A glimpse of the Finger Lake Region
The Finger Lakes region of New York, the home of the Iroquois and the vacation home of Mark Twain, consists of 11 finger-shaped lakes, Cayuga being the longest- 38.1 miles and Seneca being the deepest-618 feet. From west to east, the 11 Finger Lakes: Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles, Otisco. They are all unique, beautiful, and chock-full of vineyards and wineries.
We camped at Finger Lakes RV Park for only a couple of nights before having to leave since they were full for the weekend. Campgrounds and RV parks are usually slow between Labor Day and Columbus Day weekend, but not here. In the east, Columbus Day is a big deal. In the West, we hardly acknowledge it for many reasons. Still, it is a major holiday weekend for Easterners, especially in New York and New Jersey, and the fact that it coincides with the peak of the fall colors makes it even more popular.
As I mentioned, I had to leave our current campground; however, I wasn't ready to leave the area. I use several apps on my phone to locate campgrounds. One such app is called Harvest Host Boondockers Welcome. This app lists businesses that allow campers to park their rig on their property in exchange for their business. One such business was Grist Iron Brewing, a mile down the road. The caveat to this arrangement is that there are usually no electricity, water, or sewer hookups. But that was fine with me; with my solar setup (thanks to Tom), I can boondock for quite a while. So Portia and I camped at the brewery for three additional nights on Seneca Lake.
Our stay on Seneca Lake was outstanding. We visited Watkins Glen, Elmira, Ithaca Cornell University, Cayuga Lake, and several wineries and breweries. We met many nice people, from Gary and Sandy to a couple and their five children from Philadelphia.
For the most part, when I think of New York, I think of New York City. But central, Western, Upstate, and the southern tier areas of New York are well worth checking out. I'm sorry, I don't have a larger variety of photos. I'm not very good at photo taking while taking in the sites.