Watch the sun rise up over the rolling hills that surround our beautiful campus. Take a self-guided walk through our labyrinth, stroll or jog along our serene meditation trail or take an early morning walk to visit our Red Schoolhouse. Maps and information will be provided upon check-in at Watson.
In the Dining Room at 7:00 a.m., cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, and juice, coffee, tea, water will be available. At 7:45 a.m. and each day of the program following, there will a rotating variety of choices such as a hot cereal, eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, or French toast. Breakfast in the Dining Room. Pack your lunch to be delivered later.
We’ll set out by motor coach and ride to the trailhead where our first hike on the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) system will begin. Along the way, Neil Yoder will tell us about local history. Our hike will lead to the beautiful gorge at Watkins Glen State Park, named one of the top three state parks in the country. The walk begins on private property and then joins NYS Park. We will see 16 waterfalls and the exposed shale layers of this very deep gorge. After a devastating flood in 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built stone pathways through the gorge. Our whole mileage is 6 miles today. There will be a crossover site on the last leg of the hike for those who wish to view the spectacular waterfalls in the lower gorge.
Inside a stone pavilion built by the CCC, we’ll will have our picnic lunch.
After lunch, we’ll head up the west side of Seneca lakes to Lakewood Vineyards. In 1951, the Stamp family moved to Lakewood Farm, a rundown peach and apple orchard on the west side of Seneca Lake. The next spring, they started planting grapes. Lakewood Vineyards Winery opened to the public in June 1989 with 7 varieties of wine made from estate-grown grapes from their 45 acres of vineyards. Today, with 80 acres of vineyards and 3 Stamp family generations working together, the winery produces a diverse selection of wines. Their dedicated and talented team prides themselves on offering Finger Lakes wines of exceptional quality and value. In 1997, Lakewood Vineyard Winery was voted Wine family for the Year by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine.
Dinner in the Dining Room.
Local historian, John Babbitt, will give us a slideshow presentation on the CCC and their work in the region building and rebuilding many park trails, stone knee-walls, and buildings. We will see pictures of their work and how the trails look today.