Finger Lakes

Trip Start Jul 22, 2012
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Trip End Oct 13, 2012


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Flag of United States  , New York
Monday, August 27, 2012

This day was a rather rapid transit across upstate New York.  We headed south from Adirondack State Park to the New York Thruway.  The Thruway is a high speed toll road follows the Erie canal route.  We exited at Syracuse and drove through town on local roads. Syracuse is an old industrial town situated on a lake.  It was probably a major transportation hub during the days that the Erie canal was thriving, it looked pretty sleepy on a Monday.  Lunch at a venerable American institution, Denny's, was well, institutional.  

Blue continued on down the Thruway to Seneca Falls.  Modern myth has it as the town featured in the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart.  apparently the author of the book or script was from this area. There is a Women's Rights National Historical Park dedicated to women's suffrage in Seneca Falls.  The historical museum celebrates the women who were at the center of the struggle for equal rights in the 1800s.  Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others organized and held an convention in Seneca Falls in 1848, which brought together hundreds of women and men.  It took 72 years following this convention for women to finally be given the right to vote in Federal elections in 1920.  In today's news you can read of efforts to restrict voting rights to people who can provide certain types of identification...the years may pass but....

Leaving this thought provoking monument to women, we traveled south to a natural monument, Watkins Glen.  Mention Watkins Glen to most folks and you will hear about auto racing.  True stuff, the first American Grand Prix style racing after WWII was initiated in downtown Watkins Glen.  But the town is named after the "Glen".  A glen is a canyon or ravine carved in the surface of the earth by a river or stream.  We traveled to the State Park and settled into the campground well before dark.  Good thing because the thunderstorms started shortly we pulled in.

Dinner, yahtzee and cocktails filled the hours before bed....tough stuff this rv camping. 


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