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

We have been hearing the racers every morning started at 8 AM. The track is close to us and what great ambiance. Today we drove to Watkins Glen racetrack and could park free and see the race track from a distance. Tickets were about $55 so we saved that expense. There was lots of noise and we could see the vintage sport cars on the track. Had we known more about it we might have sprung for tickets. Then we drove the original track in town and up around the park - was used from 1948 to 1952. It is well marked and we drove it twice - fun....

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Sep 7, 2019 - Horseheads and Harris hill

Another overcast rainy day. We drove to Horseheads which is a unique name for a town. It was named for battle in the Revolutionary war and the museum in the train station was interestng. The town is located at the site of a fort established in the French and Indian War by the British and in the downtown is an intersection of 5 roads - it was a gathering place for the local Indian tribes before European settlers. Then we drove up a steep road to Harris Hill which is home to the National Soaring center. This is a place where the Scweitzers...

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Sep 5, 2019 - Watkins Glen

Everything was great until we were in Watkins Glen. The Dezl had us turn one light too soon and took us up Route 329 that goes to the State Park. There was a poorly marked turn off we missed and as we kept going there were signs about a low bridge. Before we got to it we turned into someone's property, disconnected the Honda and in the process of turning around the mudflap was bent up into the hitch again. I had to stand in the road to be sure no one came up as we turned around. Ray barely got it done on the two lane road. Then the Dezl...

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Sep 5, 2019 - Vintage Grand Prix

We really lucked out - this makes up for yesterday. As we drove in we saw signs about the road being closed for the Grand Prix and fortunately we came in yesterday because the main road is blocked off and semis are sitting in major stop and go on residential streets today. This is the Vintage Grand Prix and Ray was able to find a parking spot at the park where the Triumphs are parked. (After sitting in stop and go traffic for 30 minutes). Triumph is featured this year at vintage Grand Prix, the type of car changes each year. We walked...

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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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