Wilmington, New York offered variety of things to see and do. From Lake Placid and the Olympic training center to waterfalls, gorges, ski resorts and mountains. Because my infusion date occurred while we were there and because New York required me to see a physician before I could have my infusion, two of our days there were spent going back and forth to the hospital. But we did manage to see some pretty places in between.
High Falls Gorge was a condensed version of the Adirondacks. Twenty-two privately owned acres along the AuSable River showcase a multi-tiered waterfall that runs through a narrow gorge of granite. Bridges, walkways and even see through viewing platforms allowed us to experience the river so closely that its mist surrounded us. We could see ferns and moss along the walls of the gorge and a naturally made “pothole” where water poured through and under the rocks. The roar of the waterfall and the way the waterfall tossed foam in the air was so soothing. Because we were pressed for time, we did not take the nature walk through the woods, but I think we would have enjoyed it.
We also drove to the top of Whiteface Mountain. It is New York’s fifth highest peak at 4,867. In five miles, the road, called the Whiteface Memorial Highway, rises over 2,300 feet. The road was constructed from 1929 until 1936 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated it. In 1985, the road was rededicated to veterans of all wars.
Along the roadway, grow wildflowers and trees. There are nine pull outs to enjoy the views as you climb.
Near the summit, there is a building made of rock called the Castle which has a restaurant and a gift shop. We had hoped to ride an elevator inside the mountain from there to the summit and an observatory, but it was not operating. The hike to the summit was over large boulders and rocks, so we opted to enjoy the view from the castle. We could see all the way to Canada!
If we ever visit the Adirondacks again, I hope we will have more time as there is so much to do in the area.