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July 15, 2016 / Jim Fenton

Great Lakes Day 6: New York State

June 24, 2016

Niagara Falls Floral Clock

Niagara Falls Floral Clock

Today was mostly a driving day. After a hearty breakfast at the IHOP next to our hotel, we took a quick side trip to the Floral Clock, which turned out to be about 10km downstream from our hotel. It definitely wasn’t walking distance. The clock is on the grounds of an Ontario Hydro generating station. Seeing it and a bit more of the Niagara Falls vicinity made it worth the trip.

We then made our way across the Rainbow Bridge back into the USA, and drove the New York Thruway east across upstate New York. We took a short detour at Syracuse to see Syracuse University, which was of some interest to Celeste. The campus is beautiful, including both the setting on a hill on the edge of downtown and its many attractive and varied buildings.

We resumed our drive to our destination for the next couple of nights, Johnstown, New York. Johnstown is close to Amsterdam, where Dad grew up, and was also home to my grandmother for a couple of years while she lived with her niece. We plan to do some exploring tomorrow to refresh my memories of the area and show Celeste a bit about one of her grandparents.

This article is part of a series about our recent vacation in the Great Lakes area. To see the introductory article in the series, click here.

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