Monday, October 26, 2015

Road Scholar Adventure...Seneca Lake in NY...

My Road Scholar trip continues with an excursion to Seneca Lake.  We had a perfect day for our visit.  Clear skies and gentle warm breeze.  Beautiful.  

Seneca Lake is the largest of the glacial Finger Lakes of the U.S. state of New York
and the deepest lake entirely within the state. 
At 38 miles long, it is the second longest of the Finger Lakes.  
It has an average depth of 291 feet a maximum depth of 618 feet, 

 It is promoted as being the lake trout capital of the world, and is host of the National Lake Trout Derby
I wonder if he was fishing for trout?
We lined up for our boat ride...

It is fed by underground springs and replenished at a rate of 328,000 gallons per minute. These springs keep the water moving in a circular motion, giving it little chance to freeze over. 
My dad had a boat that he stored off the Maryland coast.  
He would call this type of water "like a sheet of glass". 
The best day to go out! 
Some sights on our lake cruise...

Yep, they have underground salt there too.

Back to the dock...
Another great adventure with the Road Scholars.
Happy Travels Everyone!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Travel Quotes...Blessed:-)

(Found online)
I feel blessed even to do local travel.  There is so much to see and do:-)
Happy Travels Everyone!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Watkins Glen Park, New York Travels with The Road Scholars....

Getting ready to descend the gorge at Watkins Glen Park in NY.  My new buddies and I were ready with cameras in hand and over 800 steps ahead of us.

So let's get started.  As usual I will have informational quotes by Wikipedia in italics...
Watkins Glen State Park is located outside the village of Watkins Glen, 
New York, south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County

 A friend of mine was looking at my photos and asked if I walked across on the log in the photo below.
The answer to that would be "No!", that did not even enter my mind:-)

The centerpiece of the 1000-acre park is a 400-foot-deep (120 m) narrow gorge cut through rock by a stream – Glen Creek – that was left hanging when glaciers of the Ice age deepened the Seneca valley. 

The Road Scholars are all about education.  They taught us all about the types and layers of rock we would see on this journey.  It made me pay a bit more attention to detail as I walked down the hundreds of stairs to get to the bottom.  Do I remember what they said....sadly very little:-)

The rocks of the area are sedimentary of Devonian age that are part of a dissected plateau that was uplifted with little faulting or distortion. They consist mostly of soft shales, with some layers of harder sandstone and limestone.

The park features three trails – open mid-May to early November – by which one can climb or descend the gorge. The Southern Rim and Indian Trails run along the wooded rim of the gorge, while the Gorge Trail is closest to the stream and runs over, under and along the park's 19 waterfalls by way of stone bridges and more than 800 stone steps. 

You will see all types of stone work in the gorge.  This was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  More to follow on that.  It was amazing the work they did.

Wow!  What a beautiful place.
Thanks again Road Scholars for widening my world.
Happy Travels Everyone.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Road Scholar Trip Continued....Cowles Hall Elmira NY

Exploring Elmira College with the Road Scholars.  I loved this building.  The stained glass in the chapel was stunning and seemed to tell a story.  Beautiful!

Cowles Hall - The original building of the campus, built in 1855 and designed by a man named Farrar to have an octagonal center, seventy feet in diameter, and four arms in the shape of a Greek cross. Only three of these wings were built; the eastern and western arms were completed in 1855, while the northern arm was built in 1880. Its cornerstone, containing a copy of the college's charter and various other documents, was laid on July 6, 1854 during a ceremony. The location of this part of the building is unknown. In 1882, construction on the north arm of Cowles Hall was completed. As the first building of the college, Cowles Hall served as a dormitory, dining hall, and classroom. It has recently been renovated and is being used again for academics and student activities. On May 10, 1917, the building was dedicated to Dr. Augustus Cowles, the college's first president, and was given the name which remains today. Cowles Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

 As I was reading about Cowles Hall online, I discovered it is haunted.  Not just haunted but listed in one of the top 10 haunted places in NY according to Info Barrel.  Yikes, if I would have known that I would have been on the lookout.  I was all alone in the chapel for a long time.  I will look for orbs in my photos:-)
I asked the person on staff at the time of my visit if I could take photos and use my flash in the chapel and they said go for it, and I did:-)

This one is my favorite...

Beautiful place with a ton of history and I guess ghosts, although I did not see any.  
If you are in the area I suggest you check out Cowles Hall.  Let me know if you see any ghosts:-)
Happy Travels!