Erie Canal Bike Ride: Palmyra to Newark

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.

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Parking in Palmyra is easy and free.

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.”

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There are a lot of birds to see as you ride:  Herons, Ducks, Wood Peckers, …

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The bush on the right was loaded with Cedar Waxwings.

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.

May 4, 2016 at 1:27 am Leave a comment

Letchworth Park Spring Hike

I received a GoPro from my family and am enjoying its simple interface, and how easy it is to edit. Charlie offered a Letchworth explore, so naturally I engineered a “hike or die” for a sunny spring day.

This hike is seven miles long, starting at the south end of the park and heading north. We left bikes at the end of the hike to get back to our cars. The views from the edge remain lovely the entire hike, and the craftsmanship of WPA stone fences, picnic tables and bridges inspires the challenging walking path.

April 23, 2016 at 2:13 pm 1 comment

Café Sol: A Bright Spot in Bristol

CafeSolIf you’re looking for a bright spot just down the street from Bristol Mountain, try Café Sol, located at the corners of Bristol Road and Route 64 in Bristol.

Four of us arrived early on a Saturday night to avoid the crowd — you should make reservations — as it gets very busy.

We started with the popular Hummus appetizer. This is enough for a group to enjoy with three types of hummus: Classic, black bean and peanut butter (Which sounds gross but is awesome!)

Next we enjoyed the Hawaiian stir-fry which is loaded with veggies, Pan-seared Scallops with a blood orange poppy seed reduction, and the Lamb Ragu, and I tried the Mediterranean Mussels off the Tapas Menu, with a house salad. We did not order the Bacon-wrapped Java rubbed Filet Mignon —  this time — it sounds delicious! There is Naked Dove Beer on tap as well as a nice selection of wines.

The service was attentive and the chef friendly, with lots of good choices whether dinner or tapas. The chef, Julia offers a varied menu with a lot of specials, which sources local produce.

Best was the fact that they staggered our courses keeping us eating for a long time and allowing us to catch up with old friends who had recently moved to Canandaigua.

They also serve breakfast at 8am on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:30a.m. 4 p.m.
  • Dinner Friday thru Sunday 5 – 9 p.m.
  • Breakfast Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m till 2 p.m.

Cafe Sol
4503 State Route 64
Canandaigua, New York 14424
585.229.2233

 

February 14, 2016 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards — Best in the US!

Imagine an apple orchard with something interesting for everyone in the family — that would be Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards.

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Our Camping Trip At Sampson State Park

Camping at Sampson State Park – NYS – Romulus, NY

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September 21, 2015 at 7:42 pm Leave a comment

Pittsford Farms Dairy: Old-Fashioned Flavor

PittsfordFarms Dairy4 Pittsford Farms Dairy products have been enjoyed for more than a century. Founded in 1880, the 200-acre working farm became an established dairy farm, and by 1888, began producing milk in glass bottles — something the farm still does today.

Pittsford Farms Dairy continues to be a owned and run by the Corby family. They produce milk, amazing chocolate milk, fresh butter, killer egg nog, and many creative flavors of ice cream — like Red Raspberry or Rugged Rower ice cream.

PittsfordFarms Dairy2They pasteurize the milk at a lower temperature. It’s a little less processed, it takes a little longer, but it has better body and is a little sweeter, and has a longer shelf life. Most large dairy farms pasteurize milk at 172 degrees Fahrenheit, while Pittsford Farms Dairy pasteurizes it at 145 degrees. This traditional method heats milk gently. The flavor makes the extra effort worthwhile.

The family opened a new building in 2013 which includes a retail store, ice cream parlor and bakery complete with with milk-bottle chandeliers, and vintage-jug seating at a common table. In the rear of the building there is a state of the art processing plant with viewing window which allows the visitors to see the milk being bottled in glass bottles and ice cream being made by hand in small batches, the old fashioned way.

PittsfordFarms Dairy3Located at 44 N. Main St., Pittsford, NY 14534

July 20, 2015 at 2:38 am Leave a comment

Museum of the Earth: Fossilized Finger Lakes

Located between Trumansburg and Ithaca

The museum is located between Trumansburg and Ithaca

Museum of the Earth, fossil wall

If you grew up in the Finger Lakes area, you have probably seen fossils  in cliff walls or on the bottom of a lake. The Finger Lakes area was once part of a much larger warm shallow sea. Visiting this area for the first time? Get your hands on some wonderful fossils at the Museum of the Earth, just outside of Ithaca, NY.

The museum has over 3 million fossils, making it one of the largest collections in the U.S.

There is a long mural (544 separate paintings), that stretches along a walkway between the main floor and the displays below. Each painting equals one million years with life-size fossils, displayed in order, representing 550 million years. The reign of man does not even make a single panel. ULP!

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 8.22.07 PMI discovered something new on my visit:  We have lovely round rocks on Skaneatleles Lake that can be found in cliff walls with sedimentary layers. Some of them have geodes inside, if split open.

Growing up, we thought they must be fossilized dinosaur eggs. Turns out they are more like pearls – concretions formed around pieces of crystalized calcite (sand). (See photo above)

The Paleontological Research Institution & Museum of the Earth

1259 Trumansburg Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Ph: (607) 273-6623

Hours:
Summer (Memorial Day – Labor Day):
Mon – Sat: 10am – 5pm; Sun: 11am – 5pm
Winter (Labor Day – Memorial Day):
Same as Summer, EXCEPT closed Tues & Wed

June 5, 2015 at 10:38 pm Leave a comment

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