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Ithaca’s Fabulous Gorges — a photo gallery

Check out these photos of The waterfalls and gorges around Ithaca, by the Huffington Post. “150 waterfalls with in 10 miles of Ithaca!


October 22, 2012 at 11:23 pm Leave a comment

Buttermilk Falls — See Why Ithaca is Gorges

When tourists come to upstate New York and want to see the unique geological wonders carved out by the glaciers, they usually head to well-known Watkins Glen. However, there are several other gorgeous gorges — one of them right outside of Ithaca, known as Buttermilk Falls State Park.

Continue Reading September 15, 2012 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Waterfalls of Hemlock-Canadice State Forest

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Its easier to hike up from the creek at roadside to find these falls

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Looking straight down 50+ feet at the top of the lower falls

Hemlock-Canadice State Forest — 6,684 acres, many of them covered with creeks flowing down into our water supply.

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The 15A access to Reynolds Gully has smaller falls the trail is short and easy.

Hiking creek beds to get the best possible view of several nice waterfalls off the beaten path.

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Careful: the trip from the top of the falls to the bottom can be steep and slippery

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Johnson HIll Trail is easy to follow, carpeted in moss early spring.

I hiked the Johnson Hill Trail, accessed via Johnson Hill Rd, off Bald hill Rd, just off Rt 15A, at the southern end of Hemlock Lake.

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This one is off state land, but I used a special lens to get close.

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County Line Falls is the first waterfalls you see from the Johnson Hill Trail

There are parking lots on 15A, which lead into Reynolds Gully and another one on Johnson Hill Road with a nice 1.5m trail.

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Access to trails and falls

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South end of Hemlock Lake from Old Bald Hill Rd

April 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

Filmore Glen, Moravia’s Treasure

The Finger Lakes region has several awesome parks with waterfalls. Little-known Filmore Glen is another example of the beautiful work of the glaciers that passed through 10,000 years ago and left us the “gorgology” the makes the Finger Lakes region so special. The park has five waterfalls, several miles of great trails and 60 campsites plus a natural stream-fed swimming hole.

Continue Reading April 1, 2012 at 5:41 am 1 comment

Honeoye Falls Brewery Pub and Grill: Brew and a View

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The best view of the falls is from the patio of the pub

Honeoye Falls describes itself as “a friendly little village situated on the upper falls of Honeoye Creek approximately fifteen miles southeast of Rochester, New York.” The village has been a productive center of commerce since the late 1700’s, when mills and factories began to pop up along the upper and lower  falls. It changed names many time before becoming known as Honeoye Falls in the mid-1800s.

Located right in the four corners of town is the Honeoye Falls Brewery Pub & Grill, which  has been a tavern/pub, & or a restaurant for over 70 years, while the building itself has housed everything from a millinery, shoemaker, & a bakery, over the previous 70+ years.

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Located on the four corners of downtown Honeoye Falls

The Brewery Pub and Grill offers the only view of scenic Honeoye Falls while you enjoy casual dining. You can it outdoors on the deck during the warm months, or enjoy the ambiance of a fireside meal in the enclosed gazebo complete with a fireplace.

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13 Lucky Drafts made Syracuse Basketball lucky

We visited on a quiet wintry Saturday. I was interested in sampling the 13 Lucky Drafts:  a changing selection of microbrews from across the US, and a burger — for which they are well-known. It was a tough choice — should I try the Southern Tier Eurotrash Pliz or the 3 Heads Brewery Loopy. Better try them all.

Charlie ordered the “No Bun Mo Fun Burger” — 8 oz. Angus Beef atop a mound of French Fries with Chili, shredded Cheddar, scallion & sour cream. I ordered the Brew Burger which I believe was designed to maximize my beer quaffing experience.

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Lunch in the gazebo

After we enjoyed our lunch we stopped at the bar for another round while Syracuse University Basketball was on TV. The bartender knew everyone by their first name and the cast of regulars made us feel right at home. While at the bar we were also able to meet the chef, Kirk, who was an old friend of Charlie’s friend Ginger.

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Charlie's poet friend from Atlanta, Ginger Murchinson, recommended we say hello to her good friend Kirk

The Brewery Pub is located at 8 West Main Street in Honeoye Falls.

Monday 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Tue-Thur: Lunch 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Tue-Thur: Dinner 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fri-Sat: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Lunch Available Till 5:00)
Sunday Lunch: 12:00 PM – 5:00PM
Sunday Dinner: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

February 19, 2012 at 2:59 am Leave a comment

Ithaca — Come Visit in the Winter

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Taughannock Falls, higher than Niagara Falls, just outside of Ithaca

Great article in the Albany Times Union about winter fun in the Ithaca area

Ithaca may be best known as the home of both Cornell  University and Ithaca  College, but the city offers a cornucopia of attractions for  outdoors enthusiasts.

Situated in a valley on the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, about a three-hour  drive from Albany, the city’s streets slope steeply toward the water. There are  more than 100 waterfalls and gorges within 10 miles of Ithaca, leading to the  local slogan, “Ithaca is Gorges.”

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Besides great food, beer and gorges sites, Ithaca has a great music scene.

January 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm 2 comments

Finger Lakes Summer Says Don’t Miss Greentopia Festival

The Greentopia Festival is a two-day “World’s Fair” of environmental education, arts, music, activism and inspiration taking place in Rochester New York, Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18.

Join us at Rochester’s sustainability celebration to explore green living, Rochester style. It’s a two-day “World’s Fair” of inspiration through art, music, ideas and activism.

Speakers like Author and Activist Ed Begley Jr and Author, Educator, Environmentalist Bill McKibben. There will be workshops, how tos and films  Learn how you can think greens and how to apply it creatively in everyday life. There will be unusual family activities, community recycled art installations, mouthwatering organic and local food and beverages, and all kinds of live music.

There will even be an opportunity to “Bike the Bridges.” This ride allows Rochesterians and their families a highly accessible way to view and experience the bridges and falls of Rochester up close with other cyclists in a fun and celebratory way.

Some Local Environmental Groups appearing at Greentopia that I am exceptionally fond of: Will be showcased Saturday, 12:30 – 1:20 pm @ The Atrium in Max at High Falls

Jim Howe, The Nature Conservancy
Protecting Hemlock & Canadice Lakes – Rochester’s Drinking Water

Gay Mills, Genesee Land Trust
Connecting to Nature in the City and other Projects of Genesee Land Trust

June Summers, Genesee Valley Audobon Society
Native and Invasive Plants

You can help keep Lake Ontario beautiful

Paul Sawyko, Water Education Collaborative & H2O Hero
Lake Ontario Needs Heros

ALSO:  Sunday, 11:00 – 11:30 @ Seneca Room in Max at High Falls. Sarah Meyer, Finger Lakes Institute & Paul Sawyko are doing a demonstration on Rain Barrels & Rain Gardens.

The Driftwood Sailors

Sunday at 12:30 there will be music by The Driftwood Sailors, who I just heard on the Sunday night Shakedown with Frank DeBlaise. Lead singer Amanda Lee Peers haas a lovely voice reminiscent of Amy Winehouse.

Greentopia will provide incentives for participants using greener modes of transportation. Everything that can be recycled at the festival will be recycled. Every plate, fork, spoon, knife, cup, bowl, napkin, coffee stirrer and sample cup will be 100% compostable. And all food scraps will be collected and composted. All Greentopia collateral will be made with recycled and/or earth-friendly materials. Every event sign will be designed with reuse in mind. Each piece will be made from environmentally friendly materials.

Greentopia is being produced by the The GardenAerial.

The GardenAerial is a 501(c)3 non-profit grassroots organization advocating for the conversion of pre-existing structures and trails along the Genesee Gorge at High Falls into a multi-use, extraordinary public green space.

It is their vision to transform the perimeter of the Genesee Gorge,  including the Ponte de Rennes bridge, into a magical hanging outdoor arboretum – becoming a real and lasting symbol of the “Flower City”.

September 14, 2011 at 2:39 am Leave a comment

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