Since we reached Pennsylvania we’ve done a pretty good job of staying off interstates. We travel a little more slowly, but we see things and places. Here are few places that haven’t gotten their own posts.
Once again John Wenzel was our guide around the Ligonier Valley, showing us things that we would never have found our own. An 18th century grist mill.
and the amazing California Furnace from 1850, an early iron furnace as the industrial revolution kicked into gear. Boullee out in the woods.
here John and Greta give it scale.
On the way into Pittsburgh, John pointed out where strip mine sites were now being filled and built upon. We realized that strip mines become strip malls.
Heading north towards Buffalo, we arrived at Punxsatawney, home of Phil the groundhog. We caught a glimpse of Phil (or who they say is Phil, along with a bunch of other groundhogs who may or may not be Phils).
Among the many icons of Phil in the town, we noticed this one, which looked strangely familiar.
The large, adorable, rodent gods seem to be taking over the country, but in Punxsatawney, unlike South Dakota, they are fighting back:
In upstate New York, we drove on Route 20, which hit the northern end of many of the Finger Lakes, a part of the state I (and most downstaters) had never visited. Canandaigua had some cool houseboats
While Geneva fell into the recurring category of Places that Used to be Prosperous, but still had some interesting buildings.
Waterloo had some nice houses in various states of repair.
Skaneateles appears to be the prosperous resort town on the road, with beautifully restored houses, and a thriving main street – the first place we could find a cup of coffee, in the Land that Starbucks Forgot.
and in Sharon Springs, this highly-wrought and astoundingly maintained church. Nice church, interesting steeple, but I’m not sure they’re getting along.
There we were, far away from the City and coastal civilization as know it, and Ithaca was still too far away to be worth visiting. It really is the most isolated spot in the east.