Lake Placid is a small town located in the Adirondack Mountains. It's historic past is home of the Winter Olympics. We were here on the wrong day to watch the skiers come down the ski jump, do flips and land in the swimming pool, but we did go into the center and watch some kids ice skating/training.
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Whiteface Mountain, New York's fifth-highest peak (4,867 ft). From the summit you can look into Canada, New York and Vermont.
The drive to the top of Whiteface Mtn, New York's fifth-highest peak, is an unforgetable experience. Nowhere else is the beauty and vastness of the Adirondacks so apparent and so easily accessible. From the treeless summit of Whiteface one can see hundreds of square miles of forest, lakes and mountains stretching from Canada to Vermont. At the summit a castle was built from native stone and an elevator that climbs the 279 feet up from the parking lot to the stone Summit House. The elevator is reached by a 426 foot long tunnel bored into the mountain. The summit is barren of trees, affording visitors a 360-degree panoramic view. The day we were there the temperature was 40 degrees with visibility of 50 miles.
Looking south upstream This was taken from the River Street bridge over the Ausable River.
This dam is the beginning of the Ausable Chasm.
The last place we visit in the Adirondacks is what they call the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks. Ausable Chasm is a cool place to visit. The brochure says at the end of the last ice age glacier waters carved this spectacular box canyon out of extremely hard Potsdam sandstone. This deep layer of ancient beach sand, now cemented by geologic forces, lay at the edge of a broad shallow sea over 500 million years ago. Headwater erosion, gnawing at the rock, created rainbow falls at the head of the Chasm. Now that the dam divert water for production of electricity, erosion has nearly halted.