Moving the Archives – Day the Fourth

We just finished up day four of the move, and well, because of other things that have come up, we haven’t really had three full days of moving since day one, so we haven’t gotten as far as I wanted, but I still think we’ll make the end date.    One bay that we had set up with eight shelves wasn’t working for me, so we had to take all of the stuff off and break it down to five shelves.  We had to empty more than just boxes from two bays in the old archives to free them up to add on to the ones we have already built.  So now we have almost seven bays on one side filled in an order that will make it convenient for everyone who uses the archives to find the appropriate boxes.

This is where we were at the end of yesterday. Additional bays added, we still had to get rid of three shelves in the one bays.

This is where we were at the end of today.  I banged my head on the light while loading the top of the sixth bay. Note to self, watch head when near lights.

This is Ralph at the end of the day today. Even after working his hiney off all day, he still has a smile for us.

P.S.  Those windows *will* be covered up to protect the archives!

Moving the Archives – The Start

Ralph, one my volunteers extraordinaire, and I were in the archives today getting ready to start moving it from the fifth floor to the second floor.  I was thinking we had until the end of June.  The boss showed up as I was telling Ralph what the plan was and asked me if we could have it moved by June 15th.  I told him “we shall try!”  We’re talking OHA has been around since 1863, so this is quite a bit of stuff to move!!  I didn’t bring my camera to work today, so no pics of the start of our move, but here are some of the pallet shelves we’re using in our new space:

Floor to ceiling the uprights are 12 feet high.  They just barely fit in the room, but they *do* fit and climbing the movable stairs to the top is a little scary, but I’ll get used to it.

The movable stairs are shown in the left of this photo.

We got most of rows 1 through 3 of the old archives moved and placed.  With tons more to go.  But we *will* get there!  Then there’s the library.  And the incoming Syracuse China archives.  Needless to say, I am *very* busy at work, and I love it!

P.S.  I’ll be decorating the walls with some old photos, well, because there’s tons to choose from and there’s so many cool ones and I just love old photos!

Wordless Wednesday – Iris Bud


Chimney Bluffs State Park

I’ve been wanting to go to Chimney Bluffs State Park for years now, and we finally went yesterday.  We started out at the east end of the bluffs to walk along the shoreline.  Then we walked on the Bluff Trail. We got there early before many people showed up.

This sign at the east end has issues, but it worked!

Starting at the east end along the shore, I had no idea what we were in for.

This is our first clue of the amazing beauty we were about to see. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought we were in Utah (Bryce Canyon) or Arizona (Monument Valley).



The shore has all kinds of different sizes of rocks.

I’m sparing you all of the photos we took, but I want you to get the idea that this is a very cool place.

The Bluff Trail runs along the edge of the trees at the top of this photo.

Walking along the Bluff Trail, we had to go through the woods. You know this is breaking my heart! Not!


We saw a Jack-in-the-Pulpit! Yay!






We saw many other wildflowers, fungus and ferns, but our focus was on the bluffs.

We had to climb up the side of the drumlin to get to the top. Here we were part way up.

A bit higher.

Close-up. These are taken with my SONY since my NIKON’s battery was “exhausted” and I didn’t realize it. Wah!

Getting higher yet.

At the top! I should have taken photos of the trail that we had to walk along. Sometimes we were too close to the edge for comfort.


It amazes me to see formations sticking up like this in spite of all of the years of weathering.

If you want to know more, this is taken from the Chimney Bluffs State Park brochure:

To the geologist, Chimney Bluffs have “Ice Age” written all over them.  Lake Ontario was left in an enormous, shallow bedrock pan eroded by the most recent continental glacier, which melted from New York 12,000 years ago.  The Chimney Bluffs form the north end of a glacier-made hill called a “drumlin.”

There are more than 10,000 drumlins south and east of Lake Ontario.  They are made of “glacial till,” a mixture of sand, clay, silt, gravel, cobbles and boulders that were scraped, pulverized, pasted, smeared and dumped on the land beneath the passing mountain of ice.  It is thought tha the drumlins were created when the overriding glacier worked glacial till into hills that ran parallel to the direction of ice movement under the ideal conditions of temperature, melting, ice thickness and land slope.  The central New York drumlin field is one of the most extensive in the world and Chimney Bluffs are its most spectacular example.  But, the story does not end there.

Imagine a dome of ice as high as the Rocky Mountains covering Ontario and New York, sloping upwards to its greatest height in northern Canada.  Then imagine how heavy this must have been, so heavy that the land sank beneath it.  When the ice melted away, the depressed land began to rebound and has been rising ever since, though at a decelerating rate (about a foot a century).  The rising land tilted Lake Ontario southward and flooded the drumlin field between Sodus and Oswego, creating bays, marshes, islands and wave-eroded drumlins.

For thousands of years, waves have pounded the northern edge of this drumlin, causing the packed glacial earth to collapse.  Rain and melting snow wash out gullies between the chimneys.  The whole cliff-face is eroding into the lake, as much as three to give feet annually in places.  This is quicker than vegetation can get a foothold, leaving the bluffs bare and vulnerable to yet more erosion.  Soil is washed into the lake and stones are left behind on the shore.

Forest grows atop Chimney Bluffs, supporting a rich community of spring wildflowers.  West and south of the bluff, natural vegetation is slowly replacing former orchards and farmland that took advantage of the lake’s moderating effect on temperature extremes.  The top of the bluffs is a good place to watch for migrating birds in spring, including hawks, which follow the lakeshore eastward on their way to Canada.

Samuel Forman’s 1812 Home

This is one cool old home, built in 1812 by Samuel Forman, located on Seneca Turnpike in Syracuse:


It is across the street from Bill’s Inn Fish Fry, where my Dad used to buy fish for us when we were kids, because it was his favorite fish fry. I’ll talk about Bill’s Inn another day. But for now I’ll say, on Saturday night after work, we go there and eat, and I sit facing the old Samuel Forman home across the street. Just because it is one cool, old home:

Samuel Forman House

Samuel Forman House Entrance

Samuel Forman Info

Samuel Forman House Front-Rear

Hmmm, I wonder if we could take a field trip to this home. I’m going to have to find out. Because the floor plans at the Library of Congress website sure make it look very interesting on the inside.  And I’d like to see what’s behind that oval window.

Oops! Happy Blogiversary

Oops, hey, I missed my third blogiversary!  For being a blog called Nature Woman, I don’t  get out in nature as often as I’d like to, but I’m hoping that will change soon.  Less drive time will lead to more outdoor time (and more reading and computer time, too)!

Letchworth State Park on April 12, 2009