Thursday, May 31, 2012

Geocaching, history and exploring under the viaduct ADVENTURE!

Under the viaduct: Oneonta, NY by JuneNY
Under the viaduct: Oneonta, NY, a photo by JuneNY on Flickr.
Today was an absolutely gorgeous day and Leslie and I met up at her place in Oneonta and headed out to Otego for some geocaching. Our first was a multi/puzzle cache that took a while but was very enjoyable and held just the right amount of challenge! The second one was a bit of a challenge, too, because it required a stepladder to get to. But anyways, we were successful with both geocaches.

We headed back to Oneonta, debating a bit about whether or not we wanted to do anything more. Leslie asked me if I wanted to do one of her historical walking tours. She has been working on putting together short pamphlets that have pictures and descriptions of historical walks in Oneonta. This sounded great, so we went to her house so she could print out the materials.

We picked up sandwiches at Foti's and started out on the "walk" which really turned into a driving tour with brief walks at various places. Our first stop was at the Stella Luna, an old train depot which is now a restaurant. We stepped inside and the owner was gracious enough to show us around a bit, pointing out the items which are original (mainly the walls and parts of the ceiling). He has been unable to locate any pictures of the inside of the depot.

We continued on our way, stopping to eat our sandwiches in Neahwa Park. We went to several of the monuments in Neahwa (which was originally known as Neahwah) and then we parked at Stewarts on Main Street, and talked about the sites that formerly were on that site.

We walked down under the viaduct and explored for a few minutes before continuing onto more historical stuff.  I thoroughly enjoyed this outing.   After picking up some milk at WalGreens, I came home and took a nap and then met Carol K. at Christ Church in Gilbertsville for their monthly community dinner.

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