Pink Floyd Experience + Snowshoeing in Lake Placid

by Christine on February 20th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

What a fun weekend I have had! On Friday night I went with a friend to see The Pink Floyd Experience. Although it was essentially a really good cover band with a really good light show, the show gave me a real appreciation for Pink Floyd music and the talent of its guitarists. Fun night!

Before heading to the concert we stopped at a bar, and I had fish fry and tartar sauce (no french fries) and a beer. For lunch that day I had a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup.

On Saturday some girlfriends picked me up and we headed up to Lake Placid for a moonlight cross country ski/snowshoeing trip. (www.cascadeski.com) It cost about $15 to use the trail, and that cost included beer, smores, and hot dogs on the trail. Unfortunately there were so many people at each bonfire that it would have been a 20 minute wait to stand in line to get a cup of beer. (I snuck in once and got a cup!)  Everyone in my group snow shoed, and it was so much fun!!! I got a new pair for Christmas and it was so easy to adjust, and the crampons just seemed to work and be manipulated much easier. Loved them.

The best part of the outing, which was about a 1 or 1.5 mile trail…nothing very long…was the scenery. The trail was lit periodically with LED lights,  but mostly the trail was dark. It was snowing a little, and the trees had a beautiful coating of snow on it. You could see the tree tops contrasted against the night sky, and it was so perfectly beautiful it took my breath away. Unfortunately, because it was at night, I didn’t get a good picture of it.

There were 7 of us girlfriends in our group, and we all piled into one small hotel room to sleep. Somehow we all fit! We snuck in a quick wine tasting during the day, and had a really delicious dinner at the Northern Exposure restaurant on Main Street in Lake Placid. I got the veal piccata that was sooooo delicious! The only downside was that it took about 45 minutes to get our food, and we were so hungry–and so pissed about the wait–that we all got pretty cranky.

Lake Placid is such a great small town, with plenty to do both inn the winter as well as in the summertime. Imagine snow-covered streets and everyone walking around in ski pants and parkas. The Olympic Center is in the middle of town where you can watch a hockey game or the speed skaters in their outdoor rink. The Olympic Center just outside of town has sledding and luge rides, too! Our hotel overlooked Mirror Lake, and the hotel had plowed out an ice skating rink on the middle of the ice, and the hotel offered dog sled rides for $10!  Really, seeing all the fun outdoor activities really reminded me what a real gem of a town that Lake Placid is.  If you ever get a chance to visit Lake Placid, you should!

This morning we stopped at the Noonmark Diner on the way home. Delicious diner food! They make homemade bread, pies, and even jam. Totally worth a visit to, especially after a long hike in the mountains! I had some scrambled eggs and 2 slices of bacon. Yum!

Unfortunately I had a hard time keeping my delicious dinner down (barfed it all up, thanks to my gastric band), so I actually ate very little food during our snowshoeing trip.

FYI, you burn about 400-500 calories per hour snow shoeing (125 pound woman). I burned a little over 800 calories on my excursion out, but maybe more because I jogged a quarter of the way back! What a workout!!!

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