Weekend Away in Lake Placid





My husband and I enjoyed our anniversary weekend away  last year so much we decided to go away again this year for our anniversary. This year my husband Dave has become more interested in competing in endurance style mountain bike racing. It just so happened that there happened  to be a race in Lake Placid near our anniversary. What better excuse to get away then by combing two events into one!

We headed to Lake Placid on a Thursday morning after seeing the kids off to school and arrived at our destination in the late afternoon. For the weekend we stayed at the Lake Placid KOA which was about 20 minutes outside of Lake Placid and close to the ski hill where my husband’s race was taking place.

What made the weekend special for me was that I didn’t have to cook once! Other than having breakfast at the trailer we were out exploring for the day.

On Friday we went to Ausable Chasm which was about an hour away. It was a beautiful afternoon for a hike. We arrived later in the day but you could easily spend the day.

Can you see the elephant head?

It took us about an hour to hike the entire route but we were determined to finish the trail before closing time! You could easily spend the afternoon if you had small children. If you were visiting with children the are a number of different activities including rappelling, tubing and raft float tours. I know our boys would have enjoyed the rappelling and rock climbing.

On Saturday it was my husband’s endurance race. While he was racing over 100km’s of trails I spent a relaxing morning at our campsite reading and enjoying the peace and quiet.  Peace and quiet is not something that I usually experience when camping with boys! After Dave finished his race we decided to go exploring and head up Whiteface mountain.

Whiteface Mountain

We were hoping for better weather but it was looking as if Saturday was going to be our best chance of not experiencing rain. We started our drive after lunch and headed up the Veteran’s Memorial Highway. I was glad we decided to stop at a viewing spot on the drive up, the closer we got to the top the cloudier it got.

The view half way up the mountain
Would you believe on a clear day you can see for hundred’s of miles?
I made Dave take a picture to prove we actually made it to the top!

Fun in Lake Placid

Mini golfing
A cloudy view of the mountains

The weather was cool and rainy but we were able to do most activities. We enjoyed walking the main street popping into shops (well I did at least!) we enjoyed a silly game of mini golf (which I lost!) and enjoyed some great meals at local restaurants (I loved not cooking!) It was fun to go someplace new and spend some time as a couple. I don’t know if I need to go back to Lake Placid, I feel we did everything that was of interest to us as a couple but I know the boys would love the skiing in the winter. Now it’s time to start planning next years weekend away!

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