Ables 2018 (mainly) MID-WEST trip travel blog

Watkins Glen State Park in Watkins Glen, New York

Cherie on Sentry Bridge in Watkins Glen State Park

2 of the 19 water falls in Watkins Glen State Park

Layers of shale form Watkins Glen gorge

Cherie under the water fall

Tunnel to the next level

Watkins Glen State Park, New York

Glass art in entryway of the Corning Museum of Glass

Working a glass bubble made by blowing into the blow pipe

final product

Water filled glass sphere lens

tower made from glass bowls

periodic table made from water filled glass spheres. Since glass is made...

Candelabrum by F & C. Osler in Birmingham, England about 1883

26-Jun-18 Watkins Glen, NY

We left this morning at our usual time, 10 am. With plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures. We retraced our route on I-88 to Binghamton then on to I-86. We arrived at Watkins Glen around 2:30 pm. After setting up camp we drove to Ithaca some 24 miles. The purpose was to drive around Cornell University. As with Watkins Glen, we discovered is that Ithaca is also very hilly. The streets are very narrow and wind around the hills making driving around when you don’t know where you are going difficult. Anyway, we took some pictures and drove back to the MH. On the way out, we saw a sign for pies so we stopped on the way back. We got there just as they were closing. The shop is a converted garage behind the house. We bought their last berry pie and a basket of strawberries. The pie was after dinner desert.

27-Jun-18 Watkins Glen, NY

We woke up to disappointing rain and cool temperatures. We had planned to walk in the Watkins Glen State Park. But at 10 am, the rain stopped so we decided to chance it but took rain gear just in case. The rain gear was not needed until we returned to the truck. The park is free but the parking costs. We walked on the gorge trail which is paved and lots of stairs. The rocks are made of layers of shale and the narrow gorge a result of water erosion after the glazier period. The gorge twists and turns it way for one and a half miles with water falls around every corner. We didn’t walk the entire way as the stairs proved too much for Cherie.

After lunch, we drove 21 miles to Corning to visit the Corning Museum of Glass. They have demonstrations in glass blowing, and the history of making glass objects. They also have displays of glass objects from various periods in time. You may know that Corning makes corelle ware but they also make fiber optic cable and Gorilla glass that is used in smart phones among other glass products. Tomorrow we continue west to Conneaut, OH for an overnight stay then to Elkhart, IN.

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