ECHO Aquarium

This is a nice aquarium across the lake in Burlington VT (Bernie Sanders country). It focuses on the wildlife of Lake Champlain. Some photos from a visit: The Aquarium is right on the shore of Lake Champlain The Aquarium Snapping Turtle Green Frog — that’s the species name, not a description  😉 Painted Turtle Wood … More ECHO Aquarium

War of 1812 Museum

The War of 1812 has been virtually forgotten in the US–probably because we don’t like to celebrate wars we didn’t win. But there was a major battle here in Plattsburgh back in 1814, commemorated by a small museum near the lake. Right next door to the War of 1812 Museum is a park commemorating the … More War of 1812 Museum

Fort Ticonderoga

Well, since it finally stopped raining, i was able to spend the day at Fort Ticonderoga. Built in 1755 by the French, the Fort was captured by the british in the French and Indian War. In 1775, it was taken from the Brits by Ethan Allen at the start of the revolutionary War, was captured … More Fort Ticonderoga

Oriskany Battlefield

Oriskany was an interesting Revolutionary War battle for several reasons. In terms of percent of troops engaged, it had the highest casualty rate of any battle in the war. It also illustrated a fact which is often forgotten about the Revolutionary War: it was also a civil war. Only about one-third of the American colonists … More Oriskany Battlefield