gorgeous…or is it…gorges…… lets take a hike

Gorges…Walk in the Park Ithaca is Gorges, New York’s Finger Lakes, and beyond

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so ..now that you have walked up all those stairs…turn around and take a look

by the time you finish walking through this particular park (the trails are man made) the rest has been formed by glaciers. this particular area sits  between 2 finger lakes. you will have walked up 60 flights of stairs. YES.. I said 60!!! so put your sneaks on and lets go

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ok, lets keep walking, and make sure you have everything covered.. or your going to get wet. also..see way on top that thing that is coming across, that’s a bridge.. I don’t do heights, but ill be getting closer…..eventually 🙂
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one of the many bridges, out of many steps to get to the top. I can almost hear that water running.
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I’m always tell the Mr. to get out of my way..He doesn’t like to be all over in my photos:) oh well he didn’t move, and I like this shot.

so we got to walk on flat surface  ill gain my strength back here:) my knees were really stating to burn.

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you can see a few of the levels, these were taken the end of Oct.  that’s why you see all the leaves
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a side shot, the natural sounds were so relaxing
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watch where your walking.. all that run off will kill a camera. and ..there are snakes, not bad ones..but I DO NOT like  them at all, I don’t care what size they are. 

 

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can you hear the beauty?

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remember that 2nd photo where I told you to look up? well this is the suspension bridge, maybe one day I can walk on it, but my fear of heights always gets me.
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ok.. catch your breath.. here we go.. you either walk back or climb all those stairs, and wait for the  bus to take you back down. yep I climbed upward and onward:) of course with a few breaks in between, remember I told you earlier.. 60 stories high….

I did have all my notes at one time.. but my old pc crashed, and this is what I have left. heres a little info about this park.

Watkins Glen State Park is located outside the village of Watkins Glen, south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County in New York‘s Finger Lakes region. The park’s lower part is near the village, while the upper part is open woodland. It was opened to the public in 1863 and was privately run as a tourist resort until 1906, when it was purchased by New York State.[1][2] Initially known as Watkins Glen State Reservation, the park was first managed by the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society before being turned over to full state control in 1911.[1] Since 1924, it has been managed by the Finger Lakes Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.[3]

Jacob’s Ladder, near the upper entrance to the park, has 180 stone steps, part of the 832 total on the trails

The centerpiece of the 778-acre (3.15 km2)[4] park is a 400-foot-deep (120 m) narrow gorge cut through rock by a stream – Glen Creek – that was left hanging when glaciers of the Ice age deepened the Seneca valley, increasing the tributary stream gradient to create rapids and waterfalls wherever there were layers of hard rock. The rocks of the area are sedimentary of Devonian age that are part of a dissected plateau that was uplifted with little faulting or distortion. They consist mostly of soft shales, with some layers of harder sandstone and limestone.

The park features three trails – open mid-May to early November – by which one can climb or descend the gorge. The Southern Rim and Indian Trails run along the wooded rim of the gorge, while the Gorge Trail is closest to the stream and runs over, under and along the park’s 19 waterfalls by way of stone bridges and more than 800 stone steps. The trails connect to the Finger Lakes Trail, an 800-mile (1,300 km) system of trails within New York state.[3]

well I hope your not as sore as I was from that climb:)  and as we waited for the bus to pick a bunch of us up, an older couple sat next to us, they were on vacation. well no one thought you’d have to pay for the bus ride.. silly us after all its NYS..we have to pay for everything. including getting into the park. anyway.. they didn’t bring any money with them,   luckily my Mr.  had just enough to get all 4 of us on the bus.  the thought of those people walking all that way back.. even if it was all downward.. was too much for me, I cant even imagine how it would effect them. so they were very grateful. and promised to pay us back when we got to our cars.  it was $4.00 a piece. (what a racket) so we talked with them while we were on the bus, id say they were in their early 70’s perhaps. from Ohia:) Ohio, Pennsylvania    must be some town way south, because they had an accent .  anyway, we got off the bus, and He pulls out his wallet from the trunk , and starts shoving all this money at my Mr.   well we ended up having lunch on them:)  they insisted , we ended up with a 20 dollar bill.  for lending them 8 bucks. just goes to show you, if your nice it comes back to you.:)!!!

well thanks for stopping I hope you enjoyed yourself, and again I’m sorry I’ve been away, but now that I’m up and running with my new PC, ill be back to visiting everyone.

November… the awkward month

Ive never been a fan of this month, and i don’t think old man winter cares for me either, the cold winds of Canada and the warm breezes of the South fighting with each other, around the Great Lakes, leaves me in such misery,  seems im always living on some kind of Pain meds. for my head.. I’m not complaining.. really I’m not ,i know it could be much worse, its just a fact of life for me.

so .. we have had our share of good weather, no snow this year, last year most places had well over a foot, in some cases..closer to the lakes. (Lake Erie and Lake Ontario)  5 ft!!!!!!!

so on the few days i was in town, and not running around, i took a self guided tour.. and this is what i found.

a city deck.. i love it
a city deck.. i love it

 

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awesome windows, to see the world
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from the outside looking in
get ready for those holidays
get ready for those holidays

 

always take time to smell the flowers
always take time to smell the flowers

 

gotta put everything away.. no more grilling outside
gotta put everything away.. no more grilling outside

 

time for a cupa.. in a very unique city neighborhood coffee shoppe
time for a cuppa.. in a very unique city neighborhood coffee shoppe

 

always watch the trains
always watch the trains

 

and look for uniqueness
and look for uniqueness

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then go inside and watch.....
then go inside and watch…..
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i love people watching
 i was lucky enough to find a show.. of "readers"
i was lucky enough to find a show.. of “readers”
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it was a mystical wonderland…………….

 

had to buy a birthday gift.. what better present... than a bottle....
had to buy a birthday gift.. what better present… than a bottle….
a great liqueur store
a great liquor store
then it was time for dinner.. how 'bout a pizza pie... it was yummy. well that was my day to do as i please. i was lucky enough to have my hubby with me for 1/2 of it:) well ,thats it for now, have a pleasant day, and..thanks for stopping by. XX
then it was time for dinner.. how ’bout a pizza pie… it was yummy.not the greatest shot, it was hard to snap Him.
Well that was my day to do as i please. i was lucky enough to have my hubby with me for 1/2 of it:)
well ,thats it for now, have a pleasant day, and..thanks for stopping by. XX

 

Bits and Bobbs, of a beautiful Autumn

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can ya just hear the leaves crinkling
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it was such an awesome day, i cant remember the last time i stayed in the park so long…good thing there were plenty of benches
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in front of the conservatory
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magnificent colors all over
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made me think spring was here
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chestnuts galore
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im sneaking into the sunken garden
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usually wedding take place here, and they have posted, no one is allowed to taks pictures with out …paying a fee..yeah right!!!!
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ok…..im going in
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i know a short cut..
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here we go im almost inside
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good,no one is shooting anything special
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theres the main entrance… where one would pay…
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can you imagine your wedding here… it must be beautiful, almost fairy taleish
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i loved walking through here

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take a walk with me
take a walk with me
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gotta kick those leaves
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well that was my little tour, that i DID NOT pay for!!!

Part 2 my Adirondack vacation

The Adirondack region was one of the last areas of the northeastern United States to be explored; the headwaters of the Hudson River near Lake Tear of the Clouds on the slopes of Mount Marcy were not discovered until more than fifty years after the discovery of the headwaters of the Columbia River in the Canadian Rockies. Although a few sportsmen had shown some interest earlier, the publication of William H. H. Murray‘s Adventures in the Wilderness; Or Camp-Life in the Adirondacks in 1869 started a flood of tourists to the area, leading to a rash of hotel building and the development of stage coach lines. Thomas Clark Durant, who had helped to build the Union Pacific railroad, acquired a large tract of central Adirondack land and built a railroad from fashionable Saratoga Springs to North Creek. By 1875 there were more than two hundred hotels in the Adirondacks, some of them with several hundred rooms; the most famous was Paul Smith’s Hotel

it was essential to make a living .. and farming the earth was almost impossible
it was essential to make a living .. and farming the earth was almost impossible besides honey and maple syrup , they raised sheep  and of course logging
things were mighty tough back in the day.. still loggers have a difficult job even today
things were mighty tough back in the day.. still loggers have a difficult job even today
Raquette lake trail
Raquette lake trail

The Great Camp tradition has analogs in the western United States, especially in the Rocky Mountains. Closely tied to the dude ranch tradition, elaborate private lodges and cabins owned by groups of wealthy Easterners were constructed in the wilderness. Often families originated from New York or Chicago, and traveled by train to spend long periods in summer in the high country. Some lodges in the West were built by railroad interests, who were able to pick the best land while surveying potential railroad routes.The early Great Camps started life as simple tent camps, often on land initially leased from hotel owners, as hotel guests sought a more authentic wilderness experience. The tent camps evolved into tent platforms or lean-tos and then into compounds of rustic cabins. Even in the early stages, some of these camps became quite elaborate. In 1883 one of the first families on Upper St. Regis Lake, the Anson Phelps Stokes, would arrive in a “special parlour horse car direct from 42nd street to Ausable for $100.” The party consisted of ten family members and an equal number of servants, “three horses, two dogs, one carriage, five large boxes of tents, three cases of wine, two packages of stovepipe, two stoves, one bale of china, one iron pot, four washstands, one barrel of hardware, four bundles of poles, seventeen cots and seventeen mattresses, four canvas packages, one buckboard, […], twenty-five trunks, thirteen small boxes, one boat, one hamper”, all of which was then transferred to wagons for the 36 mile ride to Paul Smiths, and thence by boat to their island campsite.

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the “wheel”house
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boards were often laid to cover small ponds, easier access
can you imagine??? i cant!!!
can you imagine??? i cant!!!
ohh lookie there me:)
ohh lookie theres me:)…the Big Girl
the last time we went to this musei=um these steps called the romanic steps were open, and if you look carefully at the top you can see another building
the last time we went to this museum these steps called the romantic steps were open, and if you look carefully at the top you can see another building. its been shut down. to much to repair 😦
encase you still dot know where i am.. the Olympics were held in the Adirondacks in in 1932 and then again in 1980
in case you still dot know where i am.. the Olympics were held in the Adirondacks in in 1932 and then again in 1980
an out of the way farm house, not very close to town
an out of the way farm house, not very close to town
a typical cabin. i was surprised to see so much color
a typical cabin. i was surprised to see so much color
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the only entertainment
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we walked and walked we were as high as we could go at the museum
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an idea of where we were, see inlet is wayyyy over in the corner
time to head back to our own "camp"
time to head back to our own “camp”
even the dog spotted me in town
even the dog spotted me in town
yep making friends at the bar.. they live a few towns over from us. nope never saw them b4 in my life
Meet Barb and Mike….yep making friends at the bar.. they live a few towns over from us. nope never saw them b4 in my life
and back at the Motel... this is a family owned place here we have the Husband and the 2 kids.. wife ran to the bakery to buy the morning danish. which they do every morning BTW.
and back at the Marina Motel… this is a family owned place here we have the Husband and the 2 kids.. wife ran to the bakery to buy the morning Danish. which they do every morning BTW.
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all kinds of things to do on a rainy day.. there a TV over on the other corner, with cozy furniture
 this is their hospitality room, lots to do down here, if you have kids. they are also animal friendly
this is their hospitality room, lots to do down here, if you have kids. they are also animal friendly

thank you for stopping by, have a pleasant week-end

its Goblin and Ghoul time

Well Autumn has arrived here ,with temps dipping into the 40’s at nite, and some days getting to 60’s, and with any luck we see the sun.Most people enjoy this time of year, i am not one of them. but i do my best to take advantage of the things i see..so..this is what has been happening in town, Fairport,NY sit on the Erie Canal, and The community is very involved. we are also known as the” Crown Jewel of the Erie Canal”. in 2005 Money Mag. named our Town one of”The Best Places to Live”.

we have a great little History here too. i haven’t really said to much about that , I will today.

Town Hall
Town Hall, this is Our Government Building, and right along side where those windows are is the Police dept. The Village was originally a swampy area until it was drained by the New Erie Canal in the 1820’s. and quickly became a very busy canal port with a reputation as being a Fair Port,
the old tain station
the old train station, was converted into many thing, but as long as Ive lived here its always been a place to learn about sewing
do you like Gelato
do you like Gelato

another very old structure  that was revamped, so glad it was never torn down, I’m not sure what it was back in the day

the Town Square
the Town Square, plenty of music gets played here during the warmer months
feel like eating you lunch out side, or sipping on your coffee... this is the best place for that
feel like eating you lunch out side, or sipping on your coffee… this is the best place for that
the other side of the Canal, tons of foot traffic. park your car and walk into town..if your up for a hike.
the other side of the Canal, tons of foot traffic. park your car and walk into town..if your up for a hike.
Happy October Fest
Happy October Fest
we also have a great music fest
we also have a great music fest.. i don’t know where i was,.. becuz i love the Bodeans… and i knew nothing about this:(
so this past week end was a the Scarecrow Fest. Friday and Saturady the weather was just terrible, but it was crowded, so.. i came back on Sunday when the weather was beautiful and ...NO PEOPLE
so this past week end was a the Scarecrow Fest. Friday and Saturday the weather was just terrible, but it was crowded, so.. i came back on Sunday when the weather was beautiful and …NO PEOPLE
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i was going to sit with him, but i couldn’t get US all in..so .. just a shot of Maurice:)

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the only problem i had with the festival, is all the scarecrows.. are facing toward the(MAIN) street… so in order to see the front of them you had to pretty much go into the street… , even though the sped limit is only 30… still very dangerous..i think!!
gotta stop and smell the flowers, once in a while too:)
gotta stop and smell the flowers, once in a while too:)
how 'bout a pony ride? there were 2 ponies and a ton of kids.. i felt so bad for these poor animals
how ’bout a pony ride?
there were 2 ponies and a ton of kids.. i felt so bad for these poor animals, this took place on the foot path, away from traffic on Main street.
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behind this guy is where the Hugh tent was, for 5 bucks you could get in, buy some food, and a beer and listen to some local music
i think this is my favorite
i think this is my favorite
there are 2 drawbacks living in(or around) the village... one are the train tracks, and the trains that pass through our town.. about every 20 mins. right on Main Street.
there are 2 drawbacks living in(or around) the village… one are the train tracks, and the trains that pass through our town.. about every 20 mins. right on Main Street.
this is a long cargo train..glad I'm not sitting in a car
this is a long cargo train..glad I’m not sitting in a car
traffic is gonna be tied up for a while
traffic is gonna be tied up for a while
so.. i went over to the other side of the street:)
so.. i went over to the other side of the street:) this is in front of the local rental shop..where you can rent bikes, and skates .if you dont want to walk the canal:)
so neat to see people dinning out side of the restaurant in October
so neat to see people dinning out side of the restaurant in October
this boat always comes for the fest, to give people tours, so we know what they actually do, and how they clean the canal.. and once again i missed the the tour
this boat always comes for the fest, to give people tours, so we know what they actually do, and how they clean the canal.. and once again i missed the the tour
wow, still a ton of boats here, .the canal gets drained every year.. less erosion that way. must happen in November?!
wow, still a ton of boats here, .the canal gets drained every year.. less erosion that way. must happen in November?!
and just a few yards away from the train tracks..is the lift bridge that goes up at least once an hour... Main street is NOT a good road to be traveling in the summer months:)
and just a few yards away from the train tracks..is the lift bridge that goes up at least once an hour… Main street is NOT a good road to be traveling in the summer months:)
well that does it for the scarecrow fest, hope you liked visiting my little town there are many family oriented activities to do here, all year long..And.. Fairport is one of the most popular walking/hiking sections of the 340 miles of the Erie canal
well that does it for the scarecrow fest, hope you liked visiting my little town there are many family oriented activities to do here, all year long..And.. Fairport is one of the most popular walking/hiking sections of the 340 miles of the Erie canal

It is a great community. so much to do and see, we moved here 30 years ago. and have owned 2 houses in that 30 years, thats how much we like it :)….Thanks for stopping by, and have a great rest of the week.

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