Saturday, August 7, 2010

Fun Guy and Fungi

Tuesday started off a little overcast so we stayed at the camp ground and had an early lunch – there was a break in the weather so we took a quick 3 mile walk from the back of the campsite up around to the start of the Wilmington trail.

At 4.30 Rob decided it would be a great idea for us to walk up to Coopers Pond – It was just over 2.5 miles each way and given the time and the fact that is was through the woods we needed to really step it out so that we could get back before it got dark. Given that the trail was rising 500ft per mile on the way up, it was quite a hike. Good job the view was worth it.


Wednesday we decided to try the Wilmington trail – we had quite a late start and it was even steeper than the previous days trail it rose 1000ft every mile ! lots of great views and and lovely plant life we ended up doing about 8.5 miles and were exhausted by the time we finished.

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Thursday we decided to take it a little easier and just took a three mile hike around by the bottom of the Whiteface ski resort. Part of it goes along the local river just before it descends into a small gorge.


Our friends Gil and Sara came up to Lake Placid late Wednesday as Gil was taking part in the national lacrosse championships. So early Thursday evening we went over to the fields to see some of the games. It is certainly not for the faint of heart, very fast moving and aggressive game.

Friday morning was overcast so we waited till after lunch before we took a 5 mile round hike to Lake Placid. In the evening we went over to the house that Gil and Sara were renting and had a very nice evening, gourmet food followed by microwave S’mores .


Monday, August 2, 2010

What is Black and white and smells awful ?

……. Lacey !! although not her fault. I went to bed early Saturday night and was just falling off to sleep when I smelt the most awful smell. It was a mixture of burning car tyres, garlic and body odor. I went out to the living room convinced the house was on fire to find a very distressed and smelly dog. Rob had taken them out for their last pee break of the evening, when all of a sudden Lacey came running back with her tail between her legs, coughing and frothing from the mouth. Rob not realizing that she had been sprayed by a skunk brought her into the house! you cannot believe how that smell permeates every part of the house, nor how long it takes to go.

He gave her a bath and thank goodness we had already planned to go north in the RV for a week. Hopefully the smell in the house will be better when we get back.

So Sunday afternoon we arrived at our camp site, we are staying in the North Pole resort at Wilmington in the Adirondacks. It is a good ten degrees cooler than our area but that is no bad thing at the moment.

This morning we took a trip down the road to Lake Placid then went for a hike starting at the Wilmington Notch and walked around the Owen, Copperas and Winch ponds. It was about 4 miles in total not too hilly but quite rocky. I had bought the girls their own back packs so they could carry their own drinks and treats – don’t they look cute ?


The rock they were standing in front of has this amazing tree growing over it – that took some great “will to live” on behalf of the tree.


Here are some views from our walk

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late in the afternoon we took a trip into Lake Placid to have a look around, we bought some back packs at the outdoor sports shop and then on the way back to the car we spotted a ski shop selling off the ski boots ready to get the new season stock in. I went in to try them on and we were there for 2 hours while the guy made sure I had a comfortable fit. Corey ( the boot guy) was a bit of a character and kept us amused. He also kept dragging Rob into the pub next door to do whiskey shots. Finally we were ready to leave and I got a very good deal on my boots and Rob was very “mellow”. Needless to say i drove back to the RV. Tomorrow we will go for another hike – longer this time though