Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Opening Day at Rudy's


Well you wouldn't know it by the ice still on the lake or recent temperatures, but it is Spring. Oswego's official sign of Spring is the opening of Rudy's. A few weeks ago you could barely see the building behind the snow banks, but with some payloader work the parking lots are cleared. Not crowded 3 deep as it would be during a warmer opening day, it is still great to stop in for a fish sandwich.

Opening Day

Opening Day
More photos at the Oswego page at LakeshoreImages.

Not much else happening here in Oswego.  The last of the snow will be melted off the roof by morning, although there is still plenty on the ground.  I'm doing some work on the trailer getting it ready for a trip to the Townsend KOA in Townsend, TN in early April for a fiberglass trailer rally.

Until next time -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Lake Ontario in January
Well, it has been a long time since posting, but while I'm not on the road yet (the trailer is still buried in snow) I thought it might be a good time to update those of you who were smart enough to head South.

While January's average world wide temperatures were the second highest in history, we have had the coldest February ever.  In fact, the average February temperature for Syracuse was 9°F, the coldest for any month in history.  While the snowfall has been near average, most of it fell in February; we still have 2' - 3' on the ground with higher drifts. I even had to shovel my roof.  While I probably could have skipped it, once the snow is over 3' deep I get worried.

We do have a sign of Spring about 2 weeks away; the opening of Rudy's.  Rudy's is a fish stand on Lake Ontario famous for it's "hot" sauce, which is applied to everything from fish sandwiches to hot dogs.  Hard to believe they will be able to open - here is what it looks like today.
Rudy's on Lake Ontario
The lake is just behind the building, although you will just have to take my word for that.  If you look in the distance, you can see a pay loader that is starting to clear the parking area & the front of the building:

Digging Out

Since they do manage to clear things in time for the mid March opening each year (2007 Opening - Scroll down) I'll be in line for my first "Center with cheese" of the season.

Assuming I can dig my trailer out of the snow, I'll be attending the 8th Annual Eggscursion at the Townsend KOA in Townsend, TN April 15 - 20.  Hopefully, I'll have some new modifications to report on the trailer before the trip.

Until next time -

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Another Non-Travel Post

Pet Photos With Santa
One of the opportunities to volunteer for photographers is with our local animal welfare league.  Each year they have a program designed to showcase the dogs & cats they have available for adoption.

They also use it as a fund raiser, selling books, cakes & cookies, and other stuff.  I volunteer to take photos with Santa.  This year was fairly calm; ferrets were the most exotic animal Santa had to hold.  In past years he has posed with parrots, snakes & various reptiles.


I set up a laptop running Lightroom with a small printer (a HP Photosmart A510) which lets me edit & print the photos, stick them in a cardboard frame & hand them to the pet owners in about 3 minutes from taking the image.  We charge $5.00 per photo and it pretty much runs continuously over the 3 hours of the event.

While the cover photo is what we like to end up with, many of the dogs are not all that fond of joining Santa!  This is more typical of attempts to get them together.

In other news, if you listen to NPR and get "Living On Earth", this week my daughter Karin is featured in the "Places Where Your Live" segment. If your local NPR station does not carry Living on Earth, you can read (and hear) the interview here.

That's it for this week.  Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, and wonderful holidays.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Chittenango Falls, NY

Chittenango Falls, Chittenango Falls State Park, NY
Another Fall, time for a trip to my favorite waterfall, Chittenango Falls. It is located in the Chittenango Falls State Park about 20 miles east of Syracuse, NY. While not the largest waterfall in New York (I believe there is one called Niagara Falls), it is a beautiful combination of multiple drops and sections. This is the first time I've visited the falls on a Sunday, and I couldn't believe the crowd. The parking lot was full, and you actually had to wait for a break in the foot traffic going across the bridge at the bottom of the falls.

While we have had better fall color, I took a couple of photos of the falls, then headed upstream for one of the creek.  More photos from this trip at Chittenango Falls, 2014.  Even more on my Chittenenago Falls State Park page.

Until Next Time -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Salmon River Falls, Orwell, NY

The Salmon River, Orwell, NY
Another short trip, this time about 35 miles to the Salmon River Falls, the largest waterfall in Oswego County.  As far as I'm concerned, the only waterfall in Oswego County - there is another one, Mad River Falls, however although I have found the Mad River, I have not found any way to access the part of it that Google shows as the location of the falls.

I try to visit the Salmon River Falls and the river below it every Fall.  While not the most picturesque waterfall in the area, I have found lovely sections of the river below the falls.  One difficulty - the path to the area below the falls is a rough 100' drop that involves some narrow paths and uneven steps  that require a cable hand rail to negotiate.  For some reason, it gets harder to climb back out each year!

Here are a couple more photos:

A Section of Salmon River Falls

Salmon River Falls
Until Next Time -