Finger Lakes Travel Journal Pt. 2: Letchworth State Park + Wineries


To live is to explore, to be curious, to discover new places, people, experiences that bring out a part of you you didn't even know existed. At least, that's one definition of living. If you missed part one of the Finger Lakes travel journal, feel free to take a peek

Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single
friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore

I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of
praying, as you no doubt have yours. 

Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit
on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds, 
until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.

If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love
you very much.” 

― Mary OliverSwan: Poems and Prose Poems

I find nature to be a very intimate space. There are only a handful of people who I'd genuinely like to walk through the forest with. I find that when you can sit in the peaceful wild and be silent with another human without feeling boredom, that's how you know they're a kindred spirit. Sometimes life surprises you with people to share these experiences with. Even better is when you can go into the wild and be all by yourself without feeling lonely. Or -- feel lonely and bask in the reckoning that arises. It's kind of scary. And kind of wonderful. I think I might be addicted to the feeling. 


These photos were taken in Letchworth State Park, voted the best in the nation in 2015.  We took a 6 mile hike, but be careful -- the trails aren't marked very clearly. We got lost. But that's the best part, I suppose. 


Waterfalls are definitely a thing in this part of New York. You can find more about the parks and hiking options here. I wish we had more time to explore the other ones, because they all seem unique in their own way. I encourage you to find a nice little restaurant on one of the beautiful lakes (like Seneca Lake) where you can eat or drink a pint and take in the scenery. Honestly, it was nice to be active and then to end the day in simplicity. None of it needs to be fancy to be fun here. Perhaps one of the farmer's markets in area, too? And as always, s'mores by a campfire and a good book -- there's really nothing more relaxing. 


I also quite enjoyed the wine country and breweries of the Finger Lakes region. We found spots that allowed dogs and tasted to our heart's content, so you can just call and ask if you have one -- there were plenty of options. Here's a list of wineries and breweries

(pictured below: my beautiful family and the pups)


^^ Ashley contemplating her wine very deeply. :D


(Beans making himself at home while we tasted wines)

I'll be posting about Niagara Falls next week! Thanks for coming along the journey with me :). Have you been to the Finger Lakes region? Where did you go and what did you love best?