Our Trip to Hague, NY and Fort Ticonderoga
Carlos was really interested in the Revolutionary War last year, particularly the capture of Fort Ticonderoga and the involvement of Benedict Arnold. When my friend messaged me the Groupon for admission to the fort and its fall corn maze I knew we had to go. This was supposed to be the weekend to run the Vermont 50 so it was nice to have something to take my mind off of that. Of course as we were driving up to our cabin on Lake George we began to see runners along side of the road. It was dark already and the runners all had the same safety vests on. Finally we came upon an exchange area and I saw that it was the Ragnar Relay Adirondacks which runs 196.2 miles from Saratoga Springs to Lake Placid. Of course a wave of envy and excitement came over me and I began to have all kinds of wild ideas about running a relay!
We stopped in the bustling town of Saratoga Springs for dinner. The restaurants were jamming and most places had quite a wait time so we ended up at the Circus Cafe. Their menu was very accommodating for a family with a picky 7 year old and a vegan. After dinner we walked around a bit in Saratoga. Orlando and I decided it would be a fun place for the two of us to explore a bit some weekend.
We arrived at the Trout House Village Resort in Hague, NY around 9pm. We checked in and drove over to our cabin. I have always had a penchant for log cabins. We stayed on the first floor in the Montcalm cabin. It was adorable, clean and cozy.
I was ready to explore on Saturday morning. I rallied up the boys and we did a short hike behind the resort. It took about 20 minutes to discover these views…
After the hike we took a short walk into Hague where we were told we might encounter coffee. First we came across a wall dedicated to war veterans from the town of Hague. It goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War.
We found coffee at the Hague Market, but we were also hoping for more of a coffee shop where we could sit and have a bite to eat too.
So we went back to the cabin and drove into Ticonderoga. Thanks to the Yelp app on my phone we discovered Libby’s Bakery. It was a great find. The staff was very friendly. The cafe had just the right touches of quaint and classic without looking old and outdated. I was more than thrilled to be able to have coffee with soy milk, not an easy find in this area.
On the drive back I made Orlando pull over so I could take a photo of the beautiful scenery.
We also stopped at a roadside market for some apples and discovered more gorgeous views.
Back at Trout Village we took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and enjoyed all of the water amenities on the resort’s small beach on Lake George. We kayaked, took a row boat out, Carlos and Orlando went swimming, and later in the day when our friends from even further up north came to visit we went out in a paddle boat.
My friend, also known here on the blog as my Peace Corps site mate, has two very adorable children. Her son is two and a half and her daughter will be a year this week. Despite the 4+ hours between us we have somehow managed to see each other at least 2-3 times a year although it’s been even more often over the last couple of years. I think this was the fourth time we’ve seen each other this year. We rarely spend a great deal of time making plans because things just seem to fall into place on their own…like this day. The weather could not have been more perfect. The kids all had a great time playing on the beach and in the water. Carlos loves playing with the little ones and I just adore how my friend’s son seems to get excited when he sees Carlos now. Once everyone had enough sun and fun we went to dinner.
By the time we got back to the cabin the temperature had dropped considerably. We got all bundled up and settled in for the night. We had big plans for the next day!
Aimee…what gorgeous scenery. It makes me want to be more out in nature. I just love it when you have a friend that you can see only a few times a year, but you can jump back in like you never had any time apart.