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Chasing Waterfalls in New York

 “A river cuts through a rock, not because of its power but because of its persistence.”  –Jim Watkins

The best thing about having a rainy summer…lots of water at the falls. A lot of the smaller falls around upstate New York can be dry by July and August, but this year they are amazing. We’ve visited 18 waterfalls so far this summer. Eight of those were this past week while we took a short getaway to Cazenovia. All were on our way there and back to Ithaca. There are waterfalls everywhere up here.

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Green Lakes State Park

“Put your feet up, take a break, sit back, relax…you’re at the lake.”  –Anonymous
I’ve seen pictures and read about Green Lakes State Park since we arrived in Ithaca in 2017 and I’ve always wanted to go. This past week we had a chance to experience it for ourselves. What a truly beautiful unique place it is. Most lakes in upstate New York and around the world are dimictic lakes, which means they have a complete mixing of lake water in the fall and spring. Green Lake is a meromictic lake, which means its water layers do not intermix. No turnover in water means you can see all the way down to the bottom of the lake.

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Chasing Waterfalls

“A river cuts through a rock, not because of its power but because of its persistence.”  –Jim Watkins

The best thing about having a rainy summer…lots of water at the falls. A lot of the smaller falls around upstate New York can be dry by July and August, but this year they are amazing. We’ve visited 15 waterfalls so far this summer. Eight of those were this past week while we took a short get away to Cazenovia. All were on our way there and back to Ithaca.
 
Bucktail Falls – I think this was our favorite spot. Located right off the road and only a few locals were there. We were told there was a trail that led to at least five more falls, but we were on our way to Skaneateles for lunch and decided we would have to do the hike this time. This is one of the falls that becomes a trickle when the weather dries up. It was beautiful the day we were there.
Enchanted Hollow Falls – Some falls are spectacular, others are beautiful for where they are. These falls were small, but the hike was fun and it was a little bit of a challenge to find our way. The payoff was worth it. Everything was so green and lush.
Tinker’s Falls – These falls are easy to get to, plenty of parking and a flat gravel trail until you reach the bottom of the falls. Steep, slippery steps lead to the back of the falls and that’s were the challenge begins. These falls are a combination falls the top drops about 50 to a rocky cascade of 30 ft.  
Delphi Falls – These falls are located in a county park and very easy to get too. Swimming at our own risk is allowed and the park would be a great place to spend a day. Grills and picnic tables are available.

July 20-23 – Cazenovia, NY

“We thought the best would be behind us, but the best keeps getting better all the time.” -Allan Jackson 

We spent our anniversary with Kyle and his family last week in Aurora, but we thought we should have a little get away of our own, so to celebrate our 40th anniversary we traveled to the quaint little town of Cazenovia. The town was founded in 1798 and sits on the southeast shore of Cazenovia Lake. It’s a charming, picturesque, Norman Rockwell style village full of cute little shops, restaurants, wineries and breweries, a lake, beautiful homes and lots of waterfalls…a great spot for us to relax and explore. Cazenovia was named one of America’s Coolest Small Towns in 2020.

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Finger Lake Breweries (Part IX)

CBC started as a grassroots effort to create a brewery in Historic Downtown Cortland. When they first opened in 2010 all beers were sold on a to-go basis and samples were available directly out of their brewing facility. In 2012 CBC made the commitment to become a farm brewery and use local ingredients to craft our products. As a farm brewery, they are now allowed to serve draughts and flights as well as kegs, growlers, and cans to go. All beers are brewed on-site.  

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July 8-11 Aurora Family Vacation

“Family: where life begins and love never ends.” –Unknown

Our July family vacation was at a house in Aurora, NY. Aurora is a cute little town on the east side of Cayuga Lake. We didn’t have lake access with this house, but we had plenty of things to do and plenty of places to get into the water. The kids really liked the house since there was a park right behind the house and kids their age next door. Here are a few highlights of our weekend.

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June 28 to July 1 – Graham’s Visit

“Promise me you’ll remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think.” -Winnie the Pooh 

Graham’s visit actually started off with us spending the weekend in Bloomsburg. We’ve visited Forks Farm Market many times, but this time Graham had a booth to sell some of his artwork. He had a great showing and sold out before lunch. It was so much fun to be there with him.

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Fun Facts about the 4th of July/Independence Day

  • Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
  • Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.

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Summer Updates

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ―Mae West

We’ve definitely been making up for the time we lost last summer. We’ve been out and about on every nice day…hikes, waterfalls, wineries, visiting with friends, picnics and exploring. Many things we’ve done just haven’t needed it’s own post so I’m including them in this one. We truly love our life on the lake in New York. There are so many things to do here and we always have somewhere beautiful to go.

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Why Living on a Boat is Better than Living in a House

Boat Nut: If you are one, there is no explanation necessary. If you aren’t one, there is no explanation possible.

Here are just a few benefits to living aboard full time instead of living in a house. 
1. You Can Move Your Boat & Live Anywhere.
If and when you want to move there’s no getting the house ready to sell, listing it, showing it and looking for a new house…you simply untie the lines and move your home to a new location.

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