The Adirondacks and High Peaks

Since we were in the Adirondacks last weekend for Ironman Lake Placid, we took advantage of the surroundings. Lake Placid itself, is a pretty hip town.

Snow in summer.

Having hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, the town has pedigree. Situated in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains, it has stunning landscape around it.

The view from the 120 meter ski jump.

The town itself is pretty hip, with lots of cool things going on and near Main Street. The Olympic Regional Development Authority manages a host of venues open to the public. We checked out several of them, including the bobsled track and the ski jumps. By far, the ski jumps were our favorite site.

An engineering feat.

Jumping of this would be nuts.

We had a blast exploring the grounds of the jumping complex. We paid the $10 a head fee and took the elevator all the way to the top of the 120 meter jump. It was awesome. Debbie and I agreed that the guys and gals who jump from that thing are nuts. We were there on a 75 degree day. Imagine being up there in January with the wind whipping and a temperature below zero. The structure itself is really impressive. I would love to go back up and see a competition.

The big jump.

Outside of Lake Placid is a beautiful stretch of road (on the Ironman course) along the Ausable River. The road goes to Wilmington. From there, you can go up the access road to Whiteface Mountain, site of the Olympic alpine skiing events. The road is the highest in New York State. There are many great turn offs and trails along the Ausable. We checked out Wilmington Gap State Park, the Wilmington Wild Forest, and the Wilmington Flume. With all the rain that we have had, the water was really flowing.

Wilmington Flume

The Flume is flowing.

We would really like to explore more of the Adirondacks region. We recently joined the Adirondack Mountain Club as at large members, so that we can learn more. Down the road, we would like to tackle the Adirondack 46ers, the 46 4000 foot peaks in the area. Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire are still our top destinations, but I think that upstate New York is growing on us.

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