Skaneateles NY

The last leg of our trip found us in our beloved Finger Lakes visiting family and friends. Despite her busy schedule, Russ’ cousin Janet, who’s running for Town Supervisor, arranged a mini family reunion while we were there. Thank you Janet!

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Russ’ mother grew up at Pine Grove Dairy, and the current owners (Karen and Greg) meticulously care for the property, as do the owners of the tenant house (Judy and Dan) where we used to live. We’re friends with both, and it’s such a joy to visit!

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Judy and Dan's

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Beautiful Lakeview Cemetery, where many of Russ and Janet’s relatives are buried.

Lakeview Cemetery

I love the old spigot still providing water for those who’ve placed planters on the graves, and the hornet’s nest that’s so perfectly camouflaged on this mausoleum.

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Hornet's Nest

Sunday was a perfect day for walking down the lane behind the farm that leads to Guppy Falls.

The Lane

With rain and cold in the forecast, we headed home on Monday, giving Ollie a much-needed bath before tucking him away for a couple of months.

Washing Ollie

This has been a wonderful trip, taking us to places we didn’t even know we wanted to go. We’re so grateful for the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of traveling this beautiful country of ours. Until next time…

“Oh east is east, and west is west, but north lies full and fair. And blest is he who follows free the road to anywhere.”        – Burt Leston Taylor

The Ancient Adirondacks

About 25 years ago, Russ started climbing the 46 highest peaks of the ancient Adirondacks. Yesterday he knocked off two more, bringing his total to 38. It was a short but sweet visit to a place we frequented during the 25 years we lived in the Finger Lakes. Here’s some tidbits about this amazing park.

  • The largest park in the nation outside of Alaska
  • Comprised of 6 million acres (9,375 square miles – the size of Vermont) nearly half of which is protected by state constitution to remain “forever wild” forest preserve
  • Contains 85% of all wilderness in the eastern United States
  • Contains 3,000 ponds and lakes and 30,000 miles of rivers and streams
  • Contains the largest trail system in the nation with 2,000 miles of hiking trails

While Russ was climbing mountains, I poked around Lake Placid (population 2,500) and walked around Mirror Lake that borders it. It’s hard to imagine this tiny village hosting the winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980!

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When Russ was climbing mountains in the winter, I used to ski Whiteface.  Today it was shrouded most of the day.  The Olympic ski jump is in the foreground.

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The lovely Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid

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Russ gets the gold medal for patience as he waits for me to take photos.

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Foxboro, MA and the Catskills of NY

We just returned from a week with family and friends, this time heading north and east. Our weekend in Massachusetts was a bit damp and chilly, but we loved spending time with grands Thomas and Ethan at Normandy Farms in Foxboro.

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Ah, nothing like s’mores for dinner

On Monday we headed to the Catskills to see friends who had recently moved to Saugerties. Good food (Sarah’s a wonderful chef and we ate in the restaurant where she works), good music (James is an outstanding singer-songwriter and treated us to a lovely evening by the campfire) and good just being together! They suggested we hike Overlook Mountain (near Woodstock), which happens to have a  Tibetan Buddhist retreat center across the street from the parking lot.

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Our friends from Honeoye NY were camping with us, and we hiked together to the top of Overlook .  Almost at the top are the ruins of an unfinished hotel, home to Timber Rattlesnakes and black bears (which others saw, but not us.)

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As advertised, the views from the top were spectacular!

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I Love New York!

We hitched up Ollie and headed north for a wonderful extended Memorial Day weekend with family and friends in the Finger Lakes where we lived for 25 years.  It was our first experience of “driveway camping” with Ollie – first at Russ’ cousin’s in Skaneateles, then with good friends in Honeoye.  If you’ve never been to the Finger Lakes, put it on your list.  I’ll let the photos tell you why.

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Sunset from the Skaneateles dock
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The village of Skaneateles from the dock
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Skaneateles merchants decked out for Memorial Day
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Clift Park on the west side of the village – there’s swimming here in the summer, but I’m here to tell you, that lake is cold!
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Thayer Park on the east side of the village
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The beautifully restored farmhouse where Russ’ mother grew up
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A great place to driveway camp!

On Sunday we said goodbye to Skaneateles and headed west to Honeoye where we stayed with good friends at their lovely home overlooking the Bristol Hills.  It was a  wonderful weekend, reconnecting with people and places we love, complete with a parade and a moving Memorial Day ceremony.

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Keepin’ it cool with a water balloon fight
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Beautiful clouds rolled through all day long
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Some of the parade participants
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The Honeoye Gazebo