Getting on/off a motor coach; walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; flat terrain at museum; at Watkins Glen Gorge, 832 stone steps downhill; shorter hikes with fewer steps available.
In the Dining Room at 7:00 a.m., cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, and milk, 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. After breakfast, we’ll make sandwiches to take with us in a cooler for lunch.
For our first field trip, we’ll ride to the Fish Hatchery where a guide will teach us about the different species of Finger Lakes fish. We will see how the fish are raised from eggs at the hatchery, nurtured, and then released into the lakes once mature. We’ll learn about conservation and even get to feed the fish. Next, we'll visit the Glenn Curtiss Museum program on the history of American Aviation. Museum visit continues with model airplane building and flying contest.
At Champlain Beach on Keuka Lake, we'll eat the sandwiches we made this morning plus fruit, chips, cookies, lemonade, and iced tea.
We’ll ride over to Seneca Lake for a field trip to Watkins Glen State Park, named one of the top three state parks in the country. We’ll hike down the famous Watkins Glen Gorge with its waterfalls and deep caverns. Many years ago, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built stone pathways through the shale. The full walk down consists of 832 stone steps — about a mile and a half — that usually takes approximately 90 minutes. You will witness the power of water and how erosion has shaped the gorge over thousands of years. Those who wish to skip the hike can stay on the bus and meet the group at the bottom of the gorge. From there, you can hike up the gorge as far as you like or visit the gift shop. On our way back to Watson Homestead, we’ll stop off at the Winner’s Circle Ice Cream Stand—grandparents’ treat!
Dining Room buffet.
We’ll walk over to the three-sided climbing and rappelling tower that is 36 feet to the top. Certified staff belayers will teach us about safety requirements and assist grandparents and grandkids in climbing as far as they wish to go, then rappelling back down.