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Old 07-17-2016, 09:05 AM   #155
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Thanks for the tip. We were planning to go down to Watkins Glen and Horseheads today. We will check out the Park.

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Old 07-17-2016, 09:32 PM   #156
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Lucy is still camped near Ovid, New York. We toured south along Seneca Lake to Watkins Glen, New York. We started by driving over to the town of Ovid where we saw what are called "The Three Bears". These building are believed to be the only three adjacent public buildings in the country in the Greek Revival style. These buildings served as the Seneca County Courthouse, and administrative office building when Ovid was the county seat. The largest and smallest buildings were both built in 1845. The middle size building was built in between them in 1860. These buildings have been referred to as the Three Bears by the local people for over one hundred years. The Seneca County Seat is now located in Waterloo.

We continued along the Lake down to Watkins Glen. We looked around town for a while and then went further south to see Horseheads, New York. We came back up through Watkins Glen and continued up the west shore of Saranac Lake. We saw some great scenery and significant buildings.

We returned to Lucy for supper and started breaking camp as we plan to head out tomorrow.

Tonight's pictures include:

- The Three Bears.
- Victorian home in Ovid, New York.
- View of Seneca Lake.
- Hector Falls.
- Downtown Watkins Glen, New York.
- Vintage Canned Ham - Note sign in back window.
- Watkins Glen street sign. Block numbers a on a small race car.
- Entrance to Watkins Glen International Speedway.
- Chequaga Falls in Montour Falls, New York.
- The 1873 Cook Mansion in Montour Falls.


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Old 07-18-2016, 11:00 AM   #157
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Thank you for the info. We came through Skaneateles on the way across US 20 on Friday afternoon. It was mobbed with tourists everywhere. We didn't stop as there was nowhere to even pull over with Lucy in tow.

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Yes, the busy time of year in Skaneateles (we have a house there). For future reference, nearby Austin Park has a huge lot you can always park in and walk to downtown (<10 minutes) and just past the village of Skaneateles on Route 20 is a bowling alley/office complex which also has a huge parking lot where you can park in the back . Enjoy the rest of your trip. I love following your travels!
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Lucy broke camp this morning in the pouring rain, and we headed west across US 20 into the western part of New York State. The countryside along this route is dotted with small towns most of which date back to the latter part of the Eighteenth Century. The land between the towns is mostly filled with corn and wheat fields. As we headed west, the rain let up and the sun appeared. We traveled west on US 20 almost to Buffalo, and turned north on NY State Road 78 to Lockport . We got Lucy settled into a nice campsite in the Niagara County Camping Resort.

It was still pretty early, so we headed over to Niagara Falls where SuEllyn got a haircut. On the way back to Lucy we stopped at a Popeye's and got some really good chicken to bring home to Lucy. We dined in Lucy and got settled in for the night.

Tonight's pictures include:

- Heading out in the rain.
- Model T Ford on the back road.
- The Model T pulling away from us.
- Wheat field along the road.
- This field had just been cut.
- Really neat reproduction Shasta TT.
- Downtown Lima, New York.
- Wheat fields in the distance.
- Vertical hops farm.
- Sign at hops farm

Brian
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Brian and SuEllyn,

Thank you for all of your trip reports and photos. I try to follow you on a map some evenings. I had no idea that the East Coast was so green and lush. I thought that it was a mass of concrete.

It will be a long time before we ever travel the Eastern US. However, in the mean time, I'm right there following you! Just wonder what it tastes like!

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I grew up on a 500 acre hop farm. I didn't know any are raised in the East.
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We've traveled coast to coast via mc and rv. Whenever we are remembering our trips, we always bring up Maine, NH, Vermont and upstate NY as our favorites. Beautiful country, thanks for bringing back memories! Good travels and thanks again.
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Brian and SuEllyn,

Thank you for all of your trip reports and photos. I try to follow you on a map some evenings. I had no idea that the East Coast was so green and lush. I thought that it was a mass of concrete.

It will be a long time before we ever travel the Eastern US. However, in the mean time, I'm right there following you! Just wonder what it tastes like!

Susan

I grew up on a 500 acre hop farm. I didn't know any are raised in the East.
Hi Susan,

We are curious about the vertically grown hops that we saw yesterday. Is this the way that hops have always been grown, or is this something new?

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Lucy is camped in Lockport, New York, which is just east of Niagara Falls. We went into downtown Lockport to check out the Erie Canal. The construction of the Erie Canal started in 1817. The 363 mile long Erie Canal was completed in 1825, and runs from Albany on the Hudson River to Buffalo on Lake Erie. It has 35 locks along the route to raise and lower boats to the different water levels. We stayed long enough to see a boat come through the locks at Lockport.

We rode from Lockport north to the shore of Lake Ontario at Olcott Beach. We drove east along the shore of the lake over to Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse.

We then headed back to Lucy's campground for supper and some relax time.

- Fred and the Girls relaxing at the campground this morning.
- Erie Canal at Lockport, New York.
- Lock gates opening for canal traffic.
- Lake Ontario at Olcott Beach, New York.
- Lakefront cottage.
- Teardrop checking in at Golden Hill State Park.
- The 1875 Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse.
- Little horses in a pasture along the highway.
- An Amish family meeting us on the highway along Lake Ontario.
- A baby cow in a small shelter at a roadside dairy farm.


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Isn't the Erie Canal something? We stopped in Lockport too on the way to Niagara Falls. Think about digging that entire canal (or any canal for that matter) by hand in the early 1800's . . . staggers the imagination. Another set of great photos, showing the diversity of NYS. Thanks!

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You are correct, Peter. The Eire Canal is one of the most impressive engineering achievements that we have seen anywhere. Considering that this canal was constructed almost 200 years ago, it was an amazing feat. What is even more amazing is that it has been in operation every day since. If you are ever in the Niagara Falls/Buffalo area, the Erie Canal locks are a must see.

Here are some additional pictures that we took yesterday. They show a small vessel coming through the locks.

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Hi Brian,
"Vertical Hops" ...sounds so funny to me. Commercially, they have always been grown on an 18 ft trellis. Harvest is the time to visit. The field harvesting machine is based on a combine, but has mechanical arms that adjust in/out, up/down and pushes up the wire the twine (onto which the vine wraps itself). The end of those arms are rotary blades to cut the vine dropping it onto a flatbed that the "combine" is pushing through the field.
The hop vines are transported to a picking machine. The vines are pinched, hung vertically and run through a series of wire "fingers that pluck off the flower cone and leaves. The leaves are removed by blowers, then the cones are carefully laid even and slowly dried to precise moisture content before bailing and shipping. It is quite the process. No more machetes and baskets.
I miss the smell of drying hops.
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There have been experimental fields of shorter height for new varieties, nut I haven't seen any of those work out. Europe has varietals that are grown on a slightly shorter trellis--10-15 ft.
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I have enjoyed traveling along with your journey. We are planning to head to Maine and possibly the Canadian Maritimes starting this weekend.

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Lucy is still at the campground in Lockport. We headed out today and took in Niagara Falls. Before going to the Falls, we made a lunch stop at the Club (Sam's Club). We got Fred some diesel, and picked up a few things at Wal-Mart.

We went on to the Falls and took in all of the tourist sights. We went up in the 282 foot Observation Tower. It was very crowded, but worth the effort for the view of the Falls.

We returned to the campground through Grand Island, Tonawanda, and North Tonawanda. We got back to Lucy for a nice supper before settling in for the night.


Tonight's pictures include:

- Edge of the American Falls.
- Skyline of Niagara Falls, Ontario.
- American and Horseshoe Falls.
- SuEllyn with Horseshoe Falls in the Background.
- American Falls from below.
- A Main of the Mist heading into the Falls.
- Observation tower from the ground.
- Twenty story Art Deco United Office Building, built in 1929.
- Vintage Airstream Bambi at a house Grand Island, New York.
- Oncoming traffic on the rural road near the campground.

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"Vertical Hops" ...sounds so funny to me. Commercially, they have always been grown on an 18 ft trellis. Harvest is the time to visit. The field harvesting machine is based on a combine, but has mechanical arms that adjust in/out, up/down and pushes up the wire the twine (onto which the vine wraps itself). The end of those arms are rotary blades to cut the vine dropping it onto a flatbed that the "combine" is pushing through the field.
The hop vines are transported to a picking machine. The vines are pinched, hung vertically and run through a series of wire "fingers that pluck off the flower cone and leaves. The leaves are removed by blowers, then the cones are carefully laid even and slowly dried to precise moisture content before bailing and shipping. It is quite the process. No more machetes and baskets.
I miss the smell of drying hops.
Susan

There have been experimental fields of shorter height for new varieties, nut I haven't seen any of those work out. Europe has varietals that are grown on a slightly shorter trellis--10-15 ft.

Thank you very much for this hops growing information and insight. Being a city mouse, I have always had a curiosity about how farm crops are grown.

Brian
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