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Aug. 16 – Lick Brook Falls

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.” —Natalie Babbitt.

Stan has been doing a little work on our teak this week. He’s been repairing a few worn spots, a few coats of Cetol and we’ll look like new. Each coat goes on quickly and it leaves us plenty of time to play. Today we decided to hike the Lick Brook Falls Trail. 


Aug. 13 – Cayuga Lake, NY

Crowbar Point – Anchorage

“Advise from a LAKE – Be Clear, Make Positive Ripples, Look Beneath the Surface, Stay Calm, Shore Up Friendships, Take Time to Reflex, Be Full of Life” – Ilan Shamir

We haven’t spent the night at anchor since May 9…that’s a long time, a very long time. There aren’t a lot of places shallow enough along the shore of Cayuga Lake to anchor and even fewer that offer protection from the wind, but we did find a spot close to Crowbar Point. We don’t usually like being out on the water on a Sunday, but the weather was perfect and we hated to pass up the chance to spend the night on the hook and Stan was itchin’ to fish for lake salmon. The lake was busy, but it was fun to watch all the sailboats and by the time we were ready to anchor most people were heading home.

Finger Lakes Wineries and Breweries (Part II)

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

“Take your pleasure seriously.” —Charles Eames
Three Brothers Wineries has 3 wineries (Stony Lonesome Wine Cellars, Passion Feet Wine Barn & Bagg Dare Wine Co.) and a microbrewery (War Horse Brewing Co.) all on site. Each with a uniquely themed tasting room. They have an expansive selection of hand-crafted wine, microbrews, hard cider and sodas…so there’s something for everyone who visits.
War Horse Brewing Company brews hard cider, custom ales, lagers, seasonal beers and house-made sodas. The decor of this tasting room honors those who’ve served and fought for our freedom. We felt like we were on the set of MASH.


Aug. 12 – Great Gully Falls, Union Springs, NY

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“And then I learned adventures are the best way to learn.” —Unknown

Stan needed, wait, make that wanted, some different fishing supplies so we took a road trip up the lake to Bass Pro Shop outside of Auburn. We could have taken a shorter, more direct route, but what the fun in that? We drove up the west side of the lake so we could have lunch at O’Malley’s. 

Aug. 9 – Saratoga Springs, NY

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

“Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.” —Henry Van Dyke

Our friends in Oneonta called us Sunday to tell us they were going to the races in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday…they wanted to know if we’d like to join them. Of course we wanted to! We’re always up for a new adventure. We drove over to Oneonta on Tuesday and enjoyed an evening in Cooperstown. We wandered around town, look at a few of the famous baseball places, did a tasting at Cooperstown Distillery and had a wonderful dinner at the Hawkeye Bar & Grill in the Otesaga Hotel. On Wednesday we spent a great day at the races in Saratoga Springs. I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

Lower Falls at Treman State Park

“It’s the simple things in life that bring us the most pleasure—warm sand, wispy clouds, and the sound of waves and seagulls.” —Author Unknown

One of the best places to swim around Ithaca is in Robert H. Treman State Park. Although when we first saw it in April it was hard to believe this was a favorite summer time hangout. The falls were pretty but the water and surround grounds left a lot to be desired. We visited again about a month after we arrived in Ithaca…and it still didn’t look like one of the best swimming holes in America to me!


Why is the Head a Head?

“When I forget how talented God is, I look to the sea.” —Whoopi Goldberg

We’ve had our grandson come stay with us on The Pearl several times this summer. He’s very inquisitive…”why” is his favorite word. He wants to know everything about the boat, how things work and why certain things on a boat are called what they’re called. You know the head, the galley, stateroom, berth…so it got me thinking the same thing, why do we call it the head? What’s the history of these words and where did they originate?

Aug. 5 – Pine Creek Gorge

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” —Jim Rohn

We spent last week with family…on the boat and at their home. We had a wonderful time and it’s the main reason we’re in the area for the season. 

Dancing on the Deck

Allan H. Treman State Marine ParkWe’ve been so busy…I haven’t had time to blog! Here’s a update of a few of the things we’ve been up to this last week. Thursday’s nights in Ithaca is music night…there are free concerts everywhere. We decided t…

Historic New York Barns

As we’ve driven around upstate New York we’ve seen a lot of wonderful old barns and beautiful farms. Agriculture is a major component of the New York economy and the Finger Lakes region is the center of that business. There are over 35,000 farms in New York and the state is a top-ten national producer of cow milk, apples, grapes, onions, sweet corn, tomatoes, and maple syrup. So anyway…as we’ve driven around I started wondering why are barns usually painted red? So here’s what I found on the Internet.