Thursday, October 12, 2006

Fort Ticonderoga

The view of southern Lake Champlain from Fort Ticonderoga.

At the southern end of Lake Champlain stands the restored Fort Ticonderoga orgininally built by the French in 1755 to help guard the trade corridor from Québec to New York. The fort played a role in the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars and then fell into disrepair until it was restored in the 20th century.

Spanish-made cannon stand ready to defend the fort.

We left our friends' house in Delmar yesterday morning and drove up the Hudson River through Troy. We continued up route 4 along the river and the Champlain Barge Canal to Glens Falls. We were supposed to meet my mom for lunch, but we missed a turn and ended up an hour late. Luckily, she waited for us and we had a good lunch together.

Black cannon poke through the stone walls of the fort. (Note: for some reason, part of the photo is missing in this view - if that's the case for you, click on the picture and you can see the whole thing)

Next, we drove up to Lake George and on to Ticonderoga. The fort was nice, but not as impressive as I remember from my childhood. Still, it was a beautiful drive and the setting was quite pretty.

For my French speaking friends, this is one of many plaques in the fort dedicated to the original occupants.

We drove back down to Lake George Village and found a hotel with free wi-fi internet access (yippee!) and had dinner in a rib place that was pretty good. After dinner we took a walk along the lakefront and through the village and made it back to the room just before it began to rain. The rain lasted all night, but it's clearing now. We can see Prospect Mountain from our window and the top is obscured by fog.

Engraving on one of the small Howitzer cannon in the fort.

Today we're going to look around for postcards, tee-shirts and maybe check out Fort William Henry before heading back down to Albany.

2 comments:

  1. Oh, the scenery and colors are beautiful, Walt. It's been years since I drove in upstate NY, but I remember a lot of rock, too. Driving through stone corridors with "Falling Rock" signs. Used to freak me out, like the rock was going to fall just as I was passing. Any of that around you?

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  2. Ginny,
    We have "fallen rock zone" signs up here. They're posted where rock was removed (blasted) to make way for a road. I think the meaning is the same (watch for rocks that might be falling) and when I was a kid I had exactly the same reaction that you did.

    Kind of like the "$100 Fine for Littering" signs. If you wanted to toss $100 bills out the window, that was fine!

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