They are sheriff's deputies going down the canal in what look like over sized jet skis. They were wearing their sheriff's uniforms with shorts--no swim suits.
They even shot period muskets during the ceremony!
The visitor's center had some great costumes they let people put on--we got some great pictures of Noah and Tom, didn't we?
These are the outside walls of the fort with a guard house in the background. You can see the berm that provided some protection to the fort. You can't see the sharpened logs (between 10 and 20 feet long) that were stuck out of the walls--they looked pretty wicked!
We also went to the Children's Museum in Utica and had a great time. It is located in an old building across from the train station. It looks like an old hotel to me with a beautiful staircase leading up to the 2nd and 3rd floors. Lucky for me, there is also an elevator that took us all the way up to the 5th floor. After a quick look at the ground level, we took the elevator to the rest of the floors.
The train display was really interesting and Ben and Noah were fascinated. The train in the foreground went round and round throughout the display.
Sam, Grandma Marilyn and Grandpa Bill also enjoyed the trains.
This room also had a huge hairy tarantula spider, as well as a working beehive! The hive had two glass sides so we could actually watch the bees work and they had their own little bridge from the beehive to the window where they were able to exit and re-enter. We were impressed.