Monday June 16, 2008
Today was another fun packed day strolling down memory lane. My cousin Judy and her husband Fetch came by to visit us at the RV, and then we went to visit with her dad, my Uncle Newman. He is the Uncle that I had lost touch with and thought he was deceased, but here he is at 93 and still driving.
My Uncle Newman at age 93, still sharp as a tack. Hope I got some of his genes.
My uncle had an airplane for years and I had heard stories that when my dad was building the house my uncle would fly over and dive bomb the house. At least that is what his ex wife told me the other day. He claims today that he may have “buzzed” it a few times. He was always the one looking for speed and a thrill from flying his plane to driving his motorcycles. My cousin Jim is the same way, fast cars, bikes and boats. He has a “speed” boat that has one big engine. He claims he has done 125mph in it and I believe him.
Later in the day Kathy and I took a short drive to the beach where my family would go swimming in the summer. It was called Sylvan Beach on Oneida Lake, about 20 miles from our house.
Here I am in front of the sign for Sylvan Beach
I told Kathy that they had a nice beach and an amusement park, but I doubted that the park was still there. Well another surprise as I strolled down memory lane.
I am sure this is the very same roller coaster that I rode as a kid. At least up close it looks like it has been there more than 50 years, probably 75 or more!
I am also sure that these are the very same kiddie rides that I rode on. Sylvan Beach was THE place to go in the summer.
The area has some very nice lake houses and boat docks and also some places that have been here for 100 years. All in all it was very quaint and brought back good memories.
This is the ole swimming hole.
Oneida Lake is the largest lake entirely within New York (79.8 square miles). It serves as one of the links in the Erie Canal. It empties into the Oneida River which flows into the Oswego River which in turn flows into Lake Ontario. It is named for the Oneida tribe of the Iroquois who live in the area. While not included as one of the Finger Lakes, it is sometimes referred to as their "thumb".
The current lake is about 21 miles long and about 5 miles wide with an average depth of 22 feet . The shoreline is about 55 miles. It truly is a beautiful lake.
This is a view of the lake.
All in all it was another good day. We enjoyed riding some of the back roads and the views of the farms. It is a very pretty area in the summer, but they can keep their winters.
Tomorrow we travel about 150 miles to the Catskill area where we will spend the next few days.
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PS The new GPS is working out well and Kathy is much happier with my shortcuts. We had some rain today and things have cooled down a little. The current temperature at 8:45pm is a very pleasant 67 degrees.