Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Adirondack Memories: Leaving the Lake, Horseback Riding, Ice Cream with a View and Stepping Back into the 1700s

Hi there friends, and welcome to my home on the web!
I'm so happy you stopped by.....
I've been photojournalling our time in the Adirondacks and sadly, the week is at a close.

The memories we recaptured and those we created are, as always, blessedly abundant.

Here are a couple of posts I wrote a while back for my Memoir Monday hop.....
both reflections of our time in the Adirondacks.
These mountains,  by the way,
 derive their name from  the Anglicized 
 Mohawk Indian term,  "ratirontaks,"
 meaning "they eat trees,"
 a derogatory name which, legend holds. the Mohawk applied to neighboring Algonquian-speaking tribes, as when food was scarce, the Algonquins would eat tree bark.

Our last day.....
Hubby and son venture out for one last 7:00 AM fishing 'trip' in the rowboat:


Breakfast on our 'deck' by the lake.....

About to depart........:
Doesn't the lake look like glass?
It seems to good to be "true."

One last goodbye with friends:

a surprise for the kids:
Horseback riding at a local stable after  we we left the camp!
They were SO excited!

Their first time ever riding horses........ 
This is "Chicago."

It's  been almost 30 years since hubby saddled up!
He loved the ride with the boys.....
Meet "Silver."
(I think everyone utters the obligatory
 "Hi Ho Silver!" upon hearing his name, don't you? 
I heard it a few times! )

Here's my other sweetie on "Freckles."

...... and off they go!

What a fantastic time they had!
I, on the other hand, LOVE animals but have never been on a horse and was a bit cautious.
So I declined a ride this time around.

So we wandered around town a bit and couldn't resist
stopping in at the wax museum.
Here's Frankie.....

...and the good doctor himself:

Ice Cream by the lake.......
That's Fort William Henry in the very background of the pictures,
 setting of turning points in the French and Indian War in the 1750s.
For a little history on those topics, click the highlighted links.
You'll be glad you did.

A few shots outside the fort...

We have sooooo many memories from I-don't-know-how-many trips
 to the Fort William Henry Museum for their tour over the years.
Sadly, the fort was closed when we were there due to some private event.

.......yes, I do have pictures from years past!
These are all from July 2008....
Wow, the boys look so changed.
A day at a time, right?

Ok, here they are, joining The King's Army.
Their uniform and food expense came right out of their pay.
 And those heavy wool jackets?
Don't know HOW the soldiers wore them in that excessive heat!

Being sworn in:

The new recruit surveys the fort:

...with the general....:

And of course, playing with tom toms afterward  in the gift shop!

Those were the days.
These are the days, too.

And, we'll be back to our Adirondack haunts in 51 weeks.

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  1. Again, such great pics!!! I loved getting to go fishing with my dad. It was a special treat that each child got to do one morning while we stayed at the cottage. My dad loved getting up before dawn...and in the stillness of the early morning...we'd trudge down the hill to the lake with fishing poles, bait, and tackle. Night crawlers, thick and fat...in blacker-than-night soil. Like-glass reflections in the lake water...waiting for that bobber to go down! Thank you, dear friend, for these beautiful memories!!!

    1. Awww, great story...Thank YOU for sharing this memory!! Love it! I feel as if I stepped back in time with you to the cottage in MI!

      You should def wrote a reflection!!

      Thanks for visiting!!!

      Take care, friend! xoxox

  2. I loved the pictures of the fort! Looks like a lot of fun!

    1. Thank you!! Yes, they had a BALL!! Tons of fun and learning!
      Thank you for visiting!!

  3. Great pics Chris. Being from syracuse for so many years, we often went North and I love that Fort! What a great experience and vacation! Enjoy your weekend!

    1. Yes, isn't it amazing!Our country's history and our own family memories...together.

      Thanks, Melissa, for stopping in!

      Have a lovely day!

  4. Beautiful pictures! Thank you for linking up at Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop #7.

    1. Frances~
      Good to "see" you here! Thanks for taking the time to stop over...

      Take care, friend!

  5. I always love reading about your family adventures. What amazing memories you have made with your children! Wow! :-) Thanks for linking up with Field Trip Friday.


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