We had another relatively short drive today through the Adirondacks and a dozen small towns, some little more than auto repair garage and long-since abandoned motel or restaurant. Wildlife was somewhat more apparent, including beaver, dozens of wild turkey and an immature deer who crossed in front of our motorhome
Saranac Lake and Lake Placid were the first of the towns we passed through today which looked like they had any significant measure of economic activity.
Frequently, however, the property in the best condition was the local highway department. And, in both Vermont and upper New York State we’ve noticed that snow plows were used as the primary signs to mark their locations.
Restaurant we’ve seen in years … For the under-Medicare set, HoJo’s was the restaurant of choice where many of us went with our dates for a frappe, hot dog or one of twenty-seven flavors of ice cream (for just a quarter each) after the movies, a party or other event.
which can be driven as high as the 4,600’ level.
Once at the upper parking lot, you have two choices to reach the summit, hiking up or taking an elevator, which sounded like a “no brainer”, particularly as we were not wearing proper footwear for hiking. However, to reach the elevator we were looking at
It was a whole lot darker than in this photo
While Debbie was fearless, afterall, years ago she made it all the way into the inner chamber of the Great Pyramid in Giza (Egypt) while I cowered outside … I got about ten steps into the tunnel and made an immediate U-turn and headed for the Castle and trail route.
Partial View of the Memorial Highway
Although having seen a wide variety of plant ,life on many of the high, barren peaks I’ve climber all over the northeast, I remain fascinated seeing flowers, which are able to survive in such harsh summit climates.