8.11.2009

These are a few of my favorite.....

So, last Christmas my parents decided to rent a lake house on Skaneateles Lake in upstate Ny. I grew up in Drydan Ny, a little town outside of Ithaca and at the time my parents decided to rent the house, I hadn't been home in 12 years. My mother thought it would be a good idea for my children to see where I grew up and since they wanted to visit my Dad's relatives this summer, it was nice of them to invite us along to share a house with them.

It was a great trip and here are some of my highlights.

Finding this hilarious road stop on our way North. Its called "Foam Henge" and Joey and I get to the biggest kick out of it. Its all out of Foam and I couldn't tell you where it is, but somewhere in Virginia, we stumbled upon it! Taking the kids to Gettysburg!
Seeing follow blogger, Gary Rith famed purple house in Etna. As a kid I drove past this house at least once a week going shopping or to doctors appointments. ( I know it wasn't purple back than.) We rushed to Ithaca the first day we were in Central NY and since I didn't see Gary's car, we didn't pay him a visit and sadly, that was the last day we went past his house. Maybe on our next visit! Spending time on the Ithaca Commons and walking around DeWitt mall where I use to go with my mom when I was little. She use to call everyone who hung out there in the 70's "The Organie People". Now that I'm older, all those folks look pretty normal to me!

Being able to enjoy a good book without falling asleep after one page!
Taking my kids to the little zoo in Syracuse that I grew up visiting.


Spending time with my father's relatives and having them all bring those awesome Italian cookies my grandmother would make.
Being in gorgeous Skaneatles Lake with my family and taking the kids on a boat ride around the lake. The weather was breezy and in the lower 80's the whole time we were there. It was wonderful!



I enjoyed a few pod-casts on my trip thanks for Joey. The best one was on Sound Opions and it was about Purple Rain and a interview with Wendy and Lisa. I have to admit, I love to listen to Prince!

Seeing my southern children put there little toes in ice cold lake water for the first time. All the signs at the lakes would post the water temp. I think the highest was 72 one day!
See all the waterfalls and gorges that I grew up visiting as well. A few I would go to every summer to swim or with the same summer camp program at the college my Dad worked at. They are still amazing to see! Finishing up in DC. My kids have never walked so much and I think Quaid's little brain was so packed with all the knowledge he could cram into that little head it just vibrated while we went from monument, to art museum, to Natural Science Museum and ended up at the Air a Space Museum. Still so much to see and show them. I can not wait for another trip!

10 comments:

Scott Smith said...

Looks like a great trip! Can't wait to see more pics and hear about all the fun.

cookingwithgas said...

You have wise parents. Looks like the trip was good for you and the kids.
I have to find out where that Foam hinge is....

Alex Solla said...

Wish I had known you were gonna be in the area. You were literally a stones throw from our studio while you were at the Taughannock Falls. We're just up the road from there.
Oh well. NEXT visit, you have to stop by!

Jen Mecca said...

Hi Alex,
You know, in the back of my mind I thought someone else lived near there but I couldn't remember who! So, do you all sell your work anywhere in Ithaca or just out of your studio? Tell me about the American Craft gallery on the Commons. It use to be People's Pottery and I was wondering if it was kind of the same. I didn't go in because we had the kids....
Jennifer

traceybroome@mindspring.com said...

what a great trip! Beautiful shots, the water is soooo blue there. Glad you are back safely, missed your blogging! also, glad you liked the tile!

Jerry said...

Foamhenge is just outside of Natural Bridge, VA. I was just there for the first time a few weeks ago.

http://birthdayshoes.com/index.php/jerry-s-ksos-at-foamhenge

It's a hoot of a place, isn't it? What a fantastic trip you had. Lots of fun stuff!

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

why SAY, I know that purple house....

Linda Starr said...

What a great trip, the photos are great and love the foam stonehenge.

peacefulacres said...

It sounds like a wonderful memory filled vacation! We live in the suburbs of DC and our favorite place to go on vacation is the mountains of your lovely state!!!

jimgottuso said...

your post makes me nostalgic as i grew up outside of utica and never seem to be able to go visit during the summer which is the best time to visit. would love to go to the lakes up there. too bad gary wasn't home, it would've been fun to see him.