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Big Trip 2014 - Adirondacks

Leaving the Finger Lakes, we drove through the Adirondack Mountains, where we stopped at Fort Ticonderoga, and made a quick trip to Vermont. The Adirondacks are gorgeous, with lakes and trees everywhere you look. I know Brigham Young said that the Salt Lake Valley was "The Place, but someone in the Adirondacks begs to differ... Fort Ticonderoga Fort Ticonderoga was originally built by the French during the French and Indian War in the late 1750's. Later on during that war it was captured by the British and held until captured by Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys during the American Revolution. In 1775, Colonel Henry Knox came to Ticonderoga to get the cannons that were hauled overland during a harsh winter and used to safeguard and save Boston from the British. Vermont Leaving Fort Ticonderoga, we drove North on our way to Montreal. Since Vermont was right across Lake Champlain from us, we made a brief

Big Trip 2014 - Seneca Falls

Being the History major that I am, the other town o interest to me was Seneca Falls, New York. If you've not heard of Seneca Falls before, it's where Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and several other well-known Suffragists of the mid-1800's lived, and was the location of the first-ever Conference on Women's Rights. As a firm believer in the rights of women, I was thrilled to get an opportunity to visit, and channel some of my historical heroines.  Church building where the Conference was held Waterfall Monument displaying the words to the Declaration of Sentiments, document produced by the Convention. Today Seneca Falls is a beautiful small town that sits on the banks of Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes of New York, and is home to the National Women's Hall of Fame.  After Seneca Falls, it was late, and I was totally starving after all our adventures. We ended up finding the coolest little diner in a town called

Big Trip 2014 - Palmyra

It's been a few weeks since I last posted. Life has been crazy, and I feel like I missed half of September. Part of that was due to a trip I took this last week to the Northeastern US and Canada. Six days, 1,300 miles, and much to see. Palmyra Our first stop was Palmyra, New York. This is where the LDS Church first began, and I was thrilled to finally be able to see the historical sites there. It was such a great experience to walk in the footsteps of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and to see where great Spiritual events occurred. Here I am at the entrance to "The Sacred Grove", where Joseph Smith had his First Vision of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The Hill Cumorah, where Joseph met and was instructed by the Angel Moroni, prior to receiving the Gold Plates The log home and farm where the Smith family lived at the time of the First Vision and initial instructions from Moroni. Frame home where the Smith family