Formed some 500 million years ago when the raging waters of the Ausable River began to wear away the sandstone strata, Ausable Chasm is 2 miles of gorgeous, natural eye candy. The tour begins with a rim hike that passes cascading waterfalls and unusual stone formations such as Elephant's Head and Jacob's Well before descending into the fissure on a series of stairs, walkways, and bridges. About 1 mile in, the tour switches to a raft ride that floats through narrow crevasses, over a whirlpool basin, and even shoots the rapids a few times. It is a trip that is exciting and enchanting, as well as informative.
After another hour back on the road, I came to my second stop, Fort Ticonderoga, though, much to my dismay, the skies had turned overcast and drizzly. Ready to brave whatever the elements would bring, I left the dryness of my car and entered the star-shaped compound. Built by the French in 1755, Fort Ticonderoga served as a pivotal stronghold in both the French & Indian War and the American Revolution. Originally named Fort Carillon, the fort underwent a name change when it was captured by Sir Jeffrey Amherst on July 27, 1759. It is also the scene of America's first decisive victory in the quest for independence. I got a great glimpse into history as I strolled the various barracks and fortified walls that overlook Lake Champlain. I particularly enjoyed the military music performance by the Fife and Drum Corp.
Just as I had finished up my visit to Fort Ticonderoga and was walking to my car, the clouds opened up and I was caught in a heavy downpour. I sprinted to the vehicle with the hope that it was only a passing shower, but that was not the case. The skies would threaten for the rest of the evening. By the time I finally reached the resort at Lake George, the rain was steady. After checking in and unpacking, the conditions were still very wet so I decided to drive around the village to look for a place to eat. I spotted a quaint restaurant called the Lobster Pot. I found their nautical decor charming and the seafood bisque quite delicious.
After dinner, the weather gave me a very small window of opportunity to end my long day of driving with a little bit of putting at Goony Golf. As I stroked my way through 18 cleverly-themed holes, I wished in my mind for sunny weather for the two days that would follow. It was a wish that would come true...
"He that loveth not knoweth not God;
for God is love."
~1 John 4:8