We set the GPS to avoid highways for our drive from Amsterdam NY to Peru VT.
Our first stop was for lunch at Sunset Grill in Ballston Spa, NY. Bob ordered a Cobb Salad; I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich. Our lunches were good. What caught my attention, though, were the salt and pepper shakers at the tables near us.
Salt ‘n Pepper Shakers
Our waitress said that the salt and pepper shakers were brought to them as gifts when patrons returned from travels all over the world.
In May this year Ballston Spa held its second annual birdhouse competition.
I like how the birdhouses are displayed in the park.
The Soldiers Monument is located at Front and Low Streets. The monument lists the names of local soldiers from the towns of Milton, Ballston, and Malta who served in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the Civil War.
The Soldiers Monument
The Soldiers Monument
The monument features a Union Army infantryman, known to local residents as “Civil Sam”. Soldiers Monument was first dedicated on June 16,1888. Over the years the monument fell into a state of disrepair. Soldiers Monument was restored and rededicated in June 2013.
As an aside, I learned recently that my maternal second cousin, Dr. Naton D. Leslie, Jr., lived in Ballston Spa. Naton died in December 2013. I never met him.
Arlington Covered Bridge is 80 feet long and crosses over the Battenkill River.
Arlington Bridge is in the town of Arlington, VT. According to the people at this bridge, the river here was a fine place to swim. On the other side of the bridge we saw lots more people in the water, swimming and using inner tubes.
The Norman Rockwell House is very near Arlington Covered Bridge. We drove in front of the house. I wasn’t impressed, so I didn’t take any photographs.
We arrived at our night’s accommodation, the Lodge at Bromley (Peru, VT), at 6:00 pm — 12 1/2 hours after leaving home.After checking in and carrying in our bags, we went in search of dinner. But, first, I took a couple pictures of the view from our balcony.
We had a corner room, so we could see the mountains across the road from our balcony too.
There are a few restaurants nearby.The first place we went to — J.J. Hapgood — was very crowded.We opted to turn around and go to Bromley Market Country Store that we had passed on our way to J.J. Hapgood.The country store was closing, as we arrived.We ended up eating at Raven’s Den, located in Manchester Center, VT.It was an excellent restaurant choice.We ordered a 12-oz prime rib dinner with split plate.For an additional $19.00 we shared the prime rib and had full portions of the unlimited salad bar and three vegetable side dishes (carrots, green beans and corn on the cob). Our meals were delicious; the service was excellent; and the split plate option was a good deal.
This post concludes Day 1 of our 10-day vacation (June 28-July 7, 2019).
Leaving the Marie Antoinette Lookout, we continued driving west on U.S. Route 6. Located about 15 minutes northwest of Towanda PA is Bradford County’s only surviving covered bridge. I first learned of the Knapp’s Covered Bridge via an UncoveringPA.com article. I made a point to visit this bridge, when I realized that we would be within a few miles of it, on our way back home from our Pocono Mountains Weekend Getaway, Upon arriving in Towanda PA, I entered Knapp’s Covered Bridge into the GPS. The GPS had us turn off U.S. Route 6 onto Township Route 547 (Buttermilk Falls Road), which we followed to Covered Bridge Road. We turned left onto Covered Bridge Road, crossed over Knapp’s Covered Bridge, and parked on the right just beyond the bridge.
Knapp’s Covered Bridge is located in a beautiful mountain setting.
Knapp’s covered bridge was originally constructed in 1853.
Knapp’s Covered Bridge crosses over Brown’s Creek.
There is a 30 foot drop from the bridge to the creek bed, making this the highest bridge in Pennsylvania.
Knapp’s Covered Bridge is a Burr Arch truss bridge.
Knapp’s Covered Bridge has also been known as the Luther Mills Bridge or the Browns Creek Covered Bridge.
Our next stop on our drive back home was in Wellsboro, PA — the subject of my next blog post.
We spent two days during the Easter weekend, enjoying the sights and sounds of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This blog post provides photographs and details of our second day in the park. If you missed reading about our first day in the park, you will find the blog post here.
After a good night’s sleep, I awakened at 5:45 am, took a shower and got dressed. We went to breakfast around 6:30 am. Our hotel accommodation included a complimentary Deluxe Breakfast Buffet. I had scrambled eggs, sausage, Tater Tots and French Toast.
We spent a few hours in the morning visiting points of interest in the central and south regions of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Our first stop was at Brandywine Falls, arriving there shortly before 8:00 am.
A boardwalk takes you to upper and lower observation platforms.
Bob and I on the upper observation platform
Brandywine Falls is 65 feet high;
it is one of Ohio’s highest waterfalls.
Bob and I on the lower platform observation
Here is a short video that I took of Brandywine Falls. If you are not able to view the embedded video, the direct link may be found by clicking here.
Our second stop was at Blue Hen Falls, arriving there at 9;00 am. The trail leading to Blue Hen Falls begins at a small parking lot and takes hikers down an old driveway to Spring Creek. The trail crosses Spring Creek via an old wooden bridge.
Blue Hen Falls Trail
Just beyond the bridge, we continued to the right and quickly reached the Blue Hen Falls viewing area.
Blue Hen Falls Trail
Approaching the waterfall viewing area
Just past the wooden fence we found a trail, something akin to a goat path, that led us below the viewing area. I managed to hike down that trail, with the assistance of a hiking pole. I needed the hiking pole and Bob’s help to hike back up the trail!
Blue Hen Falls
Blue Hen Falls
Here is a short video that I took of Blue Hen Falls. If you are not able to view the embedded video, the direct link may be found by clicking here.
Our third stop was at Beaver Marsh, arriving there around 9:50 am. We stopped here the day before as well, but later in the day. We wanted to see if we would see anything different earlier in the day.
We walked from the parking lot, a short distance, along a tow path to an observation platform.
We saw the same wildlife at Beaver Marsh, as we did the day before…wood ducks, Canadian geese, and tree swallows. What we didn’t see were turtles. The day before there were lots of turtles out, basking in the sunshine.
The goose was still sitting on its nest.
Wood Ducks were grooming, and a pair of geese were having a lively conversation.
If you are not able to view the embedded video, the direct link may be found by clicking here.
Wood Ducks are beautiful.
Add in reflections for a lovely scene!
Our fourth stop was at Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park, arriving there at 11:00 am. Deep Lock Quarry features a 1.4-mile loop trail, which leads from the parking lot through the forest to the deepest lock on the Ohio & Erie Canal. We began hiking the trail but decided to turn around, as radar showed rain moving in. We did get to see a train go by, which was very cool as it was close to us.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Train
We left Cuyahoga Valley National Park around 11:30 am and drove to Chagrin Falls, OH for lunch. I will share photographs and details of our visit to Chagrin Falls in a later blog post.
After our visit to Chagrin Falls, we returned to our hotel and relaxed for a few hours.
Around 5:00 pm we decided to return to Cuyahoga Valley National Park to see one more point of interest. We drove to Everett Covered Bridge.
Everett Covered Bridge crosses over Furnace Run.
We returned to the hotel around 6:00 pm, where we stayed for rest of evening.
It was a nice day, but not as nice as the day before. It was a mostly cloudy and sometimes rainy day. We dodged the raindrops for the most part. The rain fell hardest, as we were driving to Chagrin Falls and while we ate lunch. It began clearing up, when we stopped for the day (around 2:15 pm). The weather didn’t hinder my picture taking. In fact, the overcast day provided great lighting for photographing waterfalls.
We celebrated my 61st birthday during a 3-night vacation in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Our home base was at the Best Western Plus The Hammondsport Hotel in Hammondsport, NY. Our hotel accommodation included a complimentary breakfast.
We started our second day of vacation (Thursday, February 23), which was my birthday, with a large breakfast. We had scrambled eggs, sausage, toast (Bob), home fries (me), some kind of coconut and chocolate pastry, orange juice and a banana (me). There were even more breakfast selections to choose from than what we selected!
We departed the hotel at 7:00 am en route Ithaca NY, where we wanted to check out two waterfalls there and another one a little farther north of the city.
As we approached Ithaca, a sign pointing to Newfield caught my eye. A few weeks ago, using Pinterest, I had “pinned” an article on my travel board about the Newfield Covered Bridge. As we were less than 10 miles from the bridge, we made the drive to Newfield to see the covered bridge. It was our first time to visit this covered bridge. The visit to the covered bridge was a nice birthday surprise!
Newfield Covered Bridge was built in 1853.
It carries Bridge Street over Cayuga Creek.
The truss is a Town Lattice with Arch with a span of 115 feet.
Newfield Covered Bridge is the oldest surviving covered bridge still open to daily vehicular traffic in the state of New York. It is the only surviving covered bridge located in Tompkins County.
From Newfield we returned to Ithaca and began our waterfall tour — the subject of my next blog post.
We took two days for our trip back home from the White Mountains of New Hampshire. On the first day we drove from Lincoln, NH to Weedsport, NY. On the second day we drove from Weedsport, NY to our home in Warren, PA.
On Thursday, August 4, we awakened early, which enabled a departure an hour or two earlier than expected. We departed the Rodeway Inn (Lincoln, NH) at 6:00 am, leaving the room keys in our room because the hotel office was closed.
Our first photo stop was in Woodstock, Vermont, after driving for about 2-1/2 hours.
Taftsville Bridge is a two span 189 foot long Multiple Kingpost Truss with an arch. Spans are 89 and 100 feet. This bridge was built in 1836 and is one of the oldest covered bridges in Vermont.
It carries River Road the over Ottaquechee River in Taftsville Vermont.
Taftsville Covered Bridge spans the Ottauquechee River.
About an hour later we stopped for breakfast at The Maple Diner in Bridgewater, Vermont.
The Maple Diner
Great breakfast! We highly recommend this small family restaurant, if you find yourself in Bridgewater, VT some day.
We passed through Killington, VT where we couldn’t miss the ski slopes of Pico Mountain. We stopped for gas in Rutland, VT. What a busy and congested city that is!
We stopped briefly at Moreau Lake State Park near Wilton, NY. Using our NY Empire Passport we gained admission into the park. We followed Lake Road from the entrance gate to the beach. There was a nature center located near the beach. The beach and picnic areas were in heavy use, and we were not able to find any nearby parking. We skipped the nature center and made our way back to the park entrance. We made a photo stop near the boat launch area.
We passed through LOTS of small towns on our way to Interstate 90! We avoided Albany, NY. We skirted around Saratoga Springs, NY. We finally reached Interstate 90 W at 2:33 pm, about 10 miles or so east of Utica, NY (near mile marker 222).
We checked into the Rodeway Inn in Weedsport, NY around 4:00 pm. This hotel used to be a Best Western, as it is still identified in the GPS and on Facebook.
The only meal we ate out was breakfast. We didn’t stop for lunch and opted to eat a picnic lunch, with food items brought from home, for dinner.
On Friday, August 5, we ate breakfast at our hotel, packed the car and left a little after 8:00 am en route home.
We made a few stops along the way.
“Four Freedoms” mural
The four train cars on the mural are based on the four freedoms Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke of in his 1941 State of the Union Address.
The four freedoms are:
Freedom of speech, Freedom of religion, Freedom from want and Freedom from fear.
Also in Weedsport are the remains of the Centreport Aqueduct, which is the centerpiece of a small park located along NY Route 31.
We walked the towpath (on the right) to the towpath bridge.
The towpath bridge was reconstructed to be nearly identical to the one built here in 1854.
Remains of Centreport Aqueduct, as seen from towpath bridge
We stopped briefly in Port Bryon. While Bob took our Nissan Xterra through a car wash, I photographed a colorful mural.
The majority of the waterfowl that we saw at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge were Canadian Geese.
Canadian Geese, getting cooled off in the water
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
I cannot identify these flowers, but aren’t they pretty!
We drove through Ovid, NY and along Seneca Lake. We drove through Watkins Glen. We had planned to hike the gorge but decided against doing so because of the heat and humidity but also dry conditions. When we passed by Hector Falls, just before reaching Watkins Glen, there was very little water falling. We had never seen Hector Falls so dry!
We stopped for a short time in downtown Corning.
The clock tower was built in memory of Erastus Corning in 1883. The clock tower is located in the center of town, just north of Market Street in Center Square.
We thought we would eat lunch in Corning, but opted instead to eat lunch a little closer to home. All we did in Corning was photograph the clock tower, before continuing on our way home.
We stopped for lunch at Sprague’s Maple Farms in Portville, NY. I ordered a center cut pork chop dinner with baked potato, apple sauce, carrots and tossed salad. My dinner included two pork chops. I boxed one and brought it home. Bob ordered a Sugar Bush Club (a Triple-decker sandwich filled filled with turkey, country ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonaisse) with maple baked beans. We picked up a piece of peanut butter fudge for later, as we paid the bill on our way out. Lunch was excellent.
We returned home at 4:00 pm. We unpacked the car, putting away what we had taken with us. I uploaded to my computer the pictures that I had taken, while on vacation. I entered in Quicken our expenditures during vacation. Bob mowed the grass. With the exception of doing laundry the next day, I took it easy. Bob took it easy as well. Being on vacation seems to be more tiring than being at home, as we are always on the go. I have heard people say “I need a vacation after vacation”. I agree!
On August 2, at 7:10 am, we departed our hotel for another drive around the White Mountains region. We had much better weather this day than we did the previous day. We began our drive in the opposite direction of yesterday’s drive. We drove the Kancamagus Highway from west to east, but not all the way to Conway. We turned off at Bear Notch Road.
We made several stops along the Kancamagus Highway.
This is a panoramic view from a pull off, located soon after the Hancock Overlook.
Ledge Brook Falls
Bob climbed down to the creek bed to photograph Ledge Brook Falls through the underpass.
Sugar Hill Scenic Vista
Our next stop was at Sabbaday Falls. According to a sign near the trail head, this is how Sabbaday Falls got its name.
Legend has it that one Saturday night, with winter rapidly approaching, workmen building a road from Albany Intervale to Waterville decided it was time to call it quits. They hid their tools, planning to return the following spring. Before leaving on Sunday morning, they named the brook Sabbady Brook for the Sabbath Day…The workers never returned to complete the road, but the name has endured.
Sabbady Falls, 0.3 miles straight ahead
See the bridge above the falls?
We climbed the trail to the bridge.
Sabbaday Falls, during our ascent
Sabbaday Falls, as viewed from the footbridge
Our last stop on the Kancamagus Highway was at the Russell-Colbath Historic Site. The Historic Site includes the Russell-Colbath House, a timber frame barn, and a cemetery.
The Russell-Colbath House was built in 1832.
The house is the only original structure left from the town of Passaconaway. Inside the house are old photos and household items of the time that show how life might have been in the early to mid 1800’s.
The barn was constructed in 2003 from rough sawn timbers,
milled from trees at this site using a portable saw mill.
The White Mountains National Forest employees were holding a meeting at the barn on the day we visited.
We reached Bear Notch Road at 10:00 am. Bear Notch Road also allows us to bypass Conway. You might recall from my previous blog post that traffic in Conway is heavy and stop and go all the way through the town. There are several scenic turnoffs along the road, none of which identified what you were looking at.
One of several scenic overlooks along Bear Notch Road
At the end of Bear Notch Road we turned right onto Route 302, toward Conway. We drove only as far as the Intervale Scenic Vista. The view was outstanding! We could see Mt. Washington way off in the distance.
The Intervale Scenic Vista provides a stunning overlook of Mt. Washington.
Intervale Scenic Vista
The clouds lifted enough that we could see the towers on top of Mt. Washington!
What a difference a day makes!
Intervale Scenic Vista, the previous day
Mt. Washington was covered by those thick clouds!
From Intervale we followed Route 16 north and soon reached the town of Jackson, where we saw two covered bridges.
the Honeymoon Bridge
This “honeymoon” or “kissing bridge” received its nickname from the tradition of lovers kissing under it for good luck. Jackson’s endearing symbol for over a century, the Paddleford truss bridge was constructed about 1876 by Charles Broughton and his son Frank.
The Honeymoon Bridge spans the Ellis River.
Jackson’s second covered bridge is located on a golf course.
Wentworth Golf Club Covered Bridge
A little farther north on Route 16 we saw a female moose alongside the road. I just caught a glimpse of her, as Bob drove by. We turned around and passed by the moose. She had not moved. We both saw her. We turned around again so that we would be on the same side of the road as the moose. When we returned to the spot where we had seen her, she was no longer there. I didn’t capture a photograph of the moose, but I can at least say I saw a moose!
Our two longest stops along Route 16 were at Glen Ellis Falls and Wildcat Mountain.
Glen Ellis Falls plunges 64 feet into a deep green pool. The waterfall is popular, based on the number of people that were there the day we visited. The trail is short (0.6 mi round trip) and not exceptionally difficult. The most difficult part for me was walking up and down the steps. When we were there three young men were jumping into the water at and near the falls.
My walking stick was useful on the uneven trail and on the stairs.
(Photo by Bob)
Glen Ellis Falls
(Be sure to click on HD for best video quality.)
At Wildcat Mountain Bob rode the zipline. It was Bob’s first time on a zipline. I refused to ride the zipline. I am quite happy to fly only in an airplane!
Bob’s zipline adventure began at the Snowcat Triple chairlift at the base of Wildcat Mountain.
The chairlift takes you to the Ziprider start platform.
Ziprider Start Platform
Bob, soaring through the air
We ate a picnic lunch at Wildcat Mountain. Bob said he really liked his zipline ride and wanted to go again. While he made his way back to the Ziprider start platform, I went to the car to change camera lenses from a 12-40mm lens to a 40-150mm lens.
Bob’s second zipline ride
With a longer lens I was able to capture Bob’s abrupt stop at the landing platform.
Ziprider Landing Platform
Oh, yes. I am glad that I did not go for a ride on the zipline. I would NOT have liked the stop at the end of the line!
Bob’s first zipline ride cost $20.00; the second ride cost $10.00. A third ride would have cost $5.00.
Departing Wildcat Mountain, we turned right to continue driving north on Route 16. At Gorham we turned left onto Route 2, which we followed through Randolph. We turned left onto Route 115. From Route 115 we made out way to Route 3 and then to Route 302. We found ourselves back at the overlook of the Mount Washington Hotel. I photographed the hotel from this overlook the previous day, which was a gloomy and rainy day.
Mount Washington Hotel, the previous day
What a difference a day makes!
Here’s a photograph of the hotel from a slightly different vantage point.
Mount Washington Hotel
Leaving the overlook of Mount Washington Hotel we turned left onto Route 302, retracing our steps back to Route 3. Heading south on Route 3, the road soon joins I-93/Franconia Notch Parkway. Our next stop was at the Hugh J. Gallen scenic overlook bridge. Mr. Gallen was Governor of New Hampshire from January 4, 1979 through December 29, 1982.
Hugh J. Gallen scenic overlook bridge
On the right-hand side of the bridge you can see Mount Lafayette.
Its summit, at 5,249 feet, is the highest point in the Franconia Notch and the
ninth highest peak in the White Mountains.
Mount Lafayette is named to honor General Marquis de Lafayette, a French military hero who fought with and significantly aided the Continental Army and was loved and adopted by George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. Lafayette re-visited New Hampshire during 1824-1825, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Our last sightseeing stop was at the former site of the Old Man of the Mountain natural stone profile. We visited this attraction the previous day but wanted to see the Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza, when it wasn’t raining. The Old Man of the Mountain collapsed on May 3, 2003. Today the Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza honors the memory of the Old Man of the Mountain.
Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza
The Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza includes seven steel “profilers”
that recreate the visage of the Old Man looking over Franconia Notch.
You stand on the footprints that match your height, squint with one eye and magically the Old Man of the Mountain returns!
Return of the Old Man of the Mountain
It was dinner time, when we left the Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza. We ate dinner at the El Charro Mexican Restaurant in Lincoln. It was an expensive, but excellent choice for dinner. We ordered Chicken Enchiladas (me) and Pechuga A La Diabla (Bob), which was grilled chicken smothered in a chipotle mayo sauce. We split a Helado Frito ice cream dessert. The food was delicious; service was great.
Helado Frito, a yummy Mexican ice cream dessert
This blog post concludes Day 4 of our 7-day New Hampshire vacation.