Friday, November 29, 2013


Not too long while driving between Lockport and West Laurens, I went through an interesting village: DeRuyter, New York.  I took a few pictures and then located some information about the historical society.  A few emails and phone calls connected me with Tim Etter, who agreed to open the museum up for Peggy and I today.

We packed lunch and headed out this morning.  We located the hamlet of Plymouth first and while there we drove by a craft sale.  We stopped and both Peggy and I purchased a few items.  Then we headed towards DeRuyter.  My navigation system seemed to be taking us in the wrong direction so we ignored it and followed signs to DeRuyter (which turned out to be insufficient), so we were somewhat late for appointed time.  I think it was Tim's wife who met us there at 11:30.

The museum is in old building which was originally a tannery and then a bank, and then used for various purposes over the following years until it became the museum.  They have a LOT of artifacts including lots of "ghost signs".  Originally, DeRuyter was known as TROMPTOWN!!!!

After we left the museum, we decided to do some geocaching.  We tried to find the DeRuyter Double Dinger, without any success and then went on to find Santa's Backup and Wooley Booley.
Santa's Backup was at an Elk Farm!!!!!
Then we headed to Cazenovia to go to THE MUSEUM OF ODDITIES at the Cazenovia Public Library.  The museum has a mummy and a lot of other items, none of which seemed to be very odd to me.  We looked for another geocache in Cazenovia, without success.  

After that, we headed back towards my house.  It was a great day!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lunch at THE OTESAGA 11/26/13

The FSA staff reserved a table for luncheon at THE OTESAGA today. Mary, Kim, Geneen, Mark and myself carpooled and met up there at 12:15 for the buffet lunch. It was really good. The entrees were chicken and pork lion (both with gravy), roasted sweet potatoes and green beans (I skipped thsoe). The deserts were spectacular.....I tried four or five of them. After lunch we went to the gift shop and wandered around a bit. Seeing the gingerbread village made by the bakers of THE OTESAGA was a highlight!

Geneen kept saying "redrum, redrum" as we walked into the hotel!!!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Marathon Geocaching in Delhi and Hamden, New York

Leslie and I met up at her house at 9:30 this morning and headed out to Delhi.  It was not a very nice day, kind of damp and chilly.  We started out by finding one of the turf war geocaches in a fishing access and then found one on a trail in a park in Delhi, and then we went to Woodland Cemetery.  We only found one of the two we looked for there.  Then we went to the OLD DELHI CEMETERY and found a geocache hidden by el fartero.  By then it was 12:30 or so so we had lunch at the DELHI DINER.  I had a grilled cheese sandwich and a cup of potato soup and a piece of cherry pie.  After lunch we headed on to Hamden.
     In Hamden, we found the geocache hidden at the old baseball field,

which just happened to be right next to a very small cemetery THE OLD HAMDEN CEMETERY.
 Then we headed down the road to the trailhead for the West Branch Trail.  We found the micro geocache hidden in the kiosk.
GeocachingNovember22_2013 019 by JuneNYThis is a view of the trail between the kiosk and the parking area.

Then we backtracked to the covered bridge and found the geocache there.  We crossed the bridge and drove around a bit, since we thought the next geocache was in that direction.  We were wrong about that, and turned around and went back after exploring the Village of Delancey a bit.  We found a couple more geocaches then headed back to Delhi. We were both getting tired, but we decided to try to find MEMORIAL PARK geocache again.  This time we were successful.
     We took a different route home, going through Treadwell.  

Monday, November 18, 2013


I met up with Leslie at SUBWAY at Southside Mall and we had lunch before going to see the movie TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE.  It was very good, but has a lot of violence and is quite intense.  But, it does have a happy ending!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Long Weekend in Lockport: November 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11th

DAY ONE: driving to Lockport

I left my house at 8:15 or so and headed west.  My plans were to stop in Lyons, New York to go to the Wayne County Museum, so I used my GPS Navigation System to get me there.  It is a great museum, in the old jail. T cell blocks are still there, including some "prisoner art", along with the wardens office and some very interesting historical exhibits.  Then I explored the downtown area before driving north towards 104.  104 took me almost all the way to Lockport, and I arrived around 4:20.  We met up with Mike, Janie and the boys and Becky Austin for supper at THE CUP AND SAUCER (which I think is in Barker).
I took this picture of Janie's sons Dillon and Dominic before we left.

DAY TWO:  I put a chuck roast with carrots, onions and mushrooms in the crockpot.  We spent the bulk of the day working on the downstairs apartment, doing some deep cleaning.  I went to MEL'S to have the brake fluid in the Pacifica checked in the early afternoon.  Betty joined us for supper.  Later that evening, Peggy and I put together a list of things to do the next day.  I didn't think we would be able to fit all of them in..............

DAY THREE:  Play Day!!!!  I packed a lunch and we headed to Medina to go to the Railroad Museum, which was great!  We also shopped at Miller's Bulk Food (an Amish store)then we looked for a few geocaches, finding two of them. There is a geocache hidden near the CULVERT ROAD (the only road that goes underneath the Erie Canal) but we failed to find it because we chose the trail on the wrong side ofthe canal.  We stopped at a farm stand. Then we headed to Buffalo to drop off some books that Peggy saved for a friend who sells them on Ebay to help support some missionaries.  We went to a Super WalMart to try to find PB2 (a low calorie peanut butter product that Peggy had heard about), but it was not available.  We went to TRADER JOE'S where I hoped to be able to purchase some of their corn bread mix, but it was not available.
(it was my first time and I love this place) and then had supper at HOMESTYLE BUFFET (I think thats the name of it).

DAY FOUR:  I met up with Peggy and David at church and after church we went to Cammarato's for lunch.  I had chicken and biscuits.  I rested in the afternoon and early evening we went to visit Audrey.  I picked up half of a pepperoni/onion pizza at PIZZA OVEN.

DAY FIVE:  I headed for home.  I drove out 104 stopping to take pictures of cobblestone houses, an old cemetery, a huge antique shop and more. I saw this HUGE old cobblestone building, and later on I found out that it used to be an inn!

Too bad this huge antique store was closed because I would have LOVED to go inside and browse around.  
 While driving through Rochester on 104 I decided to get off and find the house I lived in in 67-68 and part of 69.  Then I looked for DON and BOB'S a place I used to eat at.  It has moved to a new location close to the old one and is now called DON'S ORIGINAL.  I had lunch there............the ground round was just as I remembered it being.........and so was the chocolate almond custard (absolutely delicious).  I drove out of Rochester on Route 31.

In Clyde, New York I stopped to take pictures of the ERIE MANSION

This old car was sitting behind the mansion, which is now a B and B.  Tours are offered and I kept the phone number, and I hope to take a tour someday.  

That may have been my last stop to take pictures.  I got on the thruway and headed east, getting off at the Canastota exit, and then driving to Morrisville and on home, arriving around 4:15 p.m.