Last weekend I drove to Rochester, NY which was a trip that took about six hours to drive. I don't usually travel that far, and I was unaware how beautiful the drive would be. Of course I started my trip stuck in traffic and the traffic congestion continued until I got on to Route 17. But it wasn't long before I was driving along and enjoying the countryside.
It seemed that every mile or so I was on an overpass driving over a river, stream or brook and for the first time I saw fly fishing - guys up to their chests in the water looking for their next big catch.
After I had been driving for about three hours, I saw a sign near Binghampton that said "Entering the Chesapeake Bay Watershed". I had no idea the watershed was that big!
As the drive continued, I saw lots of farms, hay, cattle and even some wild life. Everything was getting ready for Spring.
By the time I got to Syracuse, I was asking myself "are we there yet?" The trip started to get really long. After I passed Syracuse, I learned that I was in the Finger Lakes Wine Country - really cool! Just another hour or so when I saw the sign announcing "Erie Canal" YES! Getting closer!
I felt very lucky that I have a friend that lives in Rochester and I had a day to check out the city. What a great city! We went for a nice walk and actually did get a chance to check out the canal. It is mostly used for pleasure, rather than cargo these days and I was surprised to see that the canal was in draw-down during the winter. As we walked along the canal, we started hearing fish jumping in the canal. At a point, I could swear we saw a carp breaching in the water. (The water was REALLY shallow). What a nice city! One disturbing point, my friend told me that during the summer, the beaches on Lake Ontario are often closed due to pollution.
Lots of great restaurants in Rochester and it was a very manageable city as it was easy to get around. I am looking forward to my next trip to Rochester!