Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

I hope that everyone had a happy and safe holiday.  We are so lucky we live only 20 minutes from an amazing area.  Ithaca New York, home of Cornell University (go Big Red!).  Not only is there  a famous ivy league school in Ithaca, but it is home to some of the prettiest and nicest scenery.  Right on one of the Finger Lakes, Ithaca has beautiful gorges as well.  This area was carved out millions of years ago by the melting glaciers.

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So today we packed up and went to Robert Treaman State Park for a picnic.

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All the parks in our area are carry in carry out.  Meaning you take your trash with you.  So in an effort to bee more green and not lug back stinky garbage we use some cute vintage dishes I picked up a couple of years ago at a yard sale.

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We also have these little covers for our food, that were also found at a yard sale years ago.  We like to picnic but are not fond of bugs in our food!

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It was so peaceful out in the woods.  There were no other people around we only saw a few hikers passing by.

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I really love this park, I feel connected with nature and going there is like taking a step back in time.

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It is breathtaking!  We didn’t hike today, but there are wonderful hiking trails.  The views are awesome.

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Today I did go into The Old Mill for the first time.  I said to my husband we have come to the park so many times and never been inside.

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Inside there is a history lesson of how the park came to be.

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The park sits on the former rural village of Enfeild Falls.

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Now I know why I felt connected to the past.  These were discovered on an archaeological dig.  The buildings had been torn down in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  Only the mill and the millers cottage remain.

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Well then we got home and I got ready for the next picnic.

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My handy checklist that I keep in the basket, with my nice clean plates.

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I still need to put away the rest of the silverware.  It is all dry and then I can pack away the baskets.  Well I am off to do that now.  We have to get up early tomorrow for our first day of summer swim lessons!  Yea!

 

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1 comment:

  1. You are one organized person, re-packing your basket for your next picnic! What a pretty place to go, too. I love your sweet bug food protectors. I would love to find some wire or wicker ones, but have yet to run into any that were reasonably priced. Glad you popped over for a visit.
    :-) Sue

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