|Marilyn on our walk around Mirror|
Lake on our first afternoon
|View from our balcony: pool, Mirror Lake, |
Cobble Hill right and Mt. Whitney to the left
We arrived about 3:30 and checked into High Peaks Resorts and checked out our room with a view of the swimming pool and mirror lake beyond. We also saw Cobble Hill which we would get to know intimately the next day. We decided to walk around Mirror Lake, about a 2.6 mile loop with a paved walkway. It was a good introduction to the Village of Lake Placid since we walked down Main St. past the restaurants and shops we would explore later. The sun was out and the temperature was in the seventies. Just perfect. We ate in our room. We had company the night before and I had prepared a Cajun Stew in the Ninja Foodi. We brought the leftovers along and used the microwave to reheat. Oh, and we did not watch the news and hadn't listened to any on the drive up! You can see more photos of our first day in Lake Placid here.
|Cobble Hill at sunrise with fog layers|
Mirror Lake lives up to its name. With little wind the surface creating some stunning reflections. Since no boats with motors are allowed, it a calm and peaceful lake at any time of the day.
Once the sun was up over the hills, I was able to capture a nice panorama image from the south end.
|Lake Placid from the south end of Mirror Lake.|
You can view more images of sunrises at Lake Placid by clicking here.
|Marilyn resting before our descent|
After breakfast we decided to take our first hike to the top of Cobble Hill. This was on the other side of Mirror Lake opposite our hotel. We walked to the trailhead, about 1 mile and then began our ascent. There are two routes to the top. The shortest was also much more difficult. Here is what one review said. "About halfway to the summit, it gets steep and a little challenging. Before reaching the summit, there is a steep rock formation to cross. A rope is in place to help you get across this area." Well, that was more than enough to convince me that we would take the longer route to the top. That was challenging enough but at least there were no ropes, for goodness sake. It probably would have been better to take a less challenging hike for our inaugural but we made it there and back. About a five mile trip include walking to the trailhead and back.
We rewarded ourselves with a delicious dinner on the deck of Jimmy's 21 Ristorante across Main Street from our hotel. While the weather turned coolish at sunset, we had mostly finished dinner by then. I had a swordfish entree that was done to perfection. I know from personal experience how hard it is to get it just right. According to my Fitbit, I had burned more than 3600 calories that day and so our dessert of Belgian chocolate seemed justified...as though we needed any justification other than "We're on vacation!"cormorants on a swimming dock just offshore. The one on the right is in a characteristic pose in which it is drying its feathers after some morning fishing.
We decided to spend the day close to Lake Placid because there were two attractions just outside of town. We spent the morning at the John Brown Farm, a New York State Historic Site. Most of us know about John Brown from his song based on a Methodist Camp song entitled "Say brothers will you meet us" composed in 1858 by William Steffe. By 1861 Union soldiers used the melody to sing about John Brown.
John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave (3x)
But his soul goes marching on.
Glory, glory, hallelujah (3x)
His soul goes marching on.
There were many variations and additional lyrics, all created by Union soldiers. When Julia Ward Howe heard the soldiering song, she decided to write lyrics that were more uplifting and thus wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Read more about the history of the song by clicking here.
|90 and 120 meter towers from |
John Brown Trail
|Farm House across the farm pond|
change. He led a group of abolitionists in what became known as the Pottawatomie Massacre (1859) in which five pro-slavery citizens were taken from their homes and killed with swords. "The massacre was the match in the powderkeg that precipitated the bloodiest period in 'Bleeding Kansas' history, a three-month period of retaliatory raids and battles in which 29 people died." (Wikipedia) Brown returned to his home eventually but spent only three weeks or so before he left for the raid on the Federal Arsenal at Harper's Ferry VA. That ill-fated venture resulted in Brown's arrest and execution along with seven survivors. Two of Brown's sons were killed during the attack. After his execution, his body was returned to New York and he was laid to rest in front of the farmhouse. Among his final words were the following: "I, John Brown, am quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done."
|The living room|
The house was very interesting and provided a view of what life was life in Andironacks in the mid-19th Century. Brown had two wives and 18 children but only the younger ones would have been left in the family by the time of his death. In fact, few survived into full adulthood.
|Whiteface Mountain from a trail in |
In the afternoon, we hiked the trails in Henry's Woods, just outside Lake Placid. There is a perimeter trail that encircles a plateau and various trails that crisscross and climb up the top of the plateau. It was an easy hike but a bit longish. We were rewarded with several nice views of Whiteface Mountain but mostly we just enjoyed the walking and the talking. We stopped from time to time to just take in the views.