Paddling

A great town for water sports enthusiasts is more than the sum of its parts. It naturally starts with water, of course, but what sets it apart from other locales is the community and infrastructure that grows around those lakes and rivers. Lake Placid tops my list for great places to paddle, swim, and boat in the summer — for its accessibility, diversity, beauty, and nearby amenities. Lake Placid is fairly small population-wise, with about 2,800 year-round residents. But for its diminutive size, it contains more than its share of restaurants, cafes, brewpubs, and places to relax outside... continue reading
 
Hi there! My name is Nibbler. I'm psyched because today, I get to invent my own purrrrrrfect day in Lake Placid, one of my favorite places on earth!  1. The lake  I'm starting my day with a morning paddle, and there's plenty of places to do it in and around Lake Placid! There's nothing like getting on the lake to forget your troubles and find your zen. And while I'm at it, I'm going to catch a fish or two to munch on. 2. MTB Next I'll head to the trails to shred some singletrack. I'm just going to take a little break under here while this dude catches some air.  3. Vino What a fun... continue reading
 
Lake Placid, adirondacks, usa — The spring “turnover” of Mirror Lake and concerns about water salinity levels was the topic of a special meeting of community and municipals leaders from the Village of Lake Placid and Town of North Elba on March 30 in Lake Placid. Testing and sampling of Mirror Lake over the winter have indicated a rising level of salinity due primarily to road salt used by road maintenance crews to melt snow and ice on the western side of the lake, along Main Street. The recreational epicenter of the popular year-round vacation community,... continue reading
 
Not so placid When I was a kid my family and I would vacation with another family we were very close with. I have the greatest memories as we would try to get ahold of anything and everything that would float and that we could use to spend a great day on and at the water. From strapping giant inflatable tubes to the trunk of the car, inflatable rafts, boogie boards, and even a few summers where the beach would rent giant tubes we could actually fit in the middle of and roll down the hill and into the water in. We then added to the circus with a large styrofoam (yes, styrofoam) sailboat my... continue reading
 
There are plenty of ghost stories in the Lake Placid area, but probably the most unique and mysterious is the story of the Lady in the Lake. If you want to learn about it, Lake Placid Boat Tours guides tell the story as they pass by Pulpit Rock, where the ghost of Mabel Smith Douglass is said to be seen. I took the tour on a beautiful fall day in late September, and I thoroughly enjoyed it despite the dark subject matter I was researching.   A body found in the lake On Sept. 21, 1933, Mabel disappeared while rowing on Lake Placid. She was a successful educator, creating and serving as... continue reading
 
Axton Landing to Stony Creek PondsAn Adirondack Everglade StoryAs many of you know Lake Placid is a hub for hiking mountains of all sizes and trails of all abilities but what gets often forgotten is its close proximity to countless lakes, rivers and ponds. This week I decided I would explore paddling the waters at Axton Landing. Axton Landing as many hikers might recognize, by name, is the landing on the Raquette River that is passed as you drive down Coreys Road to explore the Seward Range. Many might not realize its significance to the paddling world and region this landing awards visitors.... continue reading
 
Oh I'd rather go and journeyWhere the diamond crescent's glowing andRun across the valley Beneath the sacred mountainAnd Wander through the forestWhere the trees have leaves of prismsAnd break the light in colorsThat no-one knows the names of-Wasn’t Born to FollowCarole King and Gerry Goffin; recorded by the Byrds 
 
            Every year during the fall I find myself in a consistent conversation – either with someone else or with myself in my own head.  “Is that peak?”  “Wow, that’s peak.”  “That’s not peak yet, but it’s close.”  After all, the peak of leaf season is something we all want to see.             I was driving across Route 3 from Watertown this past weekend and every bend in the road offered a new stage of the process and a new blend of colors seemingly topping the last.  But there was always that question, “Is it peak here?”  After all, finding the peak leaf season is an inexact science. ... continue reading
 
Fall colors are bursting forth all over the Adirondacks this week. With the brilliant foliage come scores of visitors in search of the best views of Mother Nature's spectacle.  It's a yearly event that draws big crowds to see the hillsides aflame with color and also to attend the many annual events planned in concert with the fall foliage.  This coming weekend will see nearly 3,000 runners, in teams of up to 12, snaking through the Adirondacks.  From Saratoga Springs, along the Hudson River and Lake Champlain, past Whiteface Mountain and on to Lake Placid, it's a two day, non-stop relay race... continue reading
 
Paddling on lake Placid is never dull or the same twice. The lake is big enough where it can be considered big water and even a bit dangerous under the right conditions. Of course, that doesn't even take into consideration the motorboats on the lake and for that reason I tend to find myself on Lake Placid at some point in the spring, usually around this time. Come to find out, after I got home and started to download the pictures, it was 1-year ago that day, that I proposed to my fiancé Corenne Black and surprising enough she said yes. But more surprising than that was I did it on this exact... continue reading
 

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