To the Fort and Mt. Defiance
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So after stopping at DD for some coffee (my old standby- medium FV iced, light & sweet, please melt the sugar) with a bagel, I went Route 4 West all the way to Whitehall, NY where I went on Route 22 to Ticonderoga. It took a little doing (I missed the turn for the Fort and almost ended up at the Ferry to VT). It was a long ride in to the Fort's parking area, but I made it. $12 later, I was into the Fort. Yup, took some pretty pictures.
It's a nice place, restored. I liked the cannons and got there just in time to see the end of the weapons demonstration- including the firing of the cannon. Then I just walked around. I saw some displays in the museum about the USS Ticonderoga.
One thing they had was a musket that you can pick up (it's a replica, I know). Didn't seem that heavy, but I wouldn't want to lug it around. And they compared it to an American M-16... it's for fighting, not for hunting. I didn't end up going to the King's Gardens b/c of the plethora of yellowjackets I'd seen (I'm allergic), plus my allergies were bothering me just enough to know that visiting the Gardens was a headache waiting to happen.
After I left the Fort, I went to Mount Defiance. It was cool ride up, but no trails. Just a couple cannons, a flag, and a picnic area. But you could see the Fort from there, plus Mt. Independence in Orwell, Vermont. From there I went to Ticonderoga's DD where I got a not so nicely done coffee and a muffin.