We got up to a chilly 48 degrees and made a warm oatmeal breakfast. We showered and headed out for the day. As we drove along the river we saw many runners and found out that it was a 24 hour relay race and there were over 188 teams and 12 people on each team. No wonder we saw so many runners. The woman we talked to said there were people from all over the US that come to do this, she was from New Jersey. Our first stop was the Olympic ski jumps. We were surprised how far away we could see them while driving on the river road. They have training here all year round. There are some that train with long jumps and you land in a swimming pool with your boots and skis filling with water and then climb the stairs and do it again. We rode the gondola up the mountain over the training ski jumps. There was a great view from the top but the best view came after you take the elevator that you carries you to the top of the big ski jumps. They were used for the 1980 Winter Olympics and still used for training and events today. In the summer they soak them with sprinklers and the trainees are sliding on plastic white runner rails and then land in wet plastic string like grass fields. It looked very scary, summer or winter, to me.
We then went back to the Nordic Center since it was open this weekend. When we arrived they were testing the snowmaking machines and there was a nice pile of snow before we left the center. We also hiked part of the 50 K ski loop just so Tom could say he was on the Olympic trails.
When we left there we drove to Mount Whiteface and enjoyed the festivities at their Octoberfest. There were beer tents, several bands and vendors selling their wares ranging from Maple Sugar products to jewelry and hats, gloves and clothing. To our surprise we ran into the Laurie and Bill, the couple from Ontario, this is our 5th chance meeting. We sat and visited while listening to all the good Octoberfest music. Just before the last minute of rides we hopped on the gondola and traveled up the Whiteface Mountain, quite an impressive ride up and back, just wish there had been more fall foliage colors. Fall seems to be arriving on the slow side this year but we are seeing more hints of it now that the nights are getting so chilly.
We ate a nice dinner in the mountain cafe and then closed the evening with a bit more music and a grand finale of fireworks.
Getting back to the camper we were treated to an almost full moon dancing among the clouds. When we crawled into the camper the outside temperature was 48and the inside was only 55, once we were settled in the thermometer for the inside temp rose a little bit, but I think tonight will be our coldest so far.
When we got up this morning it was 38°, now that is the coldest morning we’ve had so far. Tom started a campfire and we ate warm oatmeal and relaxed in front of the fire. After breakfast we took off for the veterans memorial highway that runs up whiteface mountain. You drive almost 10 miles up the road where there is a castle that has a gift shop and cafe in it. There is a tunnel elevator that you can ride to the top of the mountain but they have closed it this year for renovations, which means anyone wanting to go to the top now needs to hike another 1/2 mile up to the top of the mountain where the research weather station is. They say you are hiking on steps but much of it is slick rock and you really had to hold onto the side rail and be very careful with your steps, again some of them were so big I had trouble getting my short legs up over them. I think coming down was even worse than going up but the view was really worth it. You could see all the way past Montreal today, also a good portion of Lake Champlain, which borders Vermont and New York and the Seranac Lakes and beyond to the west.Coming back down the mountain we ate lunch with a million dollar view. Our travels and views have been breathtaking on this trip.
We drove to Lake Placid and toured the LP Olympic Museum. They have the 1932 hockey rink and also the 1980 Miracle on Ice Rink. The new end of the building now has the museum in it. There were many of the events represented but Tom was disappointed that there was nothing regarding Nordic skiing. I guess they change the exhibits periodically so if you went another time you would maybe get to see it. They had some gorgeous wall hanging that hung at the 1980 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies. There was a big exhibit for Sonya Heine, a figure skater from Norway that they consider the most decorated gold metal skating winner. An odd fact that we want to check out when we get home is why a woman, Ann Bates, from Land O’Lakes, WI has such a big collection for Sonya and loaned her entire collection to the museum.99
We found the grocery store to get resupplies and then went to the camper and made dinner but had to eat and clean up in the dark. It is getting dark so early now, we need to start dinner earlier from now on. We enjoyed another warm campfire and Tom kept commenting on it being warmer than last night until we moved away to go to bed we realized it was only 48° outside and 55° inside, I guess it was colder out than Tom thought. Crawling in under the warm down comforter feels so much better than just our quilt when it is really cold. We may have to start getting electric sites so we can use a small heating pad to help warmup our bed.