Sunday, March 18, 2012

March Break at Finger Lakes

Fire at the lake

Like every other year, we managed to pull off another last minute March Break get together with the McMullans. Normally we head north to snow country where we frolic in the Great White North and all it has to offer... snowshoeing, tobogganing, ice-fishing, snow fort building.... memories in bathed in white. This year we turned south to a halfway point that landed us in the Finger Lakes district in up-state New York. This is wine country... 25 degrees, sunshine, shorts, and even a dip in the lake. Who would have thunk it possible?

After spending the better part of the first (semi-wet) day at the nearby shopping outlet it was high time for a hike and a return to nature. Thanks to, I managed to find an old abandoned rail trail that provided us with just the right fix.

Cayuga Trail, Auburn, NY Hawk taking off
Group shot Splash of red on the rail trail

We even managed to squeeze in a little history lesson on Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Very interesting and well worth the read/visit.

Harriet Tubman home Harriet Tubmangravesite (Fort Hill Cemetery - Auburn, NY)

On the last day we opted to stick close to the cottage and relax. The kids decided to take a March Break plunge in Owasco Lake thinking it would make a great post on FB. Well while four waded in, only two opted to go all the way dipping several times before crawling back out and heading for a hot shower. Thumbs up to Sara and Connor for following through on this challenge.

Cheers to Owasco Lake March Break plunge
March Break plunge March Break plunge

Okay, as it turned out they were having the very same weather in Ottawa but... um... did I mention the wine and the great company?

Pier on the north side of Owasco Lake Emerson Park rules
Cheers to Owasco Lake

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