We stopped by a Chinese restaurant on our way to the lake….they have some pretty good food there, and it is consistantly the same. When we finished though, we were so stuffed, we had to move around some or we would have burst!
We drove down to Seneca Lake State Park. This is such a lovely park, right in the City of Geneva, along the north shore of Seneca Lake. The lake is huge and its northern shoreline is much longer than Canandaigua Lake. The park not only has swimming, picnicking, and the typical park “stuff”, but also has a marina. That is where we always seem to be drawn!
It is incredible seeing the large watercraft that people have parked in the slips. I am always awestruck by the amount of money people can and do spend on these luxuries! One houseboat looked like it was nearly the size of our house!
In driving back from the marina, there is a waterway that runs alongside the road. I kept a lookout as we made our way down the road, when I spotted a Great Blue Heron. I called out for Mark to stop and I was able to get some really neat photos of the Heron. When I walked onto a dock, I frightened it, causing it to take flight.
I was so thrilled how these photos came out. The area was a bit “confined”, causing the Heron to almost appear to be 3-D! The late afternoon lighting was absolutely terrific, too! I have to point out that while taking these photos, at times, it looked like it was snowing. The result is all the “junk” on the water. This is actually the litter that was everywhere from Cottonwood trees. Yuck! It makes such a mess! There were literally piles of this all over the ground!
We stopped by the north end of the lake and Michelle and Murphy went down to the water. Little Murphy hates the water, so he was anxious to get back to the car!
Michelle has collected glass along lakeshores for years. She came back with a handful!
As we were leaving the park, Mark noticed several birdhouses. I was so happy to see them, too. They are Eastern Bluebird houses. These little birds were near extinction back in the 70’s. I have not checked back on the statistics, but I know by the late 70’s they were making a strong comeback.
Mark wondered why I was upset when I saw a Tree Swallow sitting on top of the house! Argh! When we had these Bluebird boxes years ago, we were advised to clean out any swallow nests. The swallows are convinced the boxes were placed for their convenience! Ah well….
I have noticed numerous Bluebird sightings down along Route 64. These little birds are so hard to miss, as they are bright blue with red chests. I would love to capture a photo of one, but they are very elusive! It seems the only time I see them is as we are driving in the car! Bluebirds are also not generally found in woodlands, but more in open fields. They do often build nests in cavities of old apple trees.
We left and drove for a short distance to the grounds of Belhurst Castle. It was so pretty there, but it was getting late in the day and we were anxious to get on home. I was surprised to see this along the highway near Belhurst…
It is almost startling to see Amish buggies along highways! But I remember talking to my Amish friend Eunice’s husband one day. Noah said that he delivered tomatoes and baked goods to a little fabric shop located in Bath. In thinking about the road Noah would travel, I questioned, “Isn’t that kind of far?” He told me “Not really.” and explained it was “only” about nine miles. The road he would take is marked 55 MPH and I cannot imagine driving a buggy there! Nine miles would seem so far, but he said it only takes a little more than half an hour.
We got home shortly after seven-thirty and I couldn’t believe how chilly the air was here in the Bristolwood! I closed the bedroom window as the air seemed to get more brisk as the sun set! It was in the upper 40’s outside when I got up with Murphy shortly after six. Now, the rain is pounding down and I think I might need to make a wee fire in the woodstove…it is chilly inside, too! Guess I had better close all the windows!!!