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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Friday: Fort Montgomery

PR has this weird schedule where he ends up working on weekends, and then gets a weekday Friday was his day off, and we decided to embrace the Hudson Valley history and visit Fort Montgomery. The Fort remains lay in a scenic hillside grassland, near Bear Mountain. You actually walk along a gravel path where the excavated Fort foundation lies. On October 6, 1777 the Fort was attacked and, because General Clinton and his soldiers were vastly outnumbered 7 to 1, completely devastated. The relics found are quite amazing, though. The most remarkable are a pair of buttons with "Liberty" inscribed.

The views from the grounds are amazing, especially now with the vibrant colors of fall. There is a nice little hike to a small pedestrian bridge as well. The Fort has a museum of artifacts and the staff performed a musket demonstration (Owen was a big fan of this....little boy, loud noises and guns...what could be better?)

If anyone is in the area, this Saturday, September 27th there will be a big event at Fort Montgomery, 11am to 6pm. Reenactments and more. Check it out if you have the opportunity!

We spent the latter part of the afternoon at West Point. PR had a doctor's appointment, so the kids enjoyed some time at the playground. I was AMAZED at Owen's compassion towards Caroline. He asked if she wanted to join him on the slide, and she climbed into his lap, he wrapped his arms around her, and they zoomed down- probably 15 times before she decided she was ready for a new feat. There could be hope for the jealous big brother after all!!

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