The Finger Lakes

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Vineyard on Seneca Lake

Vineyard on Seneca Lake

Pearson and I were driving through the Fingers Lakes, from Skaneateles to Seneca Lake, on a beautiful summer day in 2011. The sky was blue with puffy white clouds; we passed cornfields and cows grazing on lush green farms. As we rolled through Ovid, NY, Pearson slowed. A man was in his yard wearing a tan safari outfit complete with a pith hat, holding a rifle, and creeping closer and closer to the only tree in a field. The scene reminded me absurdly of Fearing and Loathing in Las Vegas—and come to think of it, maybe he was stalking a bat. We desperately wanted to stop and find out what he was doing, however there wasn’t another house or person around and he had a gun, so we drove on. Boat on Skaneateles Lake On Skaneateles Lake at Sunset In the decade before that afternoon, I had been to the Finger Lakes many times to visit Pearson’s family. We had swum in Skaneateles Lake and kayaked in Otisco Lake, taken long bike rides on pastoral roads and hiked peaceful nature trails. But the weekend in 2011 was the first time I had explored the Finger Lakes west of Skaneateles.
Above Skaneateles Lake at Sunset

Above Skaneateles Lake at Sunset

Past Ovid, we journeyed out to the eastern end of Seneca Lake for a beer tasting adventure that took us from Wagner Valley Brewing over to The Rongovian Embassy in Trumansburg, to Taughannock Falls near Ithaca, and up to Seneca Falls.
Flowers and HayWagner Valley BrewingGrapes on the VineSailboat on Seneca LakeTaughannock FallsIthaca
We had such a wonderful time—beautiful scenery, great beer, awesome biking—that we did it again in 2012; starting at Wagner Valley and heading west around Seneca Lake up to Geneva. Trying the many new breweries and the storied wineries.
Storm Over Seneca LakeWatkins GlenWatkins Glen State ParkGolden Hour over Seneca LakeDawn in Watkins GlenGeneva at SunsetGeneva on Seneca LakeFog on Seneca Lake
Then in 2013, my extended family rented a house on Canandaigua Lake near Rochester for a week. It was a week full of outdoor adventures: biking on the Erie Canal Trail, hiking near the lake, kayaking that turned into an ill-timed swim; tasty brewery and winery tours; and amazing sunsets on the lake. We all had such a great time that we’ve been back three years in a row.
Cummings Nature CenterBeaverless Beaver PondThe Dock at DuskCanandaigua Lake at Sunset 01Sunset on Canandaigua Lake 01Campfire
When the sun shines in the Finger Lakes it’s one of the most gorgeous places on earth! It is fun, relaxing, and invigorating. Luckily there are many, many cloudy and rainy days, otherwise it would be too crowded. Sunset on Canandaigua Lake 02 Click here to buy photos from this post
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