"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

August 20, 2017

Aug. 17 - Ithaca, NY

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

“Change is the process by which the future invades our lives.” —Alvin Toffler

Today we drove up the lake to Beacon Bay Marina in Cayuga to sign the contact for our winter storage. The marina is located at the top of the lake, by staying on the lake we won't have to worry about the Erie Canal schedule or closures. At the moment we are planning to put the boat up the first week in October. 

Beacon Bay Marina
The long building on the left side of the picture is used for inside storage. They don't have enough room for us. We'll be outside. 
Ariel views of Beacon Bay Marina in Cayuga, NY
After taking care of boat business we drove over to Seneca Lake to have lunch at Ginny Lee Café. It's located on the grounds of Wagner Vineyards. Wagner Vineyards is one of the oldest and most recognized wineries in the Finger Lakes and has been one of the region’s most popular wine tasting destinations since 1979. The Ginny Lee Café opened in 1983 and offers diners the opportunity to enjoy a freshly prepared menu selections while overlooking one of the most spectacular views in the Finger Lakes region.   
This was our incredible view with lunch...hard to beat spending a few hours enjoying this view on such a beautiful day.
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August 18, 2017

Aug. 16 - Lick Brook Falls

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.” —Natalie Babbitt.

Stan has been doing a little work on our teak this week. He's been repairing a few worn spots, a few coats of Cetol and we'll look like new. Each coat goes on quickly and it leaves us plenty of time to play. Today we decided to hike the Lick Brook Falls Trail. 

A map of our hike. We hike down the Lick Brook trail and then came back around the loop trail. The loop trail ran along a ridge next to the creek with the slides. It was narrow with large drop offs on each side.
Lick Brook is in the Sweedler Preserve and has been a favorite picnic and hiking spot since the 1800's. This small beautiful gorge is protected by the Finger Lake Land Trust. There are two large falls and many smaller ones along the hike, although they were almost dry today. This isn't the best time of year to see the falls at their best, but the low flow of water gave us a chance to actually hike the gorge itself instead of staying on the main trail. My favorite type of hiking is through the water. It would be a great spot to spend a warm day just relaxing with my feet in the water. 

Walking in the gorge
I love the way the rocks just break away...looking like someone built or wall or cut the rock so straight.
Enjoying the gorge...if the water was higher we would be sitting in the creek.
At this point we had to go back up to the trail...after the second ledge in this picture the cliff drops off about 100'.
Looking down at the first big drop
Part of the trail...sections were very steep and others very narrow.
At the bottom of the second large falls...there was very little water coming over the falls, but it was a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy the sight.
Crossing a creek on the loop trail on our way back to the car.
We found this bench and stool along the Spur Trail that leads back to Buttermilk Falls State Park. It over looks another portion of Lick Brook.
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August 16, 2017

Aug. 13 - Cayuga Lake, NY

Crowbar Point - Anchorage

“Advise from a LAKE – Be Clear, Make Positive Ripples, Look Beneath the Surface, Stay Calm, Shore Up Friendships, Take Time to Reflex, Be Full of Life” – Ilan Shamir

We haven't spent the night at anchor since May 9...that's a long time, a very long time. There aren't a lot of places shallow enough along the shore of Cayuga Lake to anchor and even fewer that offer protection from the wind, but we did find a spot close to Crowbar Point. We don't usually like being out on the water on a Sunday, but the weather was perfect and we hated to pass up the chance to spend the night on the hook and Stan was itchin' to fish for lake salmon. The lake was busy, but it was fun to watch all the sailboats and by the time we were ready to anchor most people were heading home.

Just a few of the beautiful homes on the lake
Activities on the lake 
We've gotten a little spoiled since we've been in Ithaca. The marina is very peaceful...no wakes, no road noises, no wind or current rocking the boat, which means we have no little boat noises, no squeaky line noises and no sailboat shroud banging in the distance to wake us up...nights are completely quiet. We enjoy the gentle rocking we get when we anchor...and we enjoyed it this time too, but the wind picked up a little more than we expected during the night, making the new blinds and things hanging on the wall bang around. Noises we haven't heard in awhile. So unfortunately we didn't sleep as well as we'd liked...like I said we're very spoiled. 

View of the anchorage from our door
Stan returning to the boat
Even with less sleep it felt amazing to wake up to a beautiful, cool morning over looking the lake. Stan left early to fish and I enjoyed coffee on the flybridge. Stan's been learning a lot about fishing on Cayuga Lake, although the big trout and salmon still elude him. I have no doubt Stan will get one before we head home in October and all his work to catch one will only make the fish taste better when he does get one. In the mean time we enjoyed a salmon a friend on the dock gave us. They are definitely good eats. 

The best thing about the noises waking us up was seeing this amazing moon rising. This isn't my picture...but believe me, this is just what it looked like. So pretty!
Our anchorage
Lake salmon...the one we were given and the one Stan caught. Hopefully we'll have a big one of our own to take a picture of soon.
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August 15, 2017

Finger Lakes Wineries and Breweries (Part II)

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

“Take your pleasure seriously." —Charles Eames

Three Brothers Wineries has 3 wineries (Stony Lonesome Wine Cellars, Passion Feet Wine Barn & Bagg Dare Wine Co.) and a microbrewery (War Horse Brewing Co.) all on site. Each with a uniquely themed tasting room. They have an expansive selection of hand-crafted wine, microbrews, hard cider and sodas…so there's something for everyone who visits.
War Horse Brewing Company brews hard cider, custom ales, lagers, seasonal beers and house-made sodas. The decor of this tasting room honors those who've served and fought for our freedom. We felt like we were on the set of MASH.

Goose Watch Winery began production in 1997. It sits on a hill overlooking Cayuga Lake, with a tasting room in a beautifully restored century old barn surrounded by vineyards, nut trees, gardens and breathtaking views. We enjoyed the winery, but unfortunately the view wasn’t as pretty as it could have been…since the weather was a little dreary the day we were there.  
We bought a bottle of 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir, we enjoyed a glass at the winery and took the rest home. The wine is described as having notes of strawberry, cherry, honeysuckle & vanilla aromas. With flavors that expand on the palate to tangerine and lime, balanced nicely by a vein of minerality and a bright acidity...who writes this stuff? The wine was very good, but I had a hard time making out all those flavors.
Treleaven Wines - The winery began in 1984 when the family grain farm was converted into a vineyard. They promote themselves as your backyard. It's the perfect place to enjoy the summer sun, a bottle of your favorite wine and a picnic while listening to live music and taking in the beautiful grounds of the vineyard. They offer live music 2-3 nights a week. We enjoyed the vineyards Silver Lining Chardonnay, it was crisp and refreshing with notes of melon and citrus. 
I saw this sign at one of the wineries we visited...thought it was pretty cute.
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