Sunday, February 13, 2011

A weekend in Long Lake, NY

Location:  The heart of the Adirondacks - Long Lake, NY
Our honorable hosts:  Brynn & Brian

I spent a good majority of my adult life in Plattsburgh, NY.  It's a conveniently located city which is central to many wonderful places. The lively, young, and French city of Montreal. The hip, trendy, and environmental city of Burlington, VT. And just north of the astounding Adirondack region.

My favorite of these three surrounding areas is most certainly the Adirondacks (ADK).  The Adirondacks consist of 6.1 million acres of private and state land.  Plattsburgh dwelling has really only allowed me to see the northern and eastern parts of the park.  Jon and I have hiked many, many, many mountains in that area.

Over the weekend, while visiting friends Brynn and Brian, we were afforded the opportunity to see a new part of the ADKs.  Long Lake is somewhat central to the whole park.  Jon and I went for a snow-shoeing extravaganza and to spend time with our friends before we embark on our journey.  In my eyes, post-resignation has already begun my journey and so I wanted to blog about it now.  We snow-shoed up Coney Mountain, which offered beautiful views for just a half minute.  We could see stunning mountain views until a strong wind brought us into a very blusterous cloud of snow and gray.  The whole group quickly descended.
Escaping down the mountain from the wind that was coming at us from other way!

After a fun-filled weekend, we drove through Saranac Lake and noticed crowds of people walking down the street.  We realized that we were driving through for their winter carnival!  Since 1898, every year, they build an ice palace.  It was an absolute must for us to park and go check out this castle.  It was pretty amazing having a huge ice structure bigger than a typical house right there.  You could go through and walk around inside of it.  They had an ice maze in the back and other mini ice sculptures.  It would have been better, if there weren't so many people, but it was a nice ending to our weekend.

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