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Green Lakes State Park
October 11, 2009, 2:41 pm
Filed under: Field trips, Pets, Trips and travels


We finally made it to Green Lakes State Park yesterday afternoon, after a day of almost solid rain on Friday (our day off). The water is incredibly clear and green for a lake in central New York. We had lunch at the little cafe at the park’s golf course…BLT for me, burger for Fred. The boys enjoyed the walk, too, though Boo kept eating pine needles. Weird dog.

Here’s some info on the lake:
The centerpieces of the park are the two glacial “green” lakes. Why are they green? The answer is complicated. For one, the lakes are deep. Round Lake is measured at 180 ft deep, while Green Lake reaches 195 ft. Deep lakes tend to appear bluish because the wavelengths of light that can penetrate (and be dispersed at) great depths are those closer to the blue end of the spectrum.

Because of their depth and the high salinity of the basin waters, the lakes are meromictic and do not turn over and intermix waters like many other lakes in this region do. The Green Lake’s cold and dense bottom waters tend to stay separate from the shallower, warmer waters. Because of this, sediment sinks and collects in the bottom and virtually doesn’t decay. Since the sediment is not kicked up by mixing, the lakes do not take on a muddy, turbid appearance like other lakes do. Meromictic lakes also have still, mirror-like waters. The Green Lakes are no exception here. Their tranquil, reflective waters make for great photography.


The Move [Day #7]
November 1, 2008, 10:50 pm
Filed under: Pets, Trips and travels

The Boys

Originally uploaded by Mary’s pics

It’s late. This’ll be short. Really short. (Not to mention lacking in humor and details.) Aunt Clara’s in a nursing home now, so we spent the bulk of the day clearing out her apartment. Though I felt like a vulture, I snagged a few treasures. (More on that another day.) Boo and Scout came along for the ride and though they were in a state of high-anxiety all day (car ride = trip to kennel in their doggie minds), they relaxed a bit on the flatbed cart, while the heavy lifting was left to us humans. So the question is…who’s the stupid animal??

August 21, 2008, 7:58 pm
Filed under: Trips and travels


Originally uploaded by Mary’s pics

Last Friday we both took the day off, and drove down to Cooperstown for the lunch buffet at the Otesaga Hotel. I’ve been hankering for that buffet for about a year, so it was about time! The buffet is not huge, but IS quite delicious. I ate about 20 lbs of shrimp and crab salad and sampled a slew of desserts. We waddled around town afterwards, and took a quick drive by my grandparents’ old house. Ah, memories. Ah, shrimp.

And we’re home.
November 2, 2007, 11:06 pm
Filed under: Trips and travels

Vacation- The Beginning

Originally uploaded by Mary’s pics

We’ve been back from vacation for three weeks, and I haven’t posted a word about it. Work’s been crazy, laptop’s been in the shop, blah, blah, blah. All excuses. Time to post some pictures and some words. Soon. Really soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the view of the bridge.

February 26, 2007, 10:08 pm
Filed under: Trips and travels

Testing the photo function. Gee…it works!