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Unbiased information and descriptions of services, events, activities, etc. No opinions or reviews, just facts.

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My case Against Point and Shoot Cameras

For a recent family vacation to Walt Disney World, I wanted a camera that was more compact than my DSLR to carry in the parks with us. Something easy to carry that could fit in a small hip pack. Something lightweight, accessible, easy to use, but still with flexible manual control and decent picture quality. Since at the time I thought I was in the market for a high end point and shoot, I decided to rent a Nikon P7000.

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Chimney Bluffs State Park

After spending time with some friends at Captain Jacks on Sodus Bay, Gillian and I decided to make the short trip over to Chimney Bluffs State Park. Gillian had never been to Chimney Bluffs or even Sodus Bay. I practically grew up on boats that my parents kept in Sodus. We sailed between Sodus, Fair Haven, The Thousand Islands and Kingston for many summers, so for me, the area holds fond childhood memories. One of the nearby places we would spend hours anchored was in front of Chimney Bluffs. Which back in those days, was not yet an official State Park. Continue reading

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McGregor Vineyard 40th Anniversary Celebration and Sparkling Wine Tasting

McGregor Vineyard turns 40 this year and the Winery had a small event to celebrate on July 30th. As “Clan Club” members at McGregor’s, we would be there. This was an intimate gathering with a nominal fee held in the barrel room for a few small groups over the course of the day. Anyone that did not want to attend the event that day could still enjoy the live music, discounts on select wines, and free tastings that were offered for the anniversary celebration.

McGregor Vineyard 40th Anniversary

McGregor's 2008 Blanc de Blanc and 2008 Blanc de Noir paired with hors' d'oeuvres by Stacy, which, as always, were wonderful...

In the candle lit barrel room, John McGregor presented their latest sparkling wines, the 2008 Blanc de Blanc and 2008 Blanc de Noir,  paired with Stacy McGregor’s Grilled Shrimp, Watermelon Gazpacho, Crostini topped with Lively Run’s Chevre’ Cheese and Homemade Blueberry Jam,  and Walnut-Apricot-Blue Cheese Crisps.

The event began by raising our glasses to toast the 40 year old vineyard, one of the oldest in the region. We enjoyed the crisp bubbly and the perfectly paired hors’ d’oeuvres while listening to John speak of his family’s contribution to grape growing and winemaking in the Finger Lakes region. Winemaking is no trivial task, but as John described the process involved in making sparkling wine, we learned it takes commitment and patience as well as a great deal of manual labor.

In all, this event offered great wines, great foods, and interesting information in an elegant yet informal setting. We always enjoy visiting the McGregor Winery and look forward to the next 40 years of McGregor wines!

Welcome to our new Web Site!

Hello, and welcome to our new web site! We will be using this site to display our photography and offer our reviews and opinions on the attractions and events offered at the locations we visit.

We live near the Finger Lakes region of New York and these beautiful glacier carved Finger Lakes offer amazing photo opportunities, as well as excellent grape growing conditions for the many wineries around the lakes. On these pages, we will be sharing some of our favorite shots from this area, as well as reviews of the wineries, restaurants, and available activities.

As we travel beyond the Finger Lakes region of New York, we will be photographing and sharing our experiences from other regions of our home state, including some of our favorites, the Thousand Islands and the Adirondacks.

Beyond New York, we make yearly trips to South Carolina, where my parents have retired, as well as Walt Disney World. Disney has come to consume a large chunk of our travel budget and we have an entire blog devoted to Disney travel.

So thanks for stopping by and we hope you enjoy what we will have to offer. Please feel free to comment or ask any questions and we will do our best to answer them.

Dave and Gillian