|Even though I know better, when I think of New York, I think of New York City, so it seems really strange to be in New York State and be driving through all these heavily wooded hills, and little towns nestled in little valleys, but that is what we did all day today. We drove the back roads to Saratoga, Glens Falls and finally Ticonderoga. Saratoga is noted for its historic houses, racetrack, (lots of horse stuff all around) and mineral springs. We visited a lovely old estate garden, Yaddo Garden, now a retreat for artists, passed by the race course and lunched at the largest of the grand old historic hotels. Then it was on to Glens Falls, a paper mill town with the oly privately owned paper mill in the U.S.,also noted for its grand old homes. We visited the Hyde Collection, a collection of art and home furnishings which is housed in the original American Renaissance house of the original paper mill owners. The collection included some real gems and it was very interesting to seem them displayed as the owners had them. We drove on to Ticonderoga for the night past Lake George, a real resort area with motels, and amusements of all sorts everywhere. For a time, it was difficult to see the lake at all. Tomorrow we plan on visiting the Fort of French and Indian and Revolutionary War fame before we catch the ferry across Lake Champlaine to Vermont.