5 Hidden Gems in Upstate New York

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These are just a few of the many amazing hidden gems we have found during our travels throughout Upstate New York. More to come, but for now…Enjoy!

Whitaker Park Lewis County
1.) Whitaker Park, Lewis County
Boasting huge but hidden waterfalls, this park provides shady spots for camping and parking for day hiking along the falls. More info here

Black Pond Oswego County
2.) Black Pond, Oswego County
Miles of sandy beach and state protected wetlands tucked behind the dunes make this stop a must during the hot summer months. More info here

Robert G. Wehle State Park
3.) Robert G. Wehle State Park, Jefferson County
This unique State Park is a dog’s dream. Man’s best friend can frolic along miles of lakefront hiking trails and picnic areas on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario. Wehle also offers camping, cabins and a visitor center designed to commemorate the park founder’s love of canines. More info here

Sixberry Lake Jefferson County
4.) Sixberry Lake, Jefferson County
This New York State conservation area offers a quiet and secluded place to swim, canoe, kayak and fish. More info here

Eatonville Lewis County
5.) Eatonville Falls, Lewis County
This shady and scenic area in the Adirondack Park provides a cool place to swim, float and slide down gentle rapids. Grab a picnic basket and a raft and bring your family this natural waterslide. More info here



Juno Aground

The Juno at Night
This week the Juno, a shipping vessel, ran aground underneath the Thousand Islands Bridge in Alexandria Bay, New York. The freighter was stuck in the shipping channel from Monday morning through Wednesday and was dislodged with a little help from Canadian and U.S. local authorities. On Tuesday we took a trip to see the grounded ship. When we arrived there were 2 ocean tugs strapped to one side, pushing the freighter toward Wellesley Island. This unfortunate accident made for an amazing photo opportunity for us.

The Juno at Sunset
The Juno Close to Wellesley Island
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The Juno at NightThe Juno at Night

Ice Volcano


Ice Volcano Letchworth State Park

As the weather is starting to turn from icy blasts to balmy breezes, it’s time to come out of hibernation and share more upstate adventures. While staying inside and bingeing on Netflix has its benefits going out and seeing some natural wonders can be a pretty great way to pass the time. Back in February there was a bit of buzz about an “ice volcano” that sprouted up from a gravity fed fountain in Letchworth State Park. We had to see it for ourselves, so we bundled up and headed out on an adventure we will never forget.

The “ice volcano” was fifty feet of solid ice that had formed around an active fountain, which was still shooting out of the top of the cone. As we rounded the corner and it came into view, there was nothing short of squeals of delight filling the car.

Not only was the ice volcano everything thing we hoped and more, Letchworth is very much the “Grand Canyon of the East” as advertised. While the photos help paint the picture, we recommend hopping in the car and seeing for yourself – it’s well worth the trip.

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