Archive for March, 2010

Ready to Fly

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

We are ready to fly into our 2010 season. All we need is the rain to stop, and get some sun and wind to dry-out the flying area. We are hoping that we will be able to fly this coming weekend, the 3rd and 4th of April. The rain is forecast to be moderately heavy today, with sun returning on Wednesday and temps rising into the 70’s by the end of the week. Sometimes tho, when we get unusual warm weather, the wind will come with it to make flying difficult if not impossible. We’ll just have to wait and see how things play out for us with the weather, as per usual!

Our Peacock VIII hot air balloon on a late evening flight last fall.

Our Peacock VIII hot air balloon on a late evening flight last fall.

Spring Weather

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Spring is starting to show itself in the Lake George area. Temps reached into the 60s over the weekend, but have retreated to the 40s/50s for this week. Just to show how much the area is progressing toward spring and away from winter, I’ve included a couple of pics from Lake George taken on Sunday the 21st.

There still is some ice on Lake George, but it probably will be gone by next weekend.

There still is some ice on Lake George, but it probably will be gone by next weekend.

What's left of the ice and snow on Lake George

What's left of the ice and snow on Lake George

Folks were out walking at the head of Lake George on a beautiful early Spring day.

Folks were out walking at the head of Lake George on a beautiful early Spring day.

Olympic Memories

Monday, March 8th, 2010

We made our trip north this past weekend to visit friends up on the St. Lawrence River – 1000 Islands area, who live in Clayton. Weekend weather was beautiful, mild temps for this time of year and beautiful blue skies. On the way home, we went through Lake Placid, the home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and the “Miracle On Ice” hockey game. Lake Placid was bustling with people on this beautiful late winter day, taking advantage of the many “Sale” signs posted on shop windows, and busy checking the menu’s posted outside restaurants.

view down Main Street Lake Placid

View down Main Street Lake Placid

The Lake Placid Olympic Arena

The Lake Placid Olympic Arena

The ice rink that's the home of the "Miracle on Ice" hockey game of 1980

This is the entrance to the ice rink that's the home of the "Miracle on Ice" hockey game of 1980 where a group of USA college hockey players beat the powerful USSR Olympic Hockey Team, a team that had beaten the best of the NHL's pro teams as a warm-up tour prior to the 1980 Winter Olympic games.

There was an international Pee Wee B Youth Hockey tournament playing on ice

There was an International Pee Wee B Youth Hockey tournament playing on ice

The outdoor oval where Eric Heiden won his 5 speedskating gold medals

The outdoor oval where Eric Heiden won his 5 speedskating gold medals

Pic of the outdoor Opening Ceremony for the 1980 Winter Olympics. I was there and it was real cold!

Pic of the outdoor Opening Ceremony for the 1980 Winter Olympics. I was there and it was real cold!

As it now stands, the Olympic Cauldron for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games

As it now stands, the Olympic Cauldron for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games

Sorry, no pics from the luge and bobsled tracks. If you ever visit Lake Placid and you are into thrill activity, you can experience the real thing and pay to ride the bob and the luge. I noticed a poster at the Olympic Center advertising tourist skeleton rides, something new for the daredevils out there. By the way, on the luge and skeleton, it’s only you on the sled doing the driving. On the bob, you are riding as crew, not as the driver.

Recent 2010 Vancouver Olympics

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Hope you all had a chance to see some of the Olympic coverage. Great events. The site of the 1980 winter Olympics and the “Miracle on Ice” hockey game was held in Lake Placid, which is about 2 hours north of us. I am planning on visiting friends up north soon and will try to go through Lake Placid to get some winter pics of the old Olympic venues that were used. Lake Placid is still an Olympic training site for the USA team. They train for ski jumping and free style both during the winter and summer months. They have a bob and luge runs that are used for international competition and training, and also offer tourist runs down both tracks. When my boys were young, we all took runs on the bobsled and the luge, usually when we would get Olympic fever. When you do the bob, there is a driver and you go for the ride experience on a 4-man sled. Now the luge, you’re the driver (not sure they still allow this) and even tho they start you about at the half-way point, it still is fast – not 90 mph fast like at the Vancouver Olympic track – but still fast enough since you are on the sled alone, on your back, going feet first down an ice chute! Yes I know, nuts! Just in case I get the Olympic urge again, I have an old Shoe cartoon on the refrig showing a character going down a hill on a sled wondering what Luge means? Then as he careens down the hill feet first, the comment bubble says, “probably Swedish for ‘Knuckelhead'”.

The ski jumps on the way into Lake Placid - a fall view

The ski jumps on the way into Lake Placid - a fall view

The Lake Placid ski jupm towers through the fall foliage

The Lake Placid ski jump towers through the fall foliage

Whiteface Mountain and Mirror Lake at the Village of Lake Placid

Whiteface Mountain and Mirror Lake. The Village of Lake Placid is actually on Mirror Lake. Whiteface Mountain was the location of the ski events during the 1980 Olympics.

Noon Mark Diner in Keen Valley - on the way to Lk Placid. A great place to eat, especially their pie!!

Noon Mark Diner in Keen Valley - on the way to Lk Placid. A great place to eat, especially their pie!!