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Saratoga Summer Days: Canoeing, Polo, and More

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 · No Comments


Jen described it best this weekend: “This is the summer I’m falling in love with Saratoga again.”

We had another action-packed weekend that was so much fun and so non-stop we barely had time to sleep. And we really appreciated our little city that much more.

We got things started off right Friday evening with a little get together on Sarah and Eric’s patio. Alexis, Anne, and Tom cruised by as well, and we enjoyed drinks and snacks on a warm summer evening — at least until the bugs came looking for dinner.

Saturday morning Jen headed to work at the library and I ran 6+ miles with the Saratoga Stryders. Then I set to work on a number of projects around the house, including the booking of our next trip to California in the fall that we’re excited about. I met Jen at lunchtime and we hit the Farmers’ Market, where we stocked up on some goods and ran into a number of friends. That afternoon I joined Jen at the library to do some consulting work and reading. I love the library more and more every time I go, and always question why I don’t spend more time there.


We enjoyed a nice evening at home together watching the new Alice in Wonderland, which we downloaded to our TiVo via Amazon VOD.

Sunday morning brought another early day and a 6am wake-up call. I headed to the Saratoga Battlefield to meet a bunch of my Stryder friends (Charles, Hugh, Cole, and Sean) for a 12-miler in the hot and humid historic rolling hills, where the battle that marked the turning point of the Revolutionary War was fought.

After a quick stop at home, Jen and I packed a lunch and some beers, then headed to Fish Creek for an afternoon of canoeing. We rented a sweet canoe from the Kayak Shack at Fish Creek Marina.


We spent an hour-plus paddling upstream against the wind, dodging power boats and wake boarders (and their wakes), and admiring some of the stately homes perched on the hills above the lake. After reaching our goal of crossing beneath the 9P bridge by the Saratoga Lake Marina Park, which was abuzz with people enjoying the perfect day, we turned back and began our return journey with the wind at our backs. On the return trip, we leisurely drifted through some lily pads and hung out with the ducks while enjoying our sandwiches and the sunny day.


We capped off the banner weekend with some tailgating at Saratoga Polo, where we watched the Shamrock — owned by John Walsh from America’s Most Wanted, who was there in the flesh — come from behind to beat the Palm Beach Exotics in overtime.



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