School’s Out On East Coast; Let Mountain Summer Begin
It’s time to talk about summer fun now that high school graduations are behind us in the east. There’s no shortage of it in the mountains no matter where you are located, and with ample rain the past few weeks, the landscape is verdant everywhere you look.
In the mountains of Western Maryland, Wisp Resort is a year-round playground. Fly fishing, mountain biking, golf, water sports and scenic chairlift rides only tell part of the story. Kids have the Chipmunk Challenge where youngsters, four years of age and older, will be challenged not only with physical activities, but their minds will be stimulated with educational components, too.
A bit farther to the northeast, Blue Mountain, near Allentown, Pa., offers Adventure Camps for youth 8-14 years of age. The camps run weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and include 180 foot dual ziplines, climbing walls, archery classes and guided kayaking.
Season highlights at Blue Mountain include the Spartan Race July 13-14, with a Junior Spartan Race for children 4-13 years old. Blue will also host the Pennsylvania Blues Festival July 26-28. Rent a cabana, if you’d like, and enjoy the coolest seat in the house.
Windham Mountain, in New York’s Catskill Mountains, has a non-stop event lineup that begins with the I Love Downhill Grand Prix and Street Luge Race June 22-23. Longboard skateboarders and street lugers will head down a one-mile long course, with three high-speed turns.
The Windham U.S. National Mountain Bike Race is June 28-30 for pros and amateurs in various age divisions. The Warrior Dash comes up July 27 and features 13 extreme obstacles over a 3.2 mile course. Oktoberfest makes an early appearance Sept. 7.
In the Northern Adirondack Mountains, the Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain region is a mecca for summer fun. The Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows are June 25-July 7. The grueling Ironman Lake Placid Triathlon (2.2 mile swim – 112 mile bike ride – 26 mile run) is scheduled July 28, followed by rugby and lacrosse tournaments in August.
The Lake Placid Olympic venues also are operational in summer and fall, and with the 2014 Winter Olympics just eight months away, many athletes are in the village preparing to qualify for their respective teams.
If you gravitate to Sunday River in Maine, there’s a lineup of mountain activities to be enjoyed in the comfortable New England mountain air. We can only scratch the surface by telling you about their mountain bike park, hiking, chairlift rides, zipline tours and bungee trampoline.
Once upon a time, ski areas went dormant in the warm months. That’s no longer the case and all of us like that option much better.
Photo: Windham Mountain Street Race (Windham Mt.)