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A GORGE-ous Day!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Today my DW & I ventured back up through Ithaca to return to Taughannock Falls State Park. I brought my bike along in case there was good riding opportunities, but that was a bust SO...I went hiking from Cayuga Lake in search of the BEST picture I could take of the falls!

I hiked UP and UP the trail to get to the lookout where one could see the falls from up high:

But I wanted to get a pic of the falls up close and personal...way down at the bottom where the water was roaring on impact! So where's the trail to the bottom? Oh, well...you have to go all the way back down the way you hiked UP and take a different trail...whew!

So down I FLY! Whizzing along running half the time feeling like a kid again...whoopee! Perhaps I'm getting *infected* by KSIGMA's love of running...! :-) I was careful tho to slow it down around the stoney tree roots, etc...no falls for THIS old coot thank you!

Here's a view looking down the gorge at the river, no, um TRICKLE down below:

So then when I get on the right trail to take me to the foot of the falls I get to see how parched the river bed is:

Really amazing for this time of year!

I'm enjoying running along here and there as I make my way up the gorge. Here is a shot of a little bit more water:

Here's a view looking all the way UP the gorge where I had been hiking earlier:

And finally I get to the foot of the falls! It is GORGE-ous and well worth the fun I had hiking up and down and all around and I am ready for my perfect camera shot when...

My battery dies.

So I took a pic with my cell phone camera...it'll have to do until the next time! I suppose there's a Boy Scout lesson in there somewhere...lol

Here are a couple links to web pages with MANY pics of Taughannock Falls:



Hope you enjoyed the pictures I DID take!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ZIRCADIA 5/31/2009 6:41PM

    WOW!!!!!! :D BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D

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JUSTLYLE 5/31/2009 8:45AM

    Great tour Don, just about like I was there, except no loss of calories. All I have to do today after early church is spray corn and bean fields while wind is calm and no rain. Skeeter

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PTPHELAN 5/31/2009 8:23AM

    One of my favorite places. You brought a smile to my face.

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THANIA1 5/31/2009 1:23AM

    What a privileged place you live in!, Very beautiful and the autumn pictures of google are just Magic.

I am glad that you enjoyed your self, nothing is so precious than to be in nature , it has always been for me. When we go hiking , my husband is much faster than me (more muscles) up wards , and I am behind , going up slowly, but when is down hill boy I love to run all the way, I do zig zag, and use a stick. It feels great. Yes the three roots are nasty ,but the rest of it is fun.

Have a GORGE-ous Sunday too.


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OUTDOORGIRL69 5/31/2009 12:03AM

    Great pic.
thanks Don

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JIBBIE49 5/31/2009 12:01AM

    What a fun day.

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FALCONETTE 5/30/2009 11:47PM

    Wow! How beautiful!!! You're so lucky to have such awesome nature were you live!!!

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CHAS1949 5/30/2009 11:07PM

    Wow!! Thanks for sharing!!

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Memorial Day: Garden In, Enjoying Re-Done Park & Cookout!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Well, the majority of our garden is in...tomatoes, red peppers, onions, broccoli, summer squash, zuchinni, cauliflower, carrots...crossing fingers on how it will turn out!

Had enough time left over to cook out at Dorchester Park...glorious 70's cloudless sunshiney day here!

The park had been re-vamped with newly paved walking trails...woo hoo! :-)

Here's a couple of links about the park:

Don gobroomecounty.com/parks/dorchester

Someone else's pics of the area:


And the article about recent rehabbing of the park:


All in all, nice combination of being a productive, but enjoyable day!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    The garden sounds wonderful!

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JAZZYJUDE 5/27/2009 1:44PM

    Hmm, let me know when they are sprouting and I'll bring my plate! Good luck green thumb!!
emoticon Jazzy!!

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ZIRCADIA 5/26/2009 5:28PM

    YAY for veggies and walking trails and sunshine! :D Also I finally went and submitted my info to the NWCR. :)

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JIBBIE49 5/26/2009 10:59AM

    Now that is nice.

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ANDALEX 5/26/2009 1:38AM

    mmmm, sounds like a tasty garden :)

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MARJIJANE 5/25/2009 10:39PM

    The Park looks wonderful! and it sounds like you had a productive day, as well!

Bet you can't wait to get out there and scout the newly paved walking trails!

Thanks for Sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Spread the SPARK: Join the National Weight Control Registry!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I joined the National Weight Control Registry last year and they've sent me their annual questionnaire packet to complete to update their records. I LOVE being part of this study because I sing the praises of SPARKPEOPLE every time I correspond with them!

From the article below, here are the instructions on how to join:

Join the Registry: If you've lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for at least a year, you can join the National Weight Control Registry (which is especially looking for members of ethnic minorities and teenagers). Visit www.nwcr.ws or call 1-800-606-6927

Here is an article which summarizes what the NWCR is all about:


I think it's a terrific project to study successful "big losers" and to get the word out at to what has worked so others can join our ranks!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

S318830 5/27/2009 7:02PM

    I'm glad you posted your comment on my blog. I just realized I'd been reading the rules all wrong. I thought I needed to get to my goal weight before registering, even if I'd already lost more than 30 lbs. Now that I read it again, it's lose 30 and keep it off. There's a big difference there. I need to go back and see what date I hit the 30 lbs gone point and register if it was a year ago or more. THANKS!

[Edited to add: I just signed up! Thanks again!]

Comment edited on: 5/27/2009 7:05:56 PM

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JIBBIE49 5/25/2009 4:27PM

    Happy Memorial Day. Hope you are having fun today. emoticon emoticon

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KASHMIR 5/25/2009 2:19PM

    Don, I just sent them my stats through the website. Thanks for posting this!

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Michael Pollan: We Are Responsible for Wise Food Choices!

Friday, May 22, 2009

The more I hear from Pollan the more I just LOVE THIS MAN! Here is another great article that just does my "Fighting-Corporate-Control-of-Our-Bodies" heart wonders! :-)


The article wraps up with: "While the governmental attitude toward food has turned significantly under President Obama, we do control our destiny to eat in a way that takes the world and our own health into account.

Kurtis suggested consumers should vote with your pocketbook. Pollan said vote with your fork. Waiting for government to turn around huge issues concerning our food supply will be a long time in coming, especially with the latest e-coli problem. We do need to push the government, but ultimately, we need to push ourselves."

The SparkPeople community has certainly inspired ME toward taking greater and greater responsibility for my food choices and becoming increasingly less influenced by corporate media when it comes to making my food choices. In fact, I'm NEGATIVELY influenced by media...if it's hyped on TV or the radio...I become VERY suspicious and critical...lol, go ahead and waste more advertising dollars on the likes of MOI!


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ANDALEX 5/24/2009 2:56AM

    i'm loving the idea of not eating things that you've seen advertised. i've been letting that guide my food choices a little more lately. so far, so good!

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JIBBIE49 5/23/2009 9:40AM

    One problem we have is food is entertainment for many poor people. Going to McDonald's is a "night out" and a social event. Years ago people went to the neighbors for supper or to church friends and rotated around. People don't do that today.

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ZIRCADIA 5/23/2009 9:30AM

    I agree -- I look at food advertising in a COMPLETELY different way now. Instead of being mildly interested and thinking, oh that looks good! I think -- man they're trying really hard to get me to shove that down my gullet... UGH. And sometimes it's really depressing the way food is advertisted -- appealing to our gluttonous side, or toting the most "weird and extreme" foods to kids. LIKE WOAH!! This candy turns your tongue neon green! THAT IS AWESOME. Uh, no. But I admit, I'm also now suspicious of all foods promoting health claims as well.

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Revisiting Graceland

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I had such a great time on my treadmill this morning boogie-ing along to songs from Paul Simon's old "Graceland" album that I just wanted to pass it along to others... If you're looking for some great upbeat music with a south African groove that is guaranteed to move your feet, DO check it out!

Although ALL the musicians are top-notch, the bass player stands out to me with his fluid, fretless, funky, punchy lines just moving the whole band along...WOW! The newer remastered version includes a version of "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" in which the bass player is the ONLY musician accompanying the vocalists and it's just AMAZING!

Here's a link to the CD...also individual tracks can be downloaded as mp3 files for only 99 cents apiece:



  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ANDALEX 5/24/2009 2:55AM

    graceland is one of my all-time favorite albums. i've actually been listening to negotiations and love songs a lot lately, which has several of the tracks from graceland as well. it never fails to get me car dancing :)

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SASSYCHRIS1952 5/22/2009 7:48AM

    I had this album years ago, it's a winner! And thanks for the links! Have a nice holiday weekend.

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JIBBIE49 5/21/2009 6:02PM

    WONDERFUL. Thanks.

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