Snowbergs

Last night I went to Alaska:
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At least it looked like what I think Alaska might look like in spots:
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I mean, doesn’t it look like it?

Seriously, I went to Lake Ontario at Oswego last night, and this is what Lake Ontario looked like! Unbelievable! I’ve never seen this before.

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See this scene:

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It looks like this in the summertime:
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Ahhhh, summertime. . .

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And here is what these formations are called:
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I learned a new word last night: snowbergs. Yeah, I’d rather not have learned that word, ever. But you have to admit, this is pretty cool, now that we’re (supposedly) into springtime now.

2013 New York State Fair

Last night was a beautiful night and we decided to go the NYS Fair. I like going with a list of things to do so I don’t forget anything. First up, the OHA Onondaga Lake exhibit along with the other Onondaga Lake exhibits.

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OHA’s Exhibition

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A dredge cutter head – Onondaga Lake is in the process of being dredged.

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Examples of fish in Onondaga Lake. Wow.

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A bald eagle. Poor eagle, sitting all caged up.

Then on to the sand sculpture – which was still being created. Hmmm, I was kind of disappointed that it wasn’t ready for the fair, but at least I got to see most of it.

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One side a guitar. . .

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The other side produce, and. . .

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A farm scene.

Then to the Empire Theatre where we were hoping there was going to be organ music, but no, now it’s limited to Mon & Tues. So we skipped out of there and went to see the model train display.

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A great model of the 4th New York Central Railroad train station on Erie Blvd. in Syracuse.

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I love the circus posters!

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Beautiful roses in the Horticulture Building.

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The butter sculpture, which is always fun to see.

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Then the history of the New York State fair, which has some of OHA’s images in it.

They had models of previous years’ butter sculptures:
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Then eating at P-Z-O’s, which is only at the fair, which is too bad, because the red sauce is good. A family sat at the same picnic table next to us, and the kid spilled her water all over me. At least it was just water.
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Then we’re done, and as we’re walking back to the gate, we saw cows being walked.
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And the daily parade. Which I just realized this morning, while I was watching it, I was being televised, so I was on TV. If I find the clip, I’ll post it here!

Oswego Harborfest Fireworks

I’ve been to Oswego Harborfest for four years now, and it *always* rains on this weekend! I drove through some wicked rain just to get to Oswego. No beautiful sunset tonight, and it rained the whole time, but I kept covered with a tarp.

Here’s what the storm looked like just west of the harbor at Rudy’s:
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Foreboding rain clouds coming:
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And later some light:
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The weather wasn’t looking much better from my perch to watch the fireworks.
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I did film it with the camera under the tarp, so it’s a bit shaky. The fireworks were fantastic, as always!

Bailey’s Dairy Treat in Nedrow

When I was a kid, my parents would periodically take us to Bailey’s Dairy Treat in Nedrow. If I remember correctly, the ice cream was good! We went to Nedrow because at that time there wasn’t an ice cream stand in LaFayette.

I took a couple of photos of the place last year. This is a photo of the sign:
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And a photo of the stand itself:
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As I drive by it, I’ve been noticing it has been improving over the years, so I stopped in a couple of weeks ago to talk to the owner. He has owned the place for six years. It has been open for 54 years (so it opened in 1958), and he has some old photos he will be sharing soon. I stopped in last night, and he wasn’t there, but I took some photos, because he has a new sign:

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And the ice cream cone that blew down some time in 2012 (I think) on the stand is back up:
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Once I see the old photos, I’ll post them here. If I remember correctly, the stand was white when I was a kid, but it’s been a while, so I could be wrong!

Lake Ontario at Oswego

Finally! We got some swimming in on July 3rd at Jamesville, and on July 4th at Lake Ontario. It rained, then the lake was foggy, then it cleared and became hot and humid. In between the fog and humid part, there was a sailboat race:
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It sure was a beautiful day for it!

Tales From the Crypt. . .

This isn’t really about a crypt, but I like the title, so I’m sticking with it.

OHA had its annual Ghostwalk at Oakwood Cemetery, and this year included a trip into the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, as a surprise to our guests!  Everyone always asks “can we go inside the chapel?”  And this year they did.  Well, I did, too, before the Ghostwalk started, and without any lights on – in complete darkness in the vault in the back, I snapped flash photos -  not knowing what I was pointing at.  The inside of the chapel wasn’t much better, but at least it had a couple of windows so I didn’t go falling into the holes in the floor.  This chapel was designed by architect J. Lyman Silsbee.

Here is the inside of the chapel, looking from where a priest would stand to the doors leading to the outside:
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Going up the wall toward the ceiling – mind these were taken in darkness, so they are not all lined up beautifully like I like:
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Here’s one side of the chapel:
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And the other side:
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And towards the front of the chapel – don’t mind the nervous actor in the photo:
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And the front of the chapel towards the ceiling. Yo, I need to clean that camera’s lens!
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More details. I love Silsbee. Did you know Frank Lloyd Wright worked for Silsbee?
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This place needs some serious TLC!
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Floor details at the front between the chapel and the vault (keeping in mind I could not see anything while snapping photos!):
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Cool door, I hope there was more of a door than this between the chapel and the vault. Ack!
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Light fixture between chapel and vault:
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And the vault:
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Hallway leading out of the vault – to the light of day!
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And now I know what the inside looks like – and so do you. Here’s a stone on the outside of the building:
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I love Silsbee’s details:
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I’ll leave you with the beautiful garden planted in front of the chapel:
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Oswego – Tugboat and Great Lakes Barge

I went to Oswego to go swimming one last time, and just happened upon a tugboat getting ready to pull a Great Lakes barge out of the harbor, and then push it to Rochester, NY.  It was partly full of powdered cement after having emptied some at Oswego, and was from Canada.  Here’s the tugboat, Evans McNeil, blowing its horn:

And here it is starting to pull the barge. That tugboat has a diesel engine the size of a train engine!

It continues to pull it, getting it turned into a position so it can start pushing it:

And now it’s pushing it out from the harbor into Lake Ontario:

And about to enter the lake:

On its way to Rochester:
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This reminds me of the book “The Little Engine That Could.” This is the little tug that could.

Letchworth State Park

On Labor Day my Mom and I went to Letchworth State Park. It was cloudy and rainy all day, but we still had a great time. I didn’t get photos of everything we saw, but that’s okay. The middle falls was beautiful:
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We went into the museum, hoping the rain would stop.  It didn’t, but we saw some cool things in the museum.

I saw a copy of this amazing painting by Thomas Cole, of the Portage Falls and Hornby Lodge, 1841:
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And a pencil sketch by Thomas Cole of Hornby Lodge, 1841:
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I love Thomas Cole’s work, so I was happy!

Back outside, the mist was beautiful. Mind, we went from very hot temperatures over the weekend to in the 60′s F.
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For this next photo, my camera was flashing it’s red box as if to say “what is it you want me to focus on here?”
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I love this rock face:
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We needed to go back to Inspiration Point to see the falls from up high. We had a heard a train horn, but I didn’t know we would see the train on the Portage Bridge – one very scary bridge for a railroad engineer! You can see a previous post here on a train crossing over the bridge.

Here’s a close-up from far away:
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Not so close now:
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We stopped at the Gardeau overlook and tried to find the old sycamore, and talked about Mary Jemison:
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If I ever think I’m having a bad day, I’ll imagine being Mary Jemison, on the day she lost her entire family. Suddenly the day won’t be so brutal.

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Even though it was raining, it was still relaxing and refreshing to be at Letchworth.

2011 New York State Fair

Okay, we went to the NY State Fair this year.  I was exhausted, so I didn’t really enjoy myself like I could have, but we went through the carriage museum and saw lots of cool, old carriages:
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and milk delivery vehicles:
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and of course, sleighs, for winter:
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There was a corner in this building dedicated to Deacon Doubleday, a radio personality, from when I was really young and before (I remember my Mom listening to him while making our breakfast every morning):
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The annual butter sculpture is never a disappointment:
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A Strates Shows trailer at the midway:
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A steam engine:
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And a tractor somewhat like the first one my Dad had, I think:
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Here’s my Dad and my younger brother on the tractor in 1967. I’m digging the glacier carved hills in the background. This was our view while I was growing up. I wish I still had this view!
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Wait, here’s another photo I just found. I think it is the same tractor. This photo is from 1966. My Dad talking to his sister, with my Grandpa. I’m in the background running on the porch.
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Back to the fair. I didn’t see anything more. Well, I did, but I didn’t take photos. Here’s a fuzzy end to the day:
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I didn’t get to do half of what I wanted to do because there were just so many people there!  There is always next year.

A Great Lake Sunset

I love one of the Great Lakes that we have here in NY State.  When I get to missing it, I drive to it, no matter where I am.  The other nite I had the chance to drive to Oswego for dinner at Rudy’s (yummy fish); then visit a great book store called The River’s End bookstore, and then up to Fort Ontario to view the lake.

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View from Rudy’s looking towards the nuclear power plant at The Port of Oswego.

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It was a beautiful evening, not humid, just right.

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Soon I won’t be able to watch the sunset over the lake, but for now, I’ll take it.

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Once at Fort Ontario, we had to walk down a set of old, unused railroad tracks to get to our final destination to watch the sun set.

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The water was beautiful.

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The sun on the rock and the water splashing on the rock was pleasant.

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Wave action from a boat passing by.  I took video of this so I can listen to it in the middle of winter.

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The sun shining on the shore is beautiful.

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People were out enjoying the evening.

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Even though I don’t like the sun to go down, I love watching it, especially when it hits the horizon, then you really can tell how fast it is moving.

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The dude sets real fast.

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The last little bit of it.

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The boats start heading in.

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The lighthouse starts flashing, even though I didn’t capture it flashing here.

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And we head home, too.

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