There is never a lack of entertainment or things to do during the winter in the Adirondacks. From an invigorating competition to relaxing in a cozy, warm house, you can have it all in the Adirondacks.
Lake Placid and the region delivered the customary cold and snowy weekend for the thousands of Empire State Games athletes and their families in town for the event. It is interesting to note that most of the local athletes currently competing in the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games competed in the Empire State Games in their youth. The Empire State Games (ESG) are a great program. As producer of the first State Games competition held in the United States, New York’s state game officials were considered progressive when in 1980, they developed a mini-Olympics for residents of New York State. The ESG have remained a popular ‘feeder’ program for young athletes and have provided fun competitive opportunities for adult athletes for thirty years.
The combination of our local Olympic medalist’s recent success and the ESG have the Village of Lake Placid electric with energy this weekend.
It is the fellow shown below, the red squirrel, who is most annoying. He not only terrorizes my feathered friends, but he also has the nerve to come to the window and scold me to get going on the refills when he eats all the seed. A creature with bigger you-know-whats than his body, he will not leave until the resident biologist opens the door and shoos him off. The squirrel doesn’t listen to me; clearly, red squirrel is among the language choices at wildlife biology school.
All photographs courtesy of the Reed family.