Grateful to be able to vote today. Thankful for those who fought to preserve that right.
I was driving along Route 20 last Thursday and stopped in Skaneateles to observe a beautiful display of American flags in the park, by the lake. It was an unusually sunny day, as I wandered through taking pictures, I thought about my Dad and the role he played in serving his country.
This was what I found in the newspaper:
“This Veterans Day, more than 125 American flags decorated Shotwell Memorial Park in the village of Skaneateles. The Skaneateles High School girls’ lacrosse team sold the flags for $30 each and put them in the park in honor of or in memory of a veteran of the buyers’ choice.”
My Dad grew up in Skaneateles, New York, and is a veteran of WWII. Here is an excerpt from his autobiography on his Army experience:
“When you are drafted in to the armed services, you start at the bottom. It…
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A hot afternoon is perfect for a kayak & bike adventure. We wanted to be able to kayak downstream and then bike back to our car. Honeoye Creek in July is about 12″ deep in most spots and requires an occasional portage through shallow spots. This is a scenic and safe kayak ride through 3.5 miles of clear, winding water.
While floating along we saw Raccoons, Woodchucks, Deer, Hawk, Heron, Kingfisher, Turkey Vulture, Fox, Snapping Turtle, Painted Turtle, Rainbow Trout, Suckers, Carp, Frogs, and very few people.
Once we pulled our kayaks up to road level, we unlocked our bikes, locked the kayaks and started riding on Golah Rd to East River Rd. Head north on East River Rd until you see the entrance to the Lehigh Valley Trail. You can bike on the trail and it rejoins Fischell Rd right next t the boat launch.
It took us about two and a half hours to very lazily kayak and about 30 minutes to ride back to our car. Pack a picnic, bring lots of water, and remember there are no rest rooms.
Ayrault Rd launch:
Perinton RT 250 to Ayrault Rd. Located just before Ayrault Rd. Bridge on right. Concrete ramp; Parks 20 cars and trailers.
Three miles long and only 95 feet deep Canadice is great for kayaking as it remains calm with the steep hills that surround it and can be kayaked from end-to-end. Thanks to it being designated a water supply for the city of Rochester in 1872 and the eventual repurchasing of all private property along the lakeshore, Canadice Lake appear as untouched as it did hundreds of years ago.
The best way to experience the beauty of this “wild” lake is from the water. A 360-degree view from the center of the lake allows you to imagine you are the first explorer to experience the calm waters and wooded shoreline, with steep hills carving the horizon. You will see no homes, no cell towers, no development of any kind.
What you will see is Eelgrass, Water Lilies, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brown Bullhead, Pumpkinseed, Bluegill, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Rock Bass, Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Snapping Turtles (HUGE), Herons, Kingfishers, and maybe an Eagle. Along the edge of the lake Wild Roses and Wild Raspberries bloom.
Giant snapping turtles with moss growing on their shells, laze a few inches below the surface of the water allowing a close-up view of something frighteningly prehistoric.
Where can you launch a boat? Kayaks can be launched from several trails that go from the road to the water’s edge. Small motorized boats can be launched on the east side of the lake (see map).
Heading east across the Finger Lakes region on Route 96, we were looking for a spot to stop for lunch. Between Shortsville and Phelps we headed south to Clifton Springs and stopped at Warfields.
If it’s a sunny summer day ask to dine outside next to the English Garden.
Clifton Springs is such a pleasant visual surprise. Matching store fronts invite you to stroll down the street and explore.
What was once a health community, founded because of the believed healing minerals of sulfur springs, remains today as a an integrative medicine center and spa.
For more history on Clifton Springs, check out the Foster Cottage Museum.
Further east along Route 20, far from the Antique Mile lies a tiny town that loves antiques: Bouckville. This short section of road has several big shows each summer.
The first weekend in June is a three-day Outdoor Antique Weekend with more than 150 dealers from all over the northeast, and free admission.
August is the Madison Bouckville Antique Week which is the biggest show of the year in New York State, with over 2,000 vendors!
What’s not to like with so many different dealers! For lunch we scooted over to the Colgate campus in Hamilton, NY for a sammich at the Hamilton eatery.
Enjoy a summer day traveling from the eastern gate of the Finger Lakes through small charming towns like Lafayette, Pompey and Cazenovia. Just past Morrisville you are getting close, tinier towns like Morrisville Station follow next. After Pineville is the even tinier Bouckville, which is a hamlet of the town of Madison.
A sunny Sunday in April inspired us to ride the canal from Palmyra to Newark. The Erie Canal provides a safe and completely flat ride with towns spread out every ten miles or so.
We parked our car in the Palmyra Aqueduct Park. The ride to Newark is scenic with several other creeks like “Garnargua,” intersecting the canal and a wider area, more like a lake, before Newark called “The Wide Waters.”
There are a lot of birds to see as you ride: Herons, Ducks, Wood Peckers, …
The town of Newark was fun to bike around, though not much was opened on a Sunday afternoon, except of course, Tom Wahls!
To get a full history of the Eric Canal, you should visit the Erie Canal Museum, in Syracuse.