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Vacation 2010-a Fall Driving Trip – Part 2

November 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Moving on to Niagara Falls and the Finger Lakes

The drive to the Finger Lakes would be our longest except for the final day driving home.  First stop was Niagara Falls.  The falls were the same as always, but the surroundings have become more of an amusement park sporting Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, a Hard Rock Cafe, DSC_2895Rainforest Cafe, and other amusements.  Took a few pictures but did not partake of any of the other “activities”.  Had about a 10 minute wait to get through customs and immigration back into the US.

On the next segment in New York, we saw a large number of new electric generating windmills.  Quite nice looking.  I wish we would do more of them in Michigan.

After a couple hours drive we arrived at Lechworth State Park – also called the Grand Canyon of the East.  That may be a bit of an exaggeration, DSC_2906but it truly was stunning.  A river cuts through the rock with some large water falls.  lots of places to walk trails or simply stop the car and look out over the  edge.  Younger folks with more ability and interest in hiking could easily spend an entire day.  I was impressed at the freedom to park just about anywhere you could fit a car.  Stopped for an ice cream cone for what would be called lunch.  Spent about one hour in the park but did not do any of the hikes.

Then drove over past several of the minor Finger Lakes and arrived about 5:30 at the Bed and Breakfast at Oliver Phelps in Canandaigua, NY, at the north end of Canandaigua Lake.  It was a photogreat place with good breakfasts.  It was on Main Street and built in 1812 by Oliver Phelps III, the grandson of one of the founding  fathers of Canandaigua.  With the season, our room was a bit on the chilly side, but we just used all the blankets on the canopied four-poster bed.  Our hosts, Donna and Jack were quite accommodating, allowing us to pick the breakfast time between 8 and 10.  They have owned it for seven years, moving there from the northwest.

Had dinner at Schooners, but the name was better than the food.  Plenty of other places that we could have chosen that I think would have been better, although many were closed on Sunday evening in the off season.

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