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

May 20, 2018

May 17 - Cascadilla Gorge Trail

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

Upstate New York...so many lakes, so many cute towns, so many wineries, so many waterfalls, so many trails and so many beautiful places to explore. A beautiful day means we go out and play, so today we rode our bikes up to the Cascadilla Gorge (in town) and enjoyed the gorgeous hike that follows the gorge along Cornell's Campus.

May 18, 2018

Taughnnock State Park

“I would rather own little and see the world than own the world and see little of it.” ― Alexander Sattler

Taughannock Falls State Park is a 750-acre park located on the western shore of Cayuga Lake. It was was created in 1925 and many improvements were made in the 1930s. The park's namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Taughannock Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge. Gorge and rim trails offer spectacular views from above the falls and from below at the end of the gorge trail. Campsites and cabins overlook Cayuga Lake, with marina, boat launch and beach nearby. A multi-use trail for hiking and cross-country skiing, winds past sledding slopes and natural skating ponds. The park offers organized activities including tours through the gorge and summer concerts along the lakefront.

There are a few stories on what the name Taughannock means. One translation suggests that the name is derived from a combination of Iroquois and Algonquin terms meaning "great fall in the woods". An alternate theory suggests that the name may refer to a Lenni Lenape (Delaware) chief named Taughannock who died near the falls during a battle.

The Taughannock Creek was used as a source of power for mills and a gun factory in the early 19th century. In the 1870s, steamboats, railroads and Victorian hotels were built in the region to serve tourists who traveled to view the falls, one of them was the Inn at Taughannock.

Taughnnock Creek looking towards the falls
Taughnnock Creek looking towards the lake 
In addition to Taughannock Falls, two additional waterfalls are located along Taughannock Creek within the park. A 20-foot cascade, known as Little or Lower Falls, is located downstream of Taughannock Falls, while the 100-foot Upper Falls are found upstream of Taughannock Falls.
Taughnnock Falls last winter
Taughnnock Falls during the spring melt
Taughnnock Falls this week
The park near the lake
The marina
Looking through the park to the Inn at Taughnnock (where we had a fantastic Mother's Day brunch)
Park map (click on photo to enlarge)

May 17, 2018

May 16 - A Perfect Lunch

“The secret is not to run behind butterflies, but to take care of the garden so they come to you.” -Guru Sloth 

Wednesday was a pretty day and the sun was finally out, so we decided to drive up the lake for a picnic at Lucas Vineyards. Lucas Vineyards is Cayuga Lake’s oldest winery, they have been selling wine since 1980 and it's still a family run business including three generations. The vineyard sits on the western side of Cayuga Lake near Interlaken and offers a wonderful view of the lake from their deck and garden. It was a wonderful spot to relax enjoy a picnic lunch on such a beautiful day.

Lucas Vineyard hand picks all of their Vinifera grapes and use a machine harvester for our hybrids. Vinifera varieties grown on their farm include Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. Hybrids grown include Cayuga White,Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Noiret, and Vignoles.
Our table for lunch
Our view for lunch

May 16, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

May 15, 2018

May 12-14 Mother's Day Weekend

When all the dust is settled and all the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family and friends... –Barbara Bush

We spent a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend with our oldest son and his family. We definitely missed Eric and his family, but we got to spend some amazing time with them this past winter. Our summer home puts us close to one son and our winter home keeps us close to the other. It’s a pretty good situation.

The Pearl is a little small for six people, so Kyle, Bryt and Cora stayed at an Airbnb. Graham enjoyed staying on the boat and I’m sure Cora will love staying with us soon. They both seem to enjoy being on the boat and around the water. Graham is very inquisitive and wants to know, in detail, how everything works...right down to where the sewer goes. He’s a little captain in the making. 

The highlight of Mother’s Day was the wonderful brunch we enjoyed at The Inn at Taughannock. The inn sets just above the lake with an amazing view and was the perfect place to enjoy an incredible meal. The food was delicious and presented beautifully. Thank you Kyle and Bryt for wonderful weekend. We love being close where we can spend time with you and your family. 

Fun on Paw Paw's dinghy...one of Grahams favorite things to do at the boat.
Cora thinks playing on the boat is a lot of fun.
For Graham finding out how everything works is even more fun.
But all that fun can wear a kid out.
We all had fun at the Ithaca Children's Garden
The Inn at Taughnnock over looks Taughnnock park and Lake Cayuga
I had the seafood cocktail and the lamb
Stan had the mix greens and the steak and egg scampi
We both had the the chocolate mousse for dessert 
My wonderful Mother's Day flowers make the cabin look beautiful