Cooperstown and Lake Ostego home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. It is said that native of Cooperstown Abner Doubleday invented baseball. The origins are more complicated than that, however.
Nearby is the Brewery Ommegang. This was a highlight of the area with wide range of Belgian style ales and a serious contender for best of that style of ale....I say this even though I am from Fort Collins, the home of New Belgium brewery.
....On to Saratoga Springs. A nice. if not a bit posh area with natural springs to tour and actually taste.
This particular spring is surrounded by a bed of deposits.
This spring is very popular and many line up to fill jugs to take home and use for drinking water. A good reason for this is, this water actually tasted good!
Lake George with more spectacular autumn colour action.
Lake George was originally named Andia-ta-roc-te. In 1755, British colonial forces renamed the body of water Lake George after King George II. After that, well that is history....
Speaking of history, Saratoga National Historical Park. A self-guided tour of the Saratoga battlefield. We drove the loop and saw how the lines of the war went down, marked by blue poles for the Americans and red for the British. There was a boot monument for Benedict Arnold and farm sites set up for fortifcations.
A blurb from the website states:
Here in the autumn of 1777 American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender. This crucial American victory renewed patriots' hopes for independence, secured essential foreign recognition and support, and forever changed the face of the world.
It is all more complicated than this, if you want to know more check this out:
I had to add this picture for Cait. She really likes this style of house and it shows more of the colour.