September 1st, Joe and I got up very, very early and set out on
our annual journey to beautiful New York’s “North
Country,” home of the Adirondack Open. This was to be the
8th annual, and with the exception of one or two, I’ve attended
them all. Joe is a fairly recent convert, having attended the
last three or four. Every single one of them evokes fond memories
of good competition, good friends, great food, and beautiful surroundings.
were a little unsure of what experiences this year’s tournament
would bring. Good competition and good people, to be sure, but
this year’s Open was being held at a new location. In previous
years the tournament was held at the Riverside Inn in Keeseville,
NY. Hosted by the Rock family (headed by lovely and gracious Pauline),
the tournaments were always well-run, memorable tournaments. A
sizeable turnout would make elbow room a little tight, but it
was well worth it.
had no idea of what this new facility would be like, nor did we
know how the tournament would be handled. Following in Pauline’s
footsteps would be a tall order.
driving through the incredibly beautiful Adirondack Mountain Region
(passing Lake Placid, home of the 1980 Winter Olympics, and Lake
George, a popular vacation destination), we decided to check into
our motel before going to the American Legion. We had a number
of different options to choose for our accommodations –
right off the Interstate – but thriftily choose an inexpensive
motel, figuring most of our time would be spent at the tournament
American Legion was just a couple of miles away, and quite easy
to find. As we pulled up, we were favorably impressed. The building
was large and attractive, and surrounded by several acres of well-maintained
lawns and sports fields. Large pine trees with many deciduous
trees already turning color completed the picture. Would it be
as nice on the inside as it was gorgeous on the outside?
was. Inside, the facility was quite large, very well maintained,
and spotlessly clean. Plenty of room for 4 standard size shuffleboards,
plenty of tables and chairs to relax and or view the competition,
and an attractive, spacious bar off to the side. Further exploration
revealed porches on the back and at the side of the building with
beautiful views of the grounds and nearby creek.