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North America » United States » New York » Adirondacks » Lake Placid February 28th 2016

Even though 2016 is not an Olympic year for winter sports, the Olympic spirit is alive and well if you travel to Lake Placid, New York in the sublime Adirondack Mountains. My family and I recently spent a fun-filled long weekend in this sports mecca, where we had been twice previously but never in the winter. Even though the weather was frigid with wind chills below zero Fahrenheit, the various activities we engaged in kept us warm (for the most part!). Upon our arrival on a Thursday afternoon, we strolled through the village’s charming and vibrant downtown area, which boasts many excellent shops and restaurants catering to everyone’s budget and from which you have sublime views of Mirror Lake and snow-capped Whiteface Mountain in the distance. The town was bustling with energetic youth hockey players who ... read more
Bobsled Run

Geo: 44.2794, -73.9803We rode our bikes to the Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort this morning, and took the gondola to the top of the slopes. This area is experiencing record high temperatures for this time of year, but the 85 degrees feels pretty good to us.We returned to the campground around 10:30 am and swam a little in the stream.After lunch, we took a cab into the Olympic Village at Lake Placid. We went to the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Ice Rinks. The "Miracle" Ice Rink still gets me. The guy working the desk at the museum was working concessions at the rink during the 1980 US/Russia game.We then hiked about 2 miles to the Lake Placid Lodge. Had some great drinks at the bar, and great conversation with the bar tender and other patrons.Great day. Heading ... read more
Gondola ride at Whiteface Mountain
1980 Olympic Ice Rink
Lake Placid

Geo: 44.2794, -73.9803We drove about 3-1/2 hours to Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain. We hung out around the campground and took a 3.5 mile hike. There is a whitewater stream behind the campground with rock cliffs lining the sides. There were many local kids diving off of the rocks into the pools of water. It is awesome.We walked to a restaurant right outside the campground, along the banks of the river. Great food and Lake Placid IPA. Tomorrow we will head into the Lake Placid Olympic Village, but from what we have seen so far, I can't image the world descending on this little town.... read more
High Falls Gorge
High Falls
Stream behind our campground

North America » United States » New York » Adirondacks » Lake Placid October 17th 2011

After leaving Boston, we headed north into New Hampshire then north-west into Vermont, then west into up-state New York, close to the Canadian border. We contemplated a quick detour into Maine (the most north-easterly US state) but decided that we couldn't do it justice, so it'll have to be the destination for a future trip. We feel we've truly taken in fall (autumn) in New England in all it's shades - from green to yellow to orange to red to bright red. We've driven through the most majestic scenery in the White Mountains (NH/VT), Green Mountains (VT) and the Adirondacks (NY; pronounced 'ad-deer-ron-dax') and it's been wonderful. Not only that, but we've had a taste (literally) of Ben & Jerry's ice-cream at the main company site in VT. Shame the production line wasn't operating on the ... read more
Adirondack Mts, NY
New Hampshire

North America » United States » New York » Adirondacks » Lake Placid October 25th 2010

You may wonder why my blog entries are sporadic and I have an honest explanation. When we are not "on the road" I take a vacation and don't write. Our normal lives are no more interesting than anyone else's anyway. Our summer was fun although felt hectic at times. Normally we don't do Habitat builds in the summer but this year we did two, one in Shelby, MI and the second in Salem, OH. We also spent lots of time with son John and his 5 children in Clarkston. We camped in Ludington with Autumn and Maddie, our 2 grandgirls and had a ball keeping up with them. Our boat was in the water and the weather was warm so we enjoyed time with friends and son Aaron, daughter-in-law Shelly and their children. We celebrated grandson ... read more
Watkins Glen
Adirondack Balloon Festival
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North America » United States » New York » Adirondacks » Lake Placid October 15th 2010

More evidence of 'Global Warming'. Todays Autumn Colours tour was temorarily disbanded because of rain and snow. Unseasonal here just as it was when we were in Tokyo in April and even in Melbourne as we speak... Believe the nonsense if you like. Anyway, it was another interesting day for us - and a lot of fun. We are now comfortably in our room at Lake Placid. A stopover at Fort Ticonderoga was fascinating albeit cut short meterologically. This is where the French took on the Brits and won temporarily in a rout apparently. We didnt see as much as we might have but it was good. We were meant to do a cruise on Lake Placid and a tour up the Olympic ski-jump tower but it was all cancelled and instead we drove around and ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » Adirondacks » Lake Placid January 2nd 2010

Keith and I left Montreal on the 9:30am Amtrak train headed to Westport, NY. When we stepped outside it was icy and completed covered with snow. Even the taxi driver complained about it being so cold. Of course my camera battery went dead when we headed out and I couldn't find my charger. We took a few pics with my phone but they don't show the beautiful scenery that we saw on the train. The view was just unbelievable (Lake Champlaine frozen over with ice fisherman here and there, beautiful snow covered rivers and trees). We arrived to the train depot in Westport, NY around 2pm. This depot had Norman Rockwell written all over it. When we arrived we soon realized we did not have a ticket to get to Lake Placid. So, we paid Bob ... read more
Train to Lake Placid

On Thursday, I headed to Lake Placid to see the Division III Men’s College Hockey Frozen Four and spend time with some college friends. It isn’t my first trip up to LP, so I was looking forward to a fun and interesting weekend. Because I went to college in central NY, the cold north has always felt like home to me, and as I drove up the Northway, I could feel myself relax measurably. By the time I reached my friend’s parents' cottage on the lake, where we would be spending the next five days, I was ready for the weekend! But boy, not a lot could prepare me for our mini-Hamilton reunion! We began arriving Thursday night, as the wind and snow picked up to welcome us. I'll have to use nicknames from now on ... read more
The living room
There was some SNOW here!
Enjoying my Pepsi pong outfit

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