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Finger Lakes Vacation: Day 7

We ate breakfast out on Tuesday (May 31), our last full day in New York’s Finger Lakes region. 

We drove to New Hope Mills Store & Cafe for breakfast. 

New Hope Mills Store & Cafe

We knew of this cafe only from our stop at the old mill at Routes 66a and 41a, as we drove around Skaneateles Lake, on the fourth day of our vacation.  I search online for any information on the mill. You may recall this photograph of the old mill that I shared on the blog post for the fourth day of our vacation.

New Hope Mills Ruins

The mill is being preserved, with the goal of an operational museum.

The New Hope Mills Cafe was cozy, surrounded by store merchandise.  I ordered the Country Breakfast which consisted of two buttermilk pancakes, 2 eggs, choice of bacon or sausage, and tea.  Bob ordered Farm-Fresh Omelet (Three eggs, choice of cheese, and side of home fries and homemade toast).  He added a side of bacon.  Breakfast was delicious; our waitress was attentive.  We ended up leaving with full bellies and items that we purchased from the country store (waffle mix and mugs).

After breakfast we drove to Seneca Falls.  We visited the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. In particular we visited the Wesleyan Methodist Church, the Visitor Center and the Elizabeth Lady Stanton House.

Weslyan Methodist Chapel

The Wesleyan Chapel is the location of the First Women’s Rights Convention held on July 19 and 20, 1848, in which approximately 300 people gathered to attend. It is considered by many historians to be the formal beginning of the Women’s Rights Movement in the United States.

Weslyan Methodist Chapel Interior

This illustration portrays the morning session of the second day of the convention.

From left to right:
Frederick Douglas, James Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Ann M’Clintock, Sr and Lucretia Mott

The Visitor Center, located next door to the chapel, features two floors of museum exhibits on the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, including the “First Wave” statue installation on the ground floor.

“First Wave”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton is located at the far left in the large statue group.

The home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton is located across Van Cleef Lake. Stanton called her home the “Center of the Rebellion” during her family’s 15 years in Seneca Falls. 

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Home

From the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House we drove to the Ludovico Sculpture Trail.  The trail is 1.8 mi round trip. We walked the trail for about 1/4 mi and turned around.  The trail was muddy in spots; it was hot and my knee hurt. We did see a few sculptures.

Amelia Bloomer by Cherry Rahn

Amelia Bloomer was an early suffragist, editor, and social activist. She was also a fashion advocate who worked to change women’s clothing styles.

Amelia Bloomer by Cherry Rahn
and
It’s a Wonderful Life Bridge in the background
Canal Diggers by Brian Pfeiffer

Leaving Seneca Falls we drove to and through Montezuma Wildlife Refuge.  We didn’t see anything worth photographing.  

From Montezuma we returned to our Airbnb, but not before stopping at our hosts’ house.  Our hosts live one house up from the Airbnb.  We were invited to stop by and take a picture of the lake from their vantage point.

Wyckoff Road View of Owasco Lake
(looking south)
Wyckoff Road View of Owasco Lake
(looking north)

We ate dinner at Drifters on Owasco.  Drifters is located in Moravia at the southern end of Owasco Lake.  We sat on the deck alongside Owasco Lake.

Bob ordered a Buffalo Chicken Wrap with chips.  I ordered boneless chicken wings with sweet potato fries.  Our waitress was personable and efficient.  The food was good.  The view was outstanding.  We sat on an outside deck alongside the lake. 

Lakeside Dining

We enjoyed conversation with a couple visiting from NYC, who drove from Ithaca NY to eat at Drifters.

After dinner, we returned to our Airbnb.  We enjoyed our last camp fire of vacation.   We started packing.

Finger Lakes Vacation: Day 6

We planned to drive into Auburn on Monday (May 30) to watch the Memorial Day parade.  We reviewed the parade route. The parade route was short, and we opted not to go.  Instead we relaxed at the Airbnb. I took a few pictures, while we relaxed.

Casa Esperanza on Wyckoff Road
our Airbnb rental for the week
Our View of Owasco Lake from the Airbnb

Bob and I went for a walk down and back up Wyckoff Road. This road goes by the Airbnb.

The walk down was easy.
The walk up was not easy!
I soaked up this view each day, while on vacation.
Isn’t the view of the barn and Owasco Lake beautiful!

Late morning or very early in the afternoon we drove into Auburn to see some of the city’s attractions. The city of Auburn is an approximate 8-mile drive from our Airbnb.

The first two places that we visited relate to Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist who was born into slavery in Maryland in 1820. After emancipating herself and members of her family, she moved them from Ontario, Canada to Fleming and Auburn, New York in 1859. Central New York was a center for progressive thought, abolition, and women’s suffrage where Tubman continued to fight for human rights and dignity until she died in 1913.

Harriet Tubman House in Auburn, NY

Harriet Tubman is buried at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, NY.

Harriet Tubman Gravesite
Harriet Tubman Gravesite at Fort Hill Cemetery

We also saw the the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center, the William H Seward House, and the Memorial to Cayuga County Soldiers and Sailors of the Civil War.

New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center

The New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center is Auburn’s Welcome Center. According to an online information source this center features a state-of-the-art exhibition titled “Seeing Equal Rights in NYS”, where New York State’s progressive history supporting equality comes to life through interactive displays. Unfortunately, the center was closed. We could only walk through its grounds.

A statue of Harriet Tubman was on the grounds of the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center.
Across from the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center is the David Munson Osborne Memorial City Hall.

Next door to the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center is the Seward House Museum.

Seward House Museum
the historic home of William Henry Seward and his family

William H Seward was a politician of the 19th century. He served as NYS Senator from 1830 to 1834, as NYS Governor from 1838 to 1842 and as Secretary of the State from 1860 to 1868.

The Seward House Museum was not open at the time.

Across the street from the Seward House Museum and next door to City Hall is a Memorial to Cayuga County Soldiers and Sailors of the Civil War.

Memorial to Cayuga County Soldiers and Sailors of the Civil War
Memorial to Cayuga County Soldiers and Sailors
of the Civil War

We left downtown Auburn and drove to Tom Thumb Drive In and had ice cream for lunch. The view from Tom Thumb is gorgeous.

There are outdoor tables and benches available at Tom Thumb Drive In.
Beautiful view!
There is a miniature golf course at Tom Thumb Drive In.

We didn’t play golf…maybe next time.

We left Tom Thumb Drive In and drove around Owasco Lake. We drove south down the eastern side of the lake and up the western side. On Thursday we had driven around the lake in the opposite direction.

View of Owasco Lake from Ensenore Road
Our Airbnb is located on Wyckoff Rd.

There is an area to the right of this sign, where it is possible to pull off the road and park for a short time. We did this, as I wanted to photograph Owasco Lake a short walk from here.

“Guardian of the Lake”

Back at home, at 4:30 pm, we prepared our Memorial Day dinner.

We ate marinated steak with onion and mushrooms, mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables for our Memorial Day dinner.

Finger Lakes Vacation: Day 1

The Finger Lakes are a group of eleven long, narrow, roughly north–south lakes in New York in an area called the Finger Lakes Region. The eleven Finger Lakes, from west to east, are: Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake, Canadice Lake, Honeoye Lake, Canandaigua Lake,
Keuka Lake, Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake, Owasco Lake, Skaneateles Lake, and Otisco Lake.

We have visited the Finger Lakes Region often over the past 20+ years. We have seen four of the eleven Finger Lakes: Canandaigua Lake, Keuka Lake, Seneca Lake, and Cuyuga Lake. During the week of May 25 through June 1 we added Owasco Lake and Skaneateles Lake to our list of Finger Lakes that we have seen. This blog post and several that follow will provide photographs and details of our visit to these two eastern finger lakes.

We left home at 7:42 am on Wednesday, May 25, en route Scipo Center NY via the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.

We arrived at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge around 11:42 am.  

the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

I got my National Park Passport cancelled with a rubber-stamp ink marking that recorded the name of the wildlife refuge and the date of our visit.  We drove the Wildlife Drive two times.  The highlight of our visit was a Sandhill Crane family, two adults and two babies.

Sandhill Cranes
Two Adults and a Baby
Sandhill Cranes
Two Adults and a Baby
It looks like the one adult is looking back for the second baby.
Sandhill Cranes
Two Adults and Two Babies

This was our first ever sighting of sandhill cranes. How exciting! We had hoped to see the sandhill cranes again on our second drive around Wildlife Loop. Unfortunately, we did not see them.

From Montezuma we drove to Auburn, to Emerson Park, where we ate a picnic lunch (tuna salad with crackers snack set, snack size fruit cup and cookies). 

This was our view, at Emerson Park on Owasco Lake, as we ate a picnic lunch.

After lunch we went for a walk in Emerson Park. We spent an enjoyable few minutes watching Canada Geese at the water’s edge.

Emerson Park is about a 9 minute drive from our Airbnb.  We arrived at Airbnb “Casa Esperanza on Wykoff Road” in Scipio Center NY at approximately 3:20 pm.  Our host, Mickie, met us.  She showed us around the house and gave us a dozen fresh eggs from her farm and a bottle of wine (how nice!). Mickie lives in the next house up the road from the Airbnb.

After we had unpacked the car and got settled in, we left to pick up groceries at Wegmans in Auburn.  We did our shopping and returned to the Airbnb.  We cooked dinner together — sloppy joes, macaroni & cheese, and green beans.  For dessert we had Klondike ice cream bars.

After dinner Bob started a campfire. 

We had a fire our first night at “Casa Esperanza”.

 

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