On September 26th, Cindy and I returned to Beatitude II after a stint of working in Wisconsin and visiting family in Ohio. We were happy to have a couple of more days to visit with our son and his wife, and our grandson, James. The first day back, we were blessed to spend the entire day babysitting James while his parents worked. We cherished every moment we were able to be with him.
Thursday, the 28th, marked the end of my 59th trip around the sun. We celebrated with a drive up into the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. Although, we were hoping to see some brilliant fall colors, Mother Nature would not cooperate. Surprisingly, the colors were barely changing. I think we were two weeks too early. Nonetheless, the mountain vistas were beautiful. We stopped in Lake Placid, home to two Winter Olympics and the site of the Miracle on Ice in the 1982 games, for lunch.
The ride through the Adirondacks took most of the day. We returned to Albany just before 6 p.m., where we met with Jeremiah, Francesca, and James for a birthday dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. We enjoyed a good meal and treasured our last moments with our grandbaby. The next morning, we would leave for western New York.