Adirondack Park, August 2008
My annual vacation together with some friends is planned to be in the Adirondack Park. We rented a nice house at a little lake (Rockledge at Church Pond) not far away from Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. The friends come from Florida and looks forward to the calm beautiful nature in upstate New York.
We are ready to go. The car is stuffed with books and other things and we look forward to the pond. But we have to bear stop and go for quite a while at the Thruway and it took us all day to get up north to Church Pond.
I get really tired on the way and so we stop for a break at a farmers market.
Moeni inspects the kitchen...
... and then decides to rest as all the others do
We have to jump into the water.
Weather is not great but the pond looks beautiful
We haven't bought anything to eat yet so we go to Paula's Airport Cafe at the Adirondack Regional Airport for breakfast
The rain stops in the afternoon and we go for a walk, passing the golf course...
... and searching for the Saranac Inn ...
... which does not exist anymore as we finally find out.
Still no great weather. So we visit the olympic facilities in Lake Placid
The freestyle ski jumpers have a training camp there
One can even see the bobsled run
Back down we wath the advanced group of the freestyle ski jumpers
Then we have a short look at downtown Lake Placid
The rest of the day is for trying out all the different watercrafts on our pond
Another lazy day. We read, watch the rain and Max tries some more of the boats
He seems to be entertained
In the afternoon we go to Wild Center in Tupper Lake. A nice museum about fauna and flora of the Adirondacks
Having an ice cream in between
We decide to get more active and get up Whiteface Mountain close to Lake Placid. We intend to have a 5 miles hike but we were told that a part of the trail does not exist. So it gets a shorter loop but it is still quite a walk.
... of Moeni, Max and Andreas...
And again. More action. We booked a white water rafting tour in Old Forge on the Goose River.
But first thing in the morning we had our swim in the lake and watched the morning fog dissolving
Whitewater Challengers in Old Forge.
We are prepared for the ride
Well, it was not as exciting as we expected. The river was very calm and even flipping the raft by purpose in some rapids did not quite work.
After the ride we went to a place with some bigger rapids and watched the water flowing
On the way back we found a place which offered jet ski rentals so we did this for our entertainment
Tom running full throttle
We planned a canoe trip for this day. Our maps were not really helpful but I was able to use electronic information to plan something with only one or two little carriages. See the google map for details
In the morning we had to prepare for the day
Arriving at the rental station
At least we know where we are
We have a break after the first carriage at green pond
For the first time we see a loon, the signature bird of the area. It dives away as we approach
Nice channel between lakes
In the evening the bear room serves it's purpose
We have to say farewell to the house
Morning dew at the golf course
Almost home. One can see the Manhattan skyline at Route 17