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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Great Blog Train

All Aboard!!!
The Great Blog Train

A monthly blog hop departing from your online 
train station on the first Wednesday of every month!

God’s Growing Garden

The Great Blog Train has 5 Engineers
plus a "Destination Co-host"!!
If you link up that means your blog will be seen on 6 different blogs!!!

Please meet our Destination Co-host:
 Robin from "Redo It Yourself Inspirations"
This month we will be travelling to the Adirondacks.

Also, remember to visit the DINING CAR on one of the Engineer's blogs!

If you are interested in being a Co-host for the Great Blog Train then please click HERE and fill out the form (THANK YOU!!)

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-$15 Gift Card to Subway from Lynn
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360 view from summit of Mount Marcy.

Destination: Adirondacks, NY

Tiered swimming holes at "Split Rock Falls", part of the Boquet River in New Russia, New York.

"Mountain Swimming" at Split Rock Falls, my older son diving into a one of the natural pools. 

Location:  Lake Champlain and High Peaks region of New York 

Lake Champlain Region: 
Lake Champlain is situated at 125 miles long in the Valley between the Vermont and New York States. From the Hudson River by the Champlain Canal, it's drained northward by Richelieu River into the St. Lawrence River and out into the Atlantic Ocean. 
The lake is fed by Otter Creek, Winooski, Poultney, Missisquoi and Lamoille Rivers in Vermont and the Ausable, Chazy, Boquet, Saranac and La Chute Rivers in New York. Lake Champlain also receives water from Lake George through the La Chute River.
Portions of the lake freeze each winter. During some winters the entire lake surface freezes, which is referred to as "closing". The lake temperature reaches an average of 70 °F (21 °C) in July and August.

It's also called the "Sixth Great Lake" 

Known For
A Waterway transportation and outdoors recreational area.  Noting the region's rich history of the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, The Battle of Plattsburgh, Forts Ticonderoga, Crown Point (Fort St. Frederic) and Fort William Henry. The Adirondacks is also known for  Logging, Graphite, Iron Ore Mines,  Boating, Camping, "Champ, The Lake Champlain Monster",  Islands and Lighthouses, the D&H Railroad, Log Cabins, Big Game Hunting, and one of the top pro fishing lakes in USA.

Adirondack Mountain Region
The High Peaks is referred to as the Adirondack mountains that rise over 4,000 feet. Hikers take pride and strive to accomplish the "46er Achievement" where they have climbed all of the High Peaks, joining the Forty Sixer Club.  Some of these mountains include  

Some of the Festivals/Events:  National Bass Fishing Tournaments,  Snowmobile and Motocross Racing, Sailing Regattas, War Reenactments, Ice Castles and Winter Festivals. 

Adirondack Mountains Facts: 

  • The rock that makes up most of the High Peaks region is Anorthosite. This rock is more often found well underground than at the Earth's surface which is very common on the moon. Anyone who has ever looked at the moon has seen Anorthosite. It's what makes the lunar highlands so bright.
  • Part of James Fenimore Cooper's 1826 The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 is  set in the Adirondacks. Cooper, from Cooperstown, New York,  first conceived the idea for the book while visiting the Adirondack Mountains in 1825 with a party of English gentlemen. While at Lake George and Glens Falls, impressed with the caves behind the falls, he decided that "it was the very scene for a romance." 
  • In North Elba, is the old farm of the abolitionist John Brown and his final resting place. In 1848, Brown heard of Gerrit Smith's Adirondack land grants to poor black men. He decided to move his family there among the new settlers. He bought land at North Elba (near Lake Placid), for $1 an acre where he spent 2 years. After he was executed, his wife took his body to the homestead for burial. Since 1895, the landmark has been owned by New York state. The John Brown Farm and Gravesite is now a National Historic Landmark which is frequented by visitors.

Here, I'm ice fishing for smelt on the iced over Lake Champlain
at Bulwagga Bay in Port Henry.

Thank you for stopping at the Adirondacks and I hope you enjoyed your visit! 

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  1. Wow!! I am so impressed & learned so much about the Adirondacks. I never realized how French many of the names are (I'm half French Canadian). Amazing pictures!! & I love how you linked the mountains to other pages! Thank you so much for being our first "Destination Cohost"!! (You are going to be a hard act to follow :-)
    Have a great day!

  2. Love the Adirondacks! Following along with you now, thanks for co-hosting this great ride :)

  3. Good Afternoon Robin, It is lovely to meet you and to discover you are our first Destination Cohost. Your photographs are amazing and I thought the photograph of your son was fabulous. Split Rock Falls looks like a wonderful place to visit. I have enjoyed my visit and I have become a new follower via Google+
    Best Wishes to you.

  4. Great photos! Thanks for co-hosting!

  5. Lake Champlain is named after its French Discoverer, Samuel D. Champlain. Oh my, Angel, I've traced the area with genealogy and it is amazing how much of the French/Canadian History is here along with the Wars. I even have copies of transcripts of Fort St. Fredric where my maternal ancestors arrived from. I could post for months on the findings. I'm so happy you enjoyed the sample of what exists here. Thank you for appreciating the post. :)

  6. It's a fantastic area. Thank you for following, Jenn!

  7. Greetings, Daphne, and thank you for visiting. The area is very beautiful. Fortunately, the natives of the area appreciate what they have and nature is enjoyed by them and tourists too.

  8. Thank you, Debi! Honored to be a part of an exquisite group of peers. :)