At the recommendation of the missionaries at the previous church sites, we decided to go to the Peter Whitmer farm. It was a “maybe” stop on our list of places to go, if we had time. Well, we made time. As we drove through the little New York towns, we crossed over a waterway and I said “Pull over!!!” We were just passing a lock and I wanted to watch it in action – and yes, wanted my children to watch it in action too. I mean really, when were we EVER going to see something like this again?!?
erie canal

canoe in the erie canal

watching the lock

lock on the canal
After watching the lock do its thing, we continued off through the small town gorgeousness and farm-fields of glory.
corn field
The Peter Whitmer home.
peter whitmer farm
The missionary who gave us a tour this day not only showed us the log home, but the apple orchard behind the home as well. He kindly let us pick some apples, which were delicious (we hadn’t had lunch yet!!) and it was the kids’ favorite part of the day.
entering the apple orchard

climbing a apple tree

apple orchard
After leaving the farm, we drove down the length of Lake Canandaigua, one of the Finger Lakes. It is just so impressive!! But alas, I was in a car and not a helicopter…or sailboat…
lake canandaigua
Our next stop, I can only describe as a little slice of Heaven. I like to call it Rivendell, but it’s real name is Watkins Glen State Park. Seriously, have you ever seen anything so amazing gorgeous??? Unfortunately, about a bazillion other people thought so too, and the place was just packed!!! (What do you mean, I can’t have the whole park to myself?!?!?!) Tour busload after tour busload of people entered the gorge and we had to go right along with them. There was even a bridal party there!


ribbon of water

watkins glen

late sun through the trees

hide behind a tree
On our way back to the car we found the old cemetary. It’s always fun to look at names and dates and how old the headstones are, etc.
old italian cemetary

tree trunk
After another full day of driving, visiting sites, and hiking through the gorge, we had a fantastically huge and delicious dinner of Chinese food. Yum. Then the drive through New York countryside to our next hotel.
old barn new york

new york sunset

tree silhouettes