1190 – Summer Upstate New York
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Episode 1190 – Summer Upstate New York
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SCOOTER: Friends beyond the binary, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, fans of lists, listers…numbers…random lists, listicles, Listicle…if your name is Listicles…or you say, huh, it’s a listicle, but yeah. Again, I think I had a character named Listicles once. If you had to go to some sort of toga…you say…if you have to wear a toga…I don't know when you would, but you say…if you have to go to a themed party where people have names like Listicles, you could use that name freely and say, yes, hello; I’m Listicles. Nice to meet you. Elisticles? No, just Listicles. No, it’s not a…there’s no E, but Elisticles…I guess I usually say ‘uh’ before everything, though. Listicles…Listicles is the name. That’s all I have to talk about at this party that I’m comfortable with, so I’ll be go…I’ll be rambling on and on because really, this is a sleep podcast. Welcome to Sleep With Me.
If you’re confused you may be in the right place, 'cause this is a podcast that’s here to keep you company and take your mind off of stuff so you could fall asleep, because you deserve a good night’s sleep. You deserve a bedtime you don’t have to dread, a bedtime you could feel neutral about or at least, ideally, look forward to, so you could get the rest you need, so your life is more manageable. Myself and a lot of people listening right now know what it’s like. That’s why I’m here to keep you company and take your mind off of stuff and, yeah, 'cause it can be lonely in the deep, dark night. So, this show is very different, though. So, if you’re new or the first time here, I’m just letting you know ahead of time because it’s natural to say, what is this?
This is what most regular listeners say; hey, it took me two or three tries to get used to the show because it is a podcast you don’t really listen to. Also, it doesn’t really put you to sleep. It’s here to keep you company while you fall asleep. But I’m glad you’re here. Structurally what we got is the support — that’s how you get to listen for free — then there will be a long, meandering intro which is separate from the support. If you’re new, don’t miss out on the intro. It’s meant to ease you into bedtime. It might put you to sleep but for a lot of people, it’s part of their wind-down, and you get to know the podcast a little bit better. Then tonight we’ll be talking about Upstate New York summer destinations, a bunch of lists I found from a couple years ago, and not a lot of places I’ve been.
Then I said, well, is it drive…? So, a lot of meandering because I have to…and contemplate…not a lot of contemplation, but I wondered and then…yeah. Surprisingly little of New York State is known to me, and there’s parts of New York I’ve just never been to. Adirondacks; I haven’t been there that I know of. Maybe I went there as a little baby or something, but would like to go there, but may have driven…yeah. So, Adirondack chair, though? I’ve sat in Adirondack chairs. My uncle used to make them. So, I’m glad you’re here, and yeah, welcome to Sleep With Me, the podcast that’s here to take your mind off of stuff and put you to sleep. Thanks for making it possible, my patron peeps.
INTRO: [INTRO MUSIC] Hey, are you up all night tossing, turning, mind racing? Trouble getting to sleep? Trouble staying asleep? Well, welcome. This is Sleep With Me, the podcast that puts you to sleep. We do it with a bedtime story. Alls you need to do is get in bed, turn out the lights, and press Play. I’m gonna do the rest. What I’m going to attempt to do is create a safe place where you could set aside whatever’s keeping you awake. It could be thoughts, like things on your mind from the past, the present, the future, the conundrum of Adirondack chairs. You say, I didn’t know there was a conundrum of Adirondack chairs. I’d say, well, there might be. Maybe I’ll…if I remember, I’ll talk about it. A quorum of Adirondack chairs is about to let me know they’re not…they’re about to censor me, I think, not with…or give me some demerits.
They say, you’re no longer able to sit in Adirondack chairs, Scoots. I’d say, well, thanks. Oh, darn. Rarely do I use sarcasm in a sleep podcast, but I do when I’m talking to sentient Adirondack chairs. So, thoughts, could be thoughts about chairs, could be thoughts about my thoughts, thoughts about the past, the present, the future. A future full of sentient Adirondack chairs; I probably have some thoughts about that. I’d say, my first thought would be is…what’s…and this isn’t meant…this is not meant to be sarcastic. It’s actually a point of inquiry, so just in case future sentient Adirondack chairs are listening…and understandably, you’re already holding me in judgment. I mean, I get that part, but don’t hold this part in judgment.
This is…I’m actually curious, and I think this will be helpful with your relations with people on Earth. What’s your purpose? Are you still a Adirondack…? Adirondack chair, right? Sorry. Are you still an Adirondack chair for humans to sit in? ‘Cause that’s still…even though you’ve gained sentience, does gaining sentience change your purpose? Two, am I the only one that finds you not…that I sit in you; oh boy, do I, because holy cow, are you associated with such…you’re not even nostalgic. I don’t mean that in a negative way. You’re currently associated with leisurely…luxury, leisure, sea-side, country-side, dock-side…Adirondack chairs; not just for the mountains. When you want a taste of something that…even looking at it evokes things — but not, at least, to me — feelings of comfort, though I will pay this off with respect.
I mean, sorry, I’m trying to introduce a sleep podcast, though, so I can’t really go on endless tangents about Adirondack chairs. I’m just saying, Adirondack chairs…well, one, if you’re sentient, let me know what your purpose is. Then I can decide how we’ll relate with one another. If you’re…but maybe stick to…even if you’re…you find me irritable, Adirondack chairs…you know, if your purpose is just to be sat in, I could really help you, actually. I say, one, don’t…please don’t judge me even though I’m judging you. But also, we could work together. This could be the thing; I don’t need to sit in you. I could help you with your purpose, 'cause I could teach you…I think a humming Adirondack chair would be good, or Adirondack chairs that exude soothing. So, this could help with your primary purpose.
If your primary purpose is to be sat in…or, you’re not really sat on; you’re sat for…if you’re primary purpose is seating, I could really give you some underlying ways to improve. I’m not even…I wouldn’t change you either. I’m not looking to change you. I guess if we were…if you’re…if it’s all humans, you know, because you don’t have to…I’ve learned…I make this podcast; believe me, it’s not for any…it’s barely for…it’s only for the people it’s…works for. So, I realize…I mean, the thing is I want to be one of those people, the glossy people that…you never see them sitting in Adirondack chairs, really, either, but there are…you’re everywhere, you know? Like I said, every fancy place and even most places, you got your Adirondack chairs, maybe some rocking chairs, maybe some loungers. You’re on my deck.
There’s…one, now it is…I don't know if…people would say that’s not an Adirondack chair; that’s a thin, plastic molded thing in the shape of an Adirondack chair. I’d say, well, okay…well, that’s what was on clearance in…when I first moved here in October at the Target. It was baby blue and I said, oh boy, there’s my baby blue. I think I bought three of them. One washed away in a storm, but…so, oh, what was…? So, thoughts, it could be feelings, anything coming up for you emotionally related to those thoughts or emotions to my thoughts or that are left over or that are just there, could be feelings, physical sensations, changes in time, temperature, routine, season, you could be going somewhere, you could have guests, you could have something coming up, maybe there’s been a shift in your schedule or you just work a work shift where you need a little extra support.
That’s what I’m here…to help, because like I said earlier, you deserve a good night’s sleep. You deserve the rest you need so your life is more manageable. If I could help you get that rest, it’s an honor because it means your life is gonna be better and that means our world’s gonna be a better place. But I also know what it feels like in…tossing, turning, mind racing, trouble getting to sleep, trouble staying asleep. So, I get that part, too. So, that’s why I’m here and that’s why I make the show, and the show does not work for everybody. A lot of people get here skeptical or doubtful, so if you’re like that, I understand…or even irritable. If you’re like, you know what? I’m the number-one Adirondack chair Stan 4042 on Adirondack chair lovers forums, and you’re not gonna listen to the podcast again. I get that.
So, Adirondack chair fan, Adirondack chair Stan…what about Stan, the Adirondack chair? I already have a character on my show named Stan, so I can’t do that, but…oh, so if I’m not your cup of tea, well, give the show a few tries and see how it goes, 'cause you got nothing to lose. But I also have a website set up so you don’t have to let me know that you…on behalf of chairs everywhere, you’re…find me a heel or whatever…I have a website set up; sleepwithmepodcast.com/nothankyou. It’s got tons of other sleep podcasts and sleepy stuff on there. Just check that out and see what works for you. Try a couple other things out. You still deserve a good night’s sleep. You still deserve a place you can rest. So, there’s that, and then…what else we got coming up here is…oh, the way the show works is I send my voice across the deep, dark night.
I use lulling, soothing, creaky, dulcet tones, which means my voice is kinda friendly and slow and monotone-ish, but not traditionally associated with soothing. More of a friend. And pointless meanders and superfluous tangents, that means I go off topic, which we’ve already done, and I get mixed up. This is a podcast you don’t really listen to. You could listen to it, but you could kinda barely listen, you could listen not at all. I am here constructing the show in present…as present as I am…more present than anything else in my life, really. I’m here 'cause I know what it’s like, because my job is to keep you company but in a way where you don’t have to listen to me. You could listen 'cause you know I’m here talking on your behalf. I know the…if…I know if Adirondack chairs were sentient and could roll their eyes…I sensed that.
But yeah, I’m here to keep you company, so there’s no pressure to listen. It’s almost like an out-of-focus photograph or something. You say, well, it looks nice. There’s also no pressure to fall asleep. There’s a reason the shows are over an hour; plenty of time. You say, oh, okay…or there’s a reason we keep over 600 shows in the ad-supported feed; plenty of shows to choose from. I’m gonna be here to the very end keeping you company because there are people who are listening who can’t sleep at all or who just woke up or who need a break during the day, so I’m here to keep you company whether you’re awake or asleep. But again, there’s no pressure to fall asleep. I’m here for you.
In fact, I’m here to serve a role or fill a role as bore-friend, bore-bae, bore-sib, bore-bud, bore-bestie, neigh-bore, bore-bor, Borebie, and no one’s…I never said this one; it just popped in my head, the bore-dawg. That’s like bore-bro. My bore-dawg. I guess it could be bore-cat, too. That sounds more like some sort of…it was on the Thunder Cats or some…bore-cat, man. Bore-dawg is more friendly. Bore-cat, at least in my mind, gives…makes…should be in some sort of…I should have some powers or something. But there are cats out there that are naturally boring in a good way. Here’s the thing; now, I don’t mean to make a quibble here…how many times have you seen a cat on an Adirondack chair? I mean, I think my argument speaks for itself. I can’t recall, Your Honor, ever seeing a cat on an Adirondack chair.
I’m not trying to make a case against Adirondack chairs, though. I guess I am, but…I’m sorry. I apologize for that. But again, now I can’t help but think if they were so great, wouldn’t cat…wouldn’t that be the first place you’d…? You say, where’s the cat? Well, 98% chance it’s in the Adirondack chair, hun, the most comfortable place in our entire estate. Oh, okay. Well, go check the Adirondack chairs, then, and see if bore-cat’s out there. But I do…so, I do have…I’m the only…I’m not…I’m just confused, and in some way, confused by…like I am when other things that impress me…so, my uncle…when I was a kid, he started making Adirondack chairs. I didn’t know what an Adirondack chair was…my Uncle John.
He started making them as a side-business, and you would…could buy a kit from him and then put your chair together, and it would have all the pieces and stuff…because they were made from wood, and…'cause Adirondack chairs were expensive, and they still are because I’ve seen them, and the Costco even says, this is a great deal on an Adirondack chair. To me, I just say, well, but…well, one, I got one that does just fine that’s a lighter-weight version, and I don't get it. But that’s just me. Again, just like with people with this podcast, they don’t get it, they don’t like it; they move on. But I guess I haven’t moved on because one, that’s just how I do the intros. But two, I do have one that I do sit in. It’s just a lighter-weight, lower-priced version, and it works for me. So, that’s my Adirondack chair. So, I kind of apologize. I just am baffled.
I’m just baffled; you’ve really endured, and I can try my best to be respectful. You’re kind of in that Venn-diagram…Adirondack chairs, my internal nana, goat cheese; that would fall further afield, though, because it’s like, goat cheese just…but you’re in that realm of stuff. I respect you and I realize you’re very popular, but I don’t have…I don’t necessarily…can I just move on? You’re right. So, okay, what else? A podcast you don’t really listen to, it does take some getting used to; we covered that…no thank you…structure of the show; that’s the last thing. The show’s structured in a very specific way. I guess it’s good we’re talking about Adirondack chairs, 'cause this is a summer-themed episode.
But the show starts off with a greeting; friends beyond the binary, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, so you feel seen and welcome and you say, I could check that show out. Sounds like it’s a little bit silly with whatever he said after that. So, that’s what the intro’s…or the…we call it the teaser…is for, or greeting. Then there’s support so paying for the podcast is optional. There’s some people who really get a lot out of listening to the ad-supported free show. Then there’s a long, meandering intro meant to ease you into bedtime, and the intro is a show within a show, separate from the support, and the only reason I point that out is because some people, when they don’t like the support, they lump the intro in with it, and I don't want you to miss out on the intro.
It is by far the most popular part of the podcast because it follows the same structure every time. It introduces the show, but for a lot of people, it’s part of their wind-down routine, their bedtime routine, or their falling-asleep process. It’s the time…the buffer. You say, oh, there’s my Borebie. He’s here now. He’s talking about…once again he’s going on a tangent. It reminds me of that Craig Mazin umbridge, almost, but he’s not really…he doesn’t have umbridge for Adirondack chairs. He has something lighter than that. But, you know, it reminds us of that. He’s channeling his inner Mazin about Adirondack chairs.
Adirondack Chair Notes; if there was…I’m sure…here’s the great thing about podcasts; I guarantee there’s more than five Adirondack chair podcasts…or have covered the history of Adirondack chairs, maybe even the economics of it and why I don’t know what I’m talking about, 'cause I’m not talking about facts; I’m just talking about my personal thoughts about those chairs. Maybe there’s even some fiction out there about sentient…I hope not because, again, I’ll be…talk about beings…for me, it’d be…what would you not want…? Well, my…obviously my internal nana, if she gained sentience…she’s already sentient within me. Goat cheese…probably I could just ball it up and…I wouldn’t be too worried about sentient goat cheese. No offense.
If you do become sentient goat cheese, please…let’s just agree…we’ll just kinda figure…I’ll just move somewhere else. You say, okay, where are you gonna…? What’s your territory? I just won't go near…same with…I don't know. I’m sorry, Adirondack chairs. Okay, so…oh, the intro, though, is meant to ease you into bedtime, so people listen as they’re getting ready for bed, as they’re doing some chill activities, or they’re in bed getting comfortable. Then there’s support for the show again, then we’ll talk about some summer lists of popular stuff in New York State…Upstate New York, though. It was put out by some promotion thing and I picked it up and I said, one day this will be a episode, and today’s that day. Then there’s thank-yous at the end. So, that’s the structure of the show. That’s why I make the show.
I’m really glad you’re here. Also, probably…my fault, 'cause I’ve never been to the Adirondacks, so…or I haven’t been…spent a lot of time in the Adirondacks, and I know people love the Adirondacks. That’s the truth. My friend Charlie, my uncle John…believe it or not, I think he made Adirondack chairs before he got married to someone who spent a lot of time in the Adirondacks. Is that a touch of…? Beautiful irony there. Maybe it was…maybe…I don't know which came first. I’ll have to ask him when I see him. Aunt John and Uncle Karen, in Adirondacks in Adirondack chairs. So, that’s…yeah. Oh, so, what did I say? That’s the structure of the show, right? Yeah. I’m glad you’re here. I work really hard. I yearn and I strive. I really hope I can help you fall asleep. Thanks again for coming by, and here’s a couple ways we’re able to do it for you for free twice a week.
Alright everybody, this is Scoots here. I’m looking at…this is fun. It’s the 2021 Summer Travel Guide. It was put out by nyup.com. It’s a newspaper or…that I’ve had since 2021, I guess, and to be honest, it’s 2023 when I’m recording this. So, I just thought I’d look at this in places I’m traveling to, and I’d say…come up with ideas of places I’ve been or places I would like to go, and, yeah, just see what we see, 'cause it’s been in my personal reading space for two years. So, the front cover has a pic…a drawing of New York State and then different icons of horses, hot air balloons, Adirondack chairs, wine, pizza, kayaking, fishing, hot dogs, fish, canoeing, castles, wine glass, biking, and on the back cover is a ad for Steuben, which is in the Finger Lakes in Corning.
It says Steuben is…and it has different things of why to visit Steuben. By the way, if you listen to this and you work in one of these commerce-type things, please reach out to me and maybe we could connect and do something. The inside front cover advertisement is for Tug Hill in Lewis County. I’m familiar with the Tug Hill Plateau, so I’m assuming Plug…Tug Hill is in…on the Tug Hill Plateau. It’s in the Adirondacks, and…outdoor adventuring. It doesn’t look like this is broken up by region, so this will be interesting. Here’s the top fifty places to visit. I’m not gonna be able to do all of them. I’m gonna kinda skip around. Cape Vincent in Jefferson County; maybe I could go there. That’s the Tibbett Point Lighthouse. That’s where the St. Lawrence River joins Lake Ontario. 1854…gorgeous sunsets. Let’s see what we got.
Cooperstown…Anchor Bar in Buffalo; I have never been there. Pratt Rock, Corning Tower, tallest building in New York outside of New York City in Albany. Whiteface Mountain…Rod Serling Carousel; look at this one. It’s in Broome County. 1925…playwright Rod Serling, native of Binghamton, from the Twilight Zone, wrote a episode about this park. Moosewood Restaurant; that’s famous in Ithaca. National Classic Car Museum, Opus 40…what is that? A sculpture park outdoors, constructed in a quarry. Wow. Roundout…Rondout Area; that’s in Ulster County. A Jell-O museum; that’s in Genesee County. It’s a Jell-O…rare Jell-O ephemera. It’s in the Jell-O museum. Strong Museum of Play…oh, I’d like to go here. This is in Rochester. We did go to the…what is that place called in Rochester? I forgot the name of it.
It’s dedicated to the concept of play. National Toy Hall of Fame…so, that sounds interesting. Strong…sounds like a strong thing. So, so far the closest one on this page was the Tibbetts Point Lighthouse. That’s probably an hour drive, I think. Lucille Ball, where she’s resting. That’s in Jamestown, Chata…Chatuga…that’s in Jamestown. Andy’s Hotel; that’s in Delaware County. Ithaca Commons; that’s also in Ithaca. 1890 Museum; that’s in Cortland. So, that’s within…Cortland County’s…that’s not far. It’s public tours of millionaire Chester…former home of Chester Wickshire. Oneonta Brooks House BBQ, USS Slater…that’s in Albany. Canandaigua City Pier; that’s in…near Rochester, too. John Boyd Thacher State Park; that’s in Albany County. Oldest miniature golf course in the USA; that’s in Monroe County.
Parkside Whispering Pines…Olanta…that’s in Hudson County. Erie Canal Museum; we did a episode from there. Syracuse New York…Seneca Falls; that’s in Seneca. National Baseball Hall of Fame; that’s in Cooperstown. Medina Troy…Toy Train Museum. Largest toy train exhibit in the east. What about the one in the west? An Animal Adventure Park in Broome County, Corning Museum of Glass, Lady of Victory Shrine and Basilica; that’s in Lackawanna. West Point, Hanford Hill…Hanford Mills Museum…Howe Caverns; been there in the last…I think 2018 I went to Howe’s Cavern, or 2020? Oh, definitely not in 20…2018 or 2019, maybe I went there? FDR Resting…Stamford Tower, Stam…that’s in Delaware County. Hyde Hall in Cooperstown…not getting a lot of love for where I…but that’s fine.
Mark Twain County, Mark Twain Country…that’s…Mark Twain’s in Elmira. Small writing gazebo…Parkville Train; that’s in Delaware County. Delaware and Ulster Railroad…Vidler’s 5 & 10; that’s in Erie County. The most famous five-and-dime store in America. Almost a whole block. Sounds like a wall drug to me. Let’s see, there’s another falls…Point Lookout, Saratoga…this I’ve visited; Safe Haven Museum in Oswego. That was a safe haven for people. We visited that a couple times, and that’s in Oswego, in Oswego County. Bethel Woods…that’s where Woodstock was. Old Rhinebeck Aerodome; that’s in Duchess County. That was where air shows…oh no…yeah, it offers old-time air shows. Susan Bea Anthony’s resting some place in Monroe County.
Okay, popular lakes…Lake Champlain; I think I took a ferry across it once. It’s 107 miles long. I haven’t really been to it very much, but that’s between New York and Vermont. Plattsburgh City Beach is one of the largest freshwater beaches in America. Yes, it really is supposed to be good, photo-op worthy of the mountain ranges in New York. The only time…yeah…oh no, yeah, I guess I’ve been there one time when I was going…I think I wished to…went to a fish show in Vermont and was coming home. Cranberry Lake; that’s in St. Lawrence County. That’s in Clifton. Massive cranberry bogs used to cover parts of it. Third-largest lake in the Adirondacks. I haven’t really spent a lot of time in the Adirondacks or the Catskills. They’re supposed to be really nice, though. Oh, here’s Catskills; North-South Lake.
That’s one of the best and largest family campgrounds in the region, a mecca for swimmers, campers, hikers, boaters, and outdoor-lovers. How about lovers of the outdoors? Saratoga Lake, twenty-five miles of shoreline. Gilbert Lake; this says it’s one of the prettiest lakes in…I thought I lived in New York State, but I haven’t lived. Sounds beautiful. Crystal clear water, swimming area, canoe rentals. Long Lake; that’s also in the Adirondacks. Fourteen miles long. That’s a long lake. Not as long as Lake Champlain, though, but it’s a long lake. Mirror Lake; that’s in Lake Placid, the Olympic Village on one side. Never been there, either. I guess I haven’t lived. Great Scanandaga Lake; that’s in Northville. It’s a reservoir in the Adirondacks, thirty miles long. It is known for its wide variety of recreational activities.
Be sure to stop at the I Go Inn Restaurant. Now, Oneida Lake; I was there last year. Didn’t swim in it, but went to Sylvan Beach, top summer destination. Historic amusement park, small shops, bars, and restaurants. Very popular. Okay, here’s waterfalls, the top seventeen waterfalls in Upstate New York. You got Niagara Falls; that one’s pretty famous. I think I went to Niagara Falls in 2018. I think it’s highly unlikely I’ve been to any of these other falls, but let’s see. Eternal Flame Falls…you know, one time I heard that sung in a song, and I’m not sure if it was the Bengals, but I’m pretty sure it was, or it could have been Susanna Hoff by herself. While this waterfall might lack in size, it’s got mystery and magic. Oh, it has a natural gas grotto. Oh boy. Is that a natural gas grotto? Holy cow, it is.
We run our grotto on natural gas, man. The falls are in the Shallow Creek Preserve, but it’ll take some walking to find it. That’s in Orchard Park, so I think it was by Buffalo. Then we have Middle Falls; that’s in Letchwork State Park or Letchworth State Park, the Grand Canyon of the East. Oh, people talk about that thing. They love it. It’s part of the Genesee River, and…this is the star of the show, the Middle Falls. Inspiration Point…Rainbow Falls in Watkins Glen, the most famous hikes in Finger Lakes. Two miles of spellbinding clips…cliffs, gorges, and waterfalls. Maybe I’ll try to go to this. Watkins Glen. Let me just see where Watkins Glen is while I’m here, while we’re talking. Oh, there’s Lower Falls in Ithaca. I don't know if Watkins Glen is near Ithaca or where…yeah. Say, Scoots, so you did grow up in Upstate New York?
Well, Central New York, which is part of Upstate New York, yeah, but it doesn’t mean I know anything. Watkins Glen, New York…okay, it’s definitely on a lake. Which lake is it? Seneca Lake. Okay, so it is a ways away. Wait a second, what is that? Oh, is that…? That’s the New York State Throughway. So, it’s on your…it’s between Syracuse and Rochester. It’s very far south. Oh, I guess you could take 86 there. Cortland…yeah, you’d have to go down to Binghamton and then head west. Let’s see, Watkins Glen…let’s get directions. Let’s just see how long a drive it is, eh? Directions…not from here. Choose your starting point. Let’s say Syracuse, New York. If you’re walking it takes a day, but…no, that can’t be right. One hour and thirty-one minutes is it? Wow. What am I waiting for? Well, maybe we’ll do this.
I haven’t lived, but maybe it’s time for me to start living and visit Rainbow Falls. Let’s see, we’ve got another one in Southern Tier…Lower Falls; that’s in Robert Treman State Park in Ithaca. You can even sit on a rock and let the falls…they have a swimming area, it looks like, and you could take a hike to another set of falls if you want. Okay, Buttermilk Falls; that’s another one that’s popular. That’s in Ithaca as well. They say Ithaca is gorgeous, but they have a lot of beautiful waterfalls. Buttermilk Falls is in Ithaca, and they have Chittenango Falls. This is in Cazenovia, New York. Chittenango Falls State Park; we went there as a kid, I remember, and Chittenango is where the author of the Wizard of Oz is from, I think. High Falls in Rochester…Kaaterskill Falls; that’s in Haines Falls, New York.
Catskills…Ausable Chasm; this thing is supposed to be amazing. Ausable…A-U-S-A-B-L-E. That’s the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks. It’s larger than High Falls Gorge and even more waterfalls, including the picturesque Rainbow Falls. Take the River Walk. That’s in Ausable on Route 9. Old Slip Falls; that’s one of the tallest falls in Adirondacks. Then you got High Falls; that’s also in the Adirondack Park not far from the Canadian border. What else do we got? Cohoe Falls above…that’s on the Mohawk River. Split Rock Falls; that’s in Elizabethtown. High Falls Gorge; that’s in Wilmington in the Adirondacks, and finally, the falls I’ve been to and I go to every year, Salmon River Falls. The beauty of the 112-acre Salmon River Falls unique area is a true escape from everyday life with a scenic gorge and a 110-foot waterfall.
You could take the 600-foot Gorge Trail from the Falls Trail to the bottom of the gorge, and I’ve done that. I usually do that almost every year. Okay, next up is food. Flavor favs. First one is in Syracuse. Troy and Buffalo and Rochester, and I think New York City. That’s Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. It used to be just one location in Syracuse, and we would go there sometimes in high school. Uber-casual, independently-owned BBQ joint. It’s got four popular Upstate locations, others in New York City and New Jersey. It used to be a mobile operation, biker bar, bricks-and-mortar venue. Menu’s been downsized, but it has Southern BBQ dishes. Usually I eat there once a year when I visit. Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles; never been there, but that’s popular.
Hilltop Inn in Elmira, Warfield Inn, Jack’s Oyster House in Albany, Hoffman House in Kingston…With Scotch and Sirloin; I’ve heard of this place. Never been there. I thought it was…that’s in…near…that’s right outside of Syracuse. Let’s read about this. I thought it was just a place where business-people ate. 1962, Cornell students…and string of trailblazing steakhouse restaurants ranging from Binghamton, Vestal…oh, Binghamton is a suburb of Vestal…Syracuse suburb of Dewitt, Buffalo suburb of Amherst, and even in New York…Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico…but then everybody decided to tone it down. The DeWitt one in Syracuse is still the only one by…owned by the original owners. Let’s see, Peace Be Baked Potato Salad Bar. Okay, I want to do that, too. Roscoe Diner; that’s in Roscoe.
Swoon Kitchenbar, Schwabl’s in Buffalo, Cortese in Binghamton, Nick Thou Hots…okay, here’s sixteen drives that you could take. Has Scoot taken any of these? So far it’s not going…Albion to Medina…so, these are sixteen dazzling drives. It’s a thirteen-mile drive between Albion and Medina. You can go to the Toy Train Museum, church in the middle of the street, drive under the Erie Canal, you could circle Otsego Lake…oh, is that the one…? National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown…there’s also the Farmer Museum there, I think. Oh yeah, the Farmer’s Museum. I remember going to the Farmer’s Museum with my brother and then walking to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Okay, then we have Route 97, Callicoon to Narrowsburg. That’s the Delaware River between New York and Pennsylvania.
Tubers, Tourists, and Anglers on the fifteen-mile section of Route 97, though I think sometimes I’ve driven to New York and seen this. Is that the Delaware Water Gap? Got Route 10 between Walton and Stamford. You’ll pass through pretty little hamlets, towns, and a college community, covered bridges, farm markets, mountains. The Queen of the Catskills, as Stamford’s known. Lake Ontario State Parkway; this is right out of Rochester. It hugs the shoreline of Lake Ontario. Wide open stretches. We’ve driven between Syracuse and Rochester on this road, but normally at night when my flight gets into Rochester. Windham to Cairo; that’s on Route 23. Coming into Route 23, Alpine Lake ski village of Windham on the way to Cairo. Picturesque restaurants, steepled churches, boutiques, 1950s and ‘60s inns.
Make your way east and over their mountaintop to Point Lookout, a famous view of the Catskills. Route 30…Cobleskill, some more gorgeous panoramas in Upstate New York. Go through two small towns; Scolari and Middles…Middleburgh. Quilt stores, restaurants, and Vroman’s Nose, unique geological phenomenon. They also show a picture of Chimney Bluff in Lake Ontario. I don't know where that is…Route 9. Kinderhook to Hyde Park…Kinderhook in the north where Martin Van Buren was born to Hyde Park in the south where FDR was born. So, a presidential drive. Your ride takes you through pages of early New York State history. Beekman, Rhinebeck, Culinary Institute of America, Red Hook and Clermont…how about Route 28, from the Andes to Phoenicia? This is thirty miles up in the…high in the Catskills.
It’s abuzz with visitors on the weekends, and a lot of history there. Then as you drive down the mountain, campground Hamilton historic villages; Margaretville and Fleischmanns. Yes, named for the East king. Eventually you get to Phoenicia. Chic woodsy charm. Letchworth State Park; that already came up once. Gorgeous forests and waterfalls, historic sites, and the Mount Morris Gift Shop. Of course, that Mount Morris Gift Shop, the gift where you get gifts to keep the gifts on giving, and you get the view…breathtaking view of a massive dam on the Genesee River. Route 5…you take the Mohawk River, Erie Canal…Beech-Nut Baby Food plant…oh, once the home of that. Now it’s just a museum. Winslow Homer…oh, paintings there were from Winslow Homer. Little Falls and…goes down a gorge.
Beardslee Castle for lunch or dinner…and that’s that. Then we got visit Syracuse and smile, but this is a lot of print and not a lot of…we got Syracuse, Onondaga County, all of Central New York cordially invite you to discover or rediscover this warm, friendly, welcoming community. You got the Salt City Market and Food Hall Public Market, the original Sip on Syracuse Beverage Trail…skyline has changed with the renovation of the Dome…oh, that was just a ad. That’s why I said, okay…Ithaca to Aurora on Caninday, Cayuga Lake. It’s the longest of the Finger Lakes. In a half-hours drive from Ithaca will bring you to Aurora. Wells College and a five-star lakeside hotel. What else do we got? Route 86, Lake Placid to Saranac Lake. You could check out Lake Placid, thick forest creeks, several places to pull over.
Tail of the Pup in Ray Brook; that’s a roadside drive-in. Mountain Mists Ice Cream in Saranac Lake, and a walkable Adirondack village. You got Route 18…this is the shortest Sunday drive on the list; only eight miles, but you want to have plenty of exploring time. You got Jordanville, Holy Trinity Monastery, corn…oh, it rises from the cornfields like an Oz-like aspiration. There’s a jaw-dropping Russian orthodox church, several large gold onion domes…what else do we got here? Candles…Van Hornesville, Owen D. Young School, and…founder of FD…RCA. Route 12 on the St. Lawrence River; this is a fantastic eighty-mile…or, no, I can’t see with my…fifty-mile drive? Thousand Islands…several state parks, Alexandria Bay and Clayton. A Bay, they call it. Those are some of the most photographed lighthouses, Cape Vincent.
So, I’d like to look at that one. Then Route 31…Massodon to Leons. Erie Canal Village, National Heritage Corridor…you could see the leftovers of the Eric Canal at Lock 30, then travel east…several small but important canal towns. Oh, the birthplace of Joseph Smith…then Newark, the rose capital of the world, the Hoffman Clock Museum with clocks dating back a hundred years. Then Leon, you want to visit the history…is the Peppermint Village, 'cause it was at one time home to the HG Hotchkiss Essential Oil Company, the largest of the time…maker of peppermint in the world. Or peppermint oil, I guess. Okay, then we’re gonna talk about historical sites and the underground railroad. There’s a lot of historical sites.
So, you have the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, and that’s near the former International Suspension Bridge, a point of crossing for many people, and it has a lot of exhibits that talk about stories of the underground railroad in Niagara falls. It’s open for in-person visits and virtual tours. Then you have the Michigan Street Baptist Church in Buffalo which was a stop on the underground railroad before crossing over to Canada, and the church possesses some remnants, so you can check out that. The Historic Musician’s Club in Buffalo…okay, then we have the Harriet Tubman Home National Historic Park; that is in Upstate New York. That’s in Auburn, New York, and it honors Harriet Tubman’s integral role as part of the underground railroad. There’s also Fort Hill Resting Place in Auburn.
Okay, this one is twenty-five day trips. All in a day…go on an adventure. This one’s to Boldt Castle. I haven’t been to Boldt Castle. I’ve talked about it. It was the setting of…or a version of Boldt Castle was the setting of something. I went there as a kid but I haven’t been back there. But they have renovated it. That’s in Jefferson County, Alexandra Bay. A magnificent castle on the Thousand Islands. There’s also — it came up earlier — Animal Adventure Park in Broome County. The Cross Island Chapel; that’s in Madison County. Smallest church in the world, and it’s on piers in the middle of a pond. There’s the Dunkirk Lighthouse in Dunkirk on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, still in operation. Two-Mile Beam…East Aurora; that’s southeast of Buffalo. Jell-O we talked about.
Fort Stanwix; I went there as a kid and then returned as an adult on a rainy day with my parents and my daughter probably in 2016…maybe 2017 we went there. It’s a colonial fort a half-hour from downtown Utica that…but in August 3rd, 1777, there was an American flag flown there during disagreements with the British, and they used whatever materials they could find and said, hey, the siege is not working for us. That’s a kinda wooden fort. I always found it interesting as a kid. Grape Pie…it’s the grape capital of New York…Naples in Ontario County. Several places sell…so, this is like shoe fly pie? Grape pie. I’ve never heard of it, to be honest. Grape Pie Queen, even…Ithaca Commons; that’s the pedestrian-only main street in Ithaca. Very popular.
Kaleidoscope in Ulster County; that’s…looks like a average farm silo, but it’s the Guinness-certified world’s largest kaleidoscope, measuring sixty feet tall. Lily Dale; that’s in Lily Dale, a lakeside hamlet. The most spiritual place in Upstate New York, they say. Let’s see, they got cottages, narrow roads…20,000 visitors come each summer. Cooperstown we covered. Herkimer Diamond Mines; we went there. So, we went on a family trip. I had always wanted to go to Howe Caverns and then my dad always wanted to go to Herkimer Diamond Mines. When they say mine, they mean open…a bunch of rocks piled up around…in a pit. Unfortunately, it was rainy when we went there, though my dad did find some stuff.
They’re Herkimer diamonds which are quartz crystals, and…diamond-like but certainly not a diamond. Beautiful, and you get anything you find. But we did visit there, so at least…the North Pole, what the heck? This is in Upstate New York somewhere. Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole, opened…even predates Disney parks. It’s Christmas every day there. Reindeer, kiddie rides, and family entertainment…Mr. and Mrs. Claus. That’s in Essex County. There’s a writer’s colony…Yado? Yadoo? That’s on 400 acres of land outside of Saratoga Springs. Writer’s getaway…seventy Pulitzer Prize winners have been there; James Baldwin, Flannery O’Connor, Langston Hughes. They have gardens, award-winning rose garden. Ray Brothers BBQ; that’s in Madison County.
USS Slater, Pratt Rock…is that Pratt Rock Falls? No, that’s in Greene County. Pratt Rock is someone’s…go up a small canyon where you can view carvings that were chiseled by Pratt, Zadock Pratt, in the 1800s. So, he carved stuff in rocks. Interesting. Spiedies in Binghamton County; this is a famous food…unofficial food of the Southern tier. It’s a sandwich made of charcoaled, grilled, marinated cubes of protein placed inside white bread or a Hoagie roll. You cook it on spits…sticks, you know. Spiedie comes from the Italian. Zoo New York; that’s in Jefferson County in Watertown, and it’s only a highlight…the only zoo to highlight animals native to New York State. Vacationland; this is the area in the Adirondack parts known in the 1950s and ‘60s as Vacationland for its abundance of theme parks.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, what? Places like Frontier Town, Land of Make-Believe, Ghost Town, and the Village. North Pole also on this list…Enchanted Forest, Storytown. Huh, I had no idea there was that many. Great Escape Waterpark has leftovers from Frontier Land. Huh. Oh, so, I don't know how many of them are left. Walkway Over the Hudson; that’s in Poughkeepsie, Quaker Hill…okay, what is this? Great places…fifteen places to watch a summer sunset. High Peaks, Hamburg Beach, Niagara Falls State Park…yeah. Saratoga Lake, Canalside in Buffalo, Kaaterskill Falls in Greene County, Seneca Lake Pier in Schuyler County, Belhurst Castle and Winery in Seneca County, Heart Island in Jefferson County…that’s where Boldt Island is. Is Boldt Island…Boldt Island After Dark; how about that?
Canandaigua City Pier, Sleepy Hollow White…Lighthouse; the Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse in Winchester County…Westchester. A tower in Delaware County…Wild Center in Franklin County in the treetops. The Olmsted Campus…and Letchworth State Park. It’s a lot of mentions. Whatever floats your boat…fifteen places to go kayaking. Ausable River in Clifton County, as they said. Great way to view it from the water, it looks like. Ausable Chasm…there’s also a ad for the Everson Museum of Art. That’s a architectural treasure. You can walk through art programs, exhibitions…10,000 artworks. Everson, Everson…okay, what else do we have here? This is places to go out on the boat.
Seneca Lake, Irondequoit Bay in Monroe County, Cayuga Lake in Thompson County, Buffalo River in Erie County, Hudson River in Saratoga County, Roundout Creek in Ulster County, Raquette River; that’s R-A-Q-U-E-T-T. That’s in Franklin County. Paradox Bay, man; take me down to Paradox Bay. That’s where I belong. That’s in Essex County. Not sure where the Essex County is. Oh, Lake Placid. Happy trails…here’s some…oh, this is…New York’s Empire Trail connects to miles of off-road…America’s longest multi-use state trail. Let’s see, yeah, there’s hikers, bikers, and runners. Go from Buffalo to…you could go from New York City to Buffalo or Canada. A 750-mile project. It’s a massive map of state trailways.
75% off-road, ideal for cyclists, hikers, and runners, and in other seasons, cross-country skiers and snow-shoers. Okay, so now here’s the regional roundup. Okay, so western New York…that’s Rochester. Southern Tier…Binghamton and Elmira. Finger Lakes…but what’s Ulster County? That’s what I was trying to figure out. That’s one I don’t recognize. There’s a Binghamton air show in July or there was a couple years ago. Here’s Oswego County’s ad. So, this is where…Oswego County’s where I spent most of my time. There’s three state beaches, miles of pristine shoreline. This is a advertorial. Let’s see, they got Sandy Island Beach State Park; been there. I swam there, though a lot of the dunes were closed. I was hoping to go on a hike through the dunes.
Selkirk Shores State Park; that’s where I spent last summer in a cabin in Selkirk Shore State Park. You’ll hear me hike…if you’re on Patreon, you heard me hiking and you’ll hear me again. That’s got fishing access, swimming, campgrounds, cottages, and trails. They’re cabins, but you could call them a cottage. They do have a toilet and they have a kitchen with a sink. I don't think there’s a sink in the bathroom. I think I was brushing my teeth…yeah, in the kitchen. You do have to book the cabins as soon as they become available, which I can’t remember…is seven or nine months. That’s why I won't be staying in a cabin this year, because I didn’t set my calendar…because the cabins are an incredible bargain. They don’t really have any internet, but other than that fact, they’re a great bargain.
Okay, Mexico Point Park; usually we go there. That’s near the Little Salmon River. It has its own restored Medieval Cottage that’s full of mystery, swimming, trails, picnic area. Taft Bay State Park or Taft Bay Park; never been there. That’s on the north shore of Oneida Lake. Then you’ve got top sunset spots. Breitbeck Park in Oswego, Fort Ontario in Oswego, Deer Creek Marsh in Richland, and Mexico Point State Park in Mexico. That’s it for that stuff, but let’s look up a couple more things on my phone’s map. Okay, so it looks like Watkins Glen is only an hour-and-a-half…what is that place called, Great Escape? Great Escape…oh, that’s in Watkins Glen, too. What, are you kidding me? Great Escape is in Watkins Glen? Oh, Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, but is that where Great Escape Theme Park is?
I thought it was someplace else, but I don't know, now we’re talking. Okay, what was the other place in the Adirondacks? What was that place where they have the Olympics? Lake Placid. Let’s look that up. Lake Placid, New York. Okay, according to this…oh boy, that’s not doable, though. That’s a three, four-hour drive, so not gonna make it to Lake Placid. Yeah, no. It’s a little bit too far away for my taste. Let me see if I put Pulaski in here, though. It probably cuts out forty minutes, but let’s just see. Yeah, Pulaski to Lake Placid’s about three hours. Let’s see Pulaski to…where’d they say Boldt Castle was? Alexandra Bay? Alexandria Bay? No, I think it’s further north than that. Oh, maybe it is. That’s only an hour. Okay, so…and they say Sackets Harbor’s pretty nice, too.
These are things I’ve just…said, one day I’ll do these things. So, I think Alexandria Bay is where you take the thing to go to Boldt Castle. Oh yeah, there’s Boldt Castle. What’s it called? The greatest…? Oh, where was…? So, Great Escape; G-R-E…Great Escape. Not the movie. Park? Theme park? The great theme park. Great Escape Theme Park. This is live research, everybody. Oh, it’s…Six Flags owns it. Huh. That’s interesting. Does it say what city it’s in? Six Flags Great Escape and Hurricane Harbor. Just trying to figure out…yeah, just doing live research here. I still haven’t figured out where it is exactly, though. Are Six Flags and Great Escape the same thing, someone asked. It’s a good wooden roller coaster, they said. Oh, Wikipedia’s always handy. It’s in Queensbury, New York, north of Albany, so it’s not in Watkins Glen, then.
So, that’s…I think that’s on…what do you call that? That’s called another place. They originally opened as Storytown USA, a Mother Goose theme park, and then had its wooden roller coaster, then bought stuff from other theme parks, then it joined Six Flags, the Six Flags lodge and waterpark indoors. Then they’ve got different shows and…a variety of unique shows; Tilt-a-Whirl…Splash Water Kingdom it was once known as, but let’s see where…see…oh, I think this is…Lake George, is that…? Yeah, I think that’s where it is. Huh. Let’s just see. Just learning a little bit about…we’re doing a little New York State research here. Let me just look up Lake George here. Lake G-E-O-R-G-E. Lake George lake, New York. Okay, so yeah, Lake George is a oligotrophic lake.
Adirondack Mountains…drains into Lake Champlain in the St. Lawrence River. It’s between Hudson and St. Lawrence, and…Albany, Montreal, and…so, it’s straight up…it’s…yeah, it’s near…drains into Lake Champlain, it looks like. Now, what is that? The east…northeastern…not all…it’s in the northern, eastern part of New York. Not super-accessible for…from Syracuse if you’re not there for a long time. But let’s see what else we need to know. History…I think this had a bunch…is this where all the theme parks were, though? Is this where Enchanted Forest is? Let’s keep looking here. Character? It’s a tourist destination. It was on the rail line, yeah, between New York and Montreal. Okay, that makes sense. So, yeah, a lot…Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Roosevelt, Whitney’s…would come up there.
The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, Silver Bay YMCA…let’s see. Accessible by car, Interstate 87. You could fly into Albany. It is a tourist destination and resort center. So, you had a bunch of millionaires living there and they had really big houses. Millionaire’s Row…but then there was also a lot of summer camps. Oh, also some of…those were run…also may have been some wealthy places. But this had more space, you know, than people that would go to Long Island. They’d be in a little bit more of a thing. I was just looking for…if there was any theme parks there, though. That’s what we’re interested in, right? But yeah, it doesn’t have…okay, Queensbury, New York…that’s in Warren County. I feel like we looked some of this up one time. Now, for some reason, my head’s saying, huh, don’t you remember working this up?
But yeah, Lake George Opera Festival is also in Queensbury. So, that’s interesting. So, I don't know if we’ll be driving…Pulaski to Lake George. Like George, New York. Yeah, a three-hour drive. It’s too long of a drive. So, where’s Ausable? Ausable Chasm. I bet you that’s three hours. A-U-S-A-B…Ausable Chasm, New York, from Pulaski. That’s about four hours. That’s not gonna work. Pulaski to Ithaca…my brother drove there last year or the year before. Yeah, it’s a hour and a half. That’s not very far at all. Actually, you gotta drive through Syracuse, so that’s a half…so, an hour from Syracuse, probably. It was nice in Syracuse, though. It was green lakes. Maybe I’ve talked about it before, but…let’s get a little Wikipedia. We’ll close it out with a little…I can’t believe the Green Lakes didn’t come up on any of that stuff.
Green Lakes State Park is east of Syracuse in Manlius. It has a golf course, I guess; Robert Trenton Jones. It’s a meromictic lake, one in which the layers of water do not mix. Oh, it’s one of the most studied ones. Also it has some old growth forest. It’s a national natural landmark 'cause it has this blue-green color to it, because there’s mineral solids and the mineral content of the water makes it meromitric. It’s gotten studied a lot. There’s two small lakes; Green Lake, which I think you can swim in, and Round Lake. They lie at the base of a gorge that’s along…a mile longer…I think last year or two years…maybe it was two years ago we…yeah, two years ago we hiked around it, my dad and my brother and I, but I had a little tummy-tum-tum, so I didn’t get to enjoy it. Service Area 65…Green Lake; sixty-five acres, and 194 feet.
Round Lake; thirty-four acres and 170. Camping and recreation…yeah, sandy swimming beach. We used to go there as kids. That would be a beach we’d go to for the day. It’d be very busy. But yeah, it has a building with changing facilities, a concession stand, the most…one of the most popular swimming beaches in Central New York. There’s also a boat house where you can rent row-boats or paddle-boats. Oh, standing…yeah, and it has other stuff now. There’s a Frisbee golf…disc golf course, eh? Wow…and many bike trails that connect with the old Erie Canal Historic Park. History and planning…oh, it was part of the…a lot of the CCC…the CCC did a lot of work there and then they remodeled stuff about twenty years ago. Yeah, it’s from…let’s see, from the end of the ice age is when it was formed, 15,000 years ago.
So, yeah, that’s…that’ll put you to sleep, Scoots talking about the ice age. The ice age moves even slower than I. But yeah, so that’s a little bit of look at some of the stuff…it gave me a couple ideas for this summer, which will be probably…I’ll be doing the stuff before or after you hear about this, but it’ll give me something to record next summer or something. Alright? Thanks and goodnight, everybody.
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A quorum of Adirondack chairs is about to censure me
Rarely do I use sarcasm but sentient Adirondack chairs deserve it
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Genuinely, what’s the purpose of a sentient chair?
Even looking at it evokes the idea of comfort
Adirondack Chairs: Not Just for the Mountains
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Some underlying ways to improve
This podcast is barely for anyone
That’s just a thin, plastic molded thing shaped like an Adirondack chair
My sweet baby blue adirondack chair
The Adirondack Chair Stan Forum
No one’s ever called me Bore Dog
Borecat sounds like he’s from Thundercats
If Adirondack chairs were actually great, wouldn’t cats sit in them?
My uncle started making Adirondack chairs when I was a kid
Adirondack chairs are expensive, man
This is a summer-themed episode
That Craig Mazin Umbridge
Channeling your inner Mazin
I guarantee there are at least 5 podcasts about adirondack chairs
I wouldn’t be worried if goat cheese became sentient
I’m sorry, adirondack chairs
Popular Upstate New York Locations
My distaste for the Adirondacks is completely on me
My uncle made Adirondack chairs before he married someone who loved the Adirondacks
2021 Summer Travel Guide – nyup.com
Front cover has a drawing of NY State
Various icons all over the state
An ad for Steuben on the back cover
Tug Hill, on the Tug Hill Plateau
This isn’t broken up by region
Top 50 places to visit
The Tippets Point Lighthouse, from 1854
Anchor Bar in Buffalo
Ooh, Rod Serling Carousel
National Classic Car Museum
Sculpture Park in an old Quarry
The Jell-O Museum
The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester
National Toy Hall of Fame
Lucille Ball’s Resting Place
Chester Wickshire’s House
Oldest Mini Golf Course in Monroe County
Erie Canal Museum
Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame
Lady Victory Shrine & Basilica
Howe Caverns – I was there in 2018
FDR Resting Place
Not a lot of love for Syracuse here
Vidlar’s Five & Dime
Bethel, where Woodstock was
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
Lake Champlain – I took a ferry across this once
Plattsburgh City Beach – largest freshwater beach in America
I haven’t spent much time in the Adirondacks
North South Lake
I thought I lived in New York state, but I haven’t lived
Long Lake (not as long as Lake Champlain, though)
Lake Placid with the Olympic Village
Nye Lake & Sylvan Beach
Top 17 Waterfalls
Highly unlikely I’ve been to any other falls
Natural Gas Grotto
Middle Falls – The Grand Canyon of the East
Watkins Glen, sounds cool
Just because I grew up in Central NY doesn’t mean I know anything
I guess you could take 86 to get there
Checking the directions between Syracus and Watkins Glen
Just 90 minutes??
Maybe it’s time for me to start living
Lower Falls in Ithaca
Buttermilk Falls, also in Ithaca
Ithaca is Gorges, hardy har har
Ausable Chasm is supposed to be beautiful
Old Slip Falls
Split Rock Falls
High Falls Gorge
Salmon River Falls – I go here every year
Food Flavor Favs
Dinosaur BBQ, originally from Syracuse
Used to be mobile and then a biker bar
Jack’s Oyster House
Scotch & Sirloin
Cortese in Binghamton
16 Drives you could take – have I taken any?
Albion to Medina
I remember the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown
Route 97 – Callicoon to Narrowsburg
Is that the Delaware Water Gap?
Walton to Stanford, on Route 10
The Queen of the Catskills
Lake Ontario State Parkway, outside of Rochester – I’ve done this drive at night
Windham to Cairo on Route 23
Route 30 – Cobbleskill through Middleburg
Vroman’s Nose – a geological phenomenon
Route 9 – Kinderhook to Hyde Park, a presidential drive
Route 20 – from the Andes to Phenicia
Culinary Institute of America
Fleischmann’s (after the yeast king)
Mount Morris Gift Shop
Beech Nut Baby Food Plant
Winslow Homer paintings
Syracuse welcomes you
Salt City Market & Food Hall
Oh, this is an ad
Ithaca to Aurora
Route 86 – Lake Placid to Saranac Lake
Mountain Mists Ice Cream
A Walkable Adirondack Village
Route 18 – just 8 miles!
A jaw-dropping Russian Orthodox Church
Route 12 on the St. Lawrence River
Alexandria Bay aka A Bay
Cape Vincent Lighthouses
Several small but important canal towns
The birthplace of Joseph Smith
Hoffmann Clock Museum
Leone has a peppermint village
A lot of Underground Railroad sites
Michigan Street Baptist Church, in Buffalo
Historic Musicians’ Club
Harriet Tubman Park in Auburn, NY
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Cross Island Chapel – smallest church in the world
Fort Stanwix – went there as a kid, then went there with my kid
Kaleidoscope in Ulster County
World’s largest kaleidoscope
Herkimer Diamond Mines
Herkimer diamonds are just quartz crystals
The North Pole Workshop? What the heck?
It’s Christmas every day there
Yaddo Writers’ Colony
Speedy’s – charcoal grilled meat on a roll
Zoo New York in Watertown – dedicated to NY local animals
Vacationland – noted for an abundance of theme parks
15 Summer Sunset Places
Canalside in Buffalo
Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse
The Tower in Delaware County
15 Kayaking Places
Ausable River in Clifton County
Take me down to Paradox Bay
NY’s Empire Trail
From NYC all the way to Buffalo
Western New York
Where is Ulster County?
Oswego County’s ad – this is where I spend most of my time
3 State Beaches
Sandy Island State Park
Selkirk Shores State Park
The cabins there are an incredible bargain
Mexico Point Park
A restored medieval cottage
Taft Bay State Park – I’ve never been there
Top Sunset Spots
Deer Creek Marsh
Let’s look up some more stuff on my phone’s map
Watkins Glen Facts
Is this where the Great Escape Theme Park is?
Lake Placid Facts
I’m not gonna make it to Lake Placid, it’s too far
Pulaski to Alexandria Bay is only an hour
Just doing some live research
Are 6 Flags and Great Escape the same thing?
Storytown, USA, a Mother Goose Theme Park
Lake George Lake
It drains into Lake Champlain
Where are all the theme parks?
It was on the rail line between NYC and Montreal
Silver Bay YMCA
Lake George Opera Festival is also great
Ausable Chasm is about 4 hours away, that’s too much for me
I can’t believe the Green Lakes in Syracuse weren’t part of this
I hiked around it 2 years ago
You can rent boats at the boathouse
Ooh, a disc golf course, eh?
CCC did a lot of work there
Formed during the ice age, 15,000 years ago
I’ve got some ideas for the summer now
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Title: Summer Upstate New York
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- The conundrum of Adirondack chairs
- The Adirondack Chair Stan Forum
- That Craig Mazin Umbridge
- Natural Gas Grotto
- Watkins Glen
- Oligotrophic Lake
- Meromictic Lake
- Scriptnotes / Craig Mazin
- Rod Serling
- Strong Museum
- Wall Drug
- Vidlar’s Five and Dime
- Lucille Ball
- Susan B Anthony
- Lake Placid Olympics
- Niagara Falls
- “Eternal Flame” – The Bangles
- L Frank Baum
- Martin Van Buren
- Culinary Institute of America
- Winslow Homer
- Joseph Smith
- The Underground Railroad
- Yaddo Colony
- Civilian Conservation Corps
Notable Talking Points:
- The conundrum of Adirondack chairs
- A quorum of Adirondack chairs is about to censure me
- Rarely do I use sarcasm but sentient Adirondack chairs deserve it
- A genuine point of inquiry
- Genuinely, what’s the purpose of a sentient chair?
- Even looking at it evokes the idea of comfort
- Adirondack Chairs: Not Just for the Mountains
- A humming adirondack chair would be good
- Some underlying ways to improve
- This podcast is barely for anyone
- That’s just a thin, plastic molded thing shaped like an Adirondack chair
- My sweet baby blue adirondack chair
- The Adirondack Chair Stan Forum
- No one’s ever called me Bore Dog
- Borecat sounds like he’s from Thundercats
- If Adirondack chairs were actually great, wouldn’t cats sit in them?
- My uncle started making Adirondack chairs when I was a kid
- Adirondack chairs are expensive, man
- This is a summer-themed episode
- That Craig Mazin Umbridge
- Channeling your inner Mazin
- I guarantee there are at least 5 podcasts about adirondack chairs
- I wouldn’t be worried if goat cheese became sentient
- I’m sorry, adirondack chairs
- Popular Upstate New York Locations
- My distaste for the Adirondacks is completely on me
- My uncle made Adirondack chairs before he married someone who loved the Adirondacks
- 2021 Summer Travel Guide – nyup.com
- Front cover has a drawing of NY State
- Various icons all over the state
- An ad for Steuben on the back cover
- Tug Hill, on the Tug Hill Plateau
- This isn’t broken up by region
- Top 50 places to visit
- The Tippets Point Lighthouse, from 1854
- Anchor Bar in Buffalo
- White-Faced Mountain
- Ooh, Rod Serling Carousel
- Moosewood Restaurant
- National Classic Car Museum
- Sculpture Park in an old Quarry
- The Jell-O Museum
- The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester
- National Toy Hall of Fame
- Lucille Ball’s Resting Place
- Ithaca Commons
- 1890 Museum
- Chester Wickshire’s House
- USS Slater
- Oldest Mini Golf Course in Monroe County
- Erie Canal Museum
- Seneca Falls
- Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame
- Lady Victory Shrine & Basilica
- Howe Caverns – I was there in 2018
- FDR Resting Place
- Stanford Tower
- Not a lot of love for Syracuse here
- Vidlar’s Five & Dime
- Bethel, where Woodstock was
- Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
- Popular Lakes
- Lake Champlain – I took a ferry across this once
- Plattsburgh City Beach – largest freshwater beach in America
- Cranberry Lake
- I haven’t spent much time in the Adirondacks
- North South Lake
- Saratoga Lake
- Gilbert Lake
- I thought I lived in New York state, but I haven’t lived
- Long Lake (not as long as Lake Champlain, though)
- Lake Placid with the Olympic Village
- Nye Lake & Sylvan Beach
- Top 17 Waterfalls
- Niagara Falls
- Highly unlikely I’ve been to any other falls
- Natural Gas Grotto
- Middle Falls – The Grand Canyon of the East
- Watkins Glen, sounds cool
- Just because I grew up in Central NY doesn’t mean I know anything
- I guess you could take 86 to get there
- Checking the directions between Syracus and Watkins Glen
- Just 90 minutes??
- Maybe it’s time for me to start living
- Lower Falls in Ithaca
- Buttermilk Falls, also in Ithaca
- Ithaca is Gorges, hardy har har
- Chittenango Falls
- Ausable Chasm is supposed to be beautiful
- Old Slip Falls
- Coho Falls
- Split Rock Falls
- High Falls Gorge
- Salmon River Falls – I go here every year
- Food Flavor Favs
- Dinosaur BBQ, originally from Syracuse
- Used to be mobile and then a biker bar
- Sherwood Inn
- Jack’s Oyster House
- Hoffman House
- Scotch & Sirloin
- Roscoe Diner
- Cortese in Binghamton
- 16 Drives you could take – have I taken any?
- Albion to Medina
- I remember the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown
- Route 97 – Callicoon to Narrowsburg
- Is that the Delaware Water Gap?
- Walton to Stanford, on Route 10
- The Queen of the Catskills
- Lake Ontario State Parkway, outside of Rochester – I’ve done this drive at night
- Windham to Cairo on Route 23
- Route 30 – Cobbleskill through Middleburg
- Vroman’s Nose – a geological phenomenon
- Route 9 – Kinderhook to Hyde Park, a presidential drive
- Route 20 – from the Andes to Phenicia
- Culinary Institute of America
- Fleischmann’s (after the yeast king)
- Mount Morris Gift Shop
- Beech Nut Baby Food Plant
- Winslow Homer paintings
- Beardsley Castle
- Syracuse welcomes you
- Salt City Market & Food Hall
- Oh, this is an ad
- Ithaca to Aurora
- Route 86 – Lake Placid to Saranac Lake
- Mountain Mists Ice Cream
- A Walkable Adirondack Village
- Route 18 – just 8 miles!
- A jaw-dropping Russian Orthodox Church
- Route 12 on the St. Lawrence River
- Alexandria Bay aka A Bay
- Cape Vincent Lighthouses
- Several small but important canal towns
- The birthplace of Joseph Smith
- Hoffmann Clock Museum
- Leone has a peppermint village
- Historical Sites
- A lot of Underground Railroad sites
- Michigan Street Baptist Church, in Buffalo
- Historic Musicians’ Club
- Harriet Tubman Park in Auburn, NY
- 25 Day Trips
- Boldt Castle
- Cross Island Chapel – smallest church in the world
- Dunkirk Lighthouse
- Fort Stanwix – went there as a kid, then went there with my kid
- Grape Pie?
- Ithaca Commons
- Kaleidoscope in Ulster County
- World’s largest kaleidoscope
- Herkimer Diamond Mines
- Herkimer diamonds are just quartz crystals
- The North Pole Workshop? What the heck?
- It’s Christmas every day there
- Yaddo Writers’ Colony
- Pratt Rock
- Speedy’s – charcoal grilled meat on a roll
- Zoo New York in Watertown – dedicated to NY local animals
- Vacationland – noted for an abundance of theme parks
- 15 Summer Sunset Places
- High Peaks
- Hamburg Beach
- NIagara Falls
- Saratoga Lake
- Canalside in Buffalo
- Belhurst Castle
- Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse
- The Tower in Delaware County
- Olmstead Campus
- 15 Kayaking Places
- Ausable River in Clifton County
- Seneca Lake
- Cayuga Lake
- Buffalo River
- Hudson River
- Roundout Creek
- Roquette River
- Take me down to Paradox Bay
- NY’s Empire Trail
- From NYC all the way to Buffalo
- Regional Roundup
- Western New York
- Where is Ulster County?
- Oswego County’s ad – this is where I spend most of my time
- 3 State Beaches
- Sandy Island State Park
- Selkirk Shores State Park
- The cabins there are an incredible bargain
- Mexico Point Park
- A restored medieval cottage
- Taft Bay State Park – I’ve never been there
- Top Sunset Spots
- Brightbeck Park
- Deer Creek Marsh
- Let’s look up some more stuff on my phone’s map
- Watkins Glen Facts
- Is this where the Great Escape Theme Park is?
- Lake Placid Facts
- I’m not gonna make it to Lake Placid, it’s too far
- Pulaski Facts
- Pulaski to Alexandria Bay is only an hour
- Just doing some live research
- Are 6 Flags and Great Escape the same thing?
- Storytown, USA, a Mother Goose Theme Park
- Lake George Lake
- Oligotrophic Lake
- It drains into Lake Champlain
- Where are all the theme parks?
- It was on the rail line between NYC and Montreal
- Silver Bay YMCA
- Lake George Opera Festival is also great
- Ausable Chasm is about 4 hours away, that’s too much for me
- I can’t believe the Green Lakes in Syracuse weren’t part of this
- Meromictic Lake
- I hiked around it 2 years ago
- You can rent boats at the boathouse
- Ooh, a disc golf course, eh?
- CCC did a lot of work there
- Formed during the ice age, 15,000 years ago
- I’ve got some ideas for the summer now