Upstate New York Road Trip

July 14, 2015

This past weekend, I took a little break from making art. We traveled to upstate New York to retrieve my daughter from soccer camp in Geneva. As a girl, my parents took us every summer for camping vacations in various parts of New York. Think old wood paneled station wagon with five passengers and one Nimrod pop up camper trailing behind. I have such awesome memories from those summers that I was thrilled to go back all these years later.  On the way to Geneva, we spent a day hiking around Watkins Glen State Park. It was breathtaking with its gorgeous waterfalls and wooded trails.

 Along the trail, we discovered an old cemetary with a beautiful Mary statue.

 The towns in the Finger Lakes region may be small but they can be mighty. Especially with random restaurants dotted along the landscape. We stopped for lunch at Berta's Cafe in Burdett, NY. The homemade corn tortilla with fried eggs and guacamole was memorable. Is it just me or do you ever find yourself sitting in a fantastic restaurant in a new town wondering why your home town has nothing that good?


 And of course, since we were traveling on Saturday, I insisted on checking out some yard sales on the way to Geneva. It's always a blast to see what other people are parting with in other areas of the country. We stopped in one town that was having a town wide yard sale. But my favorite site was a farm in the middle of nowhere with just a truck piled up with treasures. The farmer had an old table loom that he offered to give to me but unfortunately the reeds and hardware were completely rusted.

 It's so nice to take little road trips. One thing for sure is that I will be going back to Watkins Glen. In fact, next June, the town hosts an annual Cardboard Boat Regata. With my mad crafting skills and copious amounts of duct tape, I'm not missing it!




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