Family Fun

Finding Ferngully I believe the official name for it is Shoebox Falls, but my friends have always called it Ferngully, and it's easy to see why. It's a magical sort of place. Tucked away off state Route 73, it's only a five-minute walk from the road, but you would never know it was there unless somebody pointed it out. There are no signs, and not much in the way of parking spots. In fact, if you were to drive past where the cars must haphazardly park to visit the spot, you might wonder what was so worthwhile that the drivers would even attempt it. Between the curving, narrow-shouldered road... continue reading
 
While I know many folks and several coworkers that rave about extreme mountain biking, I have never been one of them. As a matter of fact, I have never actually been mountain biking. Honestly, I've been known to get nervous going off of a curb on my hybrid bike. I guess you could call me an extreme beginner. It's ridiculous, but I can trace it back to one simple event a few days after going from a kiddie bike to a grown-up 3-speed. I thought the tires were as big and sturdy as my little bike. They were not. I flipped over my handlebars going down a huge hill a bit faster than I should have... continue reading
 
Submitted by guest blogger Sarah Wheeler. I was fortunate enough to spend summers on a lake while growing up, and I can remember the times my father would take me fishing. I understand now that it was his attempt at bonding with his daughter, who was more into reading on a dock, not fishing off of one. But I would give it a try every once in awhile as long as it was sunny and 75 degrees.    Fishing was not an activity I got up in the morning excited to do. I found it boring at times (and just plain gross). I could do without the Styrofoam bowl full of dirt and worms, and it now seems odd... continue reading
 
It started light and innocent, a frolic just for fun I said, "Hey, let's get ice cream everyone!" The banana split came; I ate it on the run I fought the sundae and the sundae won All misty eyed It was a sunny Tuesday afternoon when a couple of coworkers and I did a biathlon tour of two Lake Placid ice cream stands. It was a delicious trip that left me breathless and nearly incapacitated. I managed to refrain from ordering something at our first stop, Mountain Mist, because I ate lunch only an hour prior to our journey. I was just stalling, really, and it had no bearing whatsoever on my... continue reading
 
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Lake Placid's big 2016 event season is coming up fast! From BBQ to sporting events, we've got the summer covered. Run, run, run Kicking off the big events this June will be the 12th annual Lake Placid Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, June 12. Several hundred athletes hit the pavement at 8 a.m. The wave of runners is a sight to behold as it works its way up Main Street and around Mirror Lake before heading out of town for two loops on River Road,. The competitors then return to the Olympic Speed Skating Oval for the finish. The Lake Placid Marathon has become one of the more popular... continue reading
 
Frequently when I eat lunch at The Good Bite Kitchen, someone comes in, takes a look at the menu, realizes it's all vegetarian, and then leaves. Some people who do so are apologetic and some are embarrassed, but restaurant owner Kayte Billerman says she's OK with people leaving if they're not interested in her food. She's not trying to force anyone to eat anything they don't like!  But those who stop in and give it a try might just be surprised with how satisfied they are with their sans-meat meal. Kayte pays a lot of attention to making sure each dish is balanced with... continue reading
 
Local mom tackles 3 trails to train for a 5k — check out the routes & the results. Heck, you can even drag the kid and/or dog along (or not!) Tis the season. Or so I've been told... Time to get off my bum and get moving. For months now I've managed to do the bare minimum in exercise. Enough to keep my kid entertained and most of the dreaded winter weight at bay (notice I said, most) but not enough to ready me for the impending 5k I am signed up for — or the 10k I one day aspire to complete. To be completely transparent, for years now I have alternately used my son as an accessory or... continue reading
 
Spring and early summer in the High Peaks Region is packed with events, some on a grand scale.   Blossoming with arts The Lake Placid Center for the Arts has the cultural scene filled with a wide variety of entertaining events. You'll want to see them all, from the ever-popular "The Met: Live in HD" series to any of the live entertainment offerings on this season's packed schedule. For instance on Wednesday, May 4 the LPCA theater goes to the dogs when Olate Dogs of America's Got Talent fame takes the stage. These fluffy fur balls will dazzle you with their amazing tricks. The best part?... continue reading
 
It was a warmer-than-normal winter, so I wasn't surprised to find myself on a hydrocycle last week. I've tried a lot of mountain sports like snowboarding, butt sliding, and rock and ice climbing. I've marched for miles through the woods with 30 pounds on my back, I've done 18-mile day hikes, and I've paddled numerous waterways. But I'd never pedaled across a lake before. I headed to Mirror Lake Boat Rentals which is easily found at 2403 Main Street and the corner of Mirror Lake Drive Street - look for a dock filled with a colorful variety of watersport equipment. A... continue reading
 
Suddenly, with the arrival of daylight savings time, the longer days seem even longer. And of course, the longer days mean one thing to me — maple syrup!   It's all about maple! The sap is running and the local maple producers' evaporators are boiling as they produce the maple syrup that will be contested in our third annual Tastes of Maple event. In conjunction with New York State Maple Weekends, we'll celebrate Adirondack Maple Weekend on April 2 and 3. The third annual Tastes of Maple is one of the highlights. Held in the Conference Center at Lake Placid from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday,... continue reading
 

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