A short and rewarding Hike

Looking for a nice easy hike on this sunny Monday, we selected Owl Head Lookout (not to be confused with Owls Head in Keene). This hike offers great views after an ascent that is steep only for the last few yards. The trailhead is located east of Keene, on Route 9N toward Elizabethtown. If you were to follow the trail to its end, you’d wind up after seven miles on Giant Mountain, one of the 46ers.

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We started our hike around 9:30am. From the parking area we followed a dirt driveway for a short distance before dropping into the woods. This is a very beautiful hike that for much of the way follows and crosses Slide Brook several times. The brook was running good with some lovely waterfalls and pools. The trail goes through Hemlocks and hard woods for the most part.

The climb is easy for the first mile after which it is steady but never steep to a junction at 2.4 miles. The final 0.1 mile is very steep, however you are rewarded with fantastic views because the summit has wide open views in almost all directions. You have wonderful views of the valley below Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge, as well as over to Hurricane. Great views of the slides on the east side of Giant, too.

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Great Cars, Great Weather… What more to ask?

Labor Day weekend is the time when car enthusiasts can satisfy their quench for nice looking cars. The Lake Placid Ski Club held its 33rd Annual Olympic Car Show and Parade on Sunday September 6th, on the Olympic Speed Skating Oval in Lake Placid. This event is a major fundraiser for the Ski Clubs children ski education programs. Past participant in the children ski education programs have not only learned to ski, but a few have made it all the way to Olympics and won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for the USA.

IMG_0819More than 100 car show participants were in a parade through downtown Lake Placid around noon, ending on the oval. Included in the parade were the local and state police as well as the Lake Placid Fire Department.

The cars were then on display from noon until 4 p.m. on the Speed Skating Oval for spectator viewing and judging. Each one of the visitors got one ballot to elect their top three cars. Three trophies and cash awards were given to the Best of Show as selected by the spectators and participants. As for my top three? Here they are in descending order.

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My personal favorite: Plymouth RoadRunner 440

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Jaguar F-Type

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Corvette Z06