We spent 3 days and 2 nights in the East Syracuse, NY area the weekend of July 1 through July 3. In my earlier blog post I wrote about the first part of our trip back home on Monday, July 3. This blog post is about rest of our trip back home.
After lunch we drove through Letchworth State Park. Earlier this year we purchased an annual New York State Park Empire Pass that provides unlimited day use vehicle entry to most state parks and recreation facilities. Letchworth State Park was one of three New York State parks at which we used our Empire Pass during our weekend getaway. I wrote about visits at the other two state parks in previous blog posts. At Letchworth we stopped at Inspiration Point and Middle Falls.
We passed up Lower Falls. Perhaps someday we will make the hike down that trail again. Neither of us felt like making that hike today. The Portageville exit is still closed, as construction continues on a new steel arch railroad bridge across the Genesee River Gorge. You can see the bridge in the photograph displayed above, as well as in the photograph of Inspiration Point. We were surprised to find the trail to Upper Falls fenced off. The trail is closed for reconstruction through the remainder of 2017.
There is much more to see and do at Letchworth State Park. We have visited this park several times over the past 15+ years, as the park is located only a couple hours drive from our home. I expect we will make a return trip in the fall.
We departed Letchworth State Park via the Castile exit at 3:30 pm.
We stopped for ice cream at Peaches and Cream in Randolph NY. I ordered a banana split, which was made with one scoop each of vanilla, strawberry and chocolate ice cream with appropriate toppings and a sliced banana. The banana split was easily twice the size as the one I get at Dairy Queen and cost about the same. I didn’t need or want dinner that evening!
We returned home shortly before 6:00 pm. Checking the odometer, we traveled 641 miles during our weekend getaway. We said hello to our kitty and unpacked the car. While I unpacked our travel bag and put away everything else, Bob mowed the yard.
My new U.S. Passport arrived in the mail, while we were away. Hooray! We can plan a trip to Niagara Falls, Canada now! When I mailed in my passport renewal application on June 14, the processing time indicated was 4-6 weeks. The processing time was quicker than that!
I hope that you have enjoyed the blog posts about our East Syracuse NY weekend getaway!