Thursday, August 4, 2011

On Top of the World

Or at least on top of the Adirondack Mountains! We took our friends Paul and Ann on a tour of the area's mountains and lakes and got a bird's eye view from the summit of Whiteface Mountain.

It was a bit hazy, but still spectacular. Lake Champlain is in the background.

Lake Placid is easily seen, and we had lunch in town (which ironically is actually located on the shore of Mirror Lake) and explored a few of the shops along main street.

This is the Adirondack High Peaks, where if you complete all 46 hiking trails you are known as a '46er'.

For the trip back down to the parking area, Dave and Ann were brave enough to go down the nature trail. It was literally breathtaking and they really had to hang on to the rails because of the wind. Well worth the trip down though, but it would be quite a trek going up.

Paul and I took the easy way down, by a 26 floor elevator and back thorough a long tunnel under the mountain.

Temps in the tunnel were 45, 66 at the summit, and 89 at the bottom and in the valley. It certainly was a great place to spend a hot day with some natural air conditioning!

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