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Lake Placid NY Waterfront Properties

Lake Placid NY Waterfront Properties

This summer, during our trip to the Adirondacks, we had the pleasure of touring Lake Placid by boat.  We spent about a couple of hours on a tour boat that went around Lake Placid. There were so many beautiful waterfront properties   In the Adirondacks, even if the properties are huge and elaborate, they are still referred to as “camps”. In the late 19th century, the affluent families such as the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers started coming to the Adirondacks and built their huge summer retreats known as the Great Camps.

The Great Camps were built using native materials such as logs, barks, roots, and stones.  Because these materials were handcrafted, they show very unique irregularities.  These camps also blend right in to their surroundings.  Unlike the cookie cutter houses that we have in the master planned subdivisions where the houses are very similar if not the same, the Adirondacks architecture is very unique and built with great craftsmanship.  It’s definitely a work of art.

During our tour, the young guide mentioned the history of some of the camps, who visited there, who owns them (and used to own them) and what they do for a living, and other facts about Lake Placid.  He also mentioned the rich and famous people who have visited the area.  It was actually quite interesting.

As we toured around the lake, I was able to photograph some of them.  There were some challenges due to the fact that we were on a moving boat. Also, I was just sitting as I didn’t want to block the other passengers who were at the tour as well.  As you can see from the photos below, the Adirondacks architecture has a rustic style.

Lake Placid Lodge

One of my favorite properties on this boat tour was the Lake Placid Lodge.  This lodge which was built as a rustic camp in 1882 by a German family, is a great example of the rugged yet elegant Adirondack style architecture.  Although not in its original form because it was rebuilt due to a fire in 2005, the architects and the artisans made sure it epitomizes the spirit of the Adirondacks Great Camps.  If interested, here’s an article that gives more detail of the rebuilding efforts of the lodge.

The rustic elegance of Lake Placid Lodge

The rustic elegance of Lake Placid Lodge

Adirondack Waterfront camps on Lake Placid

I don’t quite remember some tidbits that the guide shared on these other properties. I just photographed them for their beauty and unique qualities. I’d be content even I live on top of one of these boat houses.

This one is an oddball. Although it’s nice, it just doesn’t fit in with the Adirondacks style.

A unique house with a railroad track leading to the dock.

This is why people pay premium to stay and play here. Look at the waters and the surrounding mountains.

Hopefully, these photos gave you an idea of the Lake Placid waterfront properties that you will find in this area, or what you’re missing if you haven’t visited there.  Lake Placid is just one of the lakes out of the 3,000 lakes that the Adirondacks boast.   If you want quiet adventures you can check out one of the non-motorized lakes instead.  Either way, they’re all beautiful and relaxing.

Let me leave you with this quote by John Muir.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers but as fountain of life.”

John Muir, “The Wild Parks and Forest Reservations of the West,” Atlantic Monthly, January 1898.

 

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My Favorite Pflugerville Parks

Pflugerville boasts a number of parks for recreation.  These parks range from small neighborhood parks with playscapes for children to play in to a few that are bigger and equipped with more facilities.  Some of the bigger parks host sporting events such as soccer, swimming, basketball, etc.

I have been a resident of Pflugerville for several years and I have enjoyed going to the parks.  A lot of the neighborhood parks I have not even been to, mainly because I don’t have a little kid who would want to use the playground.   These days I go to the parks usually to walk my dog and to take photos.

I have three favorite go-to parks in Pflugerville.   My criteria for choosing these parks  include the following:  1)  Must be scenic  2) Must have hiking/walking trail.

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Photo Project Theme Week 21 – Summer

Ahhh ….. summer…   What comes to your mind when you think about summer?  Is it the beach? hiking? school’s out?  pool parties?  Whatever it is, I think summer is synonymous with FUN.

Here in Texas, it’s really hot during summer.  If you are outside, shade is your best friend. Once you’re in the shade though, it’s not too bad especially when the breeze is nice.  A lot of people here go to the swimming holes or go tubing in the rivers to cool off.  For us, we usually stay inside where there’s air conditioning  and when we go on vacation, we usually go somewhere cold during the hottest month which is August.

Hiking in Breckenridge, CO

Port Aransas, TX

This year, we didn’t do much. Unfortunately, work has made us so busy.  Although recently we had a chance to spend a weekend with family in Burnet, TX. We had fun and LOTS of great food.  We went kayaking and visited the Longhorn Caverns in Marble Falls.  It was a nice short getaway with family  and we got to bring our dogs.

Lake Buchanan

Kayaking in Lake Buchanan

In just another week, summer break will be over.  Kids will be back in school.  Traffic will be horrible.   But the good thing is cooler days will soon be here.

How about you?  What did  you do this summer?

 

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