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Greystone Castle Bell
Geocaches Road Trips

Canastota Romp

Pre-trip refreshments at DND
Pre-trip refreshments at DND

Shannon and I knew we wanted to get out today.  What we weren’t sure of is where.  We, and by we I mean Shannon, decided we wanted to do something a little low key … we decided on Canastota.  We picked up Diane and Steven and headed out.

Thruway Geocache ...
Thruway Geocache …

Our first stop was for a thruway geocache.  Of course we didn’t know that Shannon had snuck out there previously.

Boxing Hall of Fame Geocache
Boxing Hall of Fame Geocache

… then a geocache at the Boxing Hall of Fame.

Great Swamp Conservatory
Great Swamp Conservatory

Our next stop was the Great Swamp Conservancy.  Truth be told, this was supposed to be a quick in and out.

GreatSwampGPXWhat we ended up doing was a short 2.0 mile jaunt through one of the public trails.  Although the path was mowed grass, it was in full sun.  A point Shannon may have mentioned once or twice.

Canal Street Artwork - 1
Canal Street Artwork – 1

Next stop was Canal Street in Canastota.  We split up here.  Diane and I checked out the artwork being put up on the side of a building.

Corky painting
Corky painting

Diane and I spoke with artist, Corky (sorry, I don’t remember the last name).  He was telling us about his work and let us know that he had done a few pieces in the area.

Canal Street Artwork - 2
Canal Street Artwork – 2

Above is the second piece that he just completed.  Diane and I were wondering how he went about the painting.  The canal seems to be too deep for a ladder.

Canastota Geocache
Canastota Geocache

Meanwhile … Shannon and Steven tracked down this cache.  I saw a couple more along the Erie Canal footpath, but I didn’t dare suggest another full-sun hike along the water.

Greystone Castle
Greystone Castle

So we went looking for another geocache by Greystone Castle.

Front stain glass
Front stain glass
Side stain glass
Side stain glass

Unfortunately, one of the hostesses came out to tell us that the bell, pictured below, had been moved and that the geocache had been removed.

Greystone Castle Bell
Greystone Castle Bell
Bell view 2
Bell view 2

Our general impression was that they wanted us to move on from the exterior of the building where they were having an event.

Owera Arbor
Owera Arbor

Next stop was Owera Vineyard in Manlius.  This was a total surprise.  The tasting facility has only been open a couple of months and it’s pretty nice.  They have some cheese trays that you can purchase to go with your tasting.  They also offer a nice selection of pizzas.

Owera Vines
Owera Vines

All of us enjoyed the wines.  My favorite name “Betty White”.  My favorite wine “Vidal Ice”.  We ended up walking out with almost two cases of bottles.

Owera Vines 2
Owera Vines 2

Our final stop of the day was Delmonico’s Steak House.  We all were very impressed with the food and the service.  I wish I got a couple pictures of the interior walls.

Nice afternoon.

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