On the Road Again
Danby Forest, New York
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
We are on our way to Shawn’s for five days, but we decided to spend a night near Ithaca, New York en route. We have done all of the waterfalls hikes in this area but we love it here; so, we are redoing some of them. We did the gorge hike to Taughannock Falls this afternoon and plan on hiking in Robert Treman Park to Lucifer Falls tomorrow. What a delight to drive through spring greens today with changing landscapes of blossoming trees and shrubs: cherry, peach, lilacs, redbud, magnolia and white flowering trees I could not name.
We booked a night in the Russian Room at the Log Country B and B on the edge of the Danby Forest. There was a fire here in the main house at Christmas; so, we were not even sure we had a room even after we booked it, but we received some reassuring emails from Wanda and here we are. After driving down the dirt road, past a burned out foundation and up to the old log cabin, we raised our eyebrows and said, “This will be an experience!”
We were only just out of the car when Wanda opened the door to greet us with her Polish accent. We stepped into a collector’s world. A veritable house of treasures. This place is full of wooden sculptures of roosters, angels, Russian dolls, monkeys, zebras, elephants, songbirds, farm animals, bentwood rocking chairs, paintings and china plates of every description, our bed frame made out of tree branches. We have the house to ourselves, I think. There was mention of an Ithaca College professor occupying the other half of the cabin. We have not seen him yet. Wanda’s daughter, Sarah, has an apartment under that half. Wanda is occupying the house on the other side of the burned out house. There are plans to rebuild.
There is an enormous ancient looking bible-like book that turns out to be a guest book that has commentaries dating back to 1987.
We have to drive a few miles to Spencer for supper. We have a choice of two restaurants, one is pizza. I think we are ready for a change: Reese’s Diner is number 1 of 2.