We arrived back at our campground from our visit with Dick & Marcia by mid day on Thursday and whew, we are whooped! We had plans to get our linen cupboard doors in the bathroom completed for our trip next week but neither one if us could move out of our easy chairs!
The doors had louvers in them and were a pain for Barb to clean so she wanted them changed to something more functional and less upkeep. We took out the louvers and routed the backs so a Plexiglas panel could be set in. We then bought the decorator bamboo printed film to cover the Plexiglas . We also had to install some trim to cover the slots that the louvers left behind so Friday we were off to shop for all the bits and pieces to finish this project for departure on Monday. So, a little stain, then some varnish, cut some miters, tack and glue and we’re ready to lay the Plexiglas . We decided that it would be easier to apply the film before we place the Plexiglas into the door opening. Now add the new hinges and voila, new linen cabinet doors!
Monday, we head on down to the Finger Lakes District in western New York to visit friends Ann & Bill. We arrived mid afternoon on Monday and checked into our campground. The site they assigned us had a large pine tree at the back of the site that would not allow us to back in all the way – unless we use the back of the rig to push a few limbs out of the way – not an option. Anyway, we moved to an adjacent site and once set up, we try to locate the TV satellite. This is our first time since converting to HD so we’re interested on how easy or difficult to it’s going to be. Well, it seems to be more difficult, it took us an hour to set it up and get TV service, we’re hoping it will improve with more experience. Finally we’re ready to meet up with Bill and Ann and went out to dinner at the North Shore Grill on the north end of Lake Conesus. We had to wait so Bill suggested I try a new beer that is brewed locally and it was great! Finally a table is available so there we are, on the patio, overlooking the lake and watching the boating world go by. Life is good, we had good food, cold beer and great company – it can’t get any better than this.
Tuesday, Ann & Bill had a busy day planned for us. Because we enjoy waterfalls, we went to Letchworth State Park which is known as the Grand Canyon of the East. We started out at the overlook of the dam. Poor Ann & Bill were surprised to see the very low water levels and were nervous that this trip was not going to be as they expected. The water was so low that they were digging out river silt at the bottom of the flood side of the dam and moving it up stream – not sure why since it will end up at the bottom of the dam again. The picture here shows the dam in normal operation with water flowing over it – wow, what a difference to what we saw, there’ll be no white water rafting today!
There are 3 sets of waterfalls here so onto the Lower Falls. To get anywhere near the falls, we had to hike down lots of uneven stone steps but the effort was well worth it.
Bill suggested we have lunch at the Glen Iris Inn. On our way there, we pulled into an overlook to view the river gorge and saw several vultures riding the thermals and soaring overhead. A couple of the birds flew over to a ledge and settled so we could take photos – wow they are big and ugly. Then we arrived at the Middle Falls for lunch but with the heat, we decided to have lunch in the air conditioned Inn before we view the falls. Lunch was great but was that because of the food or the much needed cool air?
After lunch we ventured back out into the heat to view the Middle and Upper Falls. The 2 falls are situated close together so we walked up to the Upper Falls and they too were stunning. All in all, we had a wonderful day prowling around the park. Even with a lower water level, all the falls were stunning. We made our way back to Ann & Bill’s for a cool beverage and more nice cool air conditioning. After, we went to the local BBQ – the Three Legged Pig – for dinner.
Wednesday we toured the High Falls in Rochester after we lunched at one of Rochester’s local micro breweries, Rohrbach’s. The heat from yesterday has moved on and today was more comfortable so we sat out on the patio and enjoyed lunch and the company. They sell their brew in half gallon jugs so I just had to take one with me! Onto the falls in Rochester. It’s different seeing a waterfalls right in the heart of a city. Rochester has rebuilt many structures of the past in and around High Falls for businesses and tourism. It was pretty spectacular to see. The city converted an auto bridge to a foot bridge that gave you the best vantage point of High Falls.
Our next stop was the George Eastman home and museum. It is beautiful, opulent and would have been wonderful to have lived in – of course the fortune that comes with it would be necessary! That evening, Ann & Bill had us in for nice dinner. Technology (GPS) is great as we would have been lost for sure with all the twists, turns, hills and valleys we had to navigate to get back to our own rig in the dark..
Thursday, we met Jeff and Candy – one of the girls doing the Row Robin Quilt with Barb & Ann. They are touring from Kentucky and stopped here to visit friends and join us for lunch. They had just finished visiting with Marsha another one theRow Robins. Of course, the talk at lunch was mostly quilting, quilting and more quilting, for the ladies anyway. Since it was a long drive we made a day of it and toured around that area of the finger lakes. Back to our place for dinner and after warm farewells, we’ll see Ann & Bill again in January at the Plantation.
I think this blog is getting a little thread bare so I’ll close for now and get the next one ready.