Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Lake Placid, Now and Then

Deb wrote after my last post that she wanted to see my stash enhancement post-Lake Placid, but the truth is that I had my purchases shipped to me here in Kingston and I'm still waiting for their arrival. In the meantime, here are some photos of the village of Lake Placid.

View from the top of the hill entering the village.

View from the top of the hill at the other end of the village.
As you can see, there's a car problem--too many cars trying to funnel down the main street and too few parking places--the eternal problem of most resorts. There's a free shuttle bus that comes by every 15 or 20 minutes, but traffic remains a big issue. We left the car at our motel and walked.
Unfortunately, we ate an indifferent dinner, not having had the foresight to make reservations at a better place, but were treated to a great view anyway.

View of Mirror Lake from our restaurant.
While we ate we watched a swimmer doing lengths (very long ones) from one end of the lake to the other.
For those not engaged in hiking, kayaking, or swimming, shopping seems to be a popular pastime.

Even the shops have that "Adirondack" style (at least the ones not trying to look as though they ought to be in the Alps).
I adore the little library. Very inviting.

The gardens on the hillside next to the library were a lovely surprise in a space that might otherwise be considered useless.

This is a hangover from an older, quieter time.  Probably it looked much the same when my grandparents spent their honeymoon in Lake Placid.

Grampy posing on his honeymoon in October, 1922.
I suspect it's this sense of a lost, simpler era that has much to do with the appeal of the place.