As soon as we arrived in New York I signed up for a Friday co-op for the kids. They enjoyed the peer interaction and I enjoyed the peer interaction but we seemed to lose our Fridays every week. Friday is Kenny’s only day off so we decided that during the spring semester we wouldn’t do the co-op but take every Friday to explore something about our rich historical area.
It really was a great plan. But we didn’t make a list as we had intended. Today was the first day we actually made it anywhere.
It was a great day. We should do it every Friday! 😉
Today we drove to Stillwater, New York, to the Saratoga National Historic Park — the site of the Battle of Saratoga. If anyone needs a quick brush up on their history it was this battle that was the turning point of the Revolutionary War. (and no, I did not remember that until I was reminded during the overview film in the visitor’s center. I knew it was an important battle but that was about all I remembered.)
We arrived a couple minutes late for the start of the film but they let us sneak in. Afterwards the kids played dress-up.
They listened to the battle story again while watching lights representing the British and the Americans dance across an elaborate topographical map.
They played in a tent like the Revolutionary soldiers would have slept in.
Finally we made it outside.
And we were *blown away* by the beauty of the landscape.
We looked at lots of cannons.
And babykins got to stretch his little legs.
It was a glorious day in God’s creation. We can’t wait to go back and explore more.