I am just at the beginning of putting pictures, stories and anecdotes and whatnot into this gallery. But wait, isn't an anecdote a story? Anyway, keep coming back. This is going to be large and it is going to be exciting.
In this picture we are on a gondola on our way down after visiting the majestic heights of Olympic Mountain, also known as White Face Mountain. Locals call it "Ice Mountain" because the wind blows so hard anything up there freezes into ice in short order. If you can ski this mountain, you are good to go anywhere in the world.
Vermontville. Started out just before sunrise one September morning and was rewarded with this dazzling scene.
The Adirondack Park was created in 1892 by the State of New York amid concerns for the water and timber resources of the region. Today the Park is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined. It is also larger than the state of Massachusetts. The boundary of the Park encompasses approximately 6 million acres, nearly half of which belongs to all the people of New York State and is constitutionally protected to remain “forever wild” forest preserve. The remaining half of the Park is private land which includes settlements, farms, timber lands, businesses, homes, and camps.Do read more about Adirondack Park here. What a place.
Here is that same White Face Mountain, this time from Mt. Pisgah, in Saranac Lake, eleven miles away. That is, eleven miles as the crow flies. If you are driving it is sixteen miles through curvy and twisty mountains roads along the Saranac River.
That was during the summer. July to be exact. This next picture was taken in February. Pretty much the same point of view. Notice in both pictures you can see the ski trail. I guess that was the Downhill during the Winter Olympics. Click on the picture to enlarge to get a better look at it.
Another view of Olympic Mountain. I am standing on the stage where the Opening Ceremonies took place, with the Olympic Torch in view.
And here is that Olympic Torch
Here on February 13, 1980 . . . .
And here is that stage where I am taking these pictures
See Olympic Torch . . . .
What do you know, there I am.
Turn to the right and there stands the 70 and 90 meter high jumps.
Here they are from a different view.
Great Pines. To me the great pines are what the Adirondack Mountains are about. Fascinating seeing them up close.
Lake Flower. This is one of my favorite pictures. Simple. Clean. Tells a story.
Lake Flower. Late in the day, the sun heading toward sunset.
And here is that sunset on Lake Flower. Same day, just waited around a bit til this sunset came about. One of the local people encouraged me to stay around for the red burst. I did and here it is.
Fiddle fern art work in downtown Saranac Lake.
Lower Saranac Lake
I took that last picture just about from where I am standing right now.
Downtown Saranac Lake
This guy is in a neighbor's back yard