Inspire Moore Winery – Taste of the Finger Lakes

Located in Naples New York, at the southern end of Canandaigua Lake Inspire Moore Vineyard was the perfect watering hole for a thirsty group of bridesmaids after hiking Grimes Glen. Moore produces only a few thousand cases of varietal wines each year. Purchasing a tasting provides a delicious overview of their aromatic red, white and ice wines. Enjoy the creative selection of gifts available above the aging barrels of wine.

May 15, 2018 at 5:16 pm Leave a comment

Biking Through the Seneca Army Depot

The former Seneca Army Depot occupied over 10,000 acres between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. It was used as a munitions storage facility from 1941 until the 1990s. The Depot was formally shut down in 2000. During earlier years it was controversial for storage of nuclear weapons.

Totally the land is being used to protect a rare herd of white deer that have been allowed to populate inside the fence for decades.

We enjoyed the first bike tour. Future visitors will be able to visit by bus and bike. Funds generated will help to protect the deer.

April 30, 2018 at 1:58 pm Leave a comment

Hike on Hickory Hill

February 18, 2018 at 3:35 am Leave a comment

Audubon Christmas Bird Count

A beautiful sunrise for the Audobon Christmas Bird Count.

December 18, 2017 at 12:45 am Leave a comment

Beaver Lake Nature Center: Enjoy 6 Miles of Cross Country Skiing

Just a few miles northwest of Syracuse, New York, in Baldwinsville, is Beaver Lake Nature Center. What is really awesome about Beaver Lake Nature Center is the six miles of trails beautifully groomed and reserved for Cross Country Skiing.

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Shotwell Park, Skaneateles New York, Veterans Day

Grateful to be able to vote today. Thankful for those who fought to preserve that right.

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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.

Veteran's Day Display, Skaneateles New York

Veteran's Day Display

Veteran's Day Display, Skaneateles New York

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:

Skanealteles War Memorial

“When you are drafted in to the armed services, you start at the bottom. It…

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November 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Kayaking and Biking Honeoye Creek

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Launch spot: State Boat Launch with parking under 390.

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.

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This is the section we paddled. Put in at the state boat launch on Fischell Rd, and pull out under the railroad tracks, near Golah Rd.

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Chasing Kingfishers downstream

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.

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In July and August the water is shallower. Wear sneakers and enjoy cooling off.

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This greeted me when I climbed out of my kayak

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Here is the spot where you end your ride. Pull your kayak out by the bridge. This is next to Golah Rd.

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.

July 23, 2016 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

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