Archive for January, 2013
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: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/01/lysanders_beaver_lake_nature_c.html
(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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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.
Cayuga Lake, the longest (38 miles) of New York’s glacial Finger Lakes, has steep east and 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.
As 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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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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