Happy Labor Day

Now that I am retired, I think I have a deeper appreciation of those who labor. Of course I worked for a long time and still do creative work every day, but there is work and then there is labor.

I have also done some labor in my time. I worked in a commercial bakery. I worked in supermarkets. I was a cab driver. I have done photography inside nuclear reactors, steel mills and paper mills. I understand what labor is and to all of you who labor…thanks and enjoy your day!

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Smiling Lake George

There are a number of boats that offer parasailing on Lake George. My favorite was the Smile Boat. Not because the parasail design is that great but because it represents the opposite of how I would feel if I were parasailing. Even when I was younger this is not something I would have considered doing. I liked water skiing and still like to snorkel. I learned how to like roller coasters and thrill rides but parasailing has never been on my list.

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Smile over Lake George

Smile over Lake George

Paddle Wheel

I have always been fascinated by paddlewheel boats. Maybe because I grew up in Pittsburgh or maybe because I met my soulmate on the Gateway Party Liner. In any case I find them fascinating to watch. These photos are of the Mini-Ha-Ha on Lake George New York.

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Paddlewheel

Paddlewheel

Close Up

Close Up

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The Mini-Ha-Ha

The only paddle-wheeler on Lake George is the Mini-Ha-Ha. It is also the loudest. It’s steam horn is enough to make you jump and when it is docked it plays loud and mostly awful calliope music. It is much prettier when it is out of port in the middle of the lake and the dock area much quieter.

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The Mini-Ha-Ha

The Mini-Ha-Ha

Fort William Henry Inn

Lake George is a beautiful setting in the Adirondack Mountains. It has a very old history for a new world settlement dating back to the before the French and Indian war. French missionaries settled the area in the 1600’s. There is however no evidence remaining of French culture in the area.

This is probably due to the fact that the English garrison at at Fort William Henry was sieged and eventually everyone massacred during the French-Indian War. Although the British eventually won this pre-revolutionary struggle, French culture was largely driven out of New York State. The Fort has been restored and is now a Museum and next to the Museum is the Fort William Henry Inn which is a popular vacation destination. Every day young pipers welcome tourists and cannon-fire greets the day.

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Fort William Henry

Fort William Henry