Ausable Chasm, Date Night, Valcour Brewing Company

DAY 70 -- We've seen a lot of beautiful scenery in New York but today was by far the best as we visited Ausable Chasm -- the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks. Hiking, rafting, and minimal whining from the kids led to a day filled with awesome views and natural beauty.

To go back to the often-referenced Desiderata: "With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world."

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Amy and I headed out for a date night tonight and hit up a nearby restaurant called the Rusty Anchor. Although they serve mostly seafood dishes, I opted for a maple burger.

The menu offered this burger with bacon, a sweet maple sauce, and "hand cut chips."

After learning that they were out of burgers after a busy weekend, I took one for the team and ordered the same thing with a turkey burger instead.

The bacon on my burger turned out to be Canadian bacon -- which I hate.

The term "hand cut chips" was clearly open to interpretation as well. I know Wavy Lays when I see them.

On a scale of 1-10, I give the Rusty Anchor a D-.

From there we headed to the Valcour Brewing Company for a few drinks. Housed in the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base barracks, this place put off a cool vibe from the start.

Amy and I both sampled a flight of the seven beers they had available but weren't overly impressed. When we've done the same at other breweries, we've typically found that we like most of what we sample. These seven choices, however, left much to be desired.

The Red Bird Ale tasted like cheese and smelled like vomit. The Smoked Porter and Danny Boy Stout were both so overwhelmingly flavored that it was like drinking liquid smoke you'd use to flavor barbecue. The two IPAs were good but Amy's not a huge fan. Magnetic North was easily the best of the bunch.

Still, we plowed through and finished our flights with the exception of the two that left us feeling like we'd just eaten a campfire.

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On the way back to the house, we stopped at Stewart's for a few staples and saw this in the parking lot.

Maybe that beer was better than we thought.

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