Friday, August 05, 2011
Lake Placid, NY
The Adirondack region of New York is a large area in the northern par t of the state, perhaps generally best known for the winter Olympics held in Lake Placid in 1932 and again in 1980. After leaving the seaway we headed into the Adirondack Park and stayed just a bit northwest of Lake Placid in Wilmington, NY. The region is noted for all the large and small lakes, mountain views, hiking, skiing, fishing and hunting.
Since we have never been in this area, we first wanted to see Lake Placid and the Olympic Center and Museum and the town itself. This turned out to be a bit of a disappointment, as the only thing really to see was the 1932 and 1980 ice rinks and the museum. We have been in any number of museums over the years, but this one gave a real glimpse into how this town operated. For six dollars each we got to look at one small room of left over tourist products, and a few old costumes and sleds. While we were only mildly annoyed, I would imagine someone really interested in the history of these games would have been really upset.
Once we had that out of the way, we walked the whole town. If you love expensive gift shops and restaurants, this place is heaven. If you looked up tourist trap in the dictionary, there would be a picture of downtown Lake Placid.
Next on the list of Adirondack must see items was the High Falls Gorge on the Ausable River. When we checked in the lady at the counter explained that we would get a discount since only part of the trails was open. Spring storms had rushed thru the gorge and destroyed a number of the walkways and damaged one of the bridges. The water had reached almost to the top of the gorge. The water was still fairly high and there was a good view of the falls. We also spent some time watching the workers redoing the walkways and bridge. It was well worth the time and we enjoyed the several views of the falls and the potholes which are formed by the fast moving swirling motion of the water over extended periods.