The Olson's Retirement RV Adventures travel blog

Skiing on plastic. Ready,

Going.

Hands up.

Spin.

Splash.

We are going up there.

The winner of the Gold.

Going up.

Thats a long way down.

 

It can still go higher.

Highest peaks in New York state

View of the back of the tower from John Browns Farm.

Statue of John Brown and son.

Says he was gone a lot, but managed 2 wifes and 20...

His stone is enclosed in glass.

Start of the crowd for Ironman races.

Where the Ironman Race starts.

More of the setup.

The finish line.

Some of the bikes.

Mirror Lake in town.

Downtown Lake Placid was nice while everyone headed for the race area.


We visited the Olympic Jumping Complex, you can see up close the ramp that ski jumpers launch from before flying over the length of a football field. We took the elevator to the observation deck of the K-120 meter jump. The ski lift was broken so we cheated and drove part way then took the elevator.

At the top there is a panoramic view of the Adirondack High Peaks. You get a bird's eye view of what the jumpers see as they start to accelerate towards the end of the ramp. It takes courage to take off at 60mph and fly through the air and land on your feet or should I say ski's?

Tucked away at the foot of the Olympic Jump Area is John Brown's farm. John Brown was an abolitionist on a mission to abolish slavery. On October 16, 1859, he led 21 men on a raid of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. He was convicted and hung as a traitor. He requested to be buried at this farm, which soon after his death the farm became a "pilgrimage" site for free African Americans and white abolitionists.

There is area is beautiful, full of history. We may be around here for a while.



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