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

Summer Updates

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ―Mae West
We've definitely been making up for the time we lost last summer. We've been out and about on every nice day...hikes, waterfalls, wineries, visiting with friends, picnics and exploring. Many things we've done just haven't needed it's own post so I'm including them in this one. We truly love our life on the lake in New York. There are so many things to do here and we always have somewhere beautiful to go.

One of our favorite things to do on the lake is to go to a winery, get a bottle of wine and enjoy a picnic with a view. Sheldrake is one of our all time favorites.
Chimney Bluffs State Park is located on Lake Ontario and is a great place to find rocks to paint. We spent a nice day walking the beach, visiting a waterfall, having a nice lunch on the shore of Sodus Bay and catching up with friends Pam and Mark.
A few of the rocks I've painted.
On the way to Chimney Bluffs we stopped and hiked down to the bottom of Wolcott Falls. There are hidden falls everywhere around here.
We've even had a chance to get out on the lake on Tiny Pearl.
Loopers Heidi and Christian spent time in Ithaca while they waited for the repairs on the Western Erie Canal. We had a great time getting to know them. We took them to Watkins Glen to hike and then to Boundary Breaks for a bottle of wine and a picnic. I hope our paths cross again one day.
One day we hiked the Owl Creek Trail at Buttermilk Falls State Park. It was a nice workout and there was no one else on the trail...just like we like it.
We spent one Friday night with Greg and Jen at their marina on Seneca Lake. Each weekend the marina sponsors a band, supplies a food truck and provides a lot of fun for anyone who wants to come. What a great way to spend a beautiful summer night.
What a surprise it was to see this deer one day when we were returning from Watkins Glen. Research told us that it was a Seneca White Deer. These deer found at Seneca Army Depot are a natural variation of the white-tailed deer, which usually have brown coloring. The Seneca White Deer lack all pigmentation in the hair, but have the normal brown-colored eyes. The protection that the Depot gave them has allowed them to interbreed and increase in numbers for more than 60 years.
One beautiful morning, after a heavy rain we visited Ithaca Falls. It's known as Ithaca’s secret falls, because it’s not obvious from the road that the beautiful falls are right around the corner. With a drop of 150ft and width of 175ft, it's the region’s most powerful and most impressive falls. 
We've had amazing weather during June...perfect weather for hiking and biking. One pretty day we biked as far up the Black Diamond Trail as we could. They've closed sections of it for maintenance, and we couldn't make it all the way to Taughannock Falls, but we found another one along the way to enjoy our lunch.

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