Howard Johnson's

HoJos

The orange roof. Some artist designed Hojos fully aware of how wonderful that roof would look against a blue sky! Genius! Howard Johnson, thank you! You gave us a wonderful hotel, orange sherbet and a restaurant that made the BEST cheeseburgers. I feel for today’s youth, they don’t get to fully appreciate the whole experience. I imagine being on vacation, and pulling into a Howard Johnson’s for dinner. Life just got a little better!

Howard Johnson's

Howard Johnson’s (HoJos) Bright orange roof inviting guests for cheeseburger, fries and a vanilla milk shake. And a cocktail!

wooden boat

Those People…in the Hacker!

Seeing an old wooden boat empty is one thing, but seeing it filled with people riding on top of the water is something totally different. I become instantly jealous when I see “those people” lucky enough to be riding in one, like “jet-setters” of the Adirondacks. Most folks aren’t so lucky, but those people…..!

wooden boat

Wooden boat with happy people speeding across lake!

Four cottages

Four Cottages

As a kid, we never stayed in one of these kind of cottages. They are so tidy and perfect, like a little monopoly piece! Imagine the travelers they have seen! People honeymooning, vacationing or just passing through. Every Adirondack town has them, with their adorable names. I love finding the most vintage looking cottages. Happy times!

These Four Cottages are in North Hudson, NY. I drive by them all the time. They just sit in a well manicured field. Hope they outlive all of us!

Four cottages

Four Cottages in Anytown , Adirondack Park, NY

 

 

ADK sign

Entering the Adirondacks

My mother used to say whenever she saw that sign, all her troubles would melt away. There is something about seeing the sign for the Adirondack Park that makes everything just better! Food tastes better, we sleep better, birds get a notice- everything just seems more special if it happens inside the Adirondack Park.

ADK sign

Entering the Adirondack Park Sign…somewhere in the Adirondacks. Once you pass this sign, everything in life just gets better!

Morning

Waking up in the summer just sort of happens. No alarm clocks, no one yelling “GET UP”. Sleeping with white sheets and a chenille bedspread, with the window open, and the sheer curtain gently blowing is a childhood memory I wish I had. Instead, I decided to paint it for myself, and for you! Savor the morning.¬†Morning.JPG

Blue suitcase with red hat

All Packed

I can still remember the smell of that old suitcase. Imagine all the trips it had been on! This time, it was Frontier Town! “Don’t put that hat in the suit case, you’ll smush it!” Sitting on top of the made bed, this packed suitcase is ready for another adventure!

Blue suitcase with red hat

All packed and ready to go this vintage suitcase has traveled to some, well, ordinary places! Painted in oil, “All Packed” reminds us of the simple days of childhood!

1972. Family vacation; 28 days of summer memories. Day 1: “Road-trip”, 10″ x 10″ Oil. Reliving childhood one painting at a time

Cramming the four kids in the station wagon was always an adventure. Claiming your spot in the car was paramount. “I get the window!” “Called it!” and “You get the middle.” -these were just a few of the phrases we would yell while climbing into the car. I wouldn’t really know where we were going, but I was just happy to be going anywhere. ¬†Seeing the exit to Lake George meant fun! Hope we pull off here…..roadtrp