It is a good thing most people who choose to live in the Adirondacks are cut from a special brand of resilient cloth. This is the kind of cloth that allows us, or maybe it impels us, to take what Mother Nature dishes out, get through it, and ultimately turn it into something positive. It is a good thing because this latest challenge, Tropical Storm Irene, was a big one. But with the help of friends and family, support from our neighbors and officials, the Adirondacks are getting through this and indeed, positive things are already staring us in the face.
For example, if you had your heart set on enjoying the Adirondack outdoors this weekend, you are in luck. Despite the damage left in her wake as Tropical Storm Irene passed through the Adirondacks, there is plenty to do in Essex County and Lake Placid. The lakes are in great shape for paddling and swimming. Many trails in and around Lake Placid, such as Henry’s Woods, the Peninsula Trails, and those on Whiteface Mountain have not suffered damage or are already cleaned up and offer wonderful views of the Adirondacks. Don’t forget mountain biking at Mount Van Hoevenberg, lake fishing, horseback riding, tennis, and golf.
Oh yes, Lake Placid and Essex county are open and ready for outdoor fun.
If you are wondering how to get here, just follow these directions. Here’s a list of Essex County road conditions and closing.
Be advised, the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has closed trails in the Eastern High Peaks, Dix, and Giant Wilderness Areas due to the storm damage. Here is a link to the latest DEC trail conditions.
Today’s post is my Pollyanna contribution to the coverage of damage inflicted by Tropical Storm Irene in the Adirondacks.