We spent 3 days and 2 nights in the East Syracuse, NY area.
We awakened at 5:15 am on Sunday, July 2 (day 2 of our weekend getaway). We were both showered and dressed for the day by 6:45 am. Complimentary breakfast began at 7:00 am. We were among the first to show up for breakfast. I made myself a waffle and topped it with strawberries (so delicious!). Bob had eggs, sausage and a pastry. Cranberry juice and coffee (Bob) and tea (me) completed our breakfast.
After breakfast we set off to do some sightseeing in the area. We were looking forward to seeing new places, as we had not spent time in this area before. The map shown below gives a general idea of our sightseeing route.
I say a general idea, as we told the GPS not to put us on any highways. Our main sightseeing goals were: Chittenango Falls State Park, Verona Beach Lighthouse and Green Lakes State Park (in that order).
Our first stop was not planned. As we passed through Manlius, I noticed a pretty park located along NY State Route 92. We drove right by the park and onto another road. Bob turned around, when I politely asked him to do so. We both enjoyed the beauty of Swan Pond, both the upper and lower ponds.
We walked around Swan Pond in a counter clockwise direction. It wasn’t long until we realized there was an upper and lower Swan Pond.
We walked around Lower Swan Pond. We enjoyed the wildlife that we saw during our walk.
The highlight of our walk around the pond, though, was spotting the bird in my next photograph. A woman, who told us she works at the nearby TOPS Market and comes to the park daily, led us to this bird.
I would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the anonymous TOPS Market worker who pointed out the Belted Kingfisher to us!
We returned to Upper Swan Pond and our car to continue our sightseeing drive.
This was a stop not planned. We spent 45 minutes here, admiring Swan Pond and its inhabitants. It was time well spent!
My original thoughts, when preparing the outline for blog posts related to our East Syracuse NY weekend getaway, was to include all of our sightseeing stops on day 2 in one blog post. I changed my mind. This post will be the first of four blog posts about our second day in the East Syracuse NY area.