Caren Ware's Blog

August 30, 2013

Overcoming Obstacles

Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 9:10 pm

Lake Placid, New York is a very pleasant surprise.  After the TRAFFIC of Boston, to be in  placid LAKE PLACID with great restaurants, cozy cottages, and Whiteface Mountain Ski Lodge is quaint. What a nice thing to know that there is more to New York…than New York City. The ski lodge is allowing us to dig holes, use the snow blowers as spray for the race, and ditch tires and hay bails all over the runs, and hammer up ‘obstacles” in their vacationland.  It is really pretty here.IMG_2892 IMG_2896 IMG_2897 IMG_2898 IMG_2899 IMG_2906  The lodge supports downhill mountain bikes and has a Gondola right to the top, but of interest is this platform lift that takes you up to heights of free fall fright and lets you jump onto a puff pad that is not so assuredly puffy from that height.

I am not sure who had more fun and adventure, the participants or the staff or fellowship and friendship from Grand Dynamics.  Look at the jewel of a time they had just setting up and tearing down the course.  Life is just discovery to them at any age. These are the kind of guys that ride their bike from the center of town in Jackson, 20 miles to a lake, swim across it, hike up to the Grand, climb the Grand and return the way they came, arriving in town at 2am in the morning and smilingly call it ‘picnic day’.

IMG_2861 IMG_2862 IMG_2863 IMG_2878 IMG_2885 IMG_2887 IMG_2907 IMG_2910 IMG_2916 IMG_2926 IMG_2930 IMG_2931 IMG_2943 IMG_2946 IMG_2950 IMG_2951 IMG_2955 IMG_2959 tuffyThese races are no picnic to stage, but these are the right guys to tackle it like it is.

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