July 14, 2010

Lake Placid in the Adirondacks, New York

We stayed two nights in Lake Placid, home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. It's a nice town in some terrific scenery.
It is kind of interesting to see a ski jump and bobsled run from your hotel window! You really don't see these everyday. I think the only places in the world that actually have those are former Olympic sites. Thus, once built, they keep bringing athletes for decades to come for training purposes.

Lake Placid itself is a pretty large lake. There is a peninsula that juts out into the lake splitting it into two sections. The peninsula is a park and there is a nice loop hike you can do there. From the trail, you can not even see the city.

Upon arriving at the lakeshore, we were greeted with the brilliant reds of sugar maples at their peak color. Above them, the forest transitions into birch and spruce. A large Atlantic white cedar juts out across the lake from the old-growth cedar stand that lines the peninsula.

At another spot, you could see a handful of lake cabins with their floating piers
Here you can see another beautiful shot of the fall colors with Eastern white pines emerging above the canopy

Lake Placid was where the famous abolitionist made his home. This is his homestead. We also visited the site of his famous raid on Harpers Ferry, which we'll detail when this blog gets to West Virginia.

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