Side Trips taken this Week

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon and no flights scheduled, the wifey and I took advantage of a rare August, Saturday afternoon off, to take a trip up into the mountains and visit Lake Placid. We rarely get to Placid on an August Saturday afternoon, and with the day so nice, we were in the mood to head north into the Adirondack’s to enjoy some of the offerings available during the warmer time of year, as opposed to the fall/winter season, that usually draws us north. We found the place bustling with activity and were not able to do all we were hoping to do. The boat cruise on Lake Placid was sold out, and a hike at Adirondack Loj didn’t happen since their parking lot was full, and to hike, you had to park nearly a mile away and hike to hike? So, we took a pass on doing that till a later date when it’s not so crowded. Lake Placid is a place that’s steeped in Olympic history and currently is one of the training sites for Team USA. It’s a 4 season destination, that is most busy during the summer and winter months, not so, spring and fall. If you are into hiking, the trip back into the Adirondack Loj, which is maintained by the Adirondack Mountain Club, is well worth the trip.

On Route 73, heading toward Keene Valley and Lake Placid.

This is the Noon Mark Diner in Keene Valley, a good place to eat-they are noted for their pies. Keene Valley is one of the popular hiking destinations along Route 73.

One of the first things you notice just before you get to Lake Placid, are the two Ski Jumping Towers that were built for the 1980 Winter Olympics. They are still used by Team USA for training and various competitive events during the winter.

Welcome to the Village of Lake Placid

The view down Main Street. There a number of good shops and restaurants to haunt.

We had lunch on the outdoor patio of The Adirondack Steak and Seafood Restaurant

They offer a fine selection of their own brews from their Adirondack Brewing Co.

On the far end of the main drag is the Brown Dog Cafe & Wine Bar. We've eaten there a couple of times and can highly recommend it.

Mirror Lake in the summertime.

On the Adirondack Loj Road, looking west.

On the Adirondack Loj Road, the view south toward Marcy Dam and Adirondack Loj.

Well, that’s it for this post. When visiting the area, it’s well worth exploring north into the Adirondack’s. Either take Route 28 north out of Warrensburgh at Exit 23 of the Adirondack Northway, or continue north to Exit 30, which takes you to Keene Valley and Lake Placid.

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