At 6:36 am on Wednesday (June 1), we left the Airbnb that had been home for the past 7 nights . We stopped in Waterloo for breakfast at Magee’s Country Diner. Bob ordered French Toast and bacon. I ordered scrambled eggs, two chocolate chip pancakes and bacon. Bob helped me to eat some of my pancakes. I left behind about 1/4 of one pancake.
We returned home at 11:30 am.
I took a nap, as soon as we returned home. I felt tired, and my right knee (all around it) hurt badly. Rain coming?
After my nap, I was less tired. My knee still hurt; pain level unchanged. I unpacked and put away some stuff that we had with us on vacation. I did this, with many breaks to rest my knee. I took another nap. I slept deeply during this nap. It thundered and rained during my nap, and I didn’t hear anything. I was pretty well rested from my nap, and the pain in my knee lessened somewhat.
Around 6:00 pm we heard tornado sirens. As it turned out, there was no tornado warning for Warren County. The sirens were accidentally set off. The warning was for Forest County. Nothing like getting your heart pumping, for nothing!
Our vacation is over. We do not have any vacations planned for the near term. We cancelled a 3-night vacation that we had planned for later this month. We planned a return trip to the Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County PA, where we vacationed earlier this year. With gas prices so high, we opted not to make a return trip this year. We aren’t planning another extended vacation, until possibly August. It is unfortunate that we need to consider gas prices for any future vacations, and even for day trips.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This illustration portrays the morning session of the second day of the convention.
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.
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.
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 was an early suffragist, editor, and social activist. She was also a fashion advocate who worked to change women’s clothing styles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bob and I went for a walk down and back up Wyckoff Road. This road goes by the Airbnb.
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 is buried at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, NY.
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.
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.
Next door to the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center is the Seward House Museum.
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.
We left downtown Auburn and drove to Tom Thumb Drive In and had ice cream for lunch. The view from Tom Thumb is gorgeous.
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.
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.
Back at home, at 4:30 pm, we prepared our Memorial Day dinner.
We left our Airbnb around 9:00 am on Sunday, May 29, en route Jordan NY. In Jordan we went for a bicycle ride on the Erie Canalway Trail.
After our bicycle ride we returned to our Airbnb via Skaneateles, where we ate dinner at Bluewater Grill. Bob ordered a steak sandwich with French fries. I ordered a shrimp po’boy with sweet potato fries. Both entrees were delicious.
Bob made a campfire in the evening.
If I recall correctly, this was our fourth campfire.
A little after 10:00 am on Saturday (May 27) we left our Airbnb to make a drive around Skaneateles Lake, the next Finger Lake to the east of Owasco Lake. It was raining, when we left. The rain stayed with us all the way around the lake. I didn’t take any photographs, during this ride around the lake.
We ate lunch at Prison City Pub & Brewery on State Street in Auburn. Bob ordered a Salmon BLT (Seared salmon fillet, lettuce, bacon, tomato, caper dill mayo, NY bakery roll) with a side salad. I ordered a Pub Burger (local grass-fed beef, caramelized onions, cheddar, house pickles, chipotle mayo, brioche roll) with a side salad.
It stopped raining, while we were eating lunch, so we decided to take another drive around Skaneateles Lake. The rain did not return, and the sky cleared up.
We stopped briefly in the Town of Skaneateles at the north end of Skaneateles Lake.
From Skaneateles we drove south along the eastern side of Skaneateles Lake.
We turned around at the overlook and took Vincent Hill Road to the southern end of Skaneateles Lake via E. Lake Road and Glen Haven Road.
We continued our drive north along the western side of Skaneateles Lake.
We stopped briefly at the ruins of New Hope Mills, located near the intersection of Glen Haven Road and Route 41a.
I will say more about New Hope Mills in a later post.
On our way back to our Airbnb we stopped at Tom Thumb Drive Inn for dessert. We enjoyed ice cream, with a view of Owasco Lake.
On Friday (May 27) we awakened to a rainy morning. It rained all day long.
I read “Last Summer Boys: A Novel”, by Bill Rivers. I finished reading this book, after returning home from vacation. It was a good read, and I highly recommend it.
I took a break from reading to prepare a pasta salad. While preparing the salad I saw a deer walk through the side yard. I think the deer crossed over Wyckoff Rd into the yard. I wondered if there were more deer, and I missed seeing them.
I took another break from reading later in the morning to listen to “Smoke: The Disappearance of Damien Sharp”, a podcast produced by Brian Hagberg and Stacey Gross. While listening to Episode 2 of the podcast, I noticed several buzzards circling overhead. Bob said they were perched on the roof, wings spread. Then I saw a deer peeking through a fence in the neighbors yard. The deer passed through the fence and into our yard, entered the path through the woods and disappeared. This part of the yard is on the opposite side of the house than the deer we saw earlier. A little while later I saw a deer’s head popping up and down, looking toward me, as it walked through tall weeds, on the neighbors side of the fence. The deer that seemed curious about me kept getting closer to the side window by the fireplace, in the living room, where I was sitting. I felt like I was being watched, when the deer made its last appearance.
The deer soon disappeared down the hill toward Wyckoff Rd.
Be sure to check out Stacey and Brian’s podcast, mentioned above. The podcast is about Damien Sharp, a 22-year-old Warren PA resident, who went missing 20 years ago. The podcast examines the case, the people involved, and the context within which Damien went missing. The first three episodes were released on May 25. I will be listening to Episode 5, which was released today, June 8, sometime this week.
So, this was a stay at home kind of day. It rained off and on all day long. Between 7:30 pm and 8:00 pm it looked like it was clearing up. We saw some blue in the sky and the sun, briefly. More rain is expected on Saturday.
On Thursday (May 26) we visited Fillmore Glen State Park and saw sights, as suggested by an Uncovering New York post. Fillmore Glen State Park is located below the southern end of Owasco Lake, near Moravia NY. Our Empire Pass would have provided free admittance in the state park. However, there was no one at the gate so admittance was free for all.
We parked in the large parking area near the swimming area. It was a short walk, past the natural swimming pool to the bridge that crossed Dry Creek.
From the bridge it was an easy walk for a short distance to a viewing area near the base of Cow Sheds Waterfall.
There is a large rock overhang adjacent to the waterfall. It is said that cows would shelter here during storms, which is why this is known as Cow Sheds Waterfall.
From Cow Sheds Waterfall we backtracked to the start of the Gorge Trail. The Gorge Trail starts with a steep climb up a flight of old stone stairs climbing 150 feet or so fairly quickly.
The next two photographs show those stone stairs, where I needed to stop for a break and sit for a short time.
As you can see the trail leveled out at the top of the hill. I am standing partway up a grassy knoll, returning from a restroom. The top of the stone stairs is located to the right of the pavilion, with the Gorge Trail continuing to the right alongside the hillside. To the left is a gravel road that leads to Park Road. I will say more about the gravel road a little bit later.
From the pavilion it was an easy hike on the Gorge Trail. Some of the photographs that we took along the trail are displayed below.
The next two photographs were taken from the bridge displayed above.
The Gorge Trail is a 2.5 mile out-and-back trail. Not counting the stone stairs climb, I think we walked about 1/2 mile of the 2.5 mile out-and-back trail. I called it quits, when the trail looked like it started to gain elevation.
We turned around and walked back to the pavilion. I definitely did not want to hike back down the stone stairs. Remember the gravel road to the left of the pavilion? Looking on a map it looked like the gravel road led to Park Road. The distance from the pavilion to the parking lot didn’t look like a long walk. That is what we did. We walked down the gravel road, rather than climb down the stone stairs.
I wish we had known about this parking lot. We *might* have made it to the end of the Gorge Trail and back, if we had not climbed those stone stairs!
Walking back to our car, we came across the Millard Fillmore cabin.
We returned to our car and, as suggested by Uncovering New York, we drove up Park Road. After 1.5 miles, the road ends at a parking area next to a trailhead. The trailhead is where the North Rim and South Rim Trail meet. We followed the North Rim Trail downhill. Soon, we arrived at a shelter.
We continued our hike down to the lake.
Do you see the stone dam at the far left side of the lake?
There is a waterfall on the other side of the dam.
NOTE to SELF: Purchase mosquito netting to go over a hat and my face to use next time we go hiking. My scalp got bitten badly, while we were hiking. My scalp still itches to this day!
Leaving Fillmore Glen State Park, we drove alongside the eastern side of Owasco Lake to Auburn.
We ate lunch at Seb’s Green Shutters in Auburn. Bob ordered a Seb’s double cheeseburger, onion rings and water. I ordered a Seb’s cheeseburger, French fries and Diet Pepsi. We shared the French fries and onion rings.
From Seb’s we returned to our Airbnb “Casa Esperanza on Wyckoff Road”. We purchased a couple bundles of firewood along the way.
There is a path through the woods at our Airbnb.
We walked the path in the afternoon. The path leads from one corner to the other corner along the back part of the property. It was a nice stroll.
In the evening we roasted weiners over a hot fire, using one of the wood bundles. In addition to the weiners we enjoyed baked beans and leftover macaroni & cheese for dinner. For dessert we, once again, had Klondike bars.