After a good night's sleep, and an early morning visit by the real owner of the bed and breakfast, Jefferson,
That turned out to be a great decision. It was a lot of fun, and the sights from the gondola were spectacular. My only complaint was that tourists, with their usual disregard for the property of others, had scratched the windows of the gondolas so badly that many of my pictures were ruined.
Here are the gondolas themselves, with Whiteface Mountain in the background.
We stopped in the village for lunch. Eh, what can I say, the village is cute, and touristy, and entirely too expensive for my taste. Plus, unlike the natives in the area, who were courteous and friendly, the tourists were pushy and rude. I was glad to get out of town.
We had been told that there were some wonderful walking trails at the Adirondack Visitor Interpretive Center near Paul Smith College, so, after lunch, we headed out that way. We were told right. But, we learned that, due to the state of the budget in New York State, this would be the last year that this center would be funded by the State. The students of Paul Smith College are going to try to maintain the trails the best that they can, but the building itself, and all of the wonderful activities that it sponsors will not operate. Still, for the trails alone, it's a wonderful place to visit.
The trails are wide and inviting.
I had never seen club moss before. The upright growths do look like little clubs.
I thought that these might be bunchberry leaves, but when I got home, I found that they weren't. I love the symmetry of them, however.
But to me, the most fascinating part of the walk was the boardwalk over the bog and the fen.
That was the end of our brief two day Adirondack visit. We had a great time, and learned a lot. The Adirondacks are beautiful, and there are so many varied activities that I think anyone could have a great time. I'll leave you with a few more pictures of our walk.