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Cape Cod-Camping and Cranberries

Cape Cod-Camping and Cranberries

I can’t imagine living anywhere but the Finger Lakes. However, there is one thing we don’t have here and that’s an ocean! Cape Cod has always been my “go-to” for a sand and salt fix. As a child, my family camped at Nickerson State Park in Brewster, MA. In high school...

Rail Riders-Something New to Try in Penn Yan

Rail Riders-Something New to Try in Penn Yan

Turns out there’s more than one way to “ride the rails” in the Finger Lakes Region. Who knew? Though it looks remarkably similar to something a child might create with an Erector set a rail rider is actually a clever mode of transportation. A recumbent-style bike with...

Not Just Grapes in Naples

Not Just Grapes in Naples

We spent most of Monday at our campsite, except for a short foray into town to visit Artizanns, a gift shop/gallery that only carries the work of Finger Lakes artists. The rooms overflow with all types of art including paintings, jewelry, glass, and novelty items so,...

Camping with the Stars in Naples

Camping with the Stars in Naples

It’s that time of year again, the one where Tammy and I make our “girls only” pilgrimage. Originally begun to prove to ourselves that we were perfectly capable of surviving in the wilderness alone, we have now camped in five states and have both the battle scars and...

Clyde-Experience the Pride!

Clyde-Experience the Pride!

I must have passed through Clyde, New York hundreds of times without ever stopping. So, when I spotted an article in the Finger Lakes Times about a “Memories of Clyde” celebration, I didn’t think much of it. Until I saw the all-encompassing program a planning...

Ithaca Artist Market

Ithaca Artist Market

It was Friday the 13th, over 90 degrees in the shade, and I had to run around Ithaca all morning doing errands that could no longer be put off. By noon I was cranky and hot, but suddenly I remembered something that brought a smile to my face. The Community Arts...

Working on the Railroad

Working on the Railroad

This is shaping up to be an interesting summer travel-wise. Though many people are venturing further from home, others are still more comfortable planning staycations. As July draws to a close, so far, I’ve taken road trips to Rochester, Naples, Skaneateles, Geneva,...

Skaneateles, NY-What’s Not to Like?

Skaneateles, NY-What’s Not to Like?

I have a confession to make. Last Friday, I played hooky from work. And, I convinced a friend to do the same. Not only that, we spent the whole day shopping, eating, and drinking (though we did squeeze in one cultural activity!). But, guess what? Rather than feeling...

Mount Hope Cemetery-something for everyone

Mount Hope Cemetery-something for everyone

Entering round two of my aspiring travel writing career, I was thinking about what I wanted to write about next. Strangely enough, it was cemeteries! Maybe because the month of May holds Memorial Day or maybe because I still remember my middle son’s college graduation...

How well do you really know a city?

How well do you really know a city?

When I flew to New Zealand in February 2020, I was taking the first step towards segueing from writing about parenting and families to writing about traveling. How was I to know that trip would be my one and only series of blog posts before life as we knew it shut...