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Chimney Bluff

September 13, 2012

The campground at Cayuga Lake State Park was a beautiful place to stay. It’s big, but since it’s the off season, about 2/3 of it is closed to campers, which made it a nice place to walk all around with Tula. I slept well – gettin the hang of this “car camping” – and the van is really quite spacious when things are rearranged.

I started the morning off with a 2 1/2 mile walk thru the state park and down by the lake. Thers’s a police post right there, and there were a lot of police officers and other people with a bunch of jet-skis. I think they were doing some sort of training.

When I had seen enough of the state park, I got the urge to head north to Lake Ontario. Before we had gone too far, we came to the town of Seneca Falls, where I got my history lesson for the day. Apparently Seneca Falls was the birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement back in 1848, and I stood on the very corner where that gathering was held. The whole town is focused on this history with memorials, a museum and a statue walk, and there’s even a national park site – The Women’s Rights National Historic Park (it’s really a building with a lot of exhibits.)I took the time to go through it and although it was focused on women’s rights, it also had exhibits on child labor and slavery. I ended up walking 3.2 miles – through town and around, crossing a couple bridges (I thought it was part of the Erie Canal, and one of the boats tied up at the waterfront said something about Erie Canal cruises, but the map shows the Erie Canal being a little farther north.) I also walked along quite a bit of the wide canal. Because of the time I spent in town, and the historical significance of it, I made my donation today to the Women’s Rights National Park – we’re all better off for it!

Then I headed all the way north to Lake Ontario and found the Chimney Bluffs State Park. Part of the shoreline is a big bluff, with unusual rock formations; some with what appear to be razor-sharp edges along the top. It’s all there as a result of long ago glacial activity and wind and rain and is very spectacular. I have some good photos, and although I’m at a motel with wi-fi, it’s an older motel without the 3-hole prongs I need for my computer battery charger, and the battery doesn’t last long at all without it. So, photos later.

I ended up doing the whole loop trail; first the long climb to the top of the bluffs, then a long walk back through woods and a mowed path through a meadow (complete with small snake – I somehow stubbed my toe inside my shoe in my sudden halt – I thought it was a stick!). There were quite a few fallen trees to step/climb over on the way up, and Tula proved to be a very graceful hurdler of logs! Who knew! We walked over 3 miles doing the whole loop, which put me at 9 for the day. I’ll reserve that extra one for one later in the week.

After all the exercise, it was then very nice to get in the car and just mosey along the roads near the shoreline, still heading north.

I passed a lot of apple orchards, and these apple trees were unlike any apple trees I had seen. The orchards looked like vineyards, and the trees were were sort of flat and 2 dimensional; and they almost seemed to be growing on trellises between posts. But there were an amazing number of apples on each tree. When I first started passing these orchards, I almost wondered if they were vineyards with some kind of super giant grape, and I actually stopped and got out to make sure because there’s also vineyards in this area. But they were definitely apples!

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  1. Erik permalink

    Those apple orchards used “espalier pruning”, popular in northern France. Usually it is done on a trellis of some sort.

  2. Ahhhhh! Merci, Monsieur!

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