restoman: (Glenn)
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I took a much-needed mental health day today.  I hopped in the truck and headed south out of the city to explore the countryside, one of my favorite passtimes.    It was a beautiful, sunny day, but rather warm, with the temperature topping out at 93 degrees.  I stopped in Ithaca to do a little hiking in Stewart Park, where there is a bird sanctuary that features scores of ginormous old trees.  I hiked some of the trails through the ancient trees, looking up into their canopies, awestruck with their majesty.

From Ithaca I headed south and explored some of New York's Southern Tier: Spencer, Candor, Gridleyville, Wilseyville, Danby.  I didn't use a map or GPS at all.  I just picked roads that looked interesting, paved or not, and enjoyed the countryside.  When I decided it was time to start heading back, I used the compass that is mounted at the top of the windshield, and found my way back to Ithaca.

I headed north along the east side of Cayuga Lake, stopping in the hamlet of Ludlowville, a small town that I discovered about 40 years ago and fell in love with.  No major routes run through Ludlowville, so it is not easy to find.  It has a nice collection of mostly Victorian houses (plus a few earlier).  In the 1960s and 70s, Ludlowville was rediscovered by a number of "hippies" from Cornell University, who bought and restored homes in the sleepy little town, shaping it into a progressive little suburb of Ithaca.  I saw no Trump signs in Ludlowville, but was dismayed to see so many in the red-neck towns of the Southern Tier.

There is a wonderful old school building, tucked away behind the single block of commercial buildings in Ludlowville.  The school was built around 1905, and has been abandoned for about 50 years.  It is all wood construction, and I was amazed that it is still standing.
Another wonderful feature of Ludlowville is its waterfall.  Near the center of town is a small park, the former site of an early mill and inn, with a spectacular waterfall.  The waterfall has a large, space behind the falls that can only be reached by swimming across the pool at the bottom of the falls.  There were several dozen people in the water and sunning themselves on the rocks at the base of the falls.  I wanted to join them, but did not want to intrude on their little piece of paradise.

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A sign on the Onondaga Indian Reservation, just south of Syracuse.




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A nicely-detailed Greek Revival style house (c.1845) in Poolville, NY.

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One of the Victorian houses of Ludlowville.

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The abandoned Ludlowville School.

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The waterfall in Ludlowville.

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Date: 2016-06-27 06:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] changeling72.livejournal.com
It looks beautiful! Go you for taking a mental health day.

It's a shame someone doesn't restore the old school.

And look at you, taking pics of semi-clad young men!

Date: 2016-06-28 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] restoman.livejournal.com
Thanks, Mark! :-)
I should probably take a lot more mental health days than I do.

The old school is certainly a handsome building in its own right, but I can understand why they replaced it. By today's standards it would be called a firetrap. Perhaps it could be restored for a different purpose, but the building needs considerable work now after having sat empty for so long.

Usually, the semi-clad men I photograph are the guys on my crew, but I couldn't resist getting some shots of the hot swimmers. ;-)

Date: 2016-06-27 09:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thespian15.livejournal.com
When I decided it was time to start heading back, I used the compass that is mounted at the top of the windshield, and found my way back to Ithaca.
I definitely would have had to use the GPS to get back home after something like that. lol...

That Greek Revival is beautiful.
It's so sad to see the old school building in that shape. :( It looks like it was quite an impressive building in it's day. :o

A wee little eye candy to go with the beautiful waterfall. :)
Hugs, Jon

Date: 2016-06-28 03:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] restoman.livejournal.com
Glad that you enjoyed the eye candy, Jon. I know my readers, and I aim to please! ;-)

Luckily, I have a good sense of direction, so I can play that game of getting lost and still make it home, ...eventually.

I love a well-crafted Greek Revival house. We have many nice ones dotting the countryside here. The school certainly was a handsome and impressive building in its day. I have seen an old picture of it online. But even in its decay, it still has a sad elegance.

*Hugs*

Date: 2016-06-28 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thespian15.livejournal.com
They just don't make 'em likt that any more. :o

Date: 2016-06-27 12:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rockingthemike.livejournal.com
fantastic day trip... particularly love that you didn't rely on the gps, and just instinct on where to go.

Date: 2016-06-28 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] restoman.livejournal.com
Thanks, Mike! :-)

particularly love that you didn't rely on the gps

That would be cheating! ...and just because I made up the rules doesn't mean that I can break them! The "game" is to get myself lost in some place I have never been before, and then find my way back home without using a map, GPS, or asking directions.

Date: 2016-06-27 12:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kishenehn.livejournal.com
Nice use of the telephoto lens there, Glenn! ;-)

Ludlowville sounds like my kind of place. And I think you and your guys should take that school on as your next restoration project. :-p

Date: 2016-06-28 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] restoman.livejournal.com
Nice use of the telephoto lens there, Glenn! ;-)

It is the perfect way to ogle hot young guys, Mark! ...but I don't need to tell you that. :-p

Yeah, you would definitely like Ludlowville, Mark. And I'm sure I would like Polebridge. I have heard that years ago, when the hippies first resettled Ludlowville, skinny-dipping in the falls was standard practice. ;-)

I definitely don't have the energy left in me to tackle a project like that school, and my crew is burning out or leaving at an alarming rate. But I have often dreamed of moving to Ludlowville and restoring a house there.

*Hugs*

Date: 2016-06-28 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kishenehn.livejournal.com
Sorry to hear the crew is burning out, Glenn. :/

But if it turns out to be an excuse to retire to Ludlowville, let me know! Might be a good excuse to restart the skinny-dipping tradition. :;-)

Date: 2016-06-28 12:25 am (UTC)
ext_173204: (mooch)
From: [identity profile] italiangm.livejournal.com
Great pix, Glenn.

Glad you got to take a mental health day. :)

I want to soooo bad, but I'm retiring in September and am determined to maximize my vacation payout, especially since I got a nice merit increase. Sick time increases my pension payout, so not taking any of those hours, either. *sigh*

Date: 2016-06-28 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] restoman.livejournal.com
Thanks, Steve! :-)

You will be able to take lots of mental health days beginning in September! Until then perhaps taking a mental health evening or even an hour or two will help recharge your batteries. :-)

Date: 2016-06-28 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stormdog.livejournal.com
That school is amazing. Something all wood lasting that long is quite a feat. The decorative details on it are so gorgeous!

The big new window in the roof of that gothic house feels so wrong. But better it's modified and lived in than abandoned and destroyed. It's a beautiful house.

I'm glad you took a day for yourself. You need them sometimes!

Date: 2016-06-30 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] restoman.livejournal.com
Thanks, Chris, I really need a lot more mental health days.

Yeah, the school is a very handsome building. Even as a ruin the school is still beautiful.

That skylight in the roof (obviously replacing another dormer) is a jarring modification to the house.

Date: 2016-07-03 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] merlinwon.livejournal.com
nice scary abandoned school... yum on the eye candy in and from the water! MMM! :)

Happy Fourth!!!

Date: 2016-07-05 12:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] restoman.livejournal.com
Thanks, Randy! I hope you had a Happy Fourth too!
*Hug*

I would love to go inside that old school and get more pictures, but I don't think I would want to go inside it alone. :-/

How could I resist taking pix of the eye candy? ;-)

Date: 2016-07-04 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nessachan.livejournal.com
Wow, that school is really cool and I love the little Victorian house.

Date: 2016-07-05 12:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] restoman.livejournal.com
Thanks, Nessa! The school is amazing, and there are lots more cool houses in Ludlowville. You would love the place!
:-)

Date: 2016-07-14 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] merlinwon.livejournal.com
In hopes you have a ***WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY*** Tomorrow... With a Grand Year to Follow!! :)

Luv n Hugs,
Randy

Date: 2016-07-18 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] restoman.livejournal.com
Awww! Thanks, Randy! :-)

I had a good Birthday-weekend!

*HUGS*

Date: 2016-07-15 10:41 am (UTC)
ext_173204: (lil pink sock)
From: [identity profile] italiangm.livejournal.com
Happy Birthday Glenn! :)

Date: 2016-07-18 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] restoman.livejournal.com
Thank you, Steve! :-)

I hope that all is well with you!
*Hug*
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