Thursday, November 4, 2010

rocky raccoon, we never knew you


Raccoon 2.0: Roni

P and I have returned from our northern adventure. We had a lovely time with the Along the Ausable blog lady, and we learned a lot, too!

For instance, not only is Roni the Raccoon, mascot of the 1980 winter Olympics, named after the AdirRONIdack [sic] Mountains, but this poorly-spelled fellow was actually the mascot understudy. The internet tells me that, originally, a real live raccoon named Rocky was destined to welcome international visitors and athletes to the AdiRONIdacks, "but he died." Rocky died too soon and wasn't able to fulfill his mascotty duties. So, in steps Roni the fake raccoon. Nice save, Roni! In the photo above, Pete sports Roni's "new" head now used for parades, as I understand it....


AtA and L spend time with the Beaver of Lake Placid Lodge.

AtA took us on a grand tour of Lake Placid including a stop to spend time with the pine cone animals of Lake Placid Lodge. Based on the nightly room rate, I would estimate that the three of us spent $150 of time wandering the Lodge. Maybe even $150 per person.

In conclusion, great fun was had with our tour hostess (thank you!) and family members, hockey was won and lost, and the beavers of Lake Placid Lodge continue to pose silently under their dramatic lighting.

xo,
L

9 comments:

Pucho V said...

I imagine it is more pleasant to wear a fake raccoon head then a real dead one. Roni was a good plan B.

Courtney said...

I am giggling right now. Great post, L!

Along the Ausable said...

Roni started foaming at the mouth and I had to lock him back up in his cage after you left. P do you have any signs of rabies?

The seriousness of the beaver picture cracks me up. Still laughing...

Tera said...

I need to listen to the Beatles song Rocky Raccoon again. I feel like there must be a tie in somewhere... I miss the north country!

L said...

I don't know, Tera. In the song, Rocky was violent and shot people. I think maybe a poor choice to be a mascot for a peace-promoting international event...

Pucho V said...

Well, actually, it was Daniel who drew first and shot. Rocky only collapsed in a corner.

L said...

Oh, right. So, Rocky was a wuss. I am not sure that exemplifies the American spirit either...

Tera said...

Let's consult Gideon's Bible. I'm sure the answer will surface there.

Elizabeth Brady said...

This may be my favorite photo of Dad ever! He looks so cute!