Ready to join me on on a short virtual tour of some of the places I've been in the park? Let's go.
Lake Placid, home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, is nearby. The Olympic ski runs were on Whiteface Mountain. When we visited in late August one year, it actually snowed while we were on the scenic ski lift ride. Fortunately, we'd brought warm coats because we were camping and knew it could be cold at night.
Ausable Chasm is nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks. We've hiked the upper chasm past waterfalls--like Rainbow Falls, pictured--and stunning rock formations on cable bridges that crisscross over the roaring Ausable River. You can also take a scenic float through the lower chasm.
Heading back home, we'll stop at Paradox Lake, where my last seven books are set. The lake gets its name from a unique occurrence that happens every spring. Melting snow in the eastern Adirondack Mountains flows into the Schroon River. Paradox Lake's outlet also flows into the Schroon River. Due to the sudden increase in water, the outflow is forced back, making the river flow in reverse. According to local folklore, the word paradox means "water running backwards" in the native Indian language. We've been to the Paradox area several times and always stay at the same little rustic motel in Schroon Lake.
What do you think? Ready for an in-person visit?
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