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Ithaca trip

Ithaca, as you may have heard, is gorges. mangofandango, jeaniek, and I went there this past weekend to visit celticberry and celebrate her birthday.

We picked up jeaniek in Albany and then headed north to meet waterbaby83 in Saratoga for lunch. Then we drove to Ithaca and arrived in the early evening on Friday. celticberry showed us around the Redbud Woods, which are in the process of being saved from parking-lottification.

celticberry and jeaniek contemplate the area that workers managed to clear in one morning before protesters stopped them. A tree-sit platform, where protesters spend hours upon hours in order to keep work crews from cutting down trees. Even though their namesake redbuds have bloomed and passed already this year, the woods are still full of beautiful wildflowers. The woods are also lined with pleasant walking-paths for the public to use.

We had dinner that night (for fried and beery values of dinner) at The Nines, a local restaurant and music venue. I had been to the Nines on my one previous Ithaca trip with a college friend back in 2000 or so, and wanted to revisit it because I remembered it fondly. It was still just as nice a place, with good food and excellent local beer (mmm, Ithaca Apricot Wheat), and the kitchen is on the second floor, so food is delivered to the dining room via dumbwaiter.

The whole time we were visiting, the weather was incredibly hot and humid, and the house celticberry is living in has no air conditioning, so we spent a fair portion of our time trying to find ways to cool off. Saturday we drove around a bit to find a non-crowded swimming spot, and ended up spending some time in a shallow but relatively swift-flowing section of Cascadilla Creek where the running water has polished the bedrock on the creek bed into a very smooth rock-slide. As soon as you sit down in the water, the current lifts you up and carries you a hundred feet or so downstream gently.

We saw "The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants" (mangofandango and I for the second time) - an excellent movie - and then Saturday evening a bunch of celticberry's friends came over for food and drinks to celebrate her birthday.

Sunday morning, after a trip to the Commons (Ithaca's version of Church Street in Burlington, VT) to find coffee, and then a quick driving tour of campus, we headed out. We stopped in Syracuse for lunch, the first time I've been back since graduating four years ago (holy crap, an entire class of freshman has arrived at college and gone on to earn their Bachelors' degrees since I graduated), but we didn't have much time to spend there so we just walked around a little bit and got lunch at the Pita Pit. Someday it would be nice to go and spend a little more time exploring campus again, but that'll have to wait for another trip.

The drive back home was pretty quick and uneventful. It was wonderful seeing celticberry and jeaniek for a few days. I hope someday we all live a little closer together so these get-togethers aren't so few and far between!

Update: I forgot to include a link to the rest of the Redbud Woods photos we took.


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Jun. 14th, 2005 12:42 pm (UTC)
you have pita pits up there?? my friend michelle works at the pita pit here in town. i had no idea they were so widespread

and nice pictures :)
Jun. 14th, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC)
ohh it looks so beautiful. i love ithaca, and i'm glad it will still have trees the next time i go to visit them.

<3 when will you be visiting moi next?
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