Adirondack Mountains

July 2016

We follow a blog titled “Snowbird RV Trails”, click here to see their travel blog. They posted a blog on July 10, 2016 about the “Loop” through the Adirondack High Peaks. It looked very interesting, so we decided to give it a go.20160721_113800(0)This is very close to our campground.20160712_101935The Adirondack Park is 6-million acres, that is larger than the state of Massachusetts.  It is not a federal park, but almost half is owned by the State of New York and the other half is private land including farms, timberland’s, businesses, homes, camps and settlements.  It is protected by the state constitution as a “forever wild” forest preserve. The Adirondack Forest Preserve is probably the most protected wilderness region in the nation.20160712_102906High Peaks North Welcome center. The Adirondack Park consist of 3,000 lakes & ponds, more than 30,000 miles of rivers & streams; over 2,000 miles of well-maintained and relatively easy-to-walk trails and there are 44 mountains that are over 4000′ in elevation.20160712_103024 - CopySo I hope you can see this and follow along.  We left the welcome center (noted on the map) heading north on I 87. We took the #30 exit on NY-73 and headed to Lake Placid, then NY-86 to Saranac Lake, then south on NY-3 to Tupper Lake, followed NY-30 south to Long Lake, then south again to Blue Mountain Lake, heading east on 30-28 to Indian Lake, to North River, through North Creek, continuing on NY-28 to Warrensburg and on to Lake George.  Total trip was around 7 hours.20160712_103024There is so much to see here.  We did not get to everything, but saw a few of the highlights.20160712_104612The scenery is beautiful.20160712_104656Look, Elizabethtown…but we headed to Lake Placid.20160712_10503020160712_105131The highest point in New York and the Adirondacks is Mt.Marcy at 5344′.  That is not even as high as Mt.LeConte in the Smoky Mountains at 6593′.  But it is so beautiful here.20160712_10525720160712_110005The first town is Keene Valley.  The brown and yellow sign you see on the left points to a trailhead.  There are thousands of these signs on the roads in the Adirondacks.  This one is pointing to Garden Trailhead.20160712_110029There are nice houses everywhere up here.20160712_110828Then into Keene.20160712_110915You might notice that I sometimes include photos of fire stations and libraries, because I was a Construction Project Manager for building fire stations and libraries and I like to see what other towns are doing.20160712_110956This place looked cool “Brew Castle”.  The sign above the ice cooler is “Craft Beer, Ice, local food, trail snacks, groceries, Firewood”. What more could you want?20160712_111017There are streams like this everywhere.20160712_111758We are climbing.20160712_111933With a river along the side of the road. (Sorry about the photo, too much reflection)20160712_112726This is the only shot we got of the ski jumps at Lake Placid.  Go to Snowbird RV Trails to see better photos.  They wanted $7.00 a piece to get closer.  We did not want to ride the ski lift up to the top, so this is all we got.  Very impressive though, even from this far away.  That is CRAZY high.20160712_113250Lake Placid – home to the 1932 & 1980 Olympic Winter Games.20160712_113303We missed the Horse Shows by 2 days.  I bet it would have been fun.20160712_113322Beautiful fields for the horse shows.20160712_114449Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum.  We should have stopped, but we didn’t.  Maybe next time.20160712_114521Adirondack Community Church.  It is so pretty, just look at the mountains in the background.20160712_114545The village has a Swiss Alps kind of feel.20160712_11460020160712_114611Cute downtown area.20160712_114733Oh look, the Lake Placid Public Library.  I bet it is cute inside.20160712_114747Swiss Alps kind of feel.20160712_114754Lake Placid has a lake!20160712_11490120160712_114908It is very beautiful here.  We could spend several days here and not see everything.  Sorry we are just driving through.  This would be a place I would like to come back to.20160712_114949Nice place and I took this shot from a moving vehicle.20160712_120042On to Saranac Lake, the Capital of the Adirondacks.20160712_120241Beautiful water.20160712_120416Nice houses on the water.20160712_120556The capital of the Adirondacks. Cool looking building.20160712_120559Looking downtown Saranac Lake.20160712_121130Beautiful water everywhere.20160712_122926(0)Tupper Lake.  We were looking forward to Tupper Lake and it was close to lunch time.20160712_123229But we got there and all of the streets are torn up, and not just one, all of them.20160712_124555The lake is beautiful though.20160712_12492420160712_124953Check out this boathouse with 4 boat doors.20160712_125002On to Long Lake.20160712_12583320160712_130529This is still part of Tupper Lake20160712_130541The center of town of Long Lake. Population in 2010 – 711.20160712_130856The Lake is 14 miles long.20160712_13091220160712_130739Welcome Aboard, Long Lake Boat Tours.20160712_130800They have several float-planes on the lake. This blue one was taking off.20160712_131054Beautiful canoes everywhere.20160712_130811We decided to have lunch at the historic Adirondack Hotel.20160712_130814Cute place and we got to eat out on the patio.20160712_131355We had sandwiches for lunch and it was very pleasant.20160712_135637The front desk of the hotel with a large Moose head.  The young lady thought it came from Canada. She is from Oklahoma and liked our accent.  Her husband is from here and they are working here for the summer.20160712_141453After lunch we headed south on NY- 30/28 to Blue Mountain Lake.20160712_141504And discovered the Adirondack Museum.20160712_141527With a Large Adirondack chair.  The map to the left of the chair shows the layout of this museum.  24 buildings and 121 acres.  This will have to be another day.  It is after 2:00 by now and we still have to get back to Lake George. (We did make it back and that will be the next blog post)20160712_141722The Steamboat Landing store in Blue Mountain Lake.  It would be fun to wander around in there.20160712_141813This is Lake Durant, not a town, just a beautiful lake20160712_143407From Blue Mountain Lake, we made it Indian Lake.20160712_143554I love the metal Moose in the Lake.20160712_14370720160712_144846Between North River and North Creek, we started to see a lot of whitewater rafting companies.  Not much right here, but they must bus them up river.20160712_14493920160712_153446And then there is a Howard Johnson’s Restaurant.  I don’t think I have seen one of those is 45 years.

I hope you enjoyed the trip around the Loop.  If you are ever in this area, don’t miss this place.  Spend a little time in Lake Placid and the Adirondack Museum.  That will be the next blog post.


Lake George, NY

July 8 – 22, 2016

We arrived in Lake George on my birthday, July 8.  A day early, I might add, which was my fault.  I don’t know what I was thinking.  The staff was so very nice about it.20160713_082939King Phillips Campground located on Bloody Pond Rd., a few miles south on the center of Lake George, NY.20160710_103511Our site has a lot of trees. Nice and very shady site.  This is a nice change since the last 3 weeks we have lived in full sun.20160715_192951It gets crowded in here on the weekends.20160716_193935Sunset through the canopy of trees.20160716_194040Plus we get to have a campfire again.

Saturday July 9, 2016 was rainy and overcast.  So we decided to clean the inside, like the floors and the bathroom. Then we headed off to do the laundry.  We decided to go to a laundromat instead of the campground laundry since we had so many dirty clothes. (Have not done laundry in 10 days.)20160709_121210We found this very nice and clean Dix Avenue Laundromat, in Queensbury, NY. They had multiple sizes of washers, TV and a lot of large dryers.20160709_121203They even have an exercise room with it’s own TV.  There was lots of places to sit and a table where I could sit and write in my journal.  We were done in about an hour.  We headed to Walmart, of course.  And got back to the 5th wheel to find this…20160710_081905The ceiling fan blade arm broke off.  The fan blade was laying on the floor near the door and the fan was spinning wildly.  Thank goodness we were not in the rig when this happened.  No telling what injury we might have. Since the ceiling fan blades had broken before, we ended up with a whole new ceiling fan in a box from when we were in Ocala.  So we opened the box and the blade holders are not the same color as the fan we have.  Go figure!!  Cliff put one of them on there anyway and we can still use it.  We will change out the rest some other rainy day.

Monday July 11, 2016 – we found a really nice bike trail just outside of our campground. The Warren County Bikeway. This is a little different than the trail at Seneca Lake State Park, this one has hills.Image result for warren county bike trail mapWe ride from Bloody Pond Rd to Glen Lake and back.  We also discovered a new app called Map My Ride.  It has been a cool way to track where we ride, how far we ride, how long we ride and how fast we ride.  This will be on the post I am working on called “A few of my favorite things…”

After our ride and showers we headed to Lake George.  There is a trolley service into the village so you don’t have to worry about parking.20160711_112210Next door is a small amusement park called Magic Forest. It is really for small kids and families.  The trolley stop is at the stone wall.  You can see part of the bike trial in front of the stone wall.20160711_11220720160711_112143There is a BIG Uncle Sam and if you look really close to left of the ferris wheel is a large Paul Bunyan.

20160711_113742And there it is.  The Beautiful Lake George. The Queen of American Lakes.  It is 32 miles long and 3 miles wide at the widest.20160711_114319Look how clear the water is…20160711_113753Lots of parasailing on this lake.20160711_11381820160711_113829The Adirondack mountains all around.20160711_114340The Minne-Ha-Ha, one of the boats in the Lake George Steamboat Company20160711_114851The beautiful Adirondac boat is part of the Lake George Shoreline Cruises.  There are several options for cruises on Lake George.  You can cruise in the morning, afternoon, lunch cruises and dinner cruises.20160713_085909This is the old railroad station, it is now the gift shop for the Lake George Steamboat Company. You can see Fort William Henry on right.20160713_085913There’s our trolley.  The driver was very nice and even got off and pointed out a plaque he thought we would be interested in.20160713_085836Wilbur was a busy man. He was a seaman at age 15 and had a Masters license by 25.  Then he became an attorney. He rebuilt the Lake George Steamboat Company and founded the New Orleans Steamboat Company.  Pretty cool.20160713_085923The monument with Wilbur’s plaque.20160711_121023Cool little store fronts along the main street.

Then off to dinner with some friends from Blueberry Hill.20160711_161618Ninety Nine Restaurant in Saratoga Springs, NY20160711_162008There are 99 signs around the restaurant with reasons you should come here.  The restaurant began in 1952 on 99 State St., Boston, MA.  The founder, Charlie Doe was given a horseshoe for good luck by his wife.  The logo was created when the horseshoe was placed around the nines of the address.20160711_183220Our Blueberry Hill and shuffleboard friends, Kenny and Linda.  We had a great visit and the food was really good.  It was nice to catch up.  We are so glad we were able to make this happen.

Wednesday July 13, 2016 – we went for a very early bike ride, got cleaned up and headed back to Lake George for a 10:30 cruise.  We chose the Lake George Steamboat Company because of the reviews I had read online and it was a narrated cruise with lots of information about the Lake.This picture is from their website.  The Mohican was our boat.20160713_090844This is the picture I took.20160713_090852As we were leaving the dock.  We got 2 chairs on the rail on the 2nd level.20160713_093530It is going to be a beautiful cruise. The large houses along the Lake is called Millionaire’s Row.20160713_094039There are some rather large homes along this beautiful lake.  If I had that kind of money, I think I would have a house here too.20160713_094643The front lawn of this one was amazing.  The Captain told us who owned these, but I could not remember them all and which name went to which house.  Sorry.20160713_095414It was hot and hazy today, so the pictures do not show how blue the water is and the mountains are so green.20160713_09543220160713_10100320160713_102443This is the Sagamore Resort.  They have rooms ranging from $399.00 to $1,119.00.  High dollar kind of place.20160713_102544This hotel was built in 1883 and has a panoramic view of Lake George.20160713_102552Lots of waves as the boat goes by.20160713_102554It is stunning.20160713_102634There is an open air restaurant right on the water.20160713_103756Beautiful landscape along the lake.20160713_103801This is called the narrows and the captain took the boat right through it.20160713_104014“The Last of the Mohicans” was based here. The novel was published in 1826.  The novel is set in 1757 during the French and Indian War. It details the transportation of the two daughters of Colonel Munro, Alice and Cora, to a safe destination at Fort William Henry.  Most of the movie was filmed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina though.20160713_104023Beautiful little islands everywhere.20160713_104617Most of the islands are owned by the State of New York.  Some of the islands are single tent sites and you can only get there by water.  Brett and Julie, you would love this place. Take your kayak and your tent and the whole island is yours for as long as you can reserve it.  Some islands allow more than one tent and some have houses.  But the only way to get to them is by water or snowmobile if the lake is frozen over.20160713_105402Then the Captain drove us into Paradise Bay.20160713_105450Very pretty in here.20160713_105457The water is so clear.20160713_111005Nice house with matching boat house.20160713_111036Another nice boat house.  We could not see the house because of the trees, but I bet it is nice too, based on that boat house.20160713_111725The Adirondack Mountains are so pretty around the lake.20160713_113940This island had a lot of houses.20160713_113945The mountains are beautiful.20160713_114315This is the home of John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox.  He has a banner on the chimney for the Red Sox.20160713_114339He has a nice place.20160713_115541Wonderful wooden boats.  That was the end of our 2.5 hour boat cruise of Lake George.

20160713_124223It was after 1:30 by the time we disembarked, so we walked down the street and decided to have a slice of New York pizza.  It was wonderful. Chicken, bacon, ranch pizza.

20160717_141101This place in on Hwy 9 and is always packed.  We will have to try it before we leave, plus it has my mothers name, Martha’s.

Finger Lakes Region IV

July 5, 2016

We made a few more stops before we left the Finger Lakes to head to Lake George.  Here they are.20160705_123216Rose Hill Mansion.  The tour focuses on the Swan family who lived here from 1850 to 1890.20160705_123148A Greek Revival house built in 1839.20160705_123114Good view of the Belvedere.  The architectural feature at the peak of the roof.  They opened the windows in the belvedere for ventilation.20160705_113949There is a skylight at the top of the stairs.20160705_114547There are several pieces from the Swan family.  The wallpaper and the carpeting is all reproductions.20160705_114603Each piece that was from the Swan family has a little swan on it.20160705_11455520160705_122656The view of Seneca Lake from the front window.20160705_11470620160705_114711These 2 daughters, Maggie and Agnes, are the only children that survived their parents and lived into adulthood.  Mrs. Swan had 3 sons to die within 4 years of each other.  1 died at child birth and 2 died from illness when they were adolescents.  The eldest daughter Mary died at 33 during childbirth. Maggie lived to 44.  Agnes lived to 87. Agnes was a well known artist in her day.  20160705_120554This is a wood rug.  It was made of thin veneer and rolled up.  When it was brought to the house, it was unrolled and set in the floor.  This is original to the house when the Swan’s lived here.  It is over 150 years old.20160705_12060320160705_120751A Swan family piece.20160705_120757This is also from the Swan family.20160705_122257Staircase from the 2nd floor.20160705_122421Agnes married Waldo Hutchins in Geneva, NY in October 1894.  They had 2 children, Waldo Jr. and Margaret (named for Agnes’ mother). Margaret owned a 1916 Ford Model-T that is on exhibit in the visitor center.  Waldo Hutchins, Jr purchased Rose Hill for the Historical Society and donated considerable funds for the restoration.  For more information about the Swan family, click here.20160705_123159The view down the driveway with Seneca Lake in front of you.  I really enjoyed this tour.  The guide was very knowledgeable and you could ask a lot of questions.  If you are ever in the area, you should go to this mansion.


July 6, 2016 – Canandaigua, NY20160707_135921Beautiful village west of Waterloo and Geneva.  The town sits on Canandaigua Lake.  This is the fourth Finger Lake that we saw.  We did not get to all of them, but we think we hit the highlights.20160707_135943These little boat houses line these short streets on the water.20160707_135951They park their boats under the living space.20160707_140011It is so cute.20160707_140042This is right at the center of town on the waterfront.20160707_140121Beautiful lake view from the point.20160707_140222I love the sailboats.20160707_14023820160707_140359Very cool Ice Cream place.  The chairs are darling. I never did see the name of this place, but you know what they sell.20160707_140407Cool looking Restaurant.20160707_140826The Ontario County Court House.  Gold statue on top of the dome.20160707_140856St. Mary’s Church20160707_140854The first baptism recorded in this church was November 26, 1848. The church was much smaller then. The front and part of the sidewall were incorporated into this structure.20160707_141356The first wedding recorded in this church was December 9, 1849.  The church was expanded around 1861.20160707_140922Beautiful homes in this town and another look at a belvedere.20160707_141201Tree lined streets.20160707_141325Such a beautiful town.20160707_141327So Patriotic. We should have spent more time in Canandaigua.

20160707_151200This is in Geneva, NY.20160707_154140We also learned what these are for.  When the snow piles up, these break the snow as it thaws so that it does not fall off the roof in large chunks.  That could kill someone.  These spike like things are everywhere.20160707_155232The bar at the Finger Lakes Moose Lodge.  You can purchase a mug and have your name engraved on it.  So every time you come in, you get to use your own mug.  Kind of cool. We really enjoyed our stay at the Finger Lakes.  We saw a lot of sites and missed a lot too.  Very cool place with lots of lakes and beautiful country roads.  We never knew what to expect and were totally overwhelmed by the beauty.

On to Lake George, NY.

Sampson Military Museum

July 2016

We are currently in Lake George, NY, but I want to go back and post about a few more places we visited while we were in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

When we told my Dad, Ed Davis, that we were going to the Finger Lakes, he told us that he went to basic training for the Navy in the Finger Lakes.  Then another friend of ours, Bob Lewis, told us he went to the Air Force Base training in Sampson in the Finger Lakes.

We decided we had to check this out since we know 2 totally unrelated people that went to Sampson for basic training, one the Navy and one the Air Force.  There is now a Military Museum dedicated to both the Navy and the Air Force.  It is located in Sampson State Park.20160628_11562720160702_105658The drive into the park.20160702_120347The Museum.  The only building left of the whole training base.  This was the brig/stockade. The building is split in half, one side is dedicated to the Navy training base and the other side to the Air Force training base.20160702_105938The Navy used this location from 1942 – 1945.  The Air Force used this facility from 1950 -1956.20160628_120928There are beautiful statues.20160702_10585320160702_12012620160702_12013520160702_113158This is the courtyard of the brig.20160702_11323620160702_113212The training facility was named for William Thomas Sampson.20160702_113218There is only one of the these for the Air Force, not one for the Navy.20160702_110025I know the picture is small, but look at the one on the bottom, in the middle.  Look at how many men were here training. They trained over 400,000 men for the Navy to fight in World War II.20160702_110234These “boots” or leggings were worn until they completed their training.20160702_110354It was not easy.  The museum is filled with memorabilia. 20160702_110412Almost everything has been donated.20160702_11045620160702_111002A pillow cover.20160702_111059There was a choir.20160702_111755Cooking School20160702_111925Check out the menu for Fourth of July. I am not sure who was still here, since everything printed, said it closed in 1945.  And there was no one to ask.20160702_111807And Barbers.  They also had a baseball team and a football team.20160702_111904It was a town with their own hospital, fire station, etc.20160702_112214The Commander.20160702_112336Check this out!! This is the biggest snow plow I have ever seen.20160702_112356On the front of this truck.20160702_112347That is some deep snow.  My father told me that when he came here is was 20 below zero and they made them sit on concrete blocks. That was cold!20160702_112418Training in boats and there were a lot of them.20160628_120459This is the marina today with a sea wall or maybe that is a lake wall.20160628_120430Nice boat launches. 20160702_112531Cliff got to look through a telescope that went up through the roof.  You can look at the lake and the whole park from right here.20160702_112704Japan surrendered on the U.S.S Missouri on September 2, 1945, marking the close of WW II. This bronze plaque marked the spot on the Missouri where the surrender papers were signed. This was very cool to see.20160702_111346I would love to have seen the inside of this book.20160702_11152120160702_111548

Now off to the Air Force side.20160702_113347They have a very nice library.20160702_113419All of the different types of aircraft.20160702_11351120160702_113556This is such a great print.  The next frames are closer so that you, hopefully, can read it.  It explains what each of the 13 folds mean when the flag is folded after it is draped over a coffin.20160702_113616Did you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the 1776? Did not know that!20160702_11362720160702_113631I loved this.20160702_113739A pillow cover.20160702_114352Hospital on the left and fire station upper right corner.20160702_11443120160702_114449_00120160702_114456They could send postcards to family.20160702_114555Ready for inspection.20160702_11474920160702_114813Wow.20160702_114818Eyes Right! I love this one.

At the end, they have a couple of cells and solitary confinement cells that you can tour.20160702_115521And a room full of photos of a lot of different ships.20160702_115238My father was from Pennsylvania. 20160702_115259This was the U.S.S. Rocky Mount.  We thought this was interesting since my cousin Claire and her family live there, plus my Aunt Stevie is close in Nashville, NC and our new friends Rush and Lola are from Rocky Mount.20160702_115339The sailor on the left is from Mt.Juliet, TN.  I did not see my father’s picture on any of them and there was no one there to explain why there was a picture of certain people on each ship photo.

It was a beautiful visit and we are so glad we went.20160702_122713The farms on the way back to Waterloo were beautiful.20160702_12273120160702_122738The wheat in the foreground and the corn in the background.  We hope you enjoyed the tour.

Travel Day

July 8, 2016 – Travel Day

I am going to bring everyone up to date, then finish our posts of the Finger Lakes Region.

We left Waterloo, NY around 8:30 AM and headed east on I-90.  It is approximately 204 miles from Waterloo to Lake George. I was told not to go through Albany, but to take a short cut at Amsterdam.  So, of course, I researched it to death before we left.  I checked the Trucker’s Atlas, RV Trip Wizard, Google Maps and Good Sam Trip Planner.  They all gave me the same route.

We get to Balliston Spa, NY, turn right on Malta Ave and we see this bridge.  An overpass that is marked 12′-11″.  STOP!  To our right is a driveway up to a business with what looks like a pretty large parking lot. So we turned into the driveway and up to the business.  There were signs that said “No U Turn” and “Stop”, but what were we supposed to do?  We had no where to go.  Our 5th wheel is 13′-4″ high.

There was a Man standing at the bay door with his fists on his hips and his legs spread wide.  We both got out and the first thing he said was “Did you not see my signs that this is not a turn around?”  We explained about the bridge and he accused me of using a Car GPS.  I explained how much research I had done.  So he loosened up a bit and told us that in New York State, the bridges are 1′-0″ higher than marked unless it saids “Actual”.

Wow, that would have been good to know before we got here.  Anyway, I think he felt sorry for us and got a kick out of our southern accents.  So we shook hands and off we went.  As we were turning around in his parking lot, we cut it a little to close and 20160708_111603BANG – the 5th wheel broke the window out on the truck.  Oh well. Just another day in paradise.20160708_122641Scratched the 5th Wheel too. 20160708_122649

Thank goodness it was not raining and we made under the bridge without an issues.

We drove on to Lake George and checked in to King Phillips Campground.  Interesting, we have arrived a day early.  I don’t know how I got that wrong, but we are not supposed to arrive until July 9, 2016.  I had to tell Cliff that he was Right.  He had asked me the day before if we were to leave on Friday or Saturday.  Boy, the day just keeps getting better.King PhillipsThey staff was nice enough to find us a place for the night.  We got site H-21.  Nice long pull through with 50 amp service.  YEAH!!!  (The reason I am so excited about 50 amp service, is because we have been living with 110 since June 17. Just enough to run the refrigerator and a few fans.) And I Am a 50 amp Princess!!

Once we got set up, we drove around to find the site where we are to move to tomorrow.  First of all, most campground maps are not very good.  This has got to be one of the worst.  We took 4 wrong turns trying to find the correct road.  So finally, through the woods, up a hill, through 2 tight trees and a sharp left turn, and there was the second site.  They called it a pull through, but there is another camper in front of site T-20.  Oh my, there was no way we were getting up to this site and then no way we would have been able to get out.  So back to the office to see what we could do.20160710_103511They were VERY NICE and rearranged some other things and we get to stay here until July 22, 2016.  And that is a Friday.  I hope I don’t get it wrong again.

We were both stressed out and hungry.  We decided Mexican and a Margarita was a good solution.20160708_134542So I searched Trip Advisor and found 2 in Queensbury and Glens Falls.20160708_134619The closest one was La Cosina.  It is really cute, but they do not have a liquor license.  So we headed to Raul’s downtown.  Could not find a place to park.  Texas Roadhouse did not open until 4:00 and it was only 3:15.  So we ended up at Olive Garden and nice cold glass of Chardonnay.20160708_175249We got back to the camp and little guy showed up.20160708_175254He did not seem afraid of people and just hung out for a while.

So that is how my 55th Birthday went.  Still living the dream!!


Finger Lakes Region III

Friday July 1, 2016

We went for a bike ride at Seneca Lake State Park. Day 2 and counting.  After showers we headed east to Auburn and Skaneateles.20160701_095748Auburn had some beautiful homes along the highway.20160701_11072020160701_110719Very Nice Fire Station in Skaneateles.20160701_110747Nice B&B20160701_110801Beautiful churches20160701_110853Downtown waterfront and boat tours of Skaneateles Lake.

By now you are probably wondering, How do you pronounce the name of that town?  It is pronounced either Skinny-Atlas or Skany-Atlas depending on who you talk to.20160701_122509This is the proper pronunciation.

This is a tourist town.  The shop owner we talked to said a lot of people come from New York city and Jersey to their camps at the Lake.  We probably would not have come here if my brother Bill Davis had not suggested it.  He does Asset Verification.  He travels around the country and inventories peoples houses, with photos and appraisals.  Then the homeowner knows exactly what they have in contents and so does the Insurance Company.  He did a house in Skaneateles and suggested we visit.20160701_123108I wonder if it was this one?20160701_12401820160701_111324St.James Episcopal Church20160701_11131120160701_111439The view from the church.20160701_124049Moravian Missionaries built the first shelter here in 1750.20160701_111444Beautiful homes along the main drive.20160701_112344The Skaneateles Library. I love it.20160701_112840I wish we were going to be here for this.20160701_122400To Lunch, also recommended by my brother Bill.20160701_11542220160701_11540520160701_115358Order here and they call your name.20160701_115416By the time we left, you could not find a seat.20160701_122424Across the street.20160701_125200The Polo Club20160701_12521420160701_125215Nice house!20160701_132431Back through Seneca Falls towards Waterloo.20160701_13251520160701_132547(0)20160701_195255And home to a wonderful sunset.

Next stop the Sampson State Park and the Sampson Naval and Air Force Museum.

Finger Lakes Region II

Sunday June 26, 2016finger-lakes-mapToday we are going to head east to Seneca Falls and go around Cayuga Lake.20160626_092205First stop – Star Diner for breakfast.  Church does not start until 10:00, so at 9:00 it was packed.20160626_085306We waited about 20 minutes for a table.  Talked to 2 gentlemen in the parking lot that travel around the country to Horseshoe tournaments.  World Tournaments. They had been to Nashville for a World Tournament a few years ago.  That is one of them in the middle of the photo holding the menu.20160626_092221Worth the wait.20160626_093809Welcome to Seneca Falls, considered the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement.20160626_094042By 1828, the Cayuga-Seneca Canal had been linked to the Erie Canal, opening up a much larger market for items manufactured locally.  Landowners along the lake and canal became very successful by leasing water rights to a wide variety of industries.20160626_09403420160626_094125Canal Tours are available.  You can also Skipper your own canal boat down the Erie Canal. Self-Skippered Rentals, Explore the Erie Canal.  You can be your own captain of an easy-to-operate Lockmaster Canalboat.  It sounds like a lot of fun!!20160626_094131Nice waterfront walkway.20160626_09490020160626_095013In 1848, the first Women’s Rights convention was held in Seneca Falls.20160626_095514In May 1851, there was a chance encountered on the streets of Seneca Falls, NY.  Susan B. Anthony was introduced to Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The bond that was forged between Stanton and Anthony gave direction and momentum to the seventy-two year struggle for women’s suffrage which culminated on August 26, 1920 in the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.  Neither woman lived to see this happen.20160626_095328The beautiful Trinity Episcopal Church across the Canal.20160626_100400Lock 2 & 3 on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.  This is a 49 foot drop or rise depending on the direction you are going.  That is a pretty deep lock.  It is actually 2 locks.20160626_100313The upper end with the protection barrier raised.20160626_100535I would not go any farther up the walkway.  It was pretty high.20160626_10055020160626_100645Upper end…20160626_100632lower end and they are split in the middle.20160626_10065220160626_100739The actual falls were flooded when they completed the canal.  They are under water somewhere.

So we left Seneca Falls and headed south on 89 along Cayuga Lake towards Ithaca.finger-lakes-map20160626_114101We came across Varick Winery and a Cherry Festival.  You could pick your own cherries.  Since it was Sunday and the cherry crop was bad this year, there was nothing left to pick.  The woman at the cherry trees explained that because of the late cold, the bees just did not do there job and there was a very small cherry production this year.  One row of trees did not produce anything. 20160626_112319There was a row of artist and homemade honey, etc.  Look at the view of the Lake from here.20160626_112333Wine tasting at the Varick Country store.20160626_112549Land Tortoise20160626_112613The owner was talking to a group of people about something else.  I pointed out to a little boy that this guy wanted out.  He kind of started yelling and the owner was like “oh, he won’t hurt you, unless he gets around you and strangles you to death.” We moved away.20160626_113125This was the Twelfth Annual Cherry Festival. Nice stop.

We drove through Ithaca, home of Cornell University.  We did not see it, but saw a sign.20160626_130315Up the east side of Cayuga Lake in a small town of Aurora, NY20160626_13032020160626_130324The beautiful campus of Wells College.20160626_130428The estates along the lake are beautiful.20160626_130457Beautiful old churches in Cayuga.20160626_130521The amazing tile work on the roof.20160626_13054920160626_130611More beautiful estates.20160626_13065220160626_130945A huge farm.

Back to Waterloo and the Moose Lodge. The next few days were pretty uneventful.20160627_104148We got out Cliff’s new kite that we bought in Shipshewana, Indiana20160627_10430920160627_10415620160627_10432620160627_104605He got it pretty far up.20160627_113913Went for walks at Seneca Lake State Park.20160627_113921Seneca Yacht Club20160627_113926One of paths in the park.20160627_114613The beach20160627_114911The Splash park20160627_114627The View.20160627_173346Watched a horseshoe tournament at the Moose Lodge.  Every night we grilled out some type of meat and a vegetable.  We had chicken, North Carolina shrimp, smoked pork chops from Oak Hill Farms, homemade chicken salad, etc

By Thursday June 30, 2016 we had come up with a new plan.20160703_092405Ride our bikes through Seneca Lake State Park instead of walking.  Then to the Geneva Farmers Market and laundry.

Next to Auburn and Skaneateles, NY

Finger Lakes Region, NY

Friday June 24, 2016 – Travel Day

New_York_-_Finger_Lakes_region_map_with_road_shieldsThis map shows the main Villages around the Lakes.finger-lakes-mapThis is what we are going to explore for the next 2 weeks.  If you look at a map of New York State, this is kind of west in the middle.  Everyone told us that this is a beautiful place and they were not kidding.  We will do a series of post on the different places we went while we are here.

First, let me fill you in where we left off.  We left Hamburg and headed to Orchard Park, outside of Buffalo.  We went to Colton RV to get our slide topper repaired.20160624_095445We can not say enough about Colton RV.  Everyone there was very nice and professional.  I wish they were in Florida, in case we ever need them again.  They fixed our slide topper, checked our inverter and dumped our tanks.  What more could you ask for.  A special thank you to Stacy for treating us so nice.

20160707_09022720160624_131907This is the Finger Lakes Moose Lodge 823 in Waterloo, NY.  They have 110 power, water and sewer.  Wonderful. Thank goodness the weather was very mild, because we could not use the air conditioners because of lack of power.  There were a few hot days, but we have been able to manage.20160624_131916Nice a level.20160624_131933Very wide site.  There are others campers to the left that stay here seasonally.  We are the only transients here right now.  They have 2 spots.  We got all set up and headed to Moose to introduce ourselves.  It was suggested that we go to Connie’s Diner for Dinner.20160705_15215020160626_13574020160705_152444It is owned by Italians, so there is a lot of Italian dishes on the menu, plus your usual fare.  Nice and clean and very friendly wait staff.

Saturday June 25, 2016 – Seneca Lakefinger-lakes-mapWe are staying in Waterloo.  We decided to check out Seneca Lake today.  We headed to Geneva and went south to Penn Yan.  There is a large flea market at The Windmill Farm & Craft Market near Penn Yan.windmill-top-bannerIt was very nice, but only open on Saturdays, so we had to go.20160625_084500Penn Yan United Methodist Church.20160625_08450620160625_084513The houses have so much character in the area.20160625_110613On to Watkins Glen.  Beautiful town and waterfront.20160625_11003820160625_110150Boats everywhere.20160625_110844Lake Tour Cruises.20160625_110732Since 1934.20160625_11093920160625_111049The water is so blue and sail boats everywhere. Beautiful!20160625_111042Looking north towards Geneva.20160625_113836The drive back north.20160625_11493920160625_11503720160625_123836The Farms are beautiful. The pictures don’t do it justice with the wheat and the corn. The colors are so fantastic.20160625_123841Big farms too.

We drove through Waterloo, The Birthplace of Memorial Day.20160627_124338The first Memorial Day was held in Waterloo, NY.20160626_135825National Memorial Day Museum.20160626_13584020160625_172521We got back to the Moose in time for a wedding.20160625_17283920160625_173204

Tomorrow we are heading to Seneca Falls and Cayuga Lake.