After visiting with my grandmother, I drove through most of upstate New York on Rte 20.
New York has a Route 20 Association, with a website. Here are some of the things I saw and did along the way:
I saw windmills in Bouckville, NY–hooray for renewable energy sources! Renewable energy and windmills are now part of a unit in a course I teach, Principles of Engineering.
I stopped for a bit in Cazenovia, NY, with a historic downtown that still has its original storefronts, mostly from the 1800s.
In Seneca Falls, NY, I turned south for a scenic side trip along the longest of New York’s Finger Lakes, Cayuga Lake. Cayuga Lake stretches about 40 miles long, down to Ithaca, NY. I drove south on NY Rte 89, on the west side of the lake, through Ithaca, and back north on NY Rte 90 on the lake’s east side. It was a beautiful drive.
On the southwest side of Cayuga Lake, I stopped to see Taughannock Falls. Taughannock Falls, at 215 feet tall, is taller than Niagara Falls! I had a picnic at the falls’ scenic overlook.
Then I took a hike in Taughannock Falls State Park.
While I was reading a sign about a steep slope where rocks often came crashing down, I heard a loud rumble as a huge tree came tumbling down that slope. I ran to get out of the way, but the tree didn’t make it all the way down to the trail. In the picture below, it’s the big tree laying on the ground with roots sticking up.
I reached the falls; here they are from below:
They have a fountain there with the entire Declaration of Sentiments transcribed upon it. You should click this link and read the declaration; it is a powerful document.
Continuing along Rte 20, a bridge was closed in Caledonia, NY, so I unfortunately had to follow the detour signs around the closure.
I stopped for the night at the outskirts of Buffalo.
More photos I took Wednesday can be found here.