long weekend in the ADK

I hope everyone had a long and restful Memorial Day Weekend. It’s now Tuesday and although it’ll be a relatively short week work-wise, I’m already feeling the call for another break from everyday normalcy.

This past weekend, I went to Lake Placid for a quick getaway from the city life. The drive took about 8 hours and led me to a small but historic and sport-enthused village in upstate New York. Most people probably recognize the town of Lake Placid as being the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and especially the 1980 USA-USSR Men’s Hockey game – aka the “Miracle on Ice.”

I came to Lake Placid for some much needed hiking. Lake Placid is often used as the base for hiking the Adirondack High Peaks or the 46 High Peaks. Folks who have climbed all 46 High Peaks can join the Adirondack Forty-Sixers Club. The highest of the High Peaks is Mount Marcy at 5,344 ft. Over the weekend, I conquered two of the 46 High Peaks – Whiteface Mountain (#5 of the 46 at 4,867 ft) and Cascade Mountain (#36 of the 46 at 4,098 ft).

In addition to getting use out of my hiking boots, I also took the time to explore the Lake Placid Village. I explored the Olympic Center, the Olympic Museum, and the Jumping Complex. I also took a tour on the Lake Placid Marine & Boat Tours, a one-hour narrative tour of Lake Placid with insights into the history and local lore.

I’m glad to have also found time to explore the shops and restaurants of Main Street in Lake Placid and even tried Smoke Signals for some BBQ and Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery for some ice cream. It was a relaxing and much-needed long weekend vacation away.

How did you spend your Memorial Day Weekend?

Mirror Lake
Whiteface Mountain Summit Observatory
Cobble Overlook and Winch Mountain
View of Lake Placid from Whiteface Mountain
Last rock scramble up to the summit of Cascade Mountain
View from the summit of Cascade Mountain
View of some of the 46 High Peaks from the summit of Cascade Mountain
Lake Placid Winter Olympic Center, site of the “Miracle on Ice”
Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex
Monument Falls
Out on Lake Placid
Lake Placid Lodge

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