As you all know now, I had wonderful weekend last weekend out in the Adirondacks in upstate NY. This post I just wanted to share some of the stuff Lindsey and I did while in this awesome area of the country, and as I generally tend to do, share some more insight into just how great it is to connect with nature, and disconnect from technology.
Driving north on 87 from Albany is an absolutely incredible dive. It reminded me of some of the other more memorable scenic routes I’ve taken. While I can’t remember the actual roads on most of them, I vividly can recall the drive from DC towards Tennessee being breathtakingly beautiful. There was the winding road headed East out of Torrey, Utah with its massive red rocks to the left and peaceful river to the right. The vast majority of Route 1 along the California coastline, and of course, The Avenue Of The Giants up near Eureka, CA, a 30ish-mile shaded drive through the massive redwood trees. But headed into the largest national state park in the country is pretty damn impressive.
Stop one was the Adirondack Extreme Adventure Park. This a wonderfully exciting and seemingly endless ropes course park hidden in the forest and as these sorts of places always tend to do, left me exhausted and exhilarated. There really is something about being up in trees that makes me feel so much more human, and when I get to spend 3 hours swinging around and navigating crazy obstacles high above the forest floor, my human levels soar! The two best parts of this place for me was the rope swing into a cargo net, and hanging out on one of the platforms with Lindsey, taking a break and eating some beef jerky while looking out into the expanse of trees.
We hit Lake Placid (which by the way, is the name of the town. The actual lake there is called Mirror Lake) in the early evening, checked into our hotel and hit up The Lake Placid Pub and Brewery. Basically your classic brewery with burgers and beers and such, but with the local, small lake-town feel that everything in the area seemed to have. We then spent the evening strolling through downtown and checking out some of the local shops. All of which had plenty of bear paraphernalia, which got me pumped up. Or perhaps it was the chocolate mint fudge. Either way, it was a great street, lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes. And no matter where you walked it seemed like the lake was just a head-turn away. Pretty nice
Saturday we woke up to a rainy morning. But it was fine by us as we slowly got our stuff together and headed over to eat a substantial breakfast at The Breakfast Club. Them it was off to the woods. Wait a sec, before that we visited the Olympic Games site and strolled around, then stopped for coffee and homemade donuts at the ADK Market in Keane (we later stopped back to this tiny town to explore a taxidermy shop, then hit up an off-the-beaten-path creek to run around and throw things in the water. Yet another thing I will never miss an opportunity to do as it reminds me of childhood and how naturally freeing it is to simply throw rocks into water).
Our hike location was on a complete whim, but as Lindsey and I tend to do, we just reacted to how we felt and picked a trail. It could not have been more perfect for our timing and the weather. A 45-minute hike up to the top of a waterfall that we will remember for the rest of our lives.
Now the number one thing I will suggest to people who ever plan a visit to Lake Placid (number two being the donuts at the ADK Market) is to get yourself a seat at Chair 6. Besides the fact that they were so incredibly helpful and generous in letting our party take over the entire place on Saturday night of Labor Day weekend, this place officially goes in the top 3 best places I’ve ever eaten! They had a menu stocked with incredibly high quality meats, poultry and seafood along with some really interesting and wonderful tasting veggies and other sides. Their specials menu was about as large as their main menu, which was unreal. I enjoyed myself a unique beet salad as a starter, and rack of boar as my main course. Their drink list was lined with some local drink makers along with some small wineries and breweries (much to my brothers surprise they had Left Hand Brewery beer which is located only a few miles from his house in Longmont, CO). Then, to top it off, their desserts were to die for (I had a gluten free almond based cake with chocolate, it was SO good!). Service was great and the atmosphere was like you’re eating a fine dinner right in a quaint little home. Well, it seemed like that because we WERE in a quaint little home. It was awesome!! Definitely give Charlie a ring and check this place out.
We finished up our time in this wonderful little town by going for a run around the lake, eating some more donuts (yes!!), and then hanging down by the small beach with my nephews and cousin. Then, on our way out we took a quick trip up to the top of the old ski jumps. Ho. Ly. Crap. I can imagine doing a great deal of crazy things but I could NOT imagine myself flying off one of those things on skis!
Anyways, along with proposing to my beautiful now-fiancé, this ended up being one of the most perfect weekends of my life. I know we’ll be headed back to this area on a regular basis to enjoy everything the city has to offer. I highly recommend it. And that was that! Prepare for a few weeks of good training and fitness posts!
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