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Jul 18, 2018 - Lake Placid Area

Wed., July 18th – After today’s adventure, you can forget everything I’ve said about our rugged, rocky challenging hikes on this trip. Why? Because they were all pretty wimpy compared to today’s treacherous climb to the summit of Whiteface Mountain. The .2 mile vertical incline from the parking area to the peak is most often by elevator deep inside the mountain – but not today. The elevator was out of commission. So, not knowing what we were in for, up we went. The uneven slippery rocks and boulders were a nightmare to navigate, but I was...

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Jul 17, 2018 - Shelburne Farms Vermont

Tues., July 17th – Today’s entry is about one thing only – Shelburne Farms, a “must see” place to visit before rolling out of Vermont. We spent 4 hours here, and I racked up over 12,000 steps on my fitbit while trekking around this massive estate. Does that tell you something about the size of this place? It’s a 1400 acre working farm stretching across acres of rolling hills with winding, wooded trails that lead to the shores of Lake Champlain and the beautiful “Inn”. The Inn was built in the late 1800s as the home of the estate founders,...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Exploring the Adironacks, Saranac Lake Country Club and Artisans Restaurant

2014-10-02 – Saranac Lake Country Club and Artisans Restaurant Today was another beautiful day so we decided to check out some launch sites and state parks northwest of the Lake Placid area. Some folks at the RV park mentioned kayaking in the Saranac Lake area and we drove to Fish Creek SP to check it out. We would definitely consider staying here though there are no services except a dump station but the park is located on a good sized lake that links to other lakes and ponds as well. There are several sites we would probably fit in though...

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Falling Leaves Tour

Oct 1, 2014 - Climbing Bear Den Mountain, Adironacks

2014-10-01-Climb up Bear Den Mountain We picked today to take a longish hike because the weather was spectacular; around 65 degrees max and full sunshine. The climb up Bear Den Mountain is considered (by those who have commented online about Adironack hikes) to be an often overlooked but not to be missed trek; and trek it was. We drove down the street to Whiteface Mountain where the trail started. It is weird to be at Whiteface Mountain when it is not snow-covered or rather, ice covered and below zero and today the ski runs seemed like...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Brilliant Foilage

2014-09-29 – Brilliant Foliage The RV may not be level at Old Forge RV Park but, the fall colors here, especially along Lake Serene, part of the park, and the other lakes in the area are absolutely stunning. Dixie and I got up early and were treated to the sight of a mist hanging over Lake Serene while the shores of the lake were bathed in the early sunlight that accented the truly glorious colors o the trees. Bob, Dixie and I walked the nature trail past a beaver pond and, though mucky in spots, and though we got lost, the the colors were...

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Aug 16, 2014 - Gondola ride

It was still overcast and threatening rain but we were able to take the gondola ride to the top of little whiteface to see the view from the ski lift and could see a fair distance. The gondola runs even in windy conditions - at the top it was cool and windy. There is a monument to the 10th mountain division at the top. We then went back to the base and saw people jumping onto an air pillow - it was free all day. We didn't opt to do it but it was very enteraining to watch as the lift went as high as 50 feet above the pillow and people jumped...

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2014 Eagle trip

Aug 15, 2014 - Plattsburgh

We first stopped at Ausable Chasm but it was starting to rain so we opted to look at the waterfall from the road - it wasn't a good time to hike down to it. Then we drove to Plattsburgh which is a town with history going back to the war of 1812 and earlier, located on Lake Champlain. It's very scenic and historical, the downtown is filled with old buildings and a tall monument to the war of 1812. We went to the 1812 war museum that had a good movie about the battle of Plattsburgh and it's significance - kept the British from gaining control...

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Aug 14, 2014 - Bobsled and Ski Jumps

It rained all day yesterday, good thing we went to the summit on Tuesday. We stayed in the Eagle as this area doesn't have much indoor things to do. Today we used more of our passport - went to the site of the ski jumping in the 1932 and 1980 olympics, just missed the tour but did see some teens jumping into the pool with their skis. We took the elevator to the top of the jump and looked down, also watched kids and some adults riding tubes down the ski slopes - looked like fun but not for us. We then went to the bobsled venue and saw people...

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Aug 12, 2014 - North Pole

We arrived yesterday at North Pole RV resort in Wilmington, NY - what a scenic and curvy drive we took on Hwy 3 through the adirondacks past Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. It was a driveable road but had many grade changes and curves, we are right next to White Face ski resort and hope that weather will hold today so we can take the Veterans Hwy to the top. Also the Lake Placid Olympic ski area is open for tours and we saw a little of the Ausable River yesterday that is spectacular. This area has lots of Canadian Shield rock, a...

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Aug 31, 2013 - Lake Placid

We had so much fun at Lake Placid. Lake Placid is best known as the two-time site of the Winter Olympics. Our first stop was to visit the Olympic museum which had all kinds of artifacts and interesting tidbits about the two Olympics. Lake Placid first hosted in 1932 and they hosted the event again 48 years later in 1980. In the United States, the village is especially remembered as the site of the 1980 USA–USSR hockey game, the so-called "Miracle on Ice", when a group of American college students and amateurs upset the heavily favored...

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Aug 25, 2013 - Goodbye to the Mountains

Almost the end of August, and we are heading out of Wilmington south to spend some time near my parents. My Mom has had some problems, actually went into cardiac arrest and survived CPR and paddles. She will be sent home and we will see how she does from here. Not too many people survive what she did, and especially at 90. August was nice up in the north country. We had some visitors and did some touring, but were not really enjoying our time workamping. Buzz was working a lot more hours than I was, and I was scheduled mostly in the middle...

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Aug 1, 2013 - Summer in the Mountains

Again, it has been a long time since the last posting; it is either from lack of time or lack of new events to comment on. It is so much easier when we are traveling to keep up to date as there is always a new spot on the map to post from. Since the last update, we have made a couple of excursions around the Adirondacks, including a trip to Ausable Chasm. The scenery was beautiful and the flow of water, the Ausable River, through the narrow gorge was quite awesome. The finale of the tour is rafting through the lower part of the canyon; it...

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