An Adirondack Quandary – So Much Fun, So little Time

Lake Placid Peninsula Trail

As someone who loves living in the Adirondacks, I can attest there are more fun things to do here then there are hours in the day. I don’t think the phrase, “I’m bored” is heard very often around Lake Placid.

For example, the world famous Lake Placid Horse Show opens next Tuesday, June 28th at the Horse Show Grounds, at the entrance to the Village of Lake Placid. Horse Show time in Lake Placid is beautiful and fun, but busy. It is quite a scene: the roads in and around the Village are packed with cyclists, runners, cross-country roller skiers, dual-wheeled horse show trucks and 18-wheeled trailers full of large animals.

Speaking of sinewy-fit athletic animals, the 13th annual Ford Ironman Lake Placid takes off bright and early the morning of July 24th. The race starts with a brisk 2.4 mile swim in Mirror Lake in the Village of Lake Placid, and ends with a marathon finish at the Lake Placid speed skating oval. Of course, the best part of the event is the 112-mile road bike ride which happens between the swim and the run. The bike course takes the athletes up and down and through the breathtaking Adirondack Mountains. It seems like every summer day is Ironman day due the large number of training camps and their patrons who like to train in Lake Placid. For athletes interested in a less intense and shorter version of triathlon, the first High Peaks Cyclery Monday Mini-triathlon was held this week in Lake Placid; the series continues every Monday evening throughout the summer at Mirror Lake.

Ducks on Lake Placid

The Adirondack Quandary is no less challenging for a non-competitive person. Even if you have no interest in competitive athletics, it is easy to become overwhelmed with all the interesting things to do and see in the area. There are opportunities to enjoy live music, dance and theater every day, somewhere in the region. In Lake Placid, we enjoy free outdoor concerts at Mid’s Park on Main Street, every Tuesday evening starting June 28th this year, courtesy of Songs at Mirror Lake, a locally sponsored and supported series of performances featuring different musical genres each week. The Lake Placid Sinfonietta opens their summer season Wednesday, July 7th with their first concert in the park. The Lake Placid Center for the Arts boasts a busy summer calendar with the Rebecca Kelly dance troupe in residence, culminating with a performance on August 4th, and broadcasts of opera from the Met aired all summer.

A natural and reasonable response when overwhelmed with things to ‘do,’ is to do nothing at all. Coincidentally, the Adirondacks are the perfect spot to indulge this pastime as well. There might be nothing more relaxing than nodding off in a gently swaying hammock in the cool shade of an Adirondack balsam.

Lake Placid

It doesn’t seem to matter how much time one spends in the Adirondacks, there always seems to be one more thing to do, see, or experience. If you are thinking about visiting the Adirondack paradise, it is a wise idea to pace yourself and not struggle too hard with the quandary; the Adirondacks are not going anywhere anytime soon.

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