Lake Placid Blog

Cross-country skiing a portion of the Bloomingdale Bog trail is all I've ever managed to do. To do the whole 20 miles from end to end takes a bit more planning than what we want. Most of the time we want a quick, easy trail that gets us outside and can be skied by family and friends of all skill levels. Any segment of the Bloomingdale Bog trail fits the bill.Starting at the CR 55 parking area one mile west of Bloomingdale, we pass around the yellow entrance gates and head north toward Onchiota and the Buck Pond Campground. Even that destination is a bit too far on this chilly day. We follow... continue reading
 
Outdoor activities planned in January can scare the pants off me if the temperature is well below zero when I wake up on said day of activities. However, this year I'm making a concerted effort to just get out there no matter what the temperature is (unless of course it's way below the foolishness level).Saturday I planned to go cross country skiing at the state-operated Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country Center, which is literally almost in my back yard. I have a season pass this year and there are just no more excuses left in my "roll-o-dex" file of creative reasons not to go outside. By the... continue reading
 
Since this is my first Arts Blog I thought I'd start close to home. So, on this frigid January Sunday in the Adirondacks, I headed for The Recovery Lounge (aka Upper Jay Arts Center) on Route 9N in Upper Jay...it's a mere 4 miles down the road but once inside the doors I am transported over 200 miles and a couple of decades away to lazy Greenwich Village Sundays in New York City. Weekdays, the Recovery Lounge houses Upper Jay Upholstery where you might walk in and find Scott or Byron Renderer hovering over the bottom of a broken chair leg or fussing with a seat cushion. But on... continue reading
 
"Ask Me, I Live Here" December, 1936--As these lines are written another winter season is just around the corner. As they are read it may be roaring right up through Main street. Lake Placid residents during the next three months will be asked many questions about winter sports and the facilities here for their enjoyment. It might not be amiss for them to check their general knowledge with a few facts on just what this pioneer American winter resort has to offer its guests. Suppose we start with skiing . . . that favorite winter diversion which, since the... continue reading
 
If you are skiing a half-day at Whiteface, off to a quick snowshoe/backcountry ski or enjoying another of Lake Placids winter activities, take a quick stop by the Lake Placid North Elba Show Grounds this weekend for the annual Lake Placid Snow Pull. It's free to watch. For anyone unfamiliar with a dog pull, the objective is to see how much weight each animal can pull while tethered to a sled or cart along a 16' corridor in one minute.We recently attended our first dog pull. The children cheered for their favorites and commented how eager the dogs were to get clipped to the carts. We noticed... continue reading
 
    "By Foot" January 17, 1974--Six-thousand years ago,when the Egyptian civilization was still "young", people in Central Asia were developing a tool which, some say, ranks in importance with the wheel. This tool was the snowshoe-ski, without which the aboriginal people would not have been able to expand over, and occupy, the northern hemisphere. Once this important contribution to technology had been made, certain human groups began their northern migrations which eventually enabled them to move from a central point somewhere in Asia into what are now known as Scandinavia, Siberia, and... continue reading
 
There's a certain feeling in Lake Placid each January as the new year begins. It always makes us think about new beginnings, activities and goals we hope to accomplish and many times, thoughts about the past. Our memories force us into the past for many reasons, some of which are tied to current events, weather, activities and more - a strong fragrance, snow falling, biting cold on one's cheeks, or that special view of the surrounding mountains. Driving to work this morning I was struck by the lightly snow-covered fields and the low clouds on the mountains and then the bitter cold... continue reading
 
In case I wasn't feeling bad enough for over-indulging during the holidays, I spoke with one of Lake Placid's most active mountain guides yesterday. Following our conversation, I felt a little bit, shall we say, sedentary.Brian and Karen Delaney own and operate High Peaks Cyclery (HPC) and High Peaks Mountain Adventures (and they run the weekly Lake Placid mini-tirathlons in summer, the mt. biking center in summer, and more, and more...) You can find them at one of their businesses or zooming around the Adirondacks on bikes, crampons, skis, kayaks, snowshoes or running shoes almost any time... continue reading
 
Mush!John Houghton, the owner of Thunder Mountain Dog Sled Tours has been checking the ice on Mirror Lake daily to make sure it is safe and ready for dog sled rides. Since we saw a dog sled movie (more than one movie so it's not worth mentioning a name) there has been some insistence from the ranks about being pulled around by dog. There had been attempts in our past of attaching a sled to our gold retriever, with little success. I have been even dubbed the team at times, but believe the allure isn't in the ride but in the animals.Houghton, who also breeds his Alaskan Huskies as well as runs... continue reading
 
It always seems that we get a kind of "break" from regular work schedules during the last couple of weeks each year, with everyone distracted by family and friends and celebrations.And this upcoming weekend, there are plenty of distractions! There's no place like Lake Placid to celebrate the New Year, and there's quite a lineup of activities for families, those who enjoy watching athletes shush, slide and fly, and the adventurous visitor who wants to try it for themselves!Here's a quick rundown of this weekend's highlighted distractions (and a bonus for those who read to the end):FRIDAY DEC... continue reading
 

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