I don’t want to be “that guy” anymore.
That guy who feels all sorts of melancholy when the Saratoga meet ends. Year after year it hits me hard, and year after year I let it.
I’m not gonna do it.
You can’t make me.
You’re not the boss of me and I’m just NOT going to do it.
It’s time I quit dreamin’ and cowboy up.
Melancholy? You go to hell. There’s too much in this town, too much in the capital region to let you stand in the way of me having a blast.
But – and there’s always a big but(t) somewhere – I don’t know where to begin.
I learned this summer there is so much more about Saratoga I need to explore. So much about Saratoga I need to experience. So much about Saratoga I have to see for myself in the autumn, in the winter and in the spring. Not just in the summer.
But I need help.
Where do I go? What do you suggest I do?
When people come to Saratoga for the races folks say you must go to Siros for a drink; if you’re the creative type you have to go to the Yaddo; if you have only a two-day stay make certain you breakfast at the track and take the tram tour to the barns.
But what are the “have to’s” for Saratoga in autumn?
Where do I have to go to get the most glorious pictures of the leaves turning colors? Where do I have to go to experience all the amazing stuff that the locals refer to as the town’s best kept secrets?
What are the traditions of this glorious and beautiful place, rich with history and adorned with charm that I need to learn?
How can I best learn and experience them?
Saratoga, I love you.
I always have. I always will. Thus, I call on you to help me. Point me where I need to go and I will forever be grateful.
I know what you know … there’s so much more to you than the greatest and most competitive thoroughbred racing on the continent.
But I don’t know what you know when it comes to life outside of that.
Resigned to your wisdom, anticipating your suggestions, and hoping to understand what all of you have known for years and so many of us don’t, I ask for your help.
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