Taughannock Falls

Taughannock Falls - Ithaca, NY

Taughannock Falls – Ithaca, NY

The area around Ithaca, NY and Cayuga Lake is known for its gorges.  In fact, an Ithaca Chamber of Commerce promotion says, “Ithaca is Gorge-ous!”.

Taughannock Falls is one of the most spectacular, falling 260′ to the pool below.

Thought for the Day:  The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.   Steven Wright

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Purgatory Chasm

Purgatory Chasm - Massachusetts

Purgatory Chasm – Massachusetts

Devil's Pulpit

Devil’s Pulpit

While visiting my life-long friend in Massachusetts, he took me to see Purgatory Chasm near Sutton, MA.  It’s a half-mile long deep ravine filled with car-sized boulders.

While not treacherous, per se, it’s not a casual stroll through the park either.  Constantly climbing over, under or around massive boulders, rarely is there a flat surface to walk on for more than a few feet at a time.

We barely made it passed Lover’s Leap, which is about 1/4 of the way, when we decided to turn back.  We would have forged ahead, but you know, we had the wrong shoes, no water, no compass, no waterproof matches, no flashlight or other survival gear.  Otherwise we would have gutted it out to the end, except for the fact that we’re old and out of shape.

Thought for the Day:  Its rough going through life with your contents looking as if they “settled during shipping”.  Milton Berle


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College Fitness

Cornell Campus

Cornell Campus

Cornell bell tower

Cornell bell tower

In an earlier post (click here) I showed the Cornell Crew practicing in the lake, with the Cornell bell tower up on the hill in the background.  The shot above is taken from up near the bell tower, shown at left.

This campus is soooo hilly, my car felt like a golf cart needing a recharge.  The bell tower is literally on top of the mountain and the campus descends all around it, like Christmas tree lights.  There are many more “layers” of campus below the twin towers shown in the top photo.

I was only on campus for an hour or so, but I noticed no weight problem with any of the pedestrians.  That probably takes care of itself, but I wonder if there is oxygen stations near by.


Thought for the Day:  My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four, unless there are three other people.   Orson Welles



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Veteran’s Day, 2014

War and Peace

War and Peace

Many thanks to all the men and women in uniform putting their life on hold while they honorably serve their country.  And their families that are enduring their own challenges, anxiety, and hardships to personally support them.

Thought for the Day:  Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the United States was too strong.   Ronald Reagan

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Sesuit Harbor Cafe

Sesuit Harbor Cafe - Front

Sesuit Harbor Cafe – Front

There is a hole-in-the-wall cafe on Cape Cod called the Sesuit Harbor Cafe.  From the outside it looks like a storage shed for the Sesuit Harbor Master, where he might keep his lobster buoys and a few traps, spare boat parts, gas cans, etc.  It sits right on the water, in the midst of hundreds of boats of all shapes and sizes.

Sesuit Harbor Cafe - Back

Sesuit Harbor Cafe – Back

Nothing pretentious about this place; there is no inside seating, only picnic tables outside on the shore, where the salty sea breeze slaps you in the face and the sea gulls try to steal your lunch.  Nothing to see on the inside except the chalkboard menu, counter and cash register.  No checks or credit cards, just cash.  I assumed the kitchen was behind the wall among the torn-apart outboard motors under repair.  You order, pay, then find your favorite color of umbrella.

But what delicious food!  Sesuit Harbor Cafe is known for its lobster rolls — think chicken salad but with huge chunks of fresh lobster on a hogie bun served with fries and cole slaw.  Their clam chowder was to die for too.  Only the locals know about this place, and they’re probably trying to keep it a secret.

Thought for the Day:  Fish, to taste right, must swim three times — in water, in butter, and in wine.    Polish Proverb

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Angry Birds

Angry Birds and Pig

Angry Birds and Pig

In the spirit of Halloween, this family dressed up as Angry Birds, complete with a mean pig.  The costumes were 100% home-made from top to bottom by the yellow Angry Bird.

In case you’re wondering, Angry Birds is a computer game where the birds launch themselves with catapults at the pig’s various fortresses.  The birds are angry  because the pigs stole their eggs.  That’s as much as I know about it.  Please, no more questions.

Trick or Treat!

Thought for the Day:  I bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.

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Northville, MI Halloween

Main Street - Northville, MI

Main Street – Northville, MI

Cafe Skeleton

Cafe Skeleton

Northville, MI, is a quaint little town (relatively speaking) northeast of Ann Arbor and due west of Detroit.  The “downtown” is no more than 2-3 blocks in any direction from the epicenter.  What makes the town most interesting is the charming residential neighborhoods, with Victorian style homes built in the early 1900′s.

Every home is different and very well maintained, lots of ginger bread and unique trim on every house.  The area attracts high income residents that buy an old house, knock it down, and rebuild it to look exactly the same on the outside, but with large rooms and modern conveniences inside.

Halloween is celebrated by the entire community.  Retailers dress up skeletons outside their shops; even banks and law offices participate.  Over 100 skeletons were on display this year.  The residents support this endeavor with elaborate house displays of their own, some with skeletons and some with live entertainment, like family skits or music.    Trick or Treat!

Thought for the Day:  From ghoulies and ghosties and long leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!    Scottish Saying


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