Tuesday, March 27, 2018
The last time I went to a Sabres game it was at the Aud. The bar we went to had some of the Blue Seats from the lower level of the Aud, and the screen in front of us had the players life-size so we were OK. The Sabres lost in a shoot out, don't know when that started or what can be done about it. Las Vegas, yes, they have a hockey team, came out ahead in this shoot out.
The female contingent met us after Jen's wedding shower, haven't been to one of those in a few years either. Each of them, and a few nieces, had a camera so we did our best to look in each direction.
Monday, March 26, 2018
A local ski club has installed a bench on the trails at Hammond Hill in memory of Tob, a skier who passed last year and is indirectly responsible for me skiing and living in Ithaca. He and fellow family members would travel from Ithaca to Westfield to sweep their categories in the Chautauqua Overland Ski Marathon, my introduction to skiing. Made me wonder what was in the snow in Ithaca.
Stayed in the US at Niagara Falls, and even with the closest observation points closed due to ice I'm baffled why so many say you have to go to Canada for the best views. Explored some of the area downriver from the falls and hoped to go down into Devil's Hole but the steps were too icy. Still had a good view of the ice jam in the river from above.
Really, she had hip surgery the next day, just a clean-up, not a replacement this time. But an incision is an incision, or in this case a cluster of small ones, so no swimming for a few weeks. The Dog Therapy did its charm and I'm happy to say she's back in the pool and lake. And she's happy to be there.
It's spring you know.
I often see where Bean will take me, it usually ends up being places he goes with Gail. One day it was the Commons and he insisted Gail gives him a sharpie to "mark" his territory in a way other than the usual. I gave him the sharpie.
Another storm came with a fog that shrouded the meadow and forest in secrecy. A trail has passed a large Black Birch for all the years I've skied here, but I never realized it was a birch because it was too big for my conception of the species. Red Oaks continue to fall in a particular spot, this lifetime trail-blocker is one of five or six that have come down in the past few years.
On the bottom is a waterfall of a feeder stream where some fellas have decided they have building privileges. I spent two days dismantling and sending the rocks and logs over the waterfalls. This is from the second one when I marveled at how much had already been washed away from the first day.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Two more pictures from earlier this winter. Above, my last visit to Ezra's Tunnel, which is now gated off due to the last action by the Natural Areas Commission before it was absorbed/reorganized into new commissions for the city. I had this to say about the city accepting Cornell's offer to install the gate.
Monday, January 22, 2018
All's right again and I'll post a bunch of the pictures soon. Stay tuned.
Friday, November 24, 2017
They came over for dinner and we learned the neighbors were having a pumpkin carving party so they got to carve their first pumpkin. Every once in awhile Gail and I get to experience the joys of parenthood. We were so proud of them when they carved the best pumpkin.
One of my desires has always been to climb Treadway Mountain at the northeast end of the lake and I finally did it, making a 15-mile trek that rewarded me with stunning views of Pharaoh Lake and Mountain. I retired my shoes after this hike and nursed a blister for two weeks afterwards. They've been up enough mountains.
I went out on Cayuga Lake one day to accompany them for a training run.
That's not really what this is about.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Gail and I decided on a local trip by bike this summer, one that would take us along Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence Seaway and 1000 Islands, and then turn south and pass through the High Peaks of the Adirondacks where we could do some hiking too. On paper, or the google map I created, it was 420 miles, though that didn’t figure in side trips, getting lost and spontaneous changes to the itinerary. We ended up riding 500 miles.
Ha ha, bet you thought I meant bicycles when I wrote “bike.” The quad was a great way to go.
As we’ve done before, we started by taking a TCAT bus out of Ithaca to make the first day a little shorter with less climbing. The bus was almost a half hour late due to a flat tire which we took as a bad omen, but we didn’t get any flats on the whole trip. We had a great time, saw some really interesting sites, saw old friends and made new ones. Each of us had a close call with a collision, Gail almost collided with a lawnmower and I had a van turn right when I was going straight. No harm ensued and we made it home happy and enriched by the experience once again.