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Sep 8, 2019 - Watkins Glen international and drive the original course

Went to Watkins Glen racetrack and could park free to see from distance, lots of noise, vintage sport cars on the track. Drove the original track in town and around the park - was used from 1948 to 1952. Went to Seneca Lake - 600 ft deep and largest of the Finger Lakes. Drove the course the Eagle wanted us to take that bypassed the steep hill on 414 and went on country roads. Garmin reputation has been rehabilitated

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Sep 7, 2019 - Horseheads and Harris hill

Horseheads named for battle in the Revolutionary war. Town at site of fort established in the French and Indian War by the British. Harris Hill is home to Soaring center, many sailplanes on display and gliders were taking off and landing. Went to hill to see more and also saw parachutes flying around. Steep drive to get up the hill. Elmira on the banks of the Chemung river had canal that linked to the Erie and the Chemung Canal bank that sponsors many events was formed in 1833 to finance that canal construction.

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Sep 5, 2019 - Vintage Grand Prix

Triumphs are featured this year at vintage Grand Prix. Drivers coming into town on original race course. Drivers who will go on the track next day on display. Couple has original triumph bought in 1967. Rehab car, horn announced people coming around the corner.

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Jul 19, 2018 - Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen is a village that grew up near a rocky gorge. The scenic gorge started as a water source for a grist mill and eventually became a destination for tourists. The gorge has been developed into a state park with several trails that run 1.5 miles along the gorge. We chose the scenic Gorge Trail. All the trails are a physical challenge and involve a 600 foot uphill hike to the top of the chasm. It was very scenic, unique, and pretty, and worth the hike to see it. Near the end there is a place called Jacob's Ladder, where you think...

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Jun 26, 2018 - Watkins Glen, NY

26-Jun-18 Watkins Glen, NY We left this morning at our usual time, 10 am. With plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures. We retraced our route on I-88 to Binghamton then on to I-86. We arrived at Watkins Glen around 2:30 pm. After setting up camp we drove to Ithaca some 24 miles. The purpose was to drive around Cornell University. As with Watkins Glen, we discovered is that Ithaca is also very hilly. The streets are very narrow and wind around the hills making driving around when you don’t know where you are going difficult. Anyway, we took...

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Jun 11, 2018 - Watkins Glen

After a short tour around the countryside, we stopped in Watkins Glen. Interesting town at the foot of Seneca Lake. Of course, it is well known as the home of the race track. Patti and I actually attended on of the last Formula One race held there in 1978. We plan to return to take a cruise on one of the boats shown... after the season kicks off later in June.

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Jul 31, 2015 - Watkins Glen, NY

Days 38 – 40 (July 27th through July 30th) Watkins Glen There was ground fog in Chautauqua when we got up but it soon burned off. The trip from Lake Chautauqua to Watkins Glen was 172 miles; we fueled and stopped at a Camping World in Bath, NY. We arrived at Watkins Glen KOA at 2:15 pm on Monday, July 27th, and were pleased that we’d stayed the extra days at Chautauqua.. This KOA is a "destination resort" which means it is looking for guests who will stay and enjoy the park amenities - especially families. The Wi-Fi was marginal - midday...

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Oct 1, 2014 - Watkins Glen

We have arrived in the great Finger Lakes area of New York. Timing was perfect for the fall color change ... and the smaller crowds. The many glens / gorges of this area are beautiful to experience. The gorge / waterfall pics in this entry are all taken in Watkins Glen ... starting point is right down town. Enjoy ...

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Sep 26, 2014 - Watkins Glen Country Club

2014-09-26-Watkins Glen Golf Course Golf is not a game for sissies and certainly not for those with fragile egos; ergo…we decided to play the Watkins Glen Golf Course with its 9 regulation length holes spread over a vista encompassing Seneca Lake and several wineries. With the trees turning gold, red, and orange, it was a truly lovely though diabolical course. Thankfully, the view was spectacular because: (1) there was not a level fairway on the course; (2) there was not a level green on the course; (3) the fairways were lined with pot...

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Sep 25, 2014 - Watkins Glen Raceway and Watkins Glen State Park

2014-09-25- Watkins Glen State Park and Driving Adventure If you have not been to Watkins Glen, you should go but probably not on a race weekend because the roads through town are narrow and congested and they have apparently not heard of left turn arrows for traffic lights. There are several major draws in this area not the least of which is the Watkins Glen International Raceway. Now, I’m not saying that we are ready to beat land speed records, but when was the last time you saw a capped pickup truck with two kayaks strapped on for dear...

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Sep 12, 2014 - Holy CannolI!

9/12/2014. Friday. Holy Cannoli! BRRR! It was very chilly this morning and a light mist was falling sheepishly upon the ground. It looked and felt like it was going to snow today bus couple of hours later the weather cleared to an overcast chilly day. We donned our coats and rain gear and headed out for an exciting day exploring.........wait for it.................WATERFALLS! The drive through the single lane backroads and over the rolling hills to Watkins Glen was very pleasurable. The Watkins Glen State Park was right in the middle of...

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Oct 15, 2012 - Finally Southward Bound

My, how time flies. It has been two months since we left home. Our trip south was today after a week in Toronto watching all the leaves falling. We made our stop here for a couple of nights to let us revisit some places we have not been for many years, including the Corning museum and the Watkins Glen race track.

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