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Letchworth State Park

This blog post continues our Finger Lakes Weekend.

We left our hotel en route home at 8:00 am on June 22nd. Breakfast, for me, was what was provided by the hotel. I had a raisin bagel with cream cheese, a cup of tea and a banana. Bob chose not to eat breakfast, drinking only a cup of coffee. We didn’t go straight home. We rode to Letchworth State Park, and then we made our way back home from there.

Letchworth State Park is located 35 miles south of Rochester, NY.  The park, often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East”, is a spectacular place.  The park’s magnificent scenery includes waterfalls (three major ones on the Genesee River) and a gorge.    We have visited Letchworth State Park many times over the years.   We enjoy our visit each time we go.  We arrived at Letchworth State Park around 9:30 am. We rode from the Mt. Morris entrance to the Portageville entrance, making several stops along the way.

Mount Morris Dam

Turkey Vultures at Mount Morris Dam

It seems each time we visit places we have seen many times we see something different.    A BIG chair was a new sight for us during this visit to Letchworth State Park.

This big chair was located at the Mount Morris Dam Overlook.

 

The next few pictures are from other stops that we made inside the park.

Gorge view from Tea Table Rock

Wolf Creek Falls

Rafting on the Genesee River (across from Archery Field)

Rafting on the Genesee River

Inspiration Point
Middle Falls and Upper Falls are visible from this vantage point.

Middle Falls

Upper Falls

 

We opted not to stop at Lower Falls, the third major waterfall on the Genesee River, preferring neither to make the hike nor use the time to see the falls as we still had a 2 ½-hour ride home from Letchworth State Park. We departed Letchworth at 1:00 pm.

From Letchworth we rode to Sprague’s Maple Farms in Portville NY, where we enjoyed a filling lunch.

Sprague’s Maple Farms

Bob ordered breakfast food–pancakes, eggs, bacon and home fries. I ordered the maple-glazed meatloaf special that included salad, rolls, green beans, and baked potato. Lunch was excellent.

We rolled into Warren shortly before 5:00 pm.  As we were passing by Tim Horton’s, we saw our friends Susan and Dave sitting outside. We stopped for an iced tea and visited for about 30 minutes.

We returned home around 5:30 pm. It was a great weekend. The weather was gorgeous; the scenery was beautiful; and the ride was nice.  Best of all, I spent the weekend enjoying the weather, the scenery and the ride with my husband.  Who could ask for more!

Breakfast at Sprague’s Maple Farms and a Ride Through Allegany State Park

Yesterday, we enjoyed a full day of activity. At 8:00 AM Bob and I set out for breakfast at Sprague’s Maple Farms Restaurant and Pancake House in Portville, NY. Stacey (Bob’s daughter) and her boyfriend, Mike, accompanied us. If you click here, you will see that Sprague’s Maple Farms is quite a distance from our home. The excellent food, great service and total ambiance found at Sprague’s is definitely worth the ride.

Looking across the restaurant from where we were seated

Mike and Stacey
Mike tasted a variety of maple syrups before our breakfast was served.

Mike, on a maple syrup high

My breakfast – an omelet and two buttermilk pancakes

Stacey’s breakfast – eggs, steak, and home fries
Not shown are two blueberry pancakes that accompanied Stacey’s breakfast.

Mike’s breakfast – eggs, bacon, home fries and three buttermilk pancakes

Bob’s breakfast was similar to Mike’s; however, Bob chose buckwheat pancakes instead of the buttermilk pancakes.You definitely do not leave Sprague’s Maple Farms hungry!

After breakfast we drove through Allegany State Park near Salamanca, NY, before heading home. We made a few picture stops while in the park.

Stacey and Mike at Red House Administration Building

Stacey and Mike on top of Science Lake Dam

Stacey and Mike at Quaker Lake

Stacey at Quaker Lake
I really like this picture of Stacey in black and white!

We saw a small deer, too, at the Thomas L. Kelly covered bridge. The deer was UNDERNEATH the bridge when we spotted him. I got out of the car, walked across the bridge and snapped a few pictures of the deer as he exited from under the bridge. There was a dog and two people ahead of me on the pathway leading to the bridge. The deer looked at me and looked at the dog, contemplating the best escape route. The deer finally took off in the woods behind him.

Deer at Thomas L. Kelly Covered Bridge

We returned home around 2:30 PM. Three hours later Bob and I were at his company’s Christmas party. I will post details of and photographs from the Christmas party in my next blog post, so stay tuned!

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