Posted by: David D. Daggett | August 2, 2010

Glorious Mountains

Glorious Mountains

     Mountains are inspiring. At Ironman Lake Placid we were fortunate to spend a week in the Adirondack Mountains. We stayed right in the center of the high peaks surrounding Lake Placid, with a direct view of Whiteface Mountain.

Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain

It seemed that my appreciation for the mountains was heightened during our trip. On the 800-plus mile, 13 1/2-hour drive home we were in the mountains almost the entire trip. We drove through the Adirondacks, the Catskills, the Poconos, the Alleghenies, the Shenandoah, the Appalachian, and across the Blue Ridge. Certainly the drive was long, but the views had us captivated the entire way. It was not a bad trip.

The sheer beauty of the mountains is awe inspiring. Previously we discussed the spiritual impact in Going to the Cathedral. We were fortunate to enjoy and be inspired by mountains our entire trip.

Mountains are part of the thrill of competition. Of course, during the Ironman the mountains provided a challenge and excitement on the bike course. The hills, combined with the wind, tested our resolve, our fitness, and our fighting spirit. In Lake Placid, the Olympics took full advantage of the mountain surroundings in 1932 and 1980. The area is completely engrained in the thrill of competition for winter mountain Olympic events and the training required for success.

The mountains also provide sheer fun. We enjoyed hiking in the mountains, enjoying the mountain streams, wildlife, rocks, and views. We were particularly excited when we crossed paths with a group of high school students jumping and diving off of high rocks above a waterfall into the refreshing pool below. This group of 20 or so teenagers were thrilled and satisfied with the natural surroundings. We saw no cell phones, iPods, or any other sort of artificial entertainment – just sheer fun!

Our trip was a great reminder of how glorious the mountains are for their beauty, venue for competition, and for sheer fun and adventure. Take time to enjoy our glorious mountains.

Mountain inspired,


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