After many miles and some small challenges we got to one of our “Target” destinations for this year, the Finger Lakes Region of New York.
For our many American friends “upstate” New York is self apparent but for our UK friends some explanation may be helpful.
Most Europeans think of New York as a city, not realizing that there is a complete state of New York that stretches from the Atlantic Seaboard across to the Great Lakes. This other “New York” is further North and West of the city and so is referred to being “UP” State. The region is rural and very picturesque. In the far west of the state and just south of Lake Ontario are several long narrow lakes that align in rows north south. On a map they resemble fingers hanging down, hence the “Finger Lakes”.
|The National Warplane Museum|
|WW1 Fokker DVI|
This is a renown tourist area and one that we have never explored before now. That is why we arranged for the windshield repair on the RV to be done near Rochester, that being the major city in the North West corner of the Finger Lakes.
We decided to stay at the Elks Lodge in Brockport. Not far from Rochester and having the electric, water and dump facilities we would need if our stay turned into something longer than we had hoped, plus friendly people and a cozy bar!
The rig was pretty dirty after several rainy days and covered with bug guts after driving thru a couple of Cicada swarms. It took a couple of days to get it shiny again.
The windshield repair started turning into a melodrama. First the insurance company couldn't find a mobile company to come to us, then the first one wanted too much money to fit the new screen. Then they found a company and had the new screen delivered, only to find that when they opened the packing case that the new screen was broken already. Another replacement was shipped in but arrived too late to be installed before the 4th of July long weekend. 2 Days of forecast rain meant that it was another full week before it was scheduled to be installed.
|Lobster salad sandwich at Captain Jacks.|
We drove along the shores of Lake Erie and discovered Sodus Point, a quaint little town with 2 lighthouses and a great bar/restaurant called Captain Jacks who served Lobster and craft beer. To our delight the day after we visited we got a Face Book message from our friends Larry and Marilyn saying they were in Oswego a little further West and would we like to meet up for lunch somewhere, so we got to go back and enjoy Captain Jacks again! This little surprise get togethers are one of the best things about fulltiming.
|Marilyn, Larry and Barbara|
The insurance company had another windshield shipped and we explored more of the area. The “Grand Canyon of the East” was nice and due to local drought it was strange to be able to see the base of the dam on both sides!
|Letchworth SP and the dry dam|
|The Grand Canyon of the East|
A longer trip was to Hammondsport which is the site where Glenn Curtiss grew up and became in turn a bicycle, motorcycle, aero engine and aircraft manufacturer. The museum covers the whole story and to my delight (But not Barbara’s) I spent most of the day happily wandering around.
|Glen Curtiss invented the Sea Plane|
|Modern motorcycles too|
|The Curtiss Commando WW2 transport.|
The weather turned extremely hot and humid for several days and we stayed firmly in air conditioned places.
At the Lodge they told us they had a celebration of life for one of the Elks Rider motorcycle group and we were invited to take part. There was a tremendous turn out of both motorcycles and trucks, both of which Steve had been involved with. He was obviously a well liked gentleman and his many friends and relations gave him a tremendous send off.
We also found the Genesee Country Museum in which historical buildings from across the county had been moved to the park and restored. A living history kind of place with demonstrations of crafts and industries appropriate to the age of the buildings. I was pleased to find that I wanted to take photographs with an intent to draw and paint next winter. I think I might be doing some paintings of barns and old buildings.
|Genessee County Museum|
The number of nice old barns around here is amazing and that started me thinking of painting some of them so we drove around taking hundreds of pictures.
The windshield was supposed to be installed Thursday but after the long July 4th weekend the weather forecast had switched around with better weather on Tuesday and Wednesday but torrential rain on Thursday. We had made reservations in a B&B in Geneseo on Thursday night.
|Temple Hill B&B|
|The Japanese Tea House|
When we called the glass installer they checked their weather and suddenly said “Bring it over NOW!”. Barbara had just got in the shower! We hurriedly packed up and made it to the place by noon.
We called the B&B and they were happy to change the reservation so we moved in there that afternoon.
What a nice place Temple Hill B&B was and very accommodating. They blocked the room in for us thru Friday just in case we needed it.
The house was an 1850’s school house that had been converted to a private house around 1907. Thru the years it had a swimming pool added and 2 Japanese Tea Houses! A truly beautiful place, if you are looking for a place to stay south of Rochester, I would highly recommend this one.
|New windshield at last!|
On Wednesday around 11am the glass installer called and said we could pick it up so we slowly drove over there after checking out of the B&B and before long we were heading North about 15 miles to the Rochester Elks in Henrietta NY where we were booked in for Philly Cheese Steaks on Wednesday and Shrimp and Crab Boil Dinner on Friday, Should be good!