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Ann White Sep 04, 2015 at 02:27 PM

Ny husband and I are coming for this program on Oct. 4th. We are going to Niagara Falls first as we never been there. We will be driving down leaving on Sat. Where would be an interesting place to stop for the night on the way down from Buffalo?
Joyce White Sep 11, 2015 at 07:16 AM

Canandaigua is a pretty small town.
Ann White Sep 11, 2015 at 12:31 PM

Thanks. I have noticed that place on the map and also saw there is a couple of golf courses near there too.

George Becker May 13, 2015 at 08:42 PM

Also, I hasten to add, we are not experienced trail blazers so should anyone have some tips, please let us know.
Emilie Booker May 13, 2015 at 09:59 PM

I am happy to give some tips, but am not sure what areas you need information. As for hiking, I recommend clothing that wicks moisture and/or dries quickly. Especially, no denim. I find a hiking pole is very helpful, especially on rough terrain and water crossings. I carry some trail mix or trail bars for between meal energy. If you are beginner hikers, I can give some more tips. Just let me know. If you need tips for another part of the trip experience, I will try to help.

George Becker May 13, 2015 at 08:35 PM

My wife and I are really looking forward to this trip! Safe travels.

Emilie Booker Apr 30, 2015 at 08:28 AM

I am thinking of staying in the area for a few days after this program. I would be glad to have company and am open to suggestions as to what to see and/or do.
Joyce White Apr 30, 2015 at 09:51 AM

There are a myriad of things to do in the Finger Lakes Region. I live in the area and can give some suggestions of some of my favorites. You will be doing the program just beofe Glass Fest in Corning. Check out www.glassfest.org. I'm going for the weekend with a friend. Ithaca is my favorite place because I live there. If you like to gardens and arboretums there is Cornell Plantations, next to Cornell University (a beautiful campus). Check out www.cornellplantations.org. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a great place to walk and view birds. There is other information at www.visitithaca.com and www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com. Another town in the area is Canandaigua with the NY Wine and Culinary Center (www.nywcc.com), nice shops and restaurants, and Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion (www.sonnenberg.org). The list is endless! You will surely want to plan another Road Scholar trip to the area. Enjoy the program. I'm looking forward to taking it in late May.
Joyce White Apr 30, 2015 at 09:52 AM

Sorry, It's "www.visitithaca.com"
Emilie Booker Apr 30, 2015 at 10:04 AM

Thank you so much for the information.

Emilie Booker Mar 27, 2015 at 02:51 PM

I am going on this trip May 17th. I am driving from Charlotte, NC. Does anyone want to carpool?

Champa Bilwakesh Mar 17, 2015 at 11:10 AM

Hello. My husband and i are going on this trip starting May 17th. would love to meet anyone else on the same trip. we are not experienced hikers and wondering what experience other have had on this if they have been on this hike before. looking forward to our trip!
Barb Zusan Mar 17, 2015 at 07:27 PM

I did this trip in October. The scenery was stunning, and the trip was well-run. Hiking was a bit strenuous, but everyone in our group (ages 50s-upper 70s) handled it just fine. You'll be going down a lot of stairs, but up only a little bit. Good hiking shoes, preferably high-top, are a must, and I storngly recommend bringing your own hiking poles. Enjoy!
Emilie Booker Mar 28, 2015 at 08:08 PM

I have done several hiking trips with Road Scholar. They have all been good.

Joyce White Jan 15, 2015 at 07:46 PM

Hi Ester,
I saw your message but am having trouble replying to it. Perhaps this will work.
I think the info about small ships and trains comes from your profile interests.
Are you and your Akron friends going to the May 31-June 5 program? Joyce
Esther DeTray Mar 14, 2015 at 02:45 PM

Yes we are Joyce.

Joyce White Jan 15, 2015 at 03:36 PM

Hi Ester,
This is my third try...maybe this will work. When are you doing the hiking program? I'm doing May 31-June 5. I live locally (Ithaca) and am doing the program with Anne Melvin, one of my roommates from the Road Scholar French Immersion program at the University of Quebec at Trois Rivieres. We would take an early morning walk nearly every day before breakfast and both enjoy hiking. I wanted to share the beautiful Finger Lakes area with Anne and this program fit the bill.
Have you done any other Road Scholar (or other group) hiking trips? Joyce White
Esther DeTray Jan 15, 2015 at 04:36 PM

Joyce, I responded on the RS social site.

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