a “musher” or sled dog driver, looking a bit husky in his big coat.

 

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in the surprisingly cozy bar

 

I’m not much of a drinker, but tried the hotel’s signature cider cocktail, in a glass made of ice, and found it delicious, almost impossible to put down.

 

In the chapel

 

Many of the rooms had amazing carvings on the walls. I didn’t meet anyone actually staying for the night. I overheard people discussing the possibility of renting rooms by the hour/hot sheet hotel, wondering if the room service would be glacial, etc. but no one actually planning on staying the night.

 

blocks of bluish ice

 

all the carvings were imaginative and well-done

 

My sister is impervious to cold. I cannot believe we’re related.

 

 

 

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Ice Hotel – – Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Québec, Canada

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Taughannock closeup

 

 

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In Trumansburg, NY, flowing into Cayuga Lake, a few miles north of Ithaca.

Thirty feet taller than Niagara Falls (but a bit less water)

The name “Taughannock” is apparently not Iroquois, but most likely Leni Lenape (aka Delaware, an Algonquin tribe).  I’ve heard many explanations for the word, from “large waterfall in the woods,” to the name of a Delaware chief, to “Better get out and carry your canoe for a bit“.

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Pictures of Upstate New York. Taughannock Falls, Fall and Winter.

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Upon reflection, as they say…

I’d prepared an angry political diatribe after the election, but decided, upon reflection, to post a pretty postcard from my home, New York, instead.

The Botanic Gardens are part of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and until a recent PC name-change, were called “Cornell Plantations”.

Despite hearing his name all my life, I don’t know much about Ezra Cornell, but he seems like a pretty stand-up guy.

A “self-made man,” he started out as a humble carpenter.  Then a traveling plow salesman (on foot!  I guess he’d never get lost, he could just follow the furrow home), went on to help found Western Union and Cornell University, and was a generous philanthropist.  Kicked out of his church when he married for love, a woman from “outside of the faith”.

While not an abolitionist, he was a Republican politician, at a time when that party was opposed to slavery and oppression.

This photo is not retouched.  It looks a bit like the way I pictured Heaven, when I was a little kid, or at least, heaven for some well-mannered denomination, maybe one that doesn’t cast out people like Ezra Cornell, for marrying a Methodist!

I guess, if you’d been really good, there’d be a golf course, too.

And maybe an ice cream stand.

Otherwise, a pretty heavenly spot.

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Lucifer Falls, Enfield Creek, Treman State Park, a few miles from town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pictures of Upstate New York. Arboretum at Cornell Botanic Gardens & Enfield Creek, Treman State Park

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