Archive for January, 2013

Green Lakes State Plark – Old Growth Trail

Green Lakes State Plark – Old Growth Trail


The “Old-Growth Trail” marked with orange trail signs will take visitors into the Tuliptree Cathedral. This may be the tallest publically-owned forest in central New York with tulip-poplars (Liriodendron tulipifera) well over 120 feet tall. In this small area some of the hemlocks and tulip-poplars are estimated to be 300 years old. Green Lakes State Park protects about 1,000 acres of old growth, much of it sugar maple on the hillsides around the lakes. Also interesting are the lakeside white cedar groves. Both Green and Round Lakes are rare meromictic lakes with an unusual green-blue color. The park has a beach area that is very popular in the summer.

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January 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

A Seneca Falls: His Story

view from the canal

View of downtown Senca Falls from the Sculpture Trail

A fabulous post from Not That Geneva:

Seneca Falls Still Matters

Posted on January 27, 2013

I’ve been living in Geneva for a year and a half and I keep meaning to write a post about Seneca Falls, NY.  I was reminded of this intention when Obama referenced it in hisInauguration Address this past week.  Here’s what President Obama had to say:

We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth …..

Take the time to visit Seneca Falls.

Seneca Falls Sculpture Trail

January 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

These Are the Critters in Your Neighborhood…

These Are the Critters in Your Neighborhood….

January 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Neat story about meeting a Ruffled Grouse at the Beaver Lake Nature Center near Syracuse, by Wandering the Tug.
Located just 15 minutes northwest of Syracuse, New York, in Baldwinsville, Beaver Lake Nature Center offers 9 miles of trails, 200 species of birds and over 800 varieties of plants.
Great article in the Syracuse paper on winter activities at the Nature Center:

Wandering the Tug (Tug Hill)

bird419grouse3941(Borrowed from Alfred Hitchcock).  This is not really about Tug Hill, but the place I like to visit most often when I am not on The Tug.  Beaver Lake Nature Center near Baldwinsville NY.  They have a beautiful lake, some great trails, lots of wildlife, especially wild geese, and a host of family activities.  When I pass on, I want to have a bench dedicated there in my memory.

Anyway, I was hiking a trail there recently and encountered a beautiful Ruffed Grouse who appeared to be without fear.  He allowed me a few photo opps, and hung around for quite a while while I chatted with other visitors and pointed him out.  He would come out on the trail and circle around us, then wander into the woods a bit before circling back.


Now I have known the grouse, or partridge, or ‘pa’tidge’, for many years, hunted them with…

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January 13, 2013 at 12:21 am Leave a comment

Finger Lake Salmon

Great story about fishing in the Finger Lakes in the winter. I think about skiing when it starts to snow, but Rivertop Rambles tells a great story of salmon fishing on a snowy day.

Rivertop Rambles

Cayuga Lake, the longest (38 miles) of New York’s glacial Finger Lakes, has steep east andstack west sides and an average depth of 182 feet. On New Year’s Day, I accompanied angling buddy Tim Didas in a drive north of Ithaca along an eastern portion of the lake. We drove through a local snowstorm for the sole purpose of maniacally casting streamers to Cayuga lake trout and landlocked salmon. At Milliken Station, an AES Cayuga coal-fired power plant, we dropped down to a railroad track where the snow and wind were peppered by the sound of shotguns aimed at passing waterfowl.

milliken stationAs we suited up beneath the ominous clouds and smokestacks of the giant plant, our fingers froze in the biting 20 degree Fahrenheit air, and our thoughts were yet to be consoled by the fact that the cooling waters of the plant, rivered back into the lake where we…

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January 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm Leave a comment

beyondpaisley’s romantic visit to Belhurst Castle on Seneca lake, just outside of Geneva. This post has beautiful photography of the Finger Lakes in winter


My boyfriend and I spent an amazing, romantic couple of days at a beautiful castle–CASTLE, FOR CHRISSAKES–on the Finger Lakes.  Belhurst Castle, located right along Seneca Lake in Geneva, NY, is a gorgeous spot for couples.  The rooms are huge and lovely; mine had a lake view and a fireplace, and a jacuzzi complete with a complementary rubber duckie.

The spa was amazing (ask for Lindie), the winery was impressive (try the Cabernet Franc).  The restaurant…meh (my steak was cooked correctly but the vegetables were steamed into oblivion, everything needed seasoning and the breakfast was entirely uninspired and unimaginative).  However, Geneva has some really good restaurants to choose from nearby (starting with Pure, the Indian place that’s maybe a five minute drive up the road, try the vindaloo and their spicy food is no-joke hot) so it’s no big deal.  And the surroundings were extraordinary and facing…

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January 1, 2013 at 10:36 pm 1 comment

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