Yes, the walkways do need shoveling this time of year, and if you're as lucky as I am, your wife helps you with it.
Growing up on Long Island, I don't remember my parents enjoying winter very much. I think for them winter snow was a hassle. Higher fuel bills, a driveway to maintain, and Lord help us, what do we do if school closes?
When Ellen and I moved to Lake Placid in 1990, we met one of our neighbors, Gary Hodgson, a State Forest Ranger. He told us that the former owner of our home had purchased in the summer, went through one winter, and then moved quickly back to Connecticut, vowing to never go through another cold season. Gary told us "You kids better learn to embrace winter. If you don't, you'll never make it here".
28 years and we're still here. Ellen and I both cross country ski, snowshoe, and enjoy the snow whenever we can. I love downhill skiing, and am very grateful that I often have the opportunity to start my day with a few runs at Whiteface before going into the office.
So here's my advice to our new neighbors. Get outside and enjoy winter. It's beautiful. Go down the toboggan chute on Mirror Lake. Enjoy a dog sled ride. Ski or snowshoe. Take a fat bike ride on one of the trails. Whatever it is, just get outside. As Gary says: "learn to embrace winter".
And one more thing, don't forget to shovel the walkway, together.
Bob Miller is an Associate Broker with 10 years of real estate experience as well as 15 years of service as a former Lake Placid School Board member, and is currently a 3-time elected Town Councilman in Lake Placid.