Lake George/Adirondacks, NY: 10/7 – 10/8/19

We have been to Lake George in the past, and one winter weekend we stayed in the high end historic Sagamore Resort. Here is a summertime picture.

We have also enjoyed staying with relatives at a lakeside villa called Sun Castle Resort. For over 30 years, they have rented the same cabin, one of the original, single-family private dwellings still remaining. In the past ten years, they have built newer condos all around these original cabins.

In my opinion, Lake George is one of the cleanest lakes in the northeast. It’s water is crystal clear, and it reminds me of the pristine lakes quite prevalent out west. I highly recommend a visit to this popular site, however, accommodations during the summer season are priced quite high. Yet, it is worth it.

The Lake George area was just a resting point for the night, in lieu of driving several more hours to Lake Placid. I never knew that they had a RV Park at Lake George. I guess that in the past we didn’t need one.

Lots of beautiful trees.

It is, by far, one of the nicest RV parks that I have seen. Off season, they charge $76/night for a full hookup. (The most we have EVER paid “in-season” at an RV Resort was $72/night in Estes Park, CO.) In season, a full hookup in the RV Resort goes for $136/night. In comparison, a room at the Sagamore Resort off-season is about $350/night and around $699/night in season. So, I guess the RV Resort is actually cheap in comparison.

We walked around the campground and discovered an old covered bridge. We met a couple who lives there six months out of the year. They leave their RV at the site, and drive back to Florida for the other six months. They love their life. He wants to sell the Florida home and get on the road again. She will not hear of it. So, this is what they do for now. I enjoy learning about how other full timers and part timers make it work.

In the morning, we got back on the road. It was a beautiful day. We stopped in North Hudson at a rest area and I was in awe of a changing Maple.

We continued on to Lake Placid, returning to KOA Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain. We got settled, and then took a walk down to the Ausable River.

Should I jump off the rock again?

The last time we camped here in September of 2014, Scott did jump off that rock.

Baby, that water is cold!

The next morning, we took the Corridor Trail to Flume Knob Trail, 4.2 mile out and back trail with 1,325’ elevation gain.

It was perfect weather for a hike, and we stopped along the way to enjoy the fall foliage.

We are out of shape, but my coughing was minimal. It felt good to MOVE again, even though my knees are not in complete agreement. That night, we made a campfire for the first time in a long time.

The next day we walked a mile from our campsite to the trailhead for Bear Den Mountain.

“Bear Den Mountain is one of those hidden peaks that gets very little attention, but should be high on everyone’s list to check out. It’s located above the Ausable River and is essentially part of the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area. While no ski trails actually traverse the peak or really even mark its face, it still lies above the valley within the boundaries.”

The beauty of this trail begins with the colorful trees reflection on the water.

It was so beautiful and peaceful to walk along the Ausable River.

I love the trails where they want you to sign in before you go up into the mountain. It makes me feel a bit safer.

We made it to the peak where you could see some of the ski runs on Whiteface Mountain.

Zoom in for more clarity.

One of the challenges of hiking in the fall are the voluminous fallen leaves that make following the trail a bit tricky at times. Lucky for me, Scott, “The Master Trail Finder”, had my back.

We got back to camp around 6:00 p.m. In a few weeks, it won’t be this light out at this time of day anymore.

Tomorrow morning, we leave for Vermont. Goodbye New York!

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