We usually do quite a bit of driving around when we come on vacation down here on Keuka Lake. The area is quite beautiful. I guess you have to have quite a bit of money to own property right on the lake. So it makes sense that the properties are going to be more upscale than Rochester city homes. Some are and some aren’t I guess.

We like to go around looking at some of the older homes in the area. That is always neat. Today we came across a couple of old Greek Revival style homes that have been around the area for more than a hundred years.

One common feature you see on lakefront properties is retaining walls. You see them all over the place. One of the neighbors said there guy by the name of Jon from Rochester who does retaining walls. Huge lakefront retaining walls are pretty cool looking. It really makes a steep slope look impressive rather than just having it covered with shrubs and loose rocks.

I don’t know all the different architectural styles of homes around here to be able to talk intelligently about them. I know a few types, but most of the homes around here don’t fit those types I don’t think. So, I really can’t say what they are.

It is pretty cool driving around checking them out though. There are old farms scattered about. Some are owned by Amish folks and some are not Amish. The local Amish have a curbside farmers market every week in downtown Penn Yan.

You see a few Amish horse buggies here and there. It is a lot more common to see single Amish men riding around on their bicycles. That is pretty interesting the first time you see it. You stop and wonder what the heck this guy is doing dressed like that riding around on a bicycle. Then it dawns on you that he is Amish. I guess the guys without beards who ride around on bicycles like that are single men. But, don’t quote me on that. I am not 100% sure.

These small towns across New York State have a lot of history. It is neat to find a town and discover that its entire existence was because at one time there had been some factory that was a popular manufacture of some kind of textile. My how times have changed.

I can just imagine what this area must have been like when it was originally settled. The lakes must have been absolutely pristine and even more impressive than they are today. You can still experience that kind of desolation if you vacation in the Adirondacks. There are lots of small lakes like that still out there.

The water temperature of Keuka Lake doesn’t vary a whole lot from day to day. It stays pretty consistent with subtle changes as the seasons mature.

This week the air temperature has been in the 70’s for highs during the day and getting down into the 50’s at night. The lake stays right around 73-75 degrees depending on how far off shore you go.
Some people like it warmer than that to swim, but not me. I am a 70 degree swimmer.

Time for a swim……

That was refreshing. There is nothing like a nice late morning lake swim to melt away any stress in your life and press your reset button. Twenty minutes is all it takes. Get out there and float around just treading water. That will do the trick.

When you get out and feel the warm sun on your skin there is nothing quite as wonderful. It makes you feel at one with Mother Nature. During the summers around here we love her. During the winter months we swear at her.

Today is going to be one of those days. I can already tell. It is going to be one of those days where you get absolutely nothing accomplished. And it feels good too. During the regular hectic lives we lead you want to end your day feeling like you got a lot done. But, when you are at the lake it is different. You don’t care how much you got done. And sometimes, the less you get done the better.

female wood duckSpent a half our today trying to identify the different species of ducks that came swimming up begging for bread crumbs. There were fifteen of them. Five wood ducks versus about ten mallards. There was one hen mallard with her brood of babies. It was amazing to watch her continuously chase away all those other wood ducks singlehandedly. She is one tough cookie.

It was an awesome display of nature’s cruel rule of survival of the fittest.

I was very happy to see the wood ducks. Usually all you see most places you go around here are lots of mallards. Don’t get me wrong, the Mallard is a very beautiful duck. I like variety though. I like to see different kinds of animals and different species. Those wood ducks were just beautiful.

We fed them left over Amish Oatmeal rolls broken off into tiny bite size pieces for the little guys. All went well until a couple sky rat seagulls showed up. Of course the seagulls, being a larger bird, went and chased away all the ducks. If those seagulls weren’t protected I would take great pleasure in shooting them out of the sky.

Looking forward to my afternoon nap today. Gosh life is tough.

mallard ducksIt’s a bit of a gloomy day to be starting my blog, but what the heck….

Temperature is 69 degrees.   It is overcast with a slight sprinkle in the air.

Yet, the lake is as beautiful and peaceful as ever.

That is what I really love about this place.   No matter what the weather is like in the summer months, June, July, August or September, it is always beautiful here.

We started the day with breakfast at Angel’s in downtown Penn Yan.  Then we headed back to the lake house for scones and coffee on the back porch that borders the water’s edge.

Our lake house, we don’t own it, we rent it, is on the east fork of the lake.  So we are closer to Penn Yan than we are to Hammondsport.

We go up route 54A into Penn Yan from our place.   There is a neat little farmers market stand along the way called Indian Pines.   We love their pies and their fresh vegetables.  They only see us for about a week every year when we are on vacation.   We drop a lot of coin there though over that week or two long period.   If you are ever around the area, stop by there and get a pie.  You won’t regret it.

Oh wait…here comes the sun…yay!

You can tell that this is a great place to unwind from a busy life when all you do is sit by the lake and wait to see what the weather is going to do.

Today’s lesson of the day for vacationers is to beware.   Throwing pieces of bread to feed the family of Mallard ducks will also attract Seagulls.    A lot of people probably think that Seagulls are beautiful.  We don’t fall into that category.  We consider them to be the equivalent of sky rats.

These scavengers are often found frequenting local McDonald’s parking lots in search of stray french fries.   If it was only one or two of them that showed up, then it would probably be cute.  But, when you see a parking lot full of them destroying cars with their acidic poop, you start to loose your love for them.

I guess they aren’t so bad though.  They do a good job of helping keep the lake that I love so much, so clean.   It really is beautiful here.