Monthly Archives: October 2011
This past weekend we traveled to Lake Placid, NY, to watch the US Bobsled Team. Lake Placid itself is a sleepy little town with Main Street as its center. There are lots of “mom and pop” type shops, three or four outlets, and many restaurants, bakeries, etc. Beyond that and the sporting venues, there isn’t much else to do. While the entire area is spectacular, my favorite stop was the High Falls Gorge, which is outside the Lake Placid area. Despite the rain and overall cold weather (which we are not quite accustomed to yet), walking along the gorge was spectacular. We walked along a path that led to a system of bridges that crossed the gorge and ran along the walls of the gorge. It truly provided for some amazing views. Even though I didn’t have my tripod with me, I was able to use the rails as a makeshift tripod and get some slower shutter speeds of the water. All in all, it was a wonderful weekend with lots of great memories made!
This weekend we traveled up to Lake Placid, NY, to visit the US Bobsled team. It was a memorable trip, and we were lucky to see some amazing things, to include bobsled trials, the ski jump (which is insane), and an actual Gold Medal from the 2010 Winter Olympics. While I’ll be posting more from our adventure, I’ve chosen these five for this week’s set. Enjoy!
There are no words to describe the amazing feat of what these bobsledders do. When you see things on TV, you really don’t have a true appreciation of what it is like to see them up close and personal. I was thankful to have my 70-200 with me because it enabled me to get some great shots of the sleds going down the track at night.
Both the drive up and back were amazing. We stopped off several times just to take in the sites and enjoy the views. This was taken under a canopy of gorgeous orange and yellow trees.
The route we took required we take a ferry from Charlotte, Vermont, to Essex, New York, via Lake Champlain. This little seaside town was beautiful. What a treat to get to see it from the water!
Ski jumpers are insane. There-I said it. Seeing the ski jump up close and personal made me have a whole new appreciation for what these athletes do. First, they ride a ski lift up a mountain. Then, they climb to the top of a 90 meter tower. From there, they ride down the ramp, fly through the air, and miraculously make it to the bottom. And even crazier, they can do it without snow! The ramp and hill are covered with an astroturf grass that allows them to practice without the presence of snow. We were lucky enough to catch several jumpers while we were there.
5. Always Look on the Bright Side
During our trip, it was pretty much cloudy or raining the entire time. It would have been easy to let that ruin the trip. But, despite the weather, we were able to meet some talented athletes, view some exciting sporting events, and see some breathtaking fall sights as well. In fact, I’m convinced the rain actually made this shot better because the rocks were glistening from all the moisture. All in all, it was an amazing trip!
The leaves are slowly starting to turn here, and this week at the zoo I was able to find all kinds of yellow!