Whiteface, NY State

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Before heading back to Lake Placid for dinner and a movie, we decided to explore the area a bit. We took the small Route 86 West, at the bottom of Whiteface Mountain. The sun was slowly setting and with the shade of the tall trees on both sides of the road, there wasn’t much daylight left.

We were the only car on the road. The silence was deafening.

And then I spotted a sign, on the side of the road. “No Kill Area”.

“Great” I thought. “We are in a horror movie”.

You know these low-budget Hollywood movies where a couple—or even better, a group of cute but dumb college students— decide to take a road trip and their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. The scenery is usually very nice and peaceful and there is always someone to get out of the car to take pictures. The rest of the group spots a suspicious abandoned truck and/or a vehicle following them. Stacy, who wandered out of the car, is nowhere to be found, and Jason goes look for her. And then Jason is nowhere to be found either and the rest of the group decides to search the woods. At no point they try to use their cell phone to call the police, or if they do, the battery is low and the area is not covered. Sooner or later, they will meet the crazy guy with the chainsaw or the crazy woman with the rusty axe. Lots of blood, closing credits roll.

These movies are quite entertaining but never end well for the protagonists.

“Oh, you and your wild imagination” Feng sighed. “The ‘No Kill Area’ sign simply means that people can’t go hunting here”.

Oh yeah. I knew that, country boy.

I still acted like Stacy/Cindy/the dumb blond in the movie and walked out of the way to take a few snapshots. Couldn’t help it. You all will be glad to know that I didn’t spot any suspicious guy with a bloody chainsaw.

You can see the complete Whiteface set in the USA set on Flickr.

River in Slow Motion

By the Water

On the Road


Under The Trees' Shade

Waterfalls in the Forest

In the Forest

By the River

Reflection in the Lake


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  1. Like I said in my reply to your comment about Maine and Stephen King novels. Driving through some roads in Maine you get the feeling that if the car breaks down, you will end up knocking in the house of a lunatic with a collection of chainsaws and knives, I am sure that is not the case but while driving there I couldn’t help but to think about the horror movies you talk about! Beautiful scenery though. 🙂

  2. Hehe, I kept thinking of the scary Australian movies where they drive on the road and then end up getting hacked into pieces by an axe wielding maniac etc 😉

  3. Wow! The scenery is really beautiful!!!The trees are really tall, they make me feel I’m so little. 😀 In that situation, just let your imagination to go wild! 😀 heehee

  4. Salut Zhu,

    I have been seeing a lot of lovely photos of NY state through my new blog friends, and here are others! I would love to discover these types of areas one day.

    You have a wonderful imagination! Maybe you can write a movie scenario one day! Do you know that since I live in France, I have become really hooked on the Suspense & Police genre? I never was like that in the US… Va savoir 🙂

  5. I always am amazed at how diverse New York state is. There’s the big city, and there’s this wide forest in the middle, waiting to be discovered. I have done a little bit of discovering near my area, but even after living here for 6 years, I still haven’t done it justice.

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