Visit to Saratoga National Historic Park

This weekend I was going to the Lake George area with my family for a family get away. I made sure to add a precondition that if we went that close to Saratoga we had to drop by the battlefield.  So the kids turned out to be to skinny to play at the waterpark for long and that meant that it was time to head to Saratoga National Historic Park on Sunday.  It only opened April 1st and we visited on April fifth, so I was quite lucky it was even open, Ticonderoga doesn’t open for another 2 months.

p4050123We showed up and found this charming soda machine at the entrance to the visitor’s center.  Any long time readers will know that my wife is English, and while she has lived in the states for 7 years now, she will always be English.   Now, she can tell you all about Roman roads and a little about the Beatles, but she’s fairly un-knowledgeable about the rest of her countries history, especially the colonialism/repression parts.  I asked her to stand in front of the soda machine and this is the picture that I got for my troubles.

Once inside the visitor’s center, I was promptly informed that the driving road in the park is closed due to downed trees from a recent ice storm.  Aaaarrgghhh!  What are the chances?  The “good” news is that it will be open by April 11th.  I’m not sure when I will make it down here again.  A trip to the store involves hours of planning and split second timing for us to accomplish with the three young ones.  Oh well, must make the most of it.

They did have a few nice things inside here.  The first is an electronic map of the battlefield and an audio presentation that goes with it. I really enjoyed it.  Here’s a couple of pictures showing the lights.  They move to different p0ints on the field.  Quite nice.

Over View Photo

Over View Photo

Assualt on the Balcares Redoubt

Assault on the Balcares Redoubt

They had a room with things that might be interesting for children drug along to the museum.  One of them was a small display of a fortification and some playmobile-esk type guys to position around a cannon.

The younger me would have loved it just as much as the older me.

I will post more pictures from the visitor’s center in another post as they all don’t require explanation.

So the driving track is out of commission, “You can still walk the area”, you say?  Well, I would have loved to, but it was past nap time and the walking trail isn’t conducive to strollers (we did try!).  Here is the reason I wasn’t able to walk to the Balcaras Redoubt.

They are worth it, you just have to take a back seat some times.

They are worth it, you just have to take a back seat some times.

The only thing I could see from the Visitor’s Center.  It was in the distance tempting me.

Balcares Redoubt From Afar

Balcares Redoubt From Afar

I will return someday to take better pictures.  But even with my limited access I enjoyed myself, it would take a lot for me not to.  What are the odds that the driving path would be blocked when I was there.  I’d be more upset if I lived more than 4 hours away.

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