Virgin Island sand bar

January 16, 2018 Pungtud Island, Philippines

We went back to our boat after stopping at Balicasag Island to our next destination. The virgin island sand bar.
It was raining when we arrived but that didn't stop us from docking and walking on the sand. The water was warm and clear. 

We were greeted by vendors selling food. They had fresh seafood like abalone, sea urchins, and other snacks like plantain for sale. 
 and also drinks like fresh coconut, pop,and water. 

It was funny to see this in the middle of the ocean. A hut selling food. I got over it quickly and went to walk around the sand bar instead.
It started raining but I kept walking around the sand bar. I was expecting it to get deeper. It was shallow and the water was crystal clear.
There is nothing to do here but take pictures!
One of our fellow tourist held up everyone on the boat by taking forever to get back. She ordered food and it took a long time to cook. We were all just waiting for her while everyone else came back to the boat. 

Of course, no apologies when she came back.

We went back to Alona beach after. That was the end of our tour. 

Lake Placid - Exploring the Adirondacks

January 5, 2018 Adirondack Mountains

I've been meaning to visit the Adirondacks for years now but somehow I kept on putting it off. I decided that this fall was the time I was going to visit.

We drove from Toronto to Kingston (crossing the border) and then down to Lake Placid. We took the scenic route. It was beautiful.
We stayed at an inn in the Upper Jay. It was a great location.The photo above was our view driving around Adirondacks.The mountain was full of birch trees.
 It was almost Halloween so the whole area was decked out in pumpkins and Halloween decorations. This was the wine store Keene.
Lake Placid was a 20 minute ride. It was easy to get there. We simply parked the car and walked around the main town. Lots of shops and restaurants to choose from.

The weather was gloomy and raining but we didn't mind. We were spared from the rain on our first night was clear so we enjoyed the bonfire from our inn.
We had dinner one night at Baxter Mountain Tavern. I had this massive plate of ravioli. It was delicious and I loved the coziness of the restaurant.
Another note worthy dinner was at Ausable Inn. They had duck wings on the menu and I have never eaten that before so we ordered it. It was amazing! I really liked it. And we also ordered a huge pizza. We couldn't finish it so we took it back to our inn and had it for lunch when we got back on the road.
This is a maple syrup store. It was empty when we got there. It's an honor system payment. We picked out what we wanted. Wrote down the items, date, and left the exact price on the box.


On our drive home, we took a different route. We found a lot of waterfalls while driving. And of course I had to stop and take pictures. 

I would love to come back during sunny/warmer days so I can hike the mountains. I'm sure it will be a good experience. 

Have you visited the Adirondacks?

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