|American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls|
|Chimney Bluff State Park|
|Fair Haven Beach State Park|
Even though we
didn’t get to explore as much as the Finger Lakes themselves, though drove
through the region and had beautiful views of them, we did make sure we had
plenty of Great Lakes time. If you’ve read my articles before, you may remember
that I’m slightly obsessed with the Great Lakes. On our Lake Ontario Day, we
started off at Fair Haven Beach State Park for a neat large pebble beach
experience before heading west to Chimney Bluffs State Park. Not only did we
spend much time hiking along the beach near the massive clay drumlins that look
like chimneys, but we had a beautiful skyline view of the royal blue waters and contrasting gray drumlins. The steep hike was well worth the view.
were next on the itinerary. We spent the next day exploring these subtle
mountains of dark green trees and other plant life, plus multiple mountain
lakes and streams. Though the day was cloudy and hazy, we still enjoyed getting
a taste of this six million acre park. I know this area would be even more
beautiful in the fall, when leaves are at their peak!
Adirondack Mountain Stream
As we started for home the next day, we opted to visit Lake Erie. Stopping at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, we enjoyed the driving along this interesting peninsula park—an oasis so close to Erie. Full of beautiful beaches, inland marsh and swamp areas, and an interesting lighthouse, this park is a real asset to the area. It was nice to stretch our legs for a lakeside hike along one of the many beaches and lighthouse area before doing more driving toward home.
The rest of the trip was downhill after that, as we hit more traffic and construction than we did on the way east. Even though we tried to change our route to avoid some the areas we hit driving east, it did little to help. Still, it was a fun family road trip, and we will savor the memories for years to come.
Chimney Bluffs State Park on Lake Ontario