also saw various puppies for sale and these cuuuuuuuuute kittens! KITTENS!!

Rhinebeck


They were so cute and soft and sweet and... I wanted to take them. Awww.

As we were leaving, this is what ~25% of the parking area looked like.

Rhinebeck


Seriously, there were a ton of people there.

All in all, on a scale from 1 - 10, I'd give this festival a 4. I don't want to be a Negative Nancy here, but it kind of blew. My main issue is the crowds. There were so many people in your way, either pushing with their bodies or standing around like stuffed animals. There's a frantic quality to the shopping. Like, if you kind of might like something, you should just get it because a hand will shoot out from nowhere and grab it from you. There's no way you could just stand and ponder something.

A lot of stuff was really overpriced but there were good bargains that you could find.

The food situation was a f'ing joke. Either the "chef" cooking our food was completely incompetent or she took a few Valium before coming in to work. When her orders stacked up 8 deep, she was still making one... chicken... pita... at... a... time. She took a piece of chicken... put it on the grill... watched it... watched it... watched it... waited for it to be done... cut it, took the pita, put on the meat, added the veggies and sauce, and put the order up. I'm like, "What the F are you doing? You've got 8 chicken orders- put 8 f'ing pieces of chicken on the grill. Are you seriously making them one at a time?" Ugh, whatever.

We left the festival around 3pm. Missed the Ravelry Party in Red Hook because we were just done with the crowds. D-U-N, done.

The drive back on Sunday was nice and easy. I don't know that I'd ever got back to Rhinebeck. The VT and NH Sheep and Wool Festivals have most of the same vendors, are much less crowded and are much more friendly.

3 comments:

Sara said...

I've heard that the crowds are awful at Rhinebeck - and I have had no desire to go!

I love NH S&W - and VT is still on my list to go to...next year hopefully!

gayle said...

NH and VT are the only festivals I've been to. I want to go to Rhinebeck at least once, though. Someday. Though I don't deal well with crowds...

MelissaKnapp said...

Ive stayed in this cabin before with my family! Its really creepy but so cool because its close to the water tower!