Long Overdue “Ithaca is Gorges”

Well here I am, I can’t believe I have been up here for a week now! Where does the time go? I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences since I’ve been up here and I’m sure many more are to follow. It is so nice to get away and try something new. Now, for a long overdue post about my weekend.

There are few words to really describe how this weekend went, it was absolutely kickass. On Saturday I got up extremely early, think 6:30 a.m. early, and got ready for the day. Then I began planning out my trip to Ithaca, showered, gathered up my electronics, and out the door I went.

I first stopped at the base of the stairs, I could see the turkeys and the chickens hanging out in the garage. I began talking to them, and all of the chickens ran out to greet me, their soft coos were very warming. The turkeys also came to the front of the door and began making soft noises at me. It was unlike any other “good morning” I’ve ever gotten. I smiled and headed for the car.

The drive up to Ithaca was really great, it was only 45 minutes, 15 minutes of which is just getting from the farm to Watkins Glen. Ithaca itself is only 21 miles outside of Watkins, which is really awesome. The drive up was very scenic, but as soon as I rounded the corner into Ithaca, I knew I was going to be in a place i’d like. I was greeted by various displays of art on buildings and graffiti. There were also several different metal sculptures floating around. It striked me as a very artsy place. Coming into town, it reminded me of a much smaller “Pittsburgh” with a lot less traffic and much prettier scenery.

My first stop was off at the “Eastern Mountain Sports” store. I’ve been wanting to pick up some new kicks for awhile to wear while hiking, since the whole wet feet in winter thing wasn’t working out to well. There is also lots of mud up here at the farm, so I figured its about time for some boots. The store was pretty cool, lots of great outdoorsy type clothes, gadgets, and tools. For about the first time in my life I found a pair of shoes in less than five minutes, so I was very excited! Needless to say I’ve got a sweet new pair of winter boots.

After this, I had to go find the very-much talked about co-op, “GreenStar Natural Foods Market” to grab a bite to eat. I walked in and my mouth dropped a little, I’m sure I looked like an “out-of-towny”. This was by far thee coolest co-op I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot of them! Not only did they have the standard health foods and organic selections, but they also had a very large bulk section, which can be a rarity in many places. Then to top it off, they had a wonderful little cafe with lots of veggie friendly items on the menu. Needless to say I splurged on a “Vegan Melt” with my favorite “G.T.’s” cranberry Kombucha. It took everything in me not to buy a “Cowgirl” cookie, its been so long since i’ve had one!

Next on my to-do list, I decided to head downtown to check out some shops. I found lots of really cool and interesting places to check out. The Commons was pretty badass. I went into many art shops, galleries, and crafty/jewelry places. One of my favorite places was “Autumn Leaves Used Books“, in there I found that had a basement full of records, 10,000 records! I was in my glory. It took everything in me to not walk out with any. This shop was also dog-friendly, something that isn’t heard of back home. I just smiled.

While I was downtown, I got to talk to many different shop workers. One in particular at “Ithaca’s Outdoor Store” chatted with me for a little while about the area, sights, and things to do. I was told that it was a very artsy, music-friendly place to be. He said that the only downsides were that it can be a little pricey (college town), and the people can be weird. I just laughed, the price would be the only thing to worry me, but certainly not the people, I’d fit right in i’m sure.

Some of the other cool shops I got to venture into were: “15 Steps” (An art/jewelry store), “American Crafts” (another art store), “Ithaca Hemp Company” (eco-friendly hemp products), “Loose Threads” (A thrifty clothing store), and “Comics for Collectors” (comic store). I saw so many neat things and all of the people I met were incredibly friendly and willing to chat with me about the area. I heard nothing but positive things about this wonderful place. I also really loved that around every corner, paint was slapped on a wall and metal work hung from shop corners.

At the comic shop worker’s suggestion, I decided to go up to Cornell next to have a look around at the architecture. It was only a short drive away from downtown, and wow were the buildings beautiful. I felt like I was in a scene from Harry Potter, they really were magnificent. I also stumbled upon the Gorge which was just amazing. It is definitely a must see, unfortunately they close the gorge trail off during this time of year, so I will certainly have to return in the spring to go check it out.

After my long day in Ithaca, it was time to head back to the farm. The next day I went over to the Watkins Glen State Park which is a whole other amazing adventure in itself, but I’ll save some of those wonderful stories for a later day, as to I’m sure I will be heading there more often.

As far as farm life goes, on Monday I finally finished packing the rest of the chocolate Valentine’s day orders, woohoo! Then today I got to go through tons of FS photos to find perfect ones to go up on the website. I definitely love going through other photographers work to see their style and creativity.

Later this week I will get to go out into the animal pens and photograph and film, which I am very excited about! Any who, it’s late, so off to bed for me, more stories to come later!

 

(Featured in the pictures: Wonderful food provided by Green Mountain Coffee, The Farm, and Kittahs!)

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