I skipped days 12 through 14 because we really did not go away from our Lake House …just hung out swimming and taking a few hikes with the dogs but we are on the road today, headed for Fort Ticonderoga. Beautiful drive around the lake and forested areas. This fort is “dog friendly” . Great fort to visit. Staff friendly and the exhibits informative. We walked around the fort and the grounds. They did a musket demonstration (which included the firing of a musket). They also fire the canon at 2:00 which we decided would not be good for the dogs so we made sure we were back in the car before that happened.
Fort Ticonderoga, formerly Fort Carillon, is a large 18th-century star fort built by the French at a narrows near the south end of Lake Champlain in northern New York. The fort played major roles in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War.
Our next stop is Mount Defiance which is an 853 ft (260 m) high hill on the New York side of Lake Champlain, It is notable in that the hill militarily dominates both Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Independence, but it was deemed inaccessible so never fortified. View is really nice overlooking Lake Champlain and if you know where to look you can just barely see Lake George.
Headed back to the house we stopped for a hot dog and sweet potato fries at a little stand along the road.
Mount Defiance with lake Champlain in background.
Day 11 Lake George
Today is the day the maid is coming to clean so we must be gone from 8:30 to 2:30 which makes it a perfect day to go Roger’s Island New York for a little more history. Loaded the dogs up in the SUV and off we went. Today the US Army Rangers consider this little island in the Hudson River to be their “spiritual home”? Robert Rogers detailed his methods of training and rules of order which marked a change for the British way of confronting an enemy on the battlefield. These “Ranging Rules”, written on Rogers Island, form the basis of military tactics adopted by irregular fighting forces all over the world.
We entered the visitor center which is quite nice and has some good displays and an area for kids to try on the uniform of the times. There is a walking trail on which we took the dogs…leashed of course. I have to say it is a nice walk but the signage for the sights is non existent. You need to pick up the map at the visitors center. Eve then, with map in hand, you need to use you imagination to visualize the area…there are no standing structures to view.
Deb and Chelsea standing next to the statue of Robert Rogers . Rogers island New York
Day 10 Lake George
This is the day the maid comes so we took the dogs off to see some American history by going to the Saratoga Battlefield Historic Park. This had a nice shaded parking lot so we were able to leave the dogs in the car while we visited the visitor center and got some maps. Then it was off to do the driving tour with many stops along the way. They had hiking trails but since we had elderly adults along with us we decided to not do the 4 1/2 mile hiking tour. Interesting stops along the way including canon and the monument to Benedict Arnolds boot ( no name inscribed due to his later traitor behavior). After hoping in and out of the car multiple times the dogs were getting tired of that so we headed back to the Lake George house for a swim. Later that evening Deb’s niece and her Two children came over for a swim and diner at Top Of the World restaurant. Right as we arrive another 20+ people arrive a roughly the same time. Service was slow but food good.
Day 9 Lake George This is the first day of staying in one place. Because the Lake house is up for sale, there will be showing today at 6:00 so a day of cleaning and prepping is on tap. Very nice to have the lake at hand to cool off. Dogs played in water and did a few laps back and forth honing up there swimming skills. There seems to be a critter living under the row boat on the dock so dogs very interested in sniffing around that. Diner reservations at Bistro La Roux while realtor showing the house.
Wet dogs playing tug on the dock.
Day 8 Moorestown New Jersey to lake George dinner at Mama Rizzo’sDrove to Lake George without incident. Upon arrival at the lake the dogs are quite busy sniffing the new environment. It appears as thought Chelsea The terror will need to be leashed while we stay here. She wants to wander everywhere and this property is not fenced. Took them down to the dock for a quick swim. Tioga and Chelsea both good swimmers and had a ball in the water. At this time we will stay here for a couple of weeks before we head back on our return road trip phase. Will post our day trips periodically as we visit the different historic sights.
Day 7. Morgantown West Virginia to Moorestown New Jersey Pretty much just hit the road for New Jersey today. Beautiful drive along the West Virginia hills. Arrived in Moorestown around 4pm. Dogs glad to get to a place where they could run around in Deb’s sisters backyard. Fenced in with lots of critter smells. Could be chipmunks under the shed, moles in the yard, maybe a skunk or a woodchuck. This kept dogs very busy sniffing. Caleb and Grace came over for a swim so Tioga joined them in the pool. As evening came on we went to Grace’s house for diner. BBQ lamb and pilaf. Good times. Off to Lake George tomorrow.
Day 6 MondayStarted out the day in the Jacobson Dog Park Lexington . The is a fabulous dog park . It it fence up like a Kentucky horse rance yet it has chain link in the blank spaces so it is very secure. It is 7.8 acres with a water fountain and benches. There are two of these enclosures for size appropriate play. The dogs played for quite a while then we were off to see Leeneland race track. One of the most beautiful tracks and facilities I have seen. No racing going on rich now but worth the look around the grounds. Off to drive to West Virginia through the beautiful horse ranches of Kentucky. There was a big accident in highway 64 which delayed our drive for about 1/2 hour. Our next stop was Morgantown West Virginia where we drove to the river for a nice walk with the dogs on a paved path and then stopped by a dog friendly brewery for a craft beer and pizza.