July 17-23, 2012
(My next few posts will go back in time to wrap up the highlights of the past few weeks. Between being busy, blog lazy, and poor internet connection, I’ve fallen behind quite a bit.)
Our next stop that day was Watkins Glen State Park. We parked in the main lot along with a few hundred other folks and walked along the Gorge walkway. It was a nice cool breeze there at times also.
I absolutely love waterfalls so you know I fell in love with this spot. There are several waterfalls along Glen Creek which formed this Gorge thousands of years ago.
Dan enjoyed walking the whole trail while the rest of us went at a much more relaxed pace. He found the Suspension Bridge first but Tricia and I found it also. Unfortunately, Gin got a little overheated and went back to the car for some ice water (that darn MS).
On another day of this enjoyable visit, we floated on the Susquehanna River right from the family farm. It was not nearly as touristy which was fine with us. We enjoyed holding on to Dan and Tricia’s Paddleski since he had put a trolling motor on it. I call it “Dangineering”.
We saw about eight Bald Eagles flying along the shore. Some of you might think that we saw the same bird eight times but we actually did see three at one time so I know it was a good number of them.
On the last day of our visit, we all went to a working dairy farm. Dan’s friend Doug had invited us over to see some of their new calves and get our thumbs sucked. Boy, they have some powerful suction!
I love animals but I’m not real comfortable around the big ones. Horses make me nervous but I had to rub this beauty. I also had a chance to mike a cow without getting kicked! Thanks Doug!
While sitting outside on the morning of our last day, we enjoyed the wildlife. There was always a hawk squawking, a deer grazing, or a chipmunk running around.
I don’t know how Pauline managed it but she had a surprise visitor show up for us. Running up one of her driveways and through her back yard was a Black Bear. I had our little camera out so we have proof (click the pic to enlarge).
It ran right by the blackberries which is where Dan and his mom were at the time. Dan had seen one earlier in the week during a morning walk.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time here with great friends and their family. It’s a very nice community and we felt very welcomed. I love the summer weather but I think the winters would be a bit too cold for us.
This shot is especially for Tumbleweed.