Posted by Gayle on August 04, 1998 at 09:03:24:
For those of you expressed interest in the location of the cliffs, here are the more precise directions:
After leaving Ft. William Henry, Hawkeye, Chingachgook, Uncas, Duncan and Munro took their canoes north on Lake George in search of Cora, Alice and David Gamut. The Hurons were, of course, booking it overland for the Canadian border as fast as they could go. At one point they took the whole party up the center of the Schroon River (no more than a creek before it peters out at the upper end) in order to hide their trail in the water.
Our heros engaged in an interesting chase scene with another group of Hurons in canoes through the islands at the northern end of Lake George. Having won the race, they left the lake just at the narrow neck connecting it with Lake Champlain and portaged their canoes up to Fort Ticonderoga. They then launched into Champlain and followed the shore up about to Crown Point. Then they took to land again and headed northwest into the Schroons (Scaroons, as Natty called them), a desolate area between Lakes Champlain and Placid which is also known as the "deserts of Arabia" or "steepes of tartary". They picked up the tracks of the Narragansetts the girls were riding when Uncas dammed a narrow portion of the Schroon and thus revealed the prints in the creekbed.
The cliffs and the Huron and Delaware camps in which Cora and Alice were separately held prisoner were by the shores of Lake Placid, as far as I can tell. It's definitely too far north and west to be Schroon Lake, and Placid is the only other choice up that far.
For a magnificent view of the scenery in which all this took place, search on Color Landform Atlas of the United States - click on New York State and click on Shaded Relief Map. It will blow your mind!
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