|Me - in case you can't see picture caption: I just wanted ONE chin, so I cropped the others off.|
The town of Skaneateles is 78 miles from Rochester and is about an hour and a half bus ride. The weather was blindingly sunny, not a cloud in the sky and quite warm (90 ish). But the bus was air cooled and the lake breezes and boat ride also provided cooling breezes. The lake is as clear as glass. It's an extremely healthy lake, according to the guide. 300 plus feet deep. You can practically "feel" the eons of time it took for water, erosion, temperature fluctuations, climate, ice ages, etc. to dig this beautiful lake out of the huge rock formations that are its boundaries.
Our cruise was on a Mailboat which delivers and collects the mail for the lake residents. It's easier to deliver mail by boat than to attempt to drive or walk around the lake, scaling the cliffs and dirt roads on terra firma and miles of wooden stairs the residents have built to get from mountain side to where their cottages are situated at lake level.
It's also quite an adventure for both the mail delivery personnel and the lake residents. The residents hang their mailboxes off their boat docks and reaching out toward the water. The boat captain actually stops that craft about two feet from the end of the dock. He never crashed into one single dock while I was with him. A young "gopher" mail boy with large orange bags of mail wiggles way up onto the bow and then leans waaaay over to hand the mail to the resident standing at the end of their dock. Most of the time, this is residents. Children love to do this and everyone's pet does as well. Reason being that the mail "gopher" has a treat of a tootsie roll for the kiddies and a dog biscuit for the pups - plus mail. And sometimes, the residents have mail to post, handing that over to the "gopher" to process.
|A few of the lake residents ready to meet the mail boat|
This next one, which looks a lot like the White House has a very interesting history and if you're interested, I've provided a link.
Now off the lunch at the http://www.selectregistry.com/members/sherwood-inn.asp and then a bit of shopping at the wonderful shops and boutiques of downtown Skaneateles. There were 3 lunch choices. Me and the two "comari" all had the same thing: First course: green salad. Second Course: Chicken French, which was totally delicious. A thin paillard of sautéed chicken in a lemon and wine sauce over a bed of wild rice and shoestring vegetables. Third Course: a decadent chocolate cake with frosting and whipped cream.
And to top it all off - a bit of "retail therapy"
This is a two story antique shop. All of it was as crowded as this picture. I did purchase a little tchotchke.
While waiting for our bus to take us back home, we sat in this beautiful beachfront park.