August 10, 2018 – Lake Placid, NY

Oh what a drive through the Adirondacks – no development and a few houses scattered throughout the woods and the road was winding and hilly – haven’t done over 200 miles (235 to be exact) in a long time – but it was a great drive.

Arrived at Draper’s Acres and got our spot – wooded small park with gravel roads and dirt sites – trees drape down on the RV and makes getting around difficult. We do have FHU and despite the trees we have SAT.

Saturday we took off for the Visitor’s Center. Got our information and broke down and bought an Olympic Sites Passport to see all the Olympic Venues – that way we will go to more than when you pay for each one separately.

Love waking up to 48 degrees – first time in months had to turn on fireplace. At an elevation of over 2000 feet.

First stop was the Cloudsplitter Gondola ride to the top of Little Whiteface Mountain and the Ski Venue. An elevation of 3,676 feet.

Then we rode along the Veteran’s Memorial Highway to the top of Whiteface Mountain (elevation of 4,499).

Fantastic views. But you had to walk up a trail to the very tippy top – there is an elevator but it was down today. We started then we quit, but I said just a little more and a little more and before I knew it I was at the top – elevation of 4867 – wow! I think I can – I think I can!

Even watched a guy propose to his gal.

Then we visited the Olympic Museum – saw the 1932 and 1980 Ice Hockey rinks – even got to watch the end of the 1980 victory over Russia – Miracle on Ice. Lots of memorabilia in the museum.

Couldn’t pass up the Lake Placid Pub and brewery – had red Adirondack chairs to sit in and enjoy the beer.lpn (66)

Later in the evening we went to the 1932 Olympic Ice Rink and watched a skating exhibition by some new and upcoming Olympic bound ice skaters – ranged from 9 years old to 13. Also saw Andrew Torgashev the US Junior Champion. You can see the improvement as they get older with experience.

Sunday we took the dogs and walked around Mirror Lake – 2.7 miles – temp in low 70’s so easy – also saw homes for sale on the lake for 2.5 million – little bit out of our category. Lots of shops and restaurants to visit along the way.

Dropped the dogs off and we visited the Ski Jump Venue for the Olympics. Got to take the elevator to the top of the 120 meter tower – what views! Watched others take the tube down the slope with water flowing on the field to make it smooth.

Stopped at Big Slide Brew and it was packed and good beer.

Monday is off to Burlington, Vermont.

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