There is a mysterious place in Lake George NY which has spread around the internet. Is it Supernatural? Man-made? Coincidence? Or just Luck? You decide. Take the short trip up to Lake George and try the Mystery Spot out for yourself.
When you stand in a specific place in downtown Lake George whatever you speak is echoed back to you. This acoustic phenomenon has been making people wonder if it is fact or fiction and of course, what is the cause?
It is pretty easy to find The Mystery Spot! Take your time walking around the beautiful small town, looking at all the shops and food places. Soon you will find the Lake George Visitor Center on the corner of Canada Street (Route 9) and Beach Road. Just east of the Visitor Center Building is a large sitting area with benches and a beautiful stone wall. As you walk to the benches you will see a large blue lake painted on the concrete patio. Town of Lake George is depicted in the cement compass next to the painted Lake George Lake.
You’ll notice what look like railroad tracks inset in the concrete. These tracks form a compass on the ground running North, South, East and West and converge together in the middle.
X really does mark the spot here in Lake George. You will see that the metal of the X is more worn than the rest. Here is the mystery spot.
Stand right there, on the X and face Lake George. Then say something. Loud or quiet. What do you hear? It’s really cool.
Of course we had to experiment. If you move away from the spot, you don’t hear the echo. If someone stands close to you they can hear your echo, but when they talk it does not echo. (Ok, the person next to you does echo if they are unbelievably close to you. Like cheek to cheek close.) If you turn in any other direction, you do not hear the echo.
On the ground near the painting of the lake are these small round metal discs with a town on each one. The discs represent the towns around Lake George. The painted lake with the discs around it depicting the towns is cool by itself.
So, what causes this strange acoustic phenomenon?
Some people think that the echo is simply your voice bouncing off the rock wall that is behind the benches. But if that’s the case wouldn’t a voice create the echo standing anywhere in front of the stone wall? Why does it only work in that one place?
If you look it up online, you will read about a legend tells of a Native American God who stood on that spot to share his wisdoms with the mountains, lake and landscape. Or maybe he created the spot to increase the sound of his voice so when he spoke all could hear.
Or maybe it’s just a really cool place to stand and enjoy some fun acoustics in a wonderful place in the middle of a lovely small town. Whichever you believe, go check it out. It’s cool not matter what the cause.
So what do you think? Have you visited the Mystery Spot in Lake George? What’s your theory on the acoustic phenomenon? Tell us all about your experiences in the comments below!
The beautiful, handsome, huge Budweiser Clydesdales are visiting the Saratoga Springs area in mid-August.
They are spending time at the Warming Hut in the Saratoga State Park for the Stable Viewing. Then a few appearances around Saratoga including Lake George, Troy and the Altamont Fair.
The Warming Hut is located right off Avenue of the Pines close to the Broadway entrance. Look for Clydesdales signs with arrows pointing to where to turn. Visiting these amazing horses is free.
There are stables set up for all the horses where visitors can walk around and see them all. There is plenty of parking in front of the Warming Hut and in the grass areas around it. Visitors can walk around and view the horses, the truck, and the carriage the horses pull for appearances.
Here’s what the Budweiser Clydesdales’ schedule looks like:
Aug 16, 10 am – 7 pm – Stable Viewing
Aug 17, 10 am – 5 pm – Stable Viewing
Aug 18, 10 am – 2 pm – Stable Viewing
Aug 18, 4 pm – Full Hitch Appearance, Lake George, NY
Aug 19, 10 am – 5 pm – Stable Viewing
Aug 19, 6 pm – Full Hitch Appearance, SPAC Grounds
After visiting here the horses are off to the Philadephia, PA area. So whether you like the Thoroughbred Racing or the Beautiful Budweiser Clydesdales, Saratoga is definitely a great place for horses this August!
Did you visit the Budweiser Clydesdales while they were here? Where did you see them? Share your pics on Facebook! Tell us what you thought in the comments.
Pokemon Go! is rocking and rolling in Saratoga Springs! We have learned some things about the game that we want to share with other Trainers in the area.
Power Drains Quickly, Plan Ahead
Pokemon Go is an awesome App and great fun to play. And because of that, it drains your battery very quickly. Carrying a fully charged power brick with you as you play is a great way to keep your phone on while you’re walking around. You can buy extra batteries for some devices and switch them out as they get low. Get a good car charger and charge while you are driving to favorite Pokestop or while sitting in the car.
Up Your Trainer Level
As you gain XP you will level up your Trainer level. You can get XP in different ways:
Each Pokestop gives you 50xp, even if your backpack is full
Each Pokemon you catch gives you 100 XP
You can get extra XP for skillful throws (nice, great, curve ball)
If the Pokemon you catch is new to your Pokedex you get more XP
Each Pokemon you Evolve gives you 500 XP
Each time you catch a Pokemon you gain 100 Stardust
Different Pokemon require different amounts of Stardust to level up
Gain Stardust from Evolving Pokemon and Hatching Eggs
Gain Stardust from Battling Gyms
Stardust is universal and is used on any Pokemon
Poke Gyms will be 1 of 4 colors
Blue – the Gym is owned by Trainers in Team Mystic
Yellow – the Gym is owned by Trainers in Team Instinct
Red – the Gym is owned by Trainers in Team Valor
Gray – the Gym is unowned or just been beaten
you can try to get one of your Pokemon in the Gym quickly and take it over
Training your Pokemon
If you are on the team of the Gym color you can go into your gym and train. This means you get to battle against the Pokemon placed in the gym. Battling the Pokemon in your gym will not hurt them or reduce their HP. It will, however, reduce yours. Be sure to use a potion after training in a gym to keep your Pokemon at full health. Training in a gym of your color will help the gym become stronger.
If there is space in your gym, place one of your favorite or powerful Pokemon in there. You will get 10 coins for placing a Pokemon, pick those up by clicking the Shop and clicking the shield in the top right corner. You can only collect coins every 21 hours.
Battling your Pokemon
If you find a Gym that is NOT your color, you can hop in and battle. When you begin the battle the game will automatically choose your 6 highest level Pokemon. You can change them if you want. Then press GO and start your battle. You will battle each Pokemon in the Gym. If one of your Pokemon faints, the next in the list will automatically jump in.
If you defeat all the Pokemon in the Gym you can claim the Gym as your own. You need to place a Pokemon with FULL HEALTH in the Gym. If your most powerful Pokemon just did the battling, go to your items, choose a potion and click the Pokemon with low health until it is full again. Then you can place it in the Gym.
Pink Confetti Means the Pokestop is Lured
Lures can only be placed on a Pokestop. The idea is that for 30 minutes Pokemon will be drawn to that Pokestop. Hang out by a Lured Pokestop and wait to see who appears. The Pokemon being Lured will not show in the Nearby Window but just appear. You can place one of your Lures or enjoy the benefits of someone else’s Lure.
Walk Around to get the most from an Incense
You can enable an Incense which will draw Pokemon to you and you alone. The best way to utilize an Incense is to walk around. If you just stand still it doesn’t seem to bring the Pokemon to you as well as when you walk. We have not found any benefit to hanging out near a Lured Pokestop while Incensed.
Pokemon Go at Saratoga Race Course, is really Pokemon No
Saratoga Track Season: the busy 6 weeks in July and August where the environment of Saratoga Springs changes into a hugely busy tourist town welcoming visitors from all over.
Track season is upon us. How does track season play into the Pokemon Go fun? The answer is, it really doesn’t. It is hard to find Pokemon inside the gates of the Saratoga Springs Race Course. You would think that Pokemon and Horses would go well together, but here they just don’t.
There are 3 Pokestops at the Saratoga Race Track:
Saratoga Springs Race Course Entrance Sign
This Pokestop can be reached from Union Street while walking or driving by. The large Saratoga Springs Race Track sign in the front of the track is a Pokestop. Since there are often kids in front of the gates selling waters during track season, this Pokestop is often Lured.
Stepping Stone Flower Pot
There are 2 stepping stones with flowers in the Saratoga Race Course Park. The one you want is near Gate A. If you walk through Gate A and continue towards the Grandstands there is a large vase of flowers on the right. The vase and the rock platform it sits on is a Pokestop. If you are coming from somewhere else in the park, the Pokestop is in front of the Grandstand, near the Time Warner Pavilion and near Gate A.
The Big Red Spring
Another Pokestop at the Saratoga Springs Rack Course is the Big Red Spring. This spring is in the far corner of the backyard of the track behind the Paddock area. It is believed that taking a sip from the Big Red Spring will bring you good luck. I have found some tasty springs in Saratoga, this is NOT one of them.
Catching Pokemon at Saratoga Race Course
As for catching Pokemon, you can’t. When walking through the Race Course area, there are no moving leaves, no Pokemon popping up and the nearby list is nearly always completely blank.
The only time Pokemon appear (for me) at the Saratoga Race Course is when someone puts a Lure on one of the Pokestops. The Pokestops are Lured often and I have caught Poliwags and a Goldeen.
Let us know what Pokemon you have seen or caught in the Saratoga Race Course? Is your nearby blank? Can you only find Pokemon when there is a Lure set? Help all your fellow trainers by leaving us info in the comments!
Saratoga Springs is a hot spot for playing Pokemon Go! There are many awesome Pokemon sites in the Saratoga Area. There is an overwhelming amount of Poke Stops all down Broadway and in the State Parks. (more…)