Posts Tagged ‘upstate NY’

What can I say?  This museum impressed me more than I had expected it to.  I thought I’d be checking out old vessels and vases, perhaps some old dish ware and corning glass or Pyrex plates.  I was so wrong!  Not only did the history of the development of glass and fiber optics keep me engrossed, but then the gallery of modern art/design and hands-on glass blowing studios could keep me entertained for hours.  Check out the art here – http://www.cmog.org/collection/galleries/art-design.  The mile of black glass beaded rope by Liza Lou is incredible, as was the Chihuly .  I love seeing an age-old material be used in new ways like this!


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a detail of the ‘Continuous Mile’ piece:

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My husband had the brilliant idea (really, it was brilliant) to get up early and get to Watkins Glen State Park before anyone else got there.  Although I looked sleepy in photos and was exhausted by noon, it was great to walk the park before the throngs of tourists came.  The best part was: the sun hit the waterfalls in a way that created rainbows in several sections of the park.  As we descended near noon we found maddening crowds and a natural daylight that didn’t highlight the waterfalls like the early morning light had.  I’m glad we rose early!

Some info on Watkins Glen from wikipedia:

“Watkins Glen is south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The park’s lower part is near the village, while the upper part is open woodland. It was opened to the public in 1863 and was privately run as a tourist resort until 1906, when it was purchased by New York State.

The centerpiece of the park is a 400-foot-deep narrow gorge cut through rock by a stream – Glen Creek – that was left hanging when glaciers of the Ice age deepened the Seneca valley, increasing the tributary stream gradient to create rapids and waterfalls wherever there were layers of hard rock. The rocks of the area are sedimentary of Devonian age that are part of a dissected plateau that was uplifted with little faulting or distortion. They consist mostly of soft shales, with some layers of harder sandstone and limestone.

The park features three trails – open mid-May to early November – by which one can climb or descend the gorge.” 

Seriously isn’t this place amazing?!



from behind the falls



my husband getting shots


I’m his sleepy muse at 7 a.m


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While the kids enjoyed Grandma and Grandpa’s house… my husband and I went to Keuka Lake and Seneca Lake to sip wine and relax.  It was pretty relaxing staying in a cabin that was so buried in the woods, we didn’t have wifi for several days.  Kind of reminded me of the days when we first started dating – no iPhone interruption! We let Louie our dog join us and I think he had a good time –


taking over the kids’ seats while we drove


gorgeous farm land along the way



husband and Louie in a vineyard



chilling while we taste


“Ok guys, this is going too far!”

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We took off to upstate NY for the long fourth of July weekend.  Ezra and Zoe stayed with cousins and grandma and grandpa … they found a strawberry patch behind Aunt Becca’s house!  I don’t think I’ve ever eaten berries sweeter than this.  But we had to eat them quickly – no preservatives in these bad boys.  They got soft within a day.  They were just too tasty NOT to eat them.  After this picking session, my husband and I took off for wine tasting in the Finger Lakes region (more photos to come)!




photos by Greg Kessler Photography.

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Well when we finally made it to the Pittsford NY area to retrieve our kids, we found a great thing to do outdoors… check out some Civil War history. As always the kids had some interesting questions that only kids can come up with like; ‘where do the soldiers go to the bathroom?’ and ‘why don’t the kids have electronics?’ (ipads, to be specific). It was a hot day so I’m still surprised everyone was willing to wear all that clothing and hoop skirts. And I learned what a reticule is (Zoe is pointing to them in the photo below) … who knew?









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more fun upstate at Roseland Waterpark – and of course it wouldn’t be summer vacation if it wasn’t capped off with an ice cream at the end !

(photos courtesy of aunt Becca)

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Genesee Country Museum, Go Karts (and mini-golf for Zoe, who is still too small to ride.) I need to collect these little adventurers this weekend — so more photos next week! These pix courtesy of Aunt Becca and Grandma’s iphones:

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and of course that means a trip to Strong Museum! Remember this amazing place? When the weather gets fussy, it’s a great place for the kids to spend HOURS playing (photos courtesy of Karen Kessler!). Hey isn’t that a scene from Sesame Street where Zoe is standing? I thought that was here in Queens!:

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What’s not to miss? With a hot tub in the snow and everything! Oh well – back to city life for us.
Photo by Greg Kessler.

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We were back in Rochester to see family – where there were 8 inches of snow waiting for us. The kids loved sledding, eating turkey and lighting candles all in the same weekend! And the song lyrics ‘over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go’ had new meaning to the kids while we pulled them through the woods out back…
(see how warm last Thanksgiving was, here!)









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