Ithaca and the Finger Lakes
July 17, 2006, 11:30 am
Filed under: Family

Spent the July 4th week with friends and family in the Finger Lakes region of New York. First long stretch of time spent in upstate New York since moving out of Endicott, NY at the end of 1994.

The very best time of year in upstate New York…a season when all the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes is on display. We spent four days near Skaneateles thanks to the hospitality of three generations of the family of our dear friends Deb and Ross Martin. Hadn’t spent July 4th on the lakes since 1985, during my years at Cornell, so it was a nostalgic event.

A visit to Watkins Glen with the kids was a great exploration of geology and nature.

Finished the week with a family reunion of sorts in Ithaca, NY. Attending the wedding of my nephew Daniel and his new bride Frances. The first time that my parents and all their children and grandchildren had gathered since before the birth of my youngest.

Dan and Frances both graduated from Cornell, as did Heidi and I, and within my family, including brother and sisters and their kids, we totalled 7 Cornell degrees and two professorships. But the focus was on the happy couple and their ceremony was beautiful and serene. A hot day, but a clear and sun filled one.

Best wishes for health and happiness to Dan and Frances….