Fall

By Diane ChaseEvery time we have new visitors to town one thing they usually ask for is an Olympic tour. Sometimes we need to streamline our activities. We feel that the first stop for families of all ages is the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex in Lake Placid.  This year the Lake Placid's Olympic Ski Jump chair lift is scheduled to open December 20th, just in time for Christmas. Currently the Observation Deck and Elevator are open and the price is right. This facility is also handicapped accessible. My father-in-law is confined to a wheelchair but will be able to ride a chairlift once more. He... continue reading
 
It has been a few years since we visited the final resting spot for militant abolitionist John Brown. The John Brown Farm and Gravesite in Lake Placid encompasses the original 244 acres purchased by the Browns in 1849. Brown moved to the Adirondacks to assist freed African-Americans farm land given to them by Gerrit Smith, a wealthy abolitionist from the Utica area.Brown's history and involvement in the abolitionist movement is vast. After Brown was executed in 1859 for treason for the raid at Harper's Ferry, his name soon became synonymous with the anti-slavery movement.The house and... continue reading
 
My son's class had a field trip to the Adirondack Loj's Heart Lake area to climb Mt Jo. He has been eager to share his newly found information with the rest of the family so with handmade guidebook in hand, he will lead us on this 2.3-mile round trip journey. We arrive late in the afternoon and with no parking attendant onsite we scour the car for the $1.50 parking charge. (Parking is $10/dayfor nonmembers, $5/day for members and $1.50 for entry after 1:00 p.m.) We are held to the honor system. I first park at the upper lot only to have my son inform me that he can get us so much closer... continue reading
 
By Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities (with GPS Coordinates) This is the first time we’ve returned to Henry’s Woods since the death of our twelve-year-old golden retriever. It is a strange way to now remember walks that were once occupied with aspirin and arguments as the children both wanted to be the one to walk “their dog.” Ella didn’t care. She took advantage of the opportunity to be off the lead and get all footloose and fancy-free.Henry’s Woods is named after Henry Uihlein who left a lengthy legacy in the... continue reading
 
By Diane Chase, author of the guidebook Adirondack Family Time Tri-Lakes and High Peaks Your four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities (with GPS Coordinates) I can always tell when my children haven't been outside enough. They start picking on each other, are unable to relax and are easily annoyed. The same applies to me. We are on our way out of town and the bickering starts in the backseats. Accusations, poking and blame are all floating to the front of the car. I actually hear my husband say he'll pull the car over if those kids don't straighten out. Good grief. We have become our parents.... continue reading
 
By Diane Chase, author of the guidebook Adirondack Family Time Tri-Lakes and High Peaks Your four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities (with GPS Coordinates)Each year Tom Tucker of Tucker Farms, Inc. has a complex pattern designed so my family and many others will be lost trying to complete the Great Adirondack Corn Maze. This year it's "back to school" for the lot of us as Tom brings back the nostalgic one-room school house along with a playground, all depicted in rows of corn.Each person is given a blank game board and shown the entrance. We are looking for six mailboxes; each holding a... continue reading
 
I walk these trails frequently and lately even more since we have welcomed Bear, the yellow Lab, into our family. It's one of the best places to walk your dog since a summer swim for both of you is a great bonus in the middle of your walk, and the other skiers and snowshoers in the winter usually have their dogs in tow also, so you won't find those XC ski purists hollering at you for mucking up the track with pad prints for heaven's sake! If you've never been to the Peninsula Nature Trails, make a point of it soon. It's easy to find - just take Peninsula Way, between Comfort Inn and Ho Jo's... continue reading
 
I have heard the walk around Lake Placid's Mirror Lake referred to as "the fitness trail." I inquired at the Lake Placid/Essex County Convention and Visitor's Bureau and am told that though it is a nice 2.7-mile walk there are no fitness stations along the easily recognizable red-bricked sidewalk.We park the car on Parkside Drive, adjacent to a playground, tennis courts and the public beach. The public beach is still filled with people and the shoreline a buzz with activity.There are tennis courts and a playground at the south end of the lake adjacent to the village beach so, if motivated, I... continue reading
 

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