Summer is in full swing on the Adirondack Coast, the days are longer, the weather is beautiful, the water’s inviting and the sun is shining. Since I am back to blogging it can only mean one thing, I have another memory to share and one I hope you, the reader, will come and experience.
Summer makes me think of a lot of things:
• Fresh vegetables
• Parades and Fireworks
• Boating on Lake Champlain
• BBQs with friends and family
• Happy hour on a patio with a friend or two
But nothing says “summer” to me more than soft serve ice cream. Luckily, the Adirondack Coast is home to several road side ice cream stands.
Wikipedia defines” Soft Serve Ice Cream” as a type of ice cream that is softer than regular ice cream, as a result of air being introduced during freezing. But if you ask me it is a light, refreshing and delicious ice cream, best enjoyed with friends and family after a long summer day.
There have been several summer evenings that I remember heading to one of our favorite ice cream stands for dessert. It was always exciting when my parents asked if we wanted to go for a ride after dinner, it always meant a trip to get ice cream. When we arrived the big decision was what flavor do you want vanilla, chocolate or a twist. Then I’d have to think of dips, toppings and syrups, for a child I remember this being a daunting task – oh the options, I didn’t want to make the wrong choice. However, my order never changed, it was ALWAYS (and continues to be) a small twist cone dipped in cherry. I remember the excitement I use to get as a child when the server would hand me the bright cherry red treat, I have to admit I still get just as excited as an adult. It was inevitable that I was going to make a huge mess, usually down my shirt, but it was bliss, a satisfying reward after a long day of playing in the sunshine.
Once we finished our treats we would hop back in the car and head home, I often remember my sister falling to sleep on these quick trips home, something her son has inherited. A delightful ending to a wonderful sun baked day.
During your next warm summer night on the Adirondack Coast be sure to stop at one of our many road side stands for a sweet treat and reconnect with your family and friends after a great day enjoying all the Outdoor experiences the area has to offer. I promise a memory will be made and a sweet tooth will be satisfied.