Lake Placid: October 2007

On Saturday, we saw the sights, starting with Olympic Center, the site of USA''s historic hockey victory over the Soviets in the 1980 Winter Olympics. There were other Olympic venues as well, including the Bob Sled Run and the Olympic Ski Jump facility, which towered above the trees.

After a bite to eat, we headed out to High Falls Gorge, just outside of town. The gorge boasted an impressive waterfall along with hiking trails on the banks of the Ausable River.

For dinner, it was the touristy Great Adirondack Steak House, which unfortunately we found very mediocre. After dinner, it was back to the pub across from Mirror Lake Inn for a nightcap.

The following morning, the clouds parted and allowed us a sunny drive back to the airport.

Lake Placid and the surrounding Adironacks are a beautiful example of scenic North Country. The views were simply incredible. However, I''m not sure we wouldn''t have had a better time tucked away in a log cabin on one of those mountains rather than on Main Street.

The Mirror Lake Inn was terrific and highly recommended. The Olympic Center was interesting, but like everything else in the area, somewhat overpriced. Main Street was lined with shops selling souvenirs and local crafts, everything from homemade fudge to locally made bedroom sets. Even though we visited in between the peak fall season (we just missed the best foliage) and the busy winter season, the area seemed just a little too touristy for our tastes. Maybe we went at the wrong time, or went to the wrong places, but sadly this trip will mostly be remembered as another push-pin on our travel map.

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