First day on our trip to Canada. Our first stop on our journey is the lovely city of Quebec. After checking into our hotel we toured the old city including the old world style chateau, the citadel, and saw the Parliament Building. A stop for “pizza” and a drink at an Irish pub rounded out the first few hours. We tried to get into Notre Dame Cathedral the oldest parish north of Mexico, but it was closed for the evening. We did tour the grounds of a 350 year old seminary.
The start of spring usually begins with the annual St. Patrick’s day celebration to welcome in the green of spring!! To bring in the “green” we joyfully marched in the snow, dressed all in green, to carry a banner in the annual Saranac Lake St. Patrick’s Day parade.
One has to wonder if you looked at the choices, hiking, riding the bobsled down an icy track, or navigating a sled during a skeleton ride which of these choices would give someone a bloody nose?
The answer seems obvious, skeleton! You are inches from the ice with your head bouncing occasionally off the ground, if you picked this one you were wrong! Hiking the least obvious choice was the culprit. Hiking through the snow a twig–no joke, a twig managed to find Dave’s nose and puncture the sensitive tissue of the nose causing quite an event.
On the other hand the bobsled and the skeleton where an amazing and exhilarating ride down an ice-covered track, while not as long as a real Olympic event for us amateurs still quite the ride. Check out Lake Placid winter fun .
A sure sign that the carnival is winding down is the annual Winter Carnival Gala Parade. This year the theme was Prehistoric Park. We had lots of new and entertaining entries and some classic moments by the “Lawn Chair Ladies.” I knew I was in the north when we had a group dressed as Union soldiers who were firing their classic rifles. Bring on spring now!!!
Kathy & Dave consider the Adirondack Mountains of NY our home. We love to hike and travel, exploring the world around us. Dave retired from the National Park Service after 30 years and had the opportunity to live in National Parks like Redwood, Shendandoah,Death Valley, Biscayne, American Memorial Park (in Saipan/Guam), and others. He last park before retiring was the Blue Ridge Parkway where he was actively involved with establishing the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Kathy has extensive experience in the medical field, from pushing papers to working with patients. Currently both work for the same hospital: Dave as an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Kathy in the Revenue Cycle Division as the Director of PFS.
Winter Carnival is in full swing. The dinosaurs are on display, the maze has some new twists, and the miniature arctic golf challenge was a “beast”.
On the second hole, Dave tried to circumvent the tube that the ball needed to go through to get to the other side of the course. Whacking the ball with some force, Dave caused the ball to go flying over the hill and outside the course, landing in a pile of deep powdered snow. Just to make it interesting his ball was WHITE.
Jill came to the rescue after all of us looked and looked. She managed to find the ball and get Dave back on the course.
We climbed a “volcano” made of ice and walked on Lake Flower. Good times at Winter Carnival.