One thing I've learned over the past ten years is that each waterway has a story to tell about the role it played in human history. Waterways were used in exploration, trade, and strategically in warfare...especially so in King Philip's War and the American Revolution. Most of the stories from those conflicts are lacking in details. However, the evacuation of Fort Ticonderoga by American forces on July 6, 1777 was an exception thanks to the notes kept by James Thacher, M.D. Reading Thacher's notes compelled me in June 2016 to retrace their escape route. Paddling in their wake I could imagine them taking a leisurely pace while believing the floating chain barrier behind them would delay their pursuers. They were mistaken.