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Liberty Balloon Co. has started offering hot air balloon flights at Fulkerson Winery.

Rides cost $285 per person for a minimum of two and a maximum of four people. A vehicle will pick people up after the balloon lands and return them to Fulkerson. The winery is at 5576 Route 14, Dundee, Yates County, on Seneca Lake.

To book a ride, call Liberty at (800) 777-2359 or by email at office@libertyballoon.com.

The company, based in Groveland, Livingston County, also books rides on other Finger Lakes and in the Letchworth State Park area. Prices start at $240 a person at some sites. For more information, go to libertyballoon.com.

source: D&C

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Explorers find wreck of 19th-century NY steamship, blown up in 1898, at bottom of Seneca Lake

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"Learning to Walk" by Richard Shade Gardner

What inspires someone to start hiking, or in Richard Gardner’s term, begin “learning to walk?” What compels one person to run marathons, another to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, and yet another to circumnavigate lakes?

This memoir provides a window into the motivation from Richard’s perspective, using flashbacks to formative events from his life. Richard began a habit of walking in two places in Rochester, NY – around a reservoir high on a glacial hilltop and on a beach along the shore of Lake Ontario. Walking allowed him to slow down and notice the small things. He shares these astute observations with his readers.

For example, one day while walking around the reservoir he tries, unsuccessfully, to correct the erroneous geography of some tourists by explaining that Toronto is west of Rochester, not to the north. He closes the chapter with the poetic words: “These visitors find the city panorama an interesting view. I find the viewers interesting. They provide a view into the cultures of the world, further than the horizon, true north.”

As he walked, Richard learned to cope with life’s challenges and find joy in the natural world. Walking can do that to a person – re-root them – and inspire them to greater adventures. For Richard, these small walks led to a passion to hike around lakes. It also opened up a passion for writing. “Learning to Walk” is the first of a trilogy of books. In the next two books (available late 2012) he’ll be sharing his insights from hiking around Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. I’m hooked.

“Learning to Walk: Book I of the Trilogy,” by Richard Shade Gardner, is now available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle versions. It is also available at Simply New York, in Rochester, and Artizanns, in Naples.

By Sue Freeman, thru-hiker of the Appalachian Trail, author & publisher of 14 outdoor recreation guidebooks to central & western New York State through Footprint Press, Inc.

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Going for a walk or hike are perfect ways to benefit from the warm weather. The Finger Lakes can be an incredible place to spend time with nature. The guidebook Take A Hike – Family Walks in New York’s Finger Lakes Region details these options and many more:

A perfect place to take a walk is along a beautiful lake in the Finger Lakes. Seneca Lake in Geneva and Canandaigua Lake in Canandaigua are only two of the lakes that offer walking paths along the shoreline for the public.

The Keuka Lake Outlet Trail runs along the canal that connects Seneca Lake in Dresden to Keuka Lake in Penn Yan. This trail welcomes bicyclers to its seven and a half mile journey that gradually drops 270 feet. If you are an athletic bicycle rider that wants a challenging incline start in Penn Yan. However, if you are an average rider you may want to start in Dresden and head toward Penn Yan, that way gravity is on your side.

Watkins Glen State Park is a perfect place for a hiking adventure. The main attractions at this state park are the trails through the Glen, specifically the Gorge Trail. The trails take you through tunnels, over bridges and under waterfalls. Not only is this a great place for hiking but also a great place to enjoy the scenery. The park is home to numerous stunning waterfalls and layers of rocks.  You’ll get hooked on waterfalls and will want to find more. The guidebook 200 Waterfalls In Central & Western New York – A Finders’ Guide is just the ticket.

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Ithaca Journal, link to original article

What drew our kids to the Seneca Lake shoreline each year about this time, once the temperatures moderated of course, were the shoreline discoveries. Their haul over the years consisted of goose and duck decoys, injured waterfowl, driftwood of various shapes and sizes, lumber, shell casings, shoes and boots, fishing lines and lures, paddles and oars.

The kids hit the jackpot on one occasion north of Hector: A large garbage bag packed with beer cans. All empty, of course, but each worth a nickel to the beachcombers.

A man in Willard did even better. He laid claim to a drifting car top boat, bought some advertising space and offered the boat to its rightful owner. No one ever claimed the craft and it hangs in a Willard garage to this day.

Had our beach combers set out on schedule the morning of the boat recovery, they would have had a nifty, little car-top boat. But the thought of hot cocoa and donuts lured them to a local diner. While they watched time slip by, a neighbor was reeling in the boat.

A mystery to the beachcombers, whether winter or summer, was always the presence of tennis balls along the shoreline. Someone lost a lot of tennis balls.

They actually went looking one day for lakeside tennis courts hoping to find a reason for all the balls and didn’t fare very well. To be truthful about it, they lost much of their search time feeding the ducks at the Watkins Glen Marina.

Beach combing patrol areas, for the most part, consisted of the shoreline from Valois north to the former Sullivan Trail Council’s Boy Scout Camp and from Valois south to Peach Orchard Point at Hector.

A prize catch on one occasion was a duck. A sickly duck. The kids had no idea what was wrong, but tried to nurse her back to good health. They failed and she was laid to rest in an elaborate ceremony in a back yard.

Some sympathetic Willard firemen came to the rescue of the beach combers one winter when they discovered a Canada goose seemingly injured and resting on a Seneca Lake ice flow. With ladders lying flat on the ice, a fireman was to crawl out to the ice floe and free the goose. You probably already know what happened. The goose flew away.

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held June 6 to mark the start of construction on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail, a trail that has been on the drawing board for at least 10 years. When completed, it will connect Geneva, Fayette, Waterloo, Seneca Falls and Tyre. Construction can now begin because of a grant to use the right of way of New York Electric & Gas.

The Cay-Sen Trail Association still needs contributions of the use of equipment and materials, and of course volunteers to physically build the trail. Join & lend your assistance.

The segments of this trail that can be used today are the 2.5-mile long Lakeshore Park in Geneva and the 0.9-mile Ludovico Sculpture Trail in Seneca Falls. Both are mapped & described in the guidebook “Take Your Bike – Family Rides in New York’s Finger Lakes Region.”

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by Mark Johnson

Excelsior Glen Upper FallsmallJust a few hundred yards from the city limit of bustling Watkins Glen lies a delightful waterfall hidden in a quiet gully. Excelsior Glen empties into the eastern side of Seneca Lake, just north of the city’s Clute Memorial Park. We visited on a beautiful Saturday in June when Watkins Glen (both the state park and the city) were crowded with visitors. Yet we had Excelsior Glen and its magnificent 100’ cascade to ourselves.

Find ample parking on Route 414 opposite Cass Rd. Enter the glen at the Finger Lakes Trail sign, one-quarter mile to the north along 414. The trailhead is well marked, but we soon lost the trail. Simply follow the streambed or either ridge. From the just below the base of the first fall, a 30’ cascade, the left bank is steep but passable. The main waterfall is reached after hiking upstream for a quarter of a mile. As in many gullies, surfaces tend to be slippery or loose; our party included one novice hiker who emerged somewhat muddy and bruised, so watch your step.We found the area to be very clean — only one discarded aluminum can to carry out. We did not encounter any fences, posted signs or other human activity. Just an awesome waterfall!

The waterfalls of Excelsior Glen are some of the 200+ waterfalls mapped and described in the guidebook “200 Waterfaslls in Central & Western New York – A Finders’ Guide.”

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