About 25 years ago, Russ started climbing the 46 highest peaks of the ancient Adirondacks. Yesterday he knocked off two more, bringing his total to 38. It was a short but sweet visit to a place we frequented during the 25 years we lived in the Finger Lakes. Here’s some tidbits about this amazing park.
- The largest park in the nation outside of Alaska
- Comprised of 6 million acres (9,375 square miles – the size of Vermont) nearly half of which is protected by state constitution to remain “forever wild” forest preserve
- Contains 85% of all wilderness in the eastern United States
- Contains 3,000 ponds and lakes and 30,000 miles of rivers and streams
- Contains the largest trail system in the nation with 2,000 miles of hiking trails
While Russ was climbing mountains, I poked around Lake Placid (population 2,500) and walked around Mirror Lake that borders it. It’s hard to imagine this tiny village hosting the winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980!
When Russ was climbing mountains in the winter, I used to ski Whiteface. Today it was shrouded most of the day. The Olympic ski jump is in the foreground.
The lovely Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid
Russ gets the gold medal for patience as he waits for me to take photos.