June 2, 2017 Campbell, New York
There is so much to see and do on our schedule for the next few months, I’m having a hard time keeping things in order, like what did we do yesterday or where are we now. But, I’m okay with that as this is what our journey is all about. If I didn’t have pictures to remind me, it all becomes jumbled in my head…with that being said…here is some of the cool things we have done and seen…in part one of two parts…
We left Freehold, NJ leaving Carolyn and Gary at the repair shop with their coach, and headed to Campbell, NY, about a 264 mile drive. I wish I had thought to take pictures everytime we changed states, we went from NJ to Ny to Pa back to Ny and Pa finally to Ny for the last time, all this to stay off the toll roads. All the while my friend Kelley was giving directions from her home in Dorothy, NJ.
Taking a day trip up along Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes in NY, we stopped at the Chequaga, (She-qua-ga) Falls. Which is a Native American name meaning “Tumbling Waters” and were in the middle of Montour Falls, Ny. The falls were up behind the town nestled between two very large older homes. I could just imagine sitting in their backyard, sipping wine and listening to the sound of the rushing falling water.
The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, was a point of interest for Carolyn and I but the guys, not so much. I will take the liberty of saying that once we were touring the museum they changed their minds. I think the interactive area that showed how glass performed in different ways, how it broke or not, how light travels thru glass, how sound travels, watching a blown glass demonstration and they were hooked.
This is a glass ellipsoid..there is one on each end, it is an egg shaped theater. Two people, one at each end, can hold a conversation simply by whispering. The ends of the theater act as reflectors, and reflect sound waves from one end to the other. Guy and Carolyn sat at one end while Gary and I sat on the other, it really was amazing how this worked. At first we were thinking we needed to talk loud but then go the hang of it and started whispering.
The museum was founded by Corning Glass Works in 1951. It currently has a collection of more than 45,000 glass objects, some over 3,500 years old. The museum is a self guided tour, if you bring your iPad or phone you can listen to the documentary.
In the museum is collections of Contemporary Art and Design, Flame working demo, an area of modern glass, paperweights, American, European, Venetian, Islamic, Roman and Ancient Glass. On the main level is the Corning Glass store where you can purchase all types of glass pieces. We kept walking around wondering where were the dishes…they were hidden in a back room.
Arriving in Seneca Falls, we stopped at the “Women’s Rights National Historic Park and Visitor Center”. The First Women’s Right’s Convention was held in Seneca Falls in 1848 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel.
This was the beginning of women demanding equal rights with men. Over 300 women and men gathered, debated and voted on The Declaration of Sentiments, a document modeled after the Declaration of Independence. The signers pointed out numerous discriminations: such as most women not having the right to vote, own property, attend college, or work professionally. Sixty eight women and 32 men pledged to hold conventions, employ organizers, and petition state and federal governments for women’s rights. By 1920 the 19th amendment was passed giving women the right to vote. There are still Conventions held in Seneca to commemorate the anniversary of Women’s Rights, one is being held in July of this year.
One of our itinerary stops was, the Jell-O Gallery!! Did you know that JELL-O is America’s “Favorite Desert?”
The town of LeRoy Historical Society operates The JELL-O Gallery, which was only a short drive from our campground. The town of LeRoy was the birthplace of Jell-O. It brought back so many memories of all the recipes my mom had using jell-o, like bananas in orange jell-o, or carrots and raisins, how about strawberries and bananas in Strawberry jell-o. Did you know that Jell-O first started in 1845, but never took off with people until 1902.
The Jell-O gallery is filled with the history of the wiggly, sweet and shimmering, colored Jell-O dessert, the famous four flavors were raspberry, strawberry, lemon and orange. There are 18 flavors of jell-o available today. Some of the failures were Chocolate and coffee. In 1904 there was even a Jell-O girl, a 4 yr old named Elizabeth.
Every day 758,012 packages of Jell-O gelatin are purchased in the US
Every second 9 boxes of Jello-O are purchased in the US
They say you could serve Jell-O, 69,089 ways over the course of 189 years and still not exhaust all the possibilities of ways to eat jell-O.
Downstairs from the Jell-O gallery the Society has an exhibit, “On The Road, a Navigational Museum”. The exhibit offers over 100 years of transportation, ox drawn carts, as well as a 1908 Cadillac. You can see both museums for the coast of $5.00.
One day we headed to the town of Lockport which is along the Erie Canal and is also part of the wine trail. Two things that were on the agenda was to go see the locks, and do some wine tasting…Guy deciding to be our DD (designated driver). Our first stop was the “Honeymoon Trail Winery”, such a cute place, loved all the flowers.
Yes, there was some wine tasting while we were there, Gary and Carolyn bought a bottle of wine each. Guess what, it was also lunch time…the wine server suggested a tavern in Youngstown about 11 miles away. We were skeptical at first, but to our surprise, we all had the best wings, fries and water!!
Next on the list were the locks in town, along with the “Flight of Five Winery”. We walked into the winery looked around, admired beautiful room, and decided not to do a taste test, their wine was sweet. Guy and I like more of the dry wines.
The one thing that caught my eye was the flag hanging on the wall, it has 48 stars, it was made before Arizona became the 48th state on Feb 14, 1912 and when Alaska joined on January 3, 1959.
The Erie Canal was constructed in three stages. the original Erie Canal was built in 1817-1825 and then enlarged in 1835-1862. The original builders constructed a flight of five doubled locks to lower easterly and raise westerly bound boats some 60 feet. The locks were replaced and improved between 1910 and 1914. The northern set of the Lockport Five was left intact and used today as a spillway. The locks are now used mostly for recreational watercraft.
The Erie Canal provided a route west for immigrants and settlers. Villages, towns and cities were born along its route helping commerce to spread from The Hudson Valley to the Midwest. Of course, after a tour there must be food..what did we find but the “Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream Shoppe” It was excellent I must say, they did not have your normal flavors and wish I had written down the names as now I can’t remember them.
Well, if your not tired from reading this long blog, wait until the next one where we head to the “Grand Canyon” of the east, then on to Niagara Falls.
So have a blessed week and come on back and read up on our travels with our side kicks.