Exploring the Finger Lakes

“I don’t know where I’m going but I’ve got to go ‘cause every turn reveals some other road, and I’m a traveller, oh, I’m a traveller” – Chris Stapleton

Miles Traveled: 229.1

What better way to kick off another day in the beautiful and scenic Finger Lakes region of New York than a breakfast trip to McDonalds per the quest of your mother who claims it has been “years” since she’s had an Egg McMuffin. Well OK then! Since there was no breakfast at the hotel, we hit up the ole obesity factory for a less than nutritious (but not terribly off-putting) road-warrior breakfast.

After about an hour and a half on the road, passing through the small and established towns like Penn Yan, we took a slight detour over to Bully Hill Vineyards to look around and taste some wine. Bully Hill sits up high on the hilltop overlooking vineyards and Keuka Lake. And their wine was great, the property and view even better. Next we headed off to the Corning Museum of Glass. Great museum to walk through. It’s amazing what the artists can do and make with glass. We were able to watch a glassmaker take a tube of glass and artfully make it into a bowl. At first I thought he was making an ornamental ball or something – and that would have been the point where I realized that this is a talent I do not possess and likely never will! Cool to walk through and very cool to be able to watch glass blowing and making.

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Next on the agenda was a stop at Taughannock Falls State Park (and no, I have no earthly idea how to say that). I am not a New Yorker. The park has a pretty stellar waterfall to view so that was the primary objective at the park. I pointed out that the trail goes down to the base of the waterfall. Mom said not a chance! I said no problem, so we checked out the waterfall, which was awesome (something you could just stare at all day).

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Since we still had some time in the day, we drove the route through Ithaca, home of Cornell University and Ithaca College. Charming city, with beautiful old buildings and architecture, not far from Cayuga Lake. Needing a break from the Jeep, we stopped at a little Antique store called East Hill Antiques to poke around. This little shop had quite the assortment of knick-knacks, tchotchkies, and collectibles. And cameras. And vinyl LPs. Victory! So I scored a couple of oldies but goodies to add to my camera collection – thank you Ithaca, NY!

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After coming down from my antique camera high, we made our way to Rome, NY grabbed some delightful Italian fare at The Savoy – this place was Italian to the core, like I’m fairly certain the Godfather was there and/or the planning of the next hit went down as we dined on our Italian classics. After dinner, we headed to the hotel for the night. It was a long day, so time to hit the hay. Travel junkie is a rhymer.

Until next time…

-traveljunkE

day 33

day 33

trip totals

trip totals

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