I took a trip up to upstate NY last week to attend my daughter’s college orientation. She signed up for classes, met new friends, slept in a dorm room, played ultimate Frisbee and ate cafeteria food. She had a great time and even found a roommate; not from the orientation but from the group page on Facebook for her class. There are no surprises anymore. These days, they already know who their roommates are going to be and who’s going to bring the coffee machine. It was a great opportunity for her to take care of school related matters before she starts in August.
And me? I tried to appreciate everything that unfolded right front of me so as not to get emotional about the real meaning of this trip, as we traveled up through Route 17, avoiding highways and freeways.
It was a perfect opportunity to
get distracted by enjoy my beautiful state in its most natural glory. The crisp 70′s degrees weather was such a joy to drive in and when the sky wasn’t clear deep blue, the fluffy white clouds made my heart swell. I couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. Did I say ‘perfect’? (I kept reminding myself that.)
Acres and acres of green mountains to taken in and miles of no traffic to fight with, unless you count one or two cars that kept me company on these quiet country roads.But of course, there had to be road work but they didn’t bother me as the beautiful surroundings distracted me.There were many creeks and rivers (I think I crossed Susquehanna River, like three times!) but I didn’t get to stop and dip my toes. Maybe next time. Did you know that sediments like these date back to the ice age?Lake Cayuga is the longest lake of the Finger Lakes! This is the inlet at the southern most tip.There is a path around the lake that begs you to walk, run, bike, or rollerblade.A lush natural preserve around the lake, including fragrant plants and flowers like these, are abundant. Do you know what these are? They were intoxicating! Or this? Then, there is the famous Ithaca Co-Op all natural market in downtown.At first, I thought, “My Whole Foods have bulk bins like these. Big deal.” Then, I turned a corner to find these….and all different kinds of oils, soy sauce and tamari! Wow. Now, I was impressed.And how about herbs? Bought a small bag of dried Comfrey for 40 cents. Then, I went back the next day to buy 2 pints of locally grown strawberries for $2.99 each. I have no pictures because I ate them out of the box, licking my fingers. And on the other side of town, there were four (4) Korean restaurants! There was also a Korean grocery store short distance away. I don’t have to worry about my daughter starving now. And of course, this message of anti-fracking depicts the sentiment of the town and the nearby area.
Next time I visit, I’ll be sure to check out the numerous gorges and eco-village. How was your weekend?
Ah, Ithaca. Love that town! Is Molly Katzen's restaurant still there? Your daughter will love it there. Gonna send you one of my favorite pics from Ithaca from about 13-14 years ago.
@lindaeve Yes, please do. I'd love to see how it's changed. I don't think I know that restaurant. But then, I didn't visit every joint this time around. Maybe next time..,:)