Day 1. Drive to Lake George and Great Escape   (1 July 2005 Friday)
6am to 9:30am depart Norfolk, MA for Queensbury, NY (216 miles 3 hours 30 minutes)
9:30am to 5pm Six Flags Great Escape
The area's best thrill rides and roller coasters plus delicious food, games, and all the fun and excitement you can handle!
The Canyon Blaster! The Great Escape's sixth roller coaster made its debut in 2003 called the Canyon Blaster! The mine train is a great family coater with two lift hills, an exciting double helix and more than 2,000' of track!
Raging River Adventurous raft ride simulates white water rafting through canyons and under cascading waterfalls.
Noah's Sprayground is a wet swim and play area with five pools, play fountains and slides. Waterfalls start from the 27-foot-high Noah's Ark, with animal figures as slides and fountains.
Circus Run away and join the magic, the mystery and the fun of the circus! World famous performers bring their unique brand of circus magic to life. Thrill to an awesome display of aerial acrobatics and amazing feats of fun, and clown around with some of the most hilarious funsters! The Big-Top fun is just the beginning....
Lumberjack Splash Wave Pool A gigantic 500,000-gallon, 25,000-square-foot pool with ocean-like waves.
Nightmare It's a runaway mine train barreling toward the unknown! New in 1999 this new indoor roller coaster soars, plunges, twists and turns through complete darkness. Located in Ghost Town.
Condor Climb inside these high-flying capsules that speed round and round and up and down.
Giant Wheel A 90-foot ferris wheel displaying a spectacular, aerial view of The Great Escape.
Season pass $59.99 per person + taxes
source: http://www.sixflags.com/parks/greatescape/index.asp
5pm hotel check-in
EconoLodge of Glen Falls
With microwaves and refrigerators in every one of our versatile rooms, you will find that we will give you more than just Comfort. Great Escape, Lake George, outlet shopping, Saratoga Springs and Glen Falls Civic Center nearby.
off exit 19 just e. 543 Aviation Road, Glens Falls NY 12801
7 days / credit card info provided
$114/night (plus 7% tax); apartment style w/ kitchen
check-in 2pm; check-out 11am; phone (518) 793 3491


Day 2. Fort Ticonderoga and Stone Bridge   (2 July 2005 Saturday)
8am to 9am drive to Ticonderoga, NY
9am to 1pm Fort Ticonderoga
Fort Ticonderoga National Historic Landmark is much more than a restored military fortress. Your visit will include rich and varied offerings including costumed interpreters, 30-minute guided tours, a world class museum, daily musket demonstrations, and self-guided tours of the Fort.
Visit the Fort Ticonderoga National Historic Landmark and come away with a deeper understanding of American history from the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War periods of the 18th century.
Fort Ticonderoga, along with its growing collection, opened to the public in 1909. Since then the museum has actively collected historical artifacts, books, maps, and manuscripts associated with the history of the Fort and military history of Lake Champlain and Lake George. In addition, the Fort collects items related to its nineteenth and twentieth century history as an historic site open to the public.
Fort Ticonderoga was built by the French from 1755-1758 as Fort Carillon located above the narrow choke-point between Lake Champlain and Lake George, which controlled the major north-south inland water "highway" during the 18th century. Due to this strategic location the Fort was the "key to the continent" as the superpowers of the 18th century, the French and the British, contested for empire in North America. On July 8, 1758 the Fort was successfully defended by French forces under the command of the Marquis de Montcalm despite overwhelming British forces led by General Abercromby. This was France's greatest victory in the Seven Years' War and a humiliating and devastating defeat for the British. The following year, the British did defeat the French at Fort Carillon under General Amherst who renamed the site Fort Ticonderoga.
At the outset of the American Revolution just a half-company of British soldiers manned the Fort. On May 10, 1775, Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold, and the Green Mountain Boys crossed Lake Champlain from Vermont under cover of darkness. At dawn they surprised the sleeping garrison and overwhelmed them, making Fort Ticonderoga America's first offensive victory of the Revolutionary War. From then until July 1777, Fort Ticonderoga served as an important staging area for the American army while fortifying Mount Independence in Vermont and building extensive defensive works within a 10-mile radius. In addition, the Fort was where vessels for America's first navy were rigged and fitted out. This fleet, under the command of Benedict Arnold, fought the Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain in 1776. Although the American fleet was utterly defeated, the fight stalled the British on their march south. The following year, in July 1777 the British commander, General Burgoyne, invaded the Champlain Valley from Canada and managed to place cannon on Mount Defiance overlooking Fort Ticonderoga. This forced the Fort's American commander, General Arthur St. Clair to evacuate his army on July 6th .handing the Fort back to the British. The last military engagement at the Fort occurred in September 1777 when Americans failed to attempt to retake the Fort.
In 1820, William Ferris Pell purchased the ruins of the Fort and the surrounding land to preserve it for posterity. In 1826 he built home overlooking Lake Champlain, which he later turned into The Pavilion, a hotel to serve the growing number of tourists who came to see the Fort ruins. In 1908 Stephen and Sarah Gibbs Thompson Pell began restoration of Fort Ticonderoga and in 1909 it was opened to the public with President Taft in attendance. In 1931 Fort Ticonderoga was designated a not-for-profit educational historic site managed by the Fort Ticonderoga Association.
The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga is a one-acre 1920's era formal, ornamental flower garden. Marian Cruger Coffin, a leading landscape architect of the time, designed the garden for Sarah and Stephen Pell the couple who began the restoration of Fort Ticonderoga in 1909. The garden is located behind their summer home, the Pavilion, and in the shadow of the Fort. The garden provided a restful gathering place for guests of the Pell family while they were in residence at the Pavilion. It was not open to the public. Coffin designed a garden that, when viewed from above, resembles the swirl of colors of a Turkish carpet. A mix of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs provide an ever-changing display of color throughout the spring, summer and fall, with cool colors near the Pavilion and warm colors toward the Fort. Spring is a burst of color from giant oriental poppies, many colors of iris, lupines, pure yellow columbine, and meadow rue. Summer lights up with hollyhocks, heliopsis, lavender, tickseed, lilies, globe thistle and roses. Fall brings spirea, sedum, asters, and a rainbow of phlox.
Open Daily May 10 thru October 23, 2005 9am to 5pm
Admission: $12 age 13 and up $6 age 7-12
source: http://www.fort-ticonderoga.org/
1pm to 2pm drive to Natural Stone Bridge and Caves
2pm to 6pm Natural Stone Bridge and Caves
For over 200 years Natural Stone Bridge and Caves has been a favorite of Nature Lovers and their families. Jacob Van Benthuysen, Ancestor of the current owners, received the site in the 1700's for Revolutionary War service. Guests can still visit the sawmill site he erected on the river today. This unique natural phenomenon is not only beautiful but also an extraordinarily rare feature of Adirondack Geology! It was originally described in "Morse's Geography of 1790"
During the last ice age, an unusual East/West fault exposed this ancient rock to the violent waters from the retreating Wisconsin glaciers. The resulting Stone Bridge appears to be the largest natural marble cave entrance in the Northeast and the caves are in the process of being surveyed.
Today's visitors use a descriptive map and follow well marked trails. Discover the Stone Bridge and Caves unique, natural, beauty on your self-guided tour (wear comfortable shoes!) See, at your own pace, Trout Brook cascade through unusual rock formations before plunging beneath historic Ponte de Dios (Bridge of God). 500 feet downstream, it emerges into Artist's Gorge through several caves, including: Echo Cave, Garnet Cave, and the Cave of the Lost Pool. Best remembered is Noisy Cave, where the roaring river disappears beneath your feet!
Open 10am to 6pm Admission Adults $10 Children 5-12 $5
source: http://www.stonebridgeandcaves.com/

Day 3. Adirondack Museum and Lake Placid   (3 July 2005 Sunday)
morning at Adirondack Museum
Called "the best of its kind in the world," by The New York Times, the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake overlooks the lake of the same name. Six million acres of Adirondack Park surround this place and form the basis of the museum’s exhibits and programs telling the stories of how people have lived, worked, played and traveled in the Adirondack region since the early 1800s. Twenty buildings on 32 acres of grounds and gardens, house exhibits on logging, boats and boating, mining, outdoor recreation, transportation, rustic furniture…, and on-going programs and special events offer a variety of interesting activities for the whole family. Behind the scenes in the Adirondack Museum Library one can find more publications, maps and other printed material about the Adirondacks than in any other single location; and over 65,000 historic photographs offer a rich visual resource. All museum collections are accessible to the public by appointment.
Have you ever seen a canoe you could camp in, a snow roller and whiffletree, or a bed with bark? How about a bee made of garnet, a printing press for menus, or a glass walking cane? What do these things have in common? They're all at the Adirondack Museum, all part of the history and culture of the Adirondack region. The number of museum exhibits and separate historic structures totals twenty-three, set on a thirty-two acre landscaped site overlooking Blue Mountain Lake. Exhibits at the Adirondack Museum range from an entire building devoted to water transportation in the region (Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks) to Sunset Cottage, a one-room building covered entirely with split-wood decorative patterns, the epitome of Adirondack Rustic architecture.
Through these exhibits visitors learn about many aspects of the region's history, including:
  • Cultural history of people who lived in and visited the Adirondacks from the 1800s to the mid-1900s
  • Opening up the Adirondack region, from early exploration to modern recreation.
  • Daily lives of residents who worked the region's woods and mines, and the history of these industries
  • Work of artists who pictured the region's people and places in paint, pencil, on the printed page, through photography, and with other media
  • Landscapes, geography, natural history and political history that make the Adirondack region unique
  • Many other aspects of the region's social history, arts, and natural beauty that give the region its cultural and physical identity.
    Open daily 10am to 5pm Adults $14 Children (6 - 12) $7
    source: http://www.adkmuseum.org/

  • afternoon at Lake Placid, NY
    New York's Olympic Region is one of the great playgrounds of North America, offering year-round fun and excitement. Nestled in the northeastern portion of the Adirondack wilderness of New York State, the rugged mountain scenery, heavy winter snows, and a pleasant summer climate combine to make the Lake Placid region a popular tourist year-round resort.
    A tourist destination since the late 1800s, Lake Placid has been the home to several major competitions such as the Winter Olympics, Ironman USA and the Goodwill Games. The pristine mountains, lakes and streams that inundate this corner of northeast New York, other factors that help draw over 1.8 million visitors annually.
    Having presented the 1932 and 1980 games, Lake Placid shares the distinction of being one of only three communities to host two Winter Olympics with Innsbruck, Austria, and St. Moritz, Switzerland. At the 1932 Winter Olympic games, Jack Shea became the first athelet to win two gold medals at the same Olympics. Shea, who was from Lake Placid, won the medals in speed skating. Many other legendary Olympians competed including Sonja Henie, in figure skating, and Billy Fiske, in the four-person bobsled competition. History was made once again in Lake Placid during the 1980 games. The U.S. Hockey team defeated the Soviet Union by a score of 4-3 in what is considered one of the greatest moments in sports history, and is often referred to as "The Miracle on Ice."
    source: http://www.lakeplacid.com/

    Day 4. Second Day at Six Flags Great Escape   (4 July 2005 Monday)
    Alice in Wonderland Experience what Alice felt like when she became a giant or when she shrunk down to being only inches high as you walk through "Alice in Wonderland".
    Circusmania Come one, come all! Join the magic, the mystery and the fun of this Extravaganza! World-Famous International Performers bring their unique style of circus to life. Experience the thrill of startling feats, laugh until you cry with the antics of our hilarious funsters!
    High Dive Show - Mermaids and Mariners An excellent show with a breathtaking display of high diving and aerial acrobatics from the world famous Extreme Diving Team.
    Elvis, Live! Back by popular demand, from the grand showrooms of Las Vegas and Atlantic City, James Cawley performs an amazing impersonation of Elvis in concert.
    Poland springs Plunge A family flume ride that "soaks" riders with fun! Be ready to be wet!
    Swan Boats Kick back and tour Storytown on this lazy boat ride.
    Paul Bunyan's Bucket Brigade A five-story treehouse tower that spouts water everywhere! More than 150 water-powered gadgets include geysers, shower bursts, water cannons and a 1,000-gallon water barrel overhead that tips to drench everyone below. Storytown Train All Aboard! For a scenic train ride for all ages. Alpine Bobsled You'll rumble and rage through this twisted maze on this sled-like ride.
    Keepin' It Country There ain't nothin' but country music in this non-stop singing and dancing extravaganza. From the classics of yesterday to the hits of today we've got something for every country music fan out there.
    Petting Zoo See some of your favorite animals at our petting zoo.
    Marshal Wild Windy Bill McKay Show Back for his 48th season. This interactive children’s show will have you on your feet to capture the Ghost Town robber.
    Looney Tunes - We Got the Beat! New for 2005! This show features Bugs Bunny and friends as they sing and dance into the hearts of guests young and old with an extravaganza of fun featuring rock music from the 1980’s.

    Day 5. Petrified Sea Garden and Bottle Museum   (5 July 2005 Tuesday)
    9am hotel check-out
    9am to 10am shopping
    10am to 11am drive to Pottsville, NY
    11am to 1:30pm Petrified Sea Gardens
    The Petrified Sea Gardens is a beautiful outdoor park that is home to almost an acre of exposed Stromatolite fossils approximately 500-million-years old. This huge slab of fossils was once part of an ocean-reef existing when the area that is now Saratoga Springs was in the southern hemisphere at the edge of a warm tropical sea, (the continent straddled the equator) and life was yet to bloom on land.
    The trail passes a series of glacial erratics--"standing stones" huge interesting rock formations from the last ice-age. Among many other points of interest along the trail are: a labyrinth, a Native-American Medicine Wheel, a sundial garden, fossil rock-gardens, and a huge 300-year-old white pine tree: the "Iroquois Pine."
    The Stromatolite fossils at the Petrified Sea Gardens are the remains of colonies of millions of single cell cyanobacteria (formerly commonly known as blue-green algae, even though they are not a true algae). Stromatolites are so far the oldest known fossils, dating back over 3 billion years; they were the dominant life-form for two billion years. The fossils are a mere half-billion years old, from a time when this area was a tropical seashore (the continent was at the equator) and there was still no life on land. It is believed that Stromatolites were a major factor in producing the first atmospheric oxygen which made more advanced life possible. These primitive organisms grew in the shallows, producing their own food from water, carbon dioxide, and sunlight. In return they produced calcium carbonate (lime) and oxygen.
    Open 11am to 5pm. Adults $3.50 Children 16 and under $1.75
    source: http://www.petrifiedseagardens.org/
    1:30pm to 2pm drive to Bolton Spa, NY
    2pm to 3pm National Bottle Museum
    The National Bottle Museum is located in the quaint village of Ballston Spa, NY. The museum occupies a three story brick commercial building in the historic business district of what was once a flourishing resort community in the 1800s. Ballston Spa is the site of many once-famous mineral water springs and was a popular "watering hole" for the rich and famous during the hey day of the mineral water industry.
    The museum's mission is to preserve the history of our nation's first major industry: bottle making. Millions of glass bottles per year were manufactured by hand for the mineral waters of Saratoga County alone, enabling the area to participate in world commerce during the early 1800s. A glassworks set in the wilderness above the nearby town of Greenfield employed hundreds of workers and glassblowers from the 1840s to the 1860s. In that era, all bottles were manufactured exclusively with hand tools and lung power.
    Visitors to the museum can learn about early bottle making methods and view the surviving hand tools, a miniature model of a typical 1800's glass furnace and exhibits of hand made bottles often overlooked as legitimate artifacts. One entire wall of the museum's first floor is covered with approximately 2000 bottles of many colors, shapes and forms.
    The National Bottle Museum is a nonprofit educational institution chartered by the New York State Education Department.
    Summer Hours 10am to 4pm Daily June 1st to September 30th
    source: http://www.nationalbottlemuseum.org/
    3pm to 6pm Drive to Norfolk, MA
    6pm Home Sweet Home

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