A Visit To The Apple Harvest Festival



There were lots of people attending this year’s Apple Harvest Festival in Ithaca this past weekend.  The weather was perfect, not too hot or too cold.  We had to walk a little bit from where we parked to get to the fun, but it was worth it.

One thing that I was looking forward to getting was some apple cider donuts for my son, but the line was ALWAYS so long, that we never got any. 😦  Here is a shot I took trying to show how long the line was to show my son why he didn’t get any donuts.


The blue tent top up ahead there is the donut tent. And although this picture makes it look like maybe it isn’t really that long of a line the line had a couple of zigzags in it that made it longer than it appears.  And it was never any shorter each and every time we went back to check on it!!!  Oh well. 🙂

We saw this old theater on one side of The Commons and I grabbed this photo.


Inside a  little shopping center where we saw several little shops and eateries we also saw this metal statue holding a glass ball that I realized was supposed to be a bubble after reading the plaque at the bottom.

Here is a link where you can read about the artist James Seaman.

All in all, we had a great time and I hope to go back next year, and maybe even have my own craft booth.  Thanks for reading and I hope you have a blessed day.




We finally got to go on a short but fun vacation. The first time in about 10 years.  I think it was high time we did it, don’t you? 🙂

We started by checking out some of the yard sales along the 50 miles of yard sales on Rt. 90 starting in Homer, NY and ending in Montezuma, NY.  We picked it up around Aurora, NY and followed 90 to Montezuma, but it was raining most of the day and we ended up not stopping at too many sales. 😦  Here is a photo of the Aurora Inn from last year when we went to the yard sales. Isn’t it a beautiful building?  We got to go inside for a short time and it is just as beautiful inside. Huge rooms and tall ceilings.


Next we headed to Syracuse to check out Destiny USA.  Anyone ever been there before?  It is such a big mall with so much to see and do.  Here are some photos.

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The first photo is the entrance to the “Amusement Park for the Mind” as they say on their website.  I haven’t been in there yet so I couldn’t tell you what it is like.  But the two photos on the right are of the restaurant Revolutions.  We had a lot of fun in there. They have a bowling alley, electronic gaming area, ping pong tables, pool tables, darts, and it’s also a great restaurant.

The last photo is of the go carts track that is in Destiny.  My husband, brother-in-law, and nephew all raced together on this 1/4 mile track.  They had a blast! And we did too watching them.

Our next stop would be near Lake George, NY to stay the night.  Here is a shot of our room.

First hotel in Lake George area

Kinda messy because this was the next morning as we were getting ready to leave. It was a nice room and they had an outdoor pool, but we never got to take a swim because of the rain. This is also the room where I took a shot of the picture hanging on the wall of a flower because I was invited by Jill at Pink_Petal_Peonies to play along with Saturday Stems on Instagram but had no way of taking a shot of real flowers.  Here is a link to where you can see the photo that I used.

So we headed into the village of Lake George for some sightseeing from the car.  We hadn’t been there since the early 2000’s.  It has changed quite a bit, but they still had the Minne Ha Ha! One of three boats that takes you on a cruise around the lake.

Mini Ha Ha

We left there and headed for Massachusetts.  Our plan was to visit the Aviation mall and then head to Boston. Didn’t make it to Boston but had fun walking around the mall and shopping. We stayed at a Holiday Inn in North Adams, Mass.  It was a 4 star hotel that we got a real good deal on and it was the nicest one we stayed at on the whole trip.  They had an indoor pool, game room, workout room, and it was right in this lovely little town.

the second room we stayed in. Hoiday Inn. The best one of the three. Lake George queensbury

old fire truck in North Adams ny across from holiday inn

old church north adams

Robbie in which mall

I took a shot of the room when we first got there this time so you could see how nice it was before we moved all of our stuff in.  My son is sitting at the table playing on his new tablet he just got for his birthday.  The North Adams’ fire station was right across the road from our hotel and I took a shot of the old fire truck that they had tucked behind the newer ones.  The picture of the beautiful church and the cloudy overcast sky was taken out of our hotel room window. And the last photo was both sons strolling through the mall. That rainy weather stayed with us the entire time and is why we spent so much of the time checking out malls.

We didn’t want to leave but we were on our way to Connecticut, namely Danby, to check out, you guessed it, another mall. Along the way I just had to stop and take some shots of the rolling hills.  So beautiful even without a sunny blue sky.

A shot of the outside entrance to the Danby Fair mall.


And we stopped and had a picnic lunch along the Taconic State Parkway. It is an older 4 lane road that had no shoulders at all so no possible way of pulling off until you came to these little rest stops.  Very cute and peaceful because there was very little traffic along this part of the parkway.

The first shot is of the entrance to the rest stop. And you can see the beautiful stone wall in all three shots that ran the entire length of the rest stop.  My husband and I sat on the stone wall and ate our lunch while the guys chose to sit in the car to eat and then got out to stretch their legs. One of the few times we didn’t have rain, but you can see that sky was promising more.

Our last hotel was a huge disappointment.  It was a Super 8 in Newburgh, NY. Tiny, damp, musty, no view out the window, and did I mention tiny?

third room. super 8, worst room of the three. Newburgh ny

It advertised it could sleep 5 so we thought we would be able to get a roll-away bed so one of the guys could sleep on the double bed and the other could use the roll-away.  All the other hotel rooms we stayed in had 2 queen beds in them which the guys had no problem sharing.  But when we saw this room we were so bummed, only two double beds and hardly enough room to move around them. When I brought up the sleeping of 5 advertisement to the lady at the desk she said that they really needed to get that changed. We couldn’t get a roll-away because the room was too small by law to have that in it. But we could get some extra blankets and one of the guys could sleep on the floor.  Oh YAY!!! Does my sarcasm come through?  So that’s what they did. One slept on extra blankets on the floor, good thing he is slim,  and the other got the bed.  I didn’t care how they chose which one got which as long as they didn’t argue about it.

And the hotel had just switched out all the old tv’s for flat screen tv’s and the hallways were lined with all the older tv’s they had taken out of the rooms.  Okay enough about that.

So from there we headed home and I took a couple shots here and there along the way. This was the Cannonsville Reservoir.

And on the last day of our vacation you can see that the clouds were starting to break up and you could actually see blue sky.  Isn’t that how it goes?  🙂  But we had fun anyway just spending time together as a family.

I hope you enjoyed viewing these photos from our trip and I would enjoy hearing your comments.

Have a blessed day!




A Hike In The Gorge

We had so much fun hiking up the gorge at Watkins Glen.  Have any of you ever done it?  I would love to hear from you in the comments section.

Five years ago was the last time we came here.  It was for my sister’s and my birthday.  We never made it to the top because we had little ones with us and they tuckered out halfway up.  So it took us five years but we made it back. And this time we got all the way to the top and back down.

Here are some more shots from the trail.



Here is a link to a short video I took somewhere along the trail at a few of the waterfalls we saw.

Hope you enjoyed this hike up the gorge trail and until next time have an awesomely blessed day!





4th Of July Weekend

Hi Friends,

Hope everyone had a great 4th weekend.  Sorry about the lateness of this post. I am terrible at keeping up to date with my blog and there is just no good reason.

Anyway…..we had a really nice weekend.  The weather was wonderful, the activities were fun, and the food was delicious.

We took a 4 mile hike in Robert H Treman State Park on Saturday.  Here are some shots of the beautiful sights we saw and some of us too.

Those day lilies are growing right out of the rocks.  And if you look closely you can see in the photo at the top right the length of the trail, or so we thought.  That was just to the upper part of the park.  Then you could either turn around and walk the two miles back the way you came, or like we did, you can continue on and complete a four mile loop. It was rugged walking in some places but the trail was well marked and there were a lot of other people walking it too. And as you can tell from a couple of the photos, there were lots of stairs……..LOTS of stairs. 🙂

We saw a lot of waterfalls as well along the creek that the trail followed. Here are some shots of them.

This tree was popular with a lot of people.


We felt tired but good when we finally got to the end.  Our leg muscles were a little fatigued from walking down about a hundred steps, but we enjoyed it all. I hope you enjoyed this post and until next time, have a great and blessed day.


A Walk In The Park

My husband and I had to be in Ithaca for an appointment last week.  The weather was warm but overcast and we had some free time before we had to head home, so we found a walking trail.  We really enjoy walking and hiking so we were happy to have the chance to take a trail that was new to us.  Here is a link to the map of the trail.  It was in Cass Park. Map


From where we parked you could go either right or left. We chose to go right and that way went under two bridges as you can see in the picture above. This trail is right in the middle of the city but there weren’t very many people on it. Probably because of the weather.

To the right of this first bridge stands a cement pillar that is part of the bridge and has a light in the top of it.  I had to take a picture of it because of the vine that had grown it’s way around and around the pillar. It has little clusters of purple berries that looked almost like grapes on it.


Of course the picture doesn’t do it justice, but you can see what I mean. I thought it looked so beautiful.


After coming out from under the bridges and rounding a slight corner we saw this view. Notice that every one of the lights along the path are solar powered.  It took us maybe 20 minutes to go the distance, and you can see the end of the trail in the picture, and while we were on our way back we had a visit by some ducks crossing the path to get into the water. I took a short video of them with my cell phone but because it was windy that day all you can hear is wind blowing.


When we got back to the car we saw that the water was used by others too. The local rowing club was practicing and I snapped a quick photo of them.

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My husband said the other “boat” looked like someone made it out of an old snowmobile.:-)

Well that was our walk in Ithaca. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Until next time…..

Have a lovely day!

Sally Ann

Red Eft

My husband and I were checking out a cabin at one of the state parks in our area when we happened to look down and saw a little orange salamander right next to the car.  I picked it up to move it off the driveway and near the trees so it would be out of harms way.  As soon as I had turned around to head back to the car my husband spotted another one, and then another one, and yet another one. So I began looking down near where I was and sure enough I began seeing them everywhere too.  I transported as many as I could closer to safety and snapped this photo just before they all disappeared into the woods.


Aren’t they cute little guys?  I have never seen so many in one place before so I had to research it.  Here is a link to the information that I found…..here and here

It says that they help reduce the mosquito population so I am glad that there were so many around.

Until next time, have a great day!

Sally Ann

A Book Quiz

I found this little quiz to see how well you know your basic literature online this morning and after taking it and getting a 67 , it said I did my best😦 , I thought how fun it would be to share it with all of you.  So here is the link to click on and please share your results too.  I hope you enjoy taking it as much as I did.

Take Test

Until next time, have a great day!

Sally Ann