Monday, September 1, 2014

Corning and Shay's house

A trip to Ithaca, NY is not complete for us without a visit to Corning, where Adam's brother lives.
Corning is a cute town with picturesque churches and many Victorian style homes.
We saw my niece in a children's theater play then walked around the downtown area.
I loved this yellow and black storefront for rent:
close up of the oak leaf stencil in front window:
Adam's brother travels extensively to Asia for work, and has lived abroad 3 different times, so his house is full of lovely, exotic treasures.
And many beautiful textiles like this indigo batik.
 I learned a lot about silk rugs from India:
Antique moon cake moulds:
We got to spend a casual day with their family, playing with toys and doing yard clean up projects.
Arlin and Darwin:
A walk through their beautiful oak woodland yielded many mushroom photos:
 Monotropa uniflora, a parasitic plant!
 Oak gall:
 A Russula pushing up leaves:
 Amanita pantherina (?)


 Black Chanterelles
 Then we closed out the night with s'mores around the fire pit.
Thank you, Shay and Tirzah for a great visit.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Swim class at Cottage Lake Pool

Elliott took a 2 week swim class at Cottage Lake Pool, "pike" level. 




It was the first time we had been to that pool and it closed for the season on August 29th, so we went as a family to the last 2 hours of their open swim. We'll be back next year :)
 
 Arlin, noodle-rider:

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Elliott made a lot of progress in the 2 hours. We even saw his swim teacher on her rotation as one of the lifeguards so Elliott showed her his new skills of swimming with a noodle.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Taughannock Falls

Taughannock Falls, in Ulysees, NY, but very close to Ithaca. The river carved a large, wide gorge as it flowed toward Cayuga Lake.
 The riverbed was wide and had many shallow pools to wade and swim.
 Here are the cousins sitting on a great example of the unique way the stone splits and shatters. As the shale (?) erodes, it splits in right angles. I noticed this the most in Treman gorge (no pics this year) where it creates hundreds of rectangular pools...like a naturally occurring Roman bathhouse.





 My first time at Taughannock Falls.
 Elliott was in undies only on the way out of the gorge. Then we crossed the road to play at Cayuga Lake. We rented paddleboards and swam around.

 Arlin loves his Grandma and Grandpa!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ithaca 2014

It had been 2 years since we went to Ithaca, NY as a family, sadly (last trip July 2012). We had a great trip in mid July and loved our time with Adam's parents, siblings, and hometown.

There are a lot of photos, so I'm grouping them into different posts:
Whitmer Farm and Hill Cumorah Pageant
Ithaca Farmer's Market and GrassRoots
Watkin's Glen

Here are the cousins outside Maxie's Supper Club, first stop home from the airport.
And here is the grand meeting of cousins Arlin and Darwin Barlow - born just 4 weeks apart! They will be essentially the exact same age their whole life :)
 Two Barlow families:
 Jump time at Grandma's
 Playing at Stan Barlow Nationwide Agency!
 Elliott ate all the office mints
 Last hugs with Grandma Ka

 Flying home on the airplane: