Saturday, June 29, 2019

Finger Lakes Region of New York

The finger lakes are several long finger-like lakes in central New York and 
it is a beautiful area with lots to do.

 We stayed in the area around Seneca & Cayuga Lakes.

There are many wineries in the area, but we opted to visit a goat dairy and have a cheese tasting!

The goats are much more personable than grapes!

Another destination was Taughanock Falls which are just a short walk from the road.
These dramatic 215 foot falls, the highest in New York, are worth a stop.

The area is known for its gorges and Robert Treman State Park also had a lovely gorge walk.

Culminating in the dramatic Lucifer Falls.

There was also an old restored mill there with lots of history and exhibits.

 Since it was Saturday, we went to the acclaimed Ithaca farmers market.
We got there early and found lots of wonderful garden goods, handcrafted items and yummy food.

 Breakfast was a luscious banana cream crepe freshly prepared at the market.

Our final stop was the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a bird lover's delight.
I follow the lab on Facebook and use their app, Merlin to identify birds, so I wanted to see this educational library and lab.

 Right outside the entrance was a goose family, setting the mood for our visit.

 There are many pleasant hikes around the Sapsucker Woods, the affectionate name for the area around the lab.

And inside is a wall illustrated with the silhouettes and paintings of birds found all over the world.

It was interesting, educational and fun.
Next we move on to upstate New York and the Adirondacks.

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