Two young 50-something females. One big adventure exploring the Americas. Have liquidated everything they own and packed a Saturn Vue with bare necessities to set out on this journey. Planting seeds at each juncture symbolizing their new growth. With an open mind and heart, ready to get a true view of this world.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Upstate Beauty

Several parks in this very pretty city provide yet more trails, gorges and waterfalls. Robert H. Treman State Park presents more than most state parks combined could provide. We can't believe what we find here!

The lower falls host a swimming hole, although not officially opened today, brimming with early guests who have waited long enough for the warmth to make an appearance this spring. We find many families pouring in this afternoon, all enjoying the crystal clear pool of refreshment. The Gorge Trail connects 2 1/2 miles upstream to the higher falls. We opt to drive to the top and hike a mile of the upper falls, combined with the ridge trail for what appears to be the optimum views. And, oh, are we rewarded beautifully!

It is hard to imagine anything that could rival what we experience here, and we know the western portion of our trip will be spectacular. But, New York state is a force to be reckoned, there is no doubt!

Though the climb is quite steep, Celeste claims this would be an advanced hike for New Life, the payoff is more than worth the effort. We love it here!!!

After a full day of hiking, gorgeous vistas and beautiful falls, we concede and take a quick auto tour through the darling downtown area, evident of college life. We can't help but stop in at Jason's convenience store - fro yo and all. We think of both Jason and Ash at this destination, needless to say!

Our home away from home provides dinner for us this evening and we're quite happy as we've exerted a lot of energy on our Ithaca tour today. Plans for a good night's rest a must as we head to Canada in the morning!!!!


  1. I've always wanted to visit Ithaca! I've heard they have their own currency...

  2. Why can't I just email you directly? Sigh.... Would it be ok if I used a couple of your pix in my personal photo book of New Life? I can do a photo credit if you want, but it's really just for my own memory of it and won't be a for-money thing or anything like that. Hugs! -Mary

  3. momside at me dot com