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

June 23, 2017

June 21 - First Day of Summer

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.” —Mark Black
The first day of summer in Ithaca was perfect...sunshine, low humidity and 75º. We started our morning with breakfast on the flybridge, just the way I like it...with a view of the peaceful harbor, the park and the beautiful green hills that surround Ithaca. Our marina is very quiet during the week since most people who have their boats here for the season live in the area and are only here on the weekends...although there are a few exceptions like us. 

We spent the morning on the boat working on a few projects and taking care of everything day things. Then we decided to check out one of the breweries in the area for lunch. The Ithaca Beer Company has a great patio that over looks a small farm and was the perfect place to relax on a picture perfect first day of summer. 

Ithaca Beer Company is nestled in the heart of New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes Region and prides itself in brewing world-class craft beer inspired by its home in Ithaca, driven to reflect the culture, creativity, and diversity of the area. They have been crafting award-winning ales since 1998.
The great patio area where we enjoyed a relaxing lunch
Ithaca Beer Co. beer list 
I had the Happy Pils - Brilliantly clear and refreshing, this German Pilsner boasts a healthy amount of spicy noble Germans hops, and a dynamic, yet restrained malt backbone.  

Stan had Midnight Sun - Black Lager named for an episode of the “Twilight Zone” that references a painting of one of Ithaca’s waterfalls. This beer uses German malts, hops and yeast. It brings to mind roasted coffee, chocolate, and toffee.
Our lunch...wood fire pizza
I'm loving this weather!
One thing we've figured out in the last seven years of cruising is people on the east coast LOVE their ice cream. So to celebrate summer we went to Purity Ice Cream Co. for a little indulgence. 
Lots of wonderful treats to choose from
Stan chose Bulldog Crunch and I had Chocolate Raspberry Truffle...both were wonderful.
A beautiful first night of summer
This picture was taken at 9:52 and there was still a little light in the western sky.
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June 21, 2017

June 20 - Lucifer Falls

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

"The only value we have as human beings is the risks we're willing to take." ―Earnest Hemingway
We woke to a beautiful day, so after breakfast on the flybridge, we decided to pack a lunch and head to Robert H.Terman State Park. We parked in the lower section of the park and took the Gorge Trail 2.25 miles up to Lucifer Falls and the old grits mill. Along the way we passed 12 waterfalls, including the magnificent Lucifer Falls that cascades beside a stone staircase and down 115 feet of rock face. The paved trail and stonewalls along the Gorge Trail were built between 1933 and 1942 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

The trail follows Enfield Creek, giving many views of the rock formations in the deep, narrow gorge known as Enfield Glen. An old grits mill at the top of glen was built in 1839. A small settlement of Enfield Falls grew up around the mill in the 1800s. Artifacts from the settlement and mill are on display in the grist mill.  

After lunch we followed the Rim Trail back to the lower falls (2.25 miles). This trail led to a wonderful over look of Lucifer Falls, then to the Cliff Staircase (221 steps) that brought us to the bottom of the falls...wonderful views from both places. The trail then winds through the woods to the lower camp ground by Treman Falls (Lower Falls). A seasonal pool is at the bottom of this waterfall...it opens on Saturday. It's listed as one of the top 50 natural swimming holes in the Untied States. We'll explore that more as the summer warms up.
A few of the steps at the beginning of the hike
The Gorge Trail at Robert H. Treman State Park
Our first glimpse at Lucifer Falls
Part of the trail leading up to Lucifer Falls
Lucifer Falls
Above Lucifer Falls
The Old Grits Mill
The view of Lucifer Falls from the overlook
Part of the Cliff Staircase (221 steps) back to the creek 
The bottom of Lucifer Falls. Someone had built rock chairs...the pictures of the falls are the views from the chairs. We thought this was the best place in the park.
Part of the Rim Trail
A video of Lucifer Falls

June 20, 2017

June 19 – We’re Back

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

“We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ―Anaïs Nin

We're back on the boat. We had a great week in Texas visiting with parents, kids, grandkids, siblings, cousins and friends. It was filled with hugs and kisses, lots of meals out and relaxing mornings on the back deck of Texas Pearl

Our second week away from The Pearl was spent in Pennsylvania playing with our grand wonders. We were the stand in nannies...what a delightful week we had. We are full of hugs and kisses and wonderful memories. We spent time playing outside and at the park, visiting the children's museum and reading books. Two weeks with family has rejuvenated us and our love cup is full!

Our wonderful grand kids...they make life amazing.

June 7, 2017

Weekend Updates

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

“You can't come back if you never go away.” —Unknown
Getting around to blogging gets difficult when you stay busy and on the go. We enjoyed Friday in Ithaca getting to know our dock mates and taking in a little of the annual Ithaca Festival...arts and crafts, food, music and a parade. Ithaca is a real eclectic town, so people watching is definitely a fun activity. People watching at the evening parade was more fun than the parade itself, but we gave up before the parade ended so we could have a nice dinner at Maxie's. Everyone we've met in town has recommended it and it didn't disappoint. It's definitely a place we'll go back to. 

Booths at the Ithaca Festival
Dock mates at an evening get together...hopefully I'll have a better picture next time.
Ithaca Festival evening parade
Salmon over spinach and asparagus polenta 
Clam poorboy
On Saturday we drove down to Pennsylvania to celebrate our daughter in law and grandson's birthdays. What a celebration...taco night complete with a fire pit for roasting marshmallows on Saturday to celebrate with Bryt and a cute Bob the Builder party on Sunday to celebrate Graham's 3rd birthday…lots of food and fellowship...what a great weekend. 

Now we are back in Texas for a week visiting family and checking on things here. More blog updates when we retain to The Pearl.

Saturday night fun around the fire pit
Fun with our grand daughter Cora
The happy birthday boy.
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June 3, 2017

Snow in June

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park
If you look across our marina you might think it's snowing...snow in June? The June snows are white and fluffy, but warm and cottony rather than cold and crystalline. The snows of June consist of “cotton” from the cottonwood trees: small bits of cotton-like fibers enclosing a small green cottonwood seed. It's the trees distribution agent, allowing the seeds to be dispersed as they are blown in the wind. 

Sometimes, especially near a stand of cottonwoods, there can be a flurry of cotton that resembles a light snow storm. But to this Texas girl the piles of fluff along the edges of the grass remind me of cotton. Like the bits of cotton that blow out of the cotton pickers and module builders in August and pile up along the road. 

The cotton blizzard typically lasts only a few weeks, and all is gone by July. They can be a nuisance sometimes clogging up waterways, filters, collecting inches deep in gutters, and turning into clumps of fibrous mass in the rain. These piles can sometimes be difficult to clear away.

These trees are Eastern Cottonwood, also called Eastern Poplar. Cottonwoods are some of the oldest known trees in existence. They are in the Willow family and like willows are fast growers. Their wood is generally weak and they are rather short lived as trees go, living usually only about eighty years or so. But due to their rapid growth they can provide quick shade in parks and recreational areas.