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

September 24, 2017

Sept. 21 – The Pearl is Hibernating

Beacon Bay Marina

“It’s during the worst storms of your life that you find out who your true friends are.” –Unknown
We knew the cruising season was short up this way, but it got even shorter thanks to Hurricane Harvey. We lost half of August, all of September and the first weeks of October this year…a good seven or eight weeks of time we had planned to explore the Adirondack, fish for salmon, enjoy fall festivals and the changing of the leaves and especially spend more time with family. All those things can wait and we’ll definitely be spending more time in New York in the coming years.

Tuesday Stan moved the boat up the lake to Beacon Bay Marina in Cayuga and I drove the car, we spent the afternoon packing and loading up the car with things we take home. We’re getting pretty efficient at this job. We spent Wednesday winterizing the boat…this is the first time we’ve left the boat this far north, but we think she’s ready. We’ve done everything we can do and in a few weeks the yard will shrink wrap her and she’ll be ready to sleep through the long, cold New York winter. We’re already looking forward to next spring.

Leaving our slip in Ithaca...we will return.
Stopping for a pump out before we leave the marina
Stan leaving Allan H. Treman State Marine Park
Arriving at Beacon Bay Marina
Beacon Bay Marina
Inside storage at Beacon Bay
Our last night on The Pearl 
The Pearl being hauled out for the season 
Having her bottom cleaned before we put her to bed
Being parked in her winter home
On the hard for the season...I'll add a picture of the boat after she is shrink wrapped in October.
The Pearl and Enterprise...at least she'll have company during the winter. This boat belongs to friends we met at the marina in Ithaca.
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September 20, 2017

Signs of Fall

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” –Unknown

Fall is arriving in upstate New York. The hills are slowly changing from the deep, cool shades green to the warm colors of red, gold and orange...it's beautiful. Unfortunately we won't be in the area when the peak of fall colors arrive this year, but we've enjoyed the changes we're seen. Hopefully next fall we can stay longer. 

The roadsides and fields are rich in color with the yellow of goldenrod and the brilliant purple of New England aster. Both are late summer-early autumn wildflowers. 
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September 18, 2017

Sept. 15-17 The Captain's Birthday

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

“As I grew older I thought the best part of my life was over…then I was handed my first grandchild and realized the best part of my life had just begun.” -Author Unknown
We had a great weekend celebrating Stan's birthday. It started Friday with a picture perfect weather day. We started the day with coffee on the flybridge, something we haven't had time to do much of lately, but truly enjoy. Later we drove up the lake to the Thirty Owl Winery for lunch. They have a wonderful little bistro that over looks the vineyard and Cayuga Lake. Their menu is small, but the items are all made with locally grown ingredients and it was one of the best meals we've had in the area this season.

Our lunch...Stan had the salmon with a diamond honey glaze, hazelnuts, coconut and roasted vegetables and I had the daily quiche special with roasted red peppers, garlic and gruyere cheese both were outstanding. We choose their Pinot Gris to round out the meal.

The Bistro
 Our view with lunch
Thirsty Owl Wine Company is a destination winery, midway up the west side of Cayuga Lake, dedicated to producing high quality wines since 2001. The winery sits on 150 acres and with over 2,000 feet of lake frontage, where visitors can taste fine wine or enjoy a superb meal while enjoying breathtaking views of the lake. The Thirsty Owl Wine Company prides itself on producing only the highest quality wines, in a friendly atmosphere, with the most spectacular view of Cayuga Lake.
On the way back to the boat we stopped at Taughannock State Park for a little while. It was such a beautiful day for just relaxing in the park...something we needed a little of.
Saturday we drove down to Bloomsburg to see our son and his family. We spent two amazing days playing with our grandwonders and collecting hugs and kisses...definitely the best way to recuperate after a very stressful three weeks.

We enjoyed going to a community day at the local airport and then to the park for a birthday party for one of Graham's friends.
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September 14, 2017

Finger Lake Wineries (Part III)

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

"Don't postpone joy." ―Edie Windsor

I had this post ready before we headed home for hurricane duty...so I guess I might as well share it now. Our adventures on The Pearl are over for this year, but we'll be back to upstate New York next year to explore a little more. We'll be home in Texas for the fall and winter...new adventures await us there.

The Finger Lakes region of New York is gorgeous...no matter where we go, it's impossible to find a bad view. We're having fun visiting different wineries, having a glass of wine and soaking in the scenery. It's a great way to enjoy a beautiful afternoon, so here's the third installment of Finger Lake Wineries. 

Silver Thread Vineyard was established in 1982 on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake. It’s a boutique winery focused on sustainability and premium estate wines. The vineyard is 8 acres and only produces 3,000 cases per year and has an off-the-beaten-path location…making it one of our favorites. The winery is named for a local waterfall, Silver Thread Falls, known as one of the loveliest in the Finger Lakes. I think we’ll have to find this waterfall before we head home. (I did a little research...it's on private property, so unaccessible to the public)

This is their tasting room over looking the lake
We bought a bottle of Dry Riesling...we enjoyed a glass and took the rest home. The turtle image on their label is an earth symbol to the Iroquois people and reminds them to care for the land and water that give them the gift of wine.
Here is a list of wines they offer...they even do a wine and chocolate pairing. We had just eaten lunch so we past on this option, but it does look wonderful.
Chateau LaFayette Reneau has produced estate-grown vinifera wines for over 30 years. Their 110-acre estate provides optimal sun exposure and airflow for consistently aromatic white wines and rich, full-bodied red wines. The tasting room is situated in a fully restored, century old barn nestled on the southeast side of Seneca Lake.    
I had the Dry Riesling - Ripe honeydew nose with mineral notes and a lingering citrus finish.
Stan had the Pinot Noir - Medium-bodied with a lively nose of cherry and oak 
Kings Garden Vineyards is another boutique winery that produces 2500-3000 cases of wine a year. The vineyard is located in the Finger Lakes “banana belt” region, just a quarter mile from the eastern shore of Seneca Lake on 28-acre. They concentrate on making quality Cabernet Sauvignon and other dry reds, but they also produces semi-sweet and sweet wines to round out their selection.
The name “Kings Garden” comes from the annals of history - French and English colonists who settled in the area brought grapevines with them and christened the nutrient-rich land “Kings Garden.” They began making wine in 2005, went into full production in 2007, and opened a tasting room in 2008. 
Shalestone Vineyards was started in 1995 and they’ve devoted themselves to producing only red wines. In a wine region mostly known for producing Rieslings and other white wine varietals this has set them about from the rest. They are the only vineyard in the Finger Lakes to solely produce red wines. Their tag line is “Red is all we do.”
The tasting room was modeled after the historic Queen's Castle of Fossenvue built in the 1800s. It is formed by the shape of the roof that slopes from the edges to a small peak in the center.  
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