Day 1. Drive to Batavia, New York   (3 July 2002 Wed)
5:00am depart Norwood for upstate New York
11:00am to 12:00noon lunch between Utica and Syracuse
12:00noon to 1:00pm continue driving to Watkins Glen
1:00pm to 3:00pm Watkins Glen State Park
The gorge at Watkins Glen is the best-known in the Finger Lakes region. The one-and-one-half-mile-long trough was scoured by glaciers, creating 19 waterfalls and 300-foot shale and sandstone cliffs. Foot trails follow the rim of the gorge, some of them blazed centuries ago by Native Americans. The gorge trail, with over 800 stone steps, follows the gorge, going over and under waterfalls.

3:00pm to 5:00pm Chateau LaFayette Reneau

From their website:
We cordially invite you to savor one hundred and forty acres of vineyards, ponds, meadows and woodlands. Our brick house and renovated barn/winery are from an earlier, simpler time. The panoramic view of Seneca Lake is absolutely spellbinding.

Your visit here is more than just another trip to a winery. It's a mini-vacation, a respite from stress. This is the ideal place to grow grapes and dreams; to nurture wines and plans.

Our location on the East shore of Seneca lake provides us with ideal elements for growing the highest quality wine grapes. Seneca lake, the deepest of the Finger Lakes, was sculpted by a glacier and is spring fed. It has not frozen in more than fifty years. In the spring, this beautiful lake reduces the possibility of frost damage by slowing early growth. Conversely, in the fall, the slopes cool slowly and the vines are kept warm.

Our stony soil and well drained slopes are ideally suited to the growing of grapes. Throughout the spring and summer, the vines are treated with tender, loving care. In Autumn, the grapes are harvested at peak maturity. Advanced machinery de-stems and crushes the grapes for pressing and fermentation. Grapes are pressed under low pressure to prevent the bitter taste of the skins. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel refrigerated tanks at low temperature to hold in the flavors of the grape. Barrel aging completes the exacting vinification and handcrafting of some of our wines.

5:00pm to 7:00pm continue driving to Batavia
7:00pm hotel check-in
Microtel Inn and Suites
8210 Park Road, Batavia 14020 (I-90 Exit 48)
Phone (716) 344 8882
Confirmation No. 1637 (booked 1 April 2002)
$95/night plus tax total of $452 for 4 nights
1 queen-size bed, and fold-out couch, microwave & kitchenette

Take exit 48 off I-90.

Day 2. Niagara Falls   (4 July 2002 Thu)

About Niagara
In geological terms, Niagara Falls is quite young. The formation of the Falls began at the end of the Ice Age. Huge torrents of water were released from melting ice and that water drained into what is now the Niagara River. About 12,300 years ago, the water plunged over the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, a cliff at what is now Lewiston, New York. The force of the water wore away the rock layers and Niagara Falls moved upstream until reaching its present location.

Goat Island
In the Nicaragua River, separates the Canadian and American falls. Easily accessible by foot or vehicular bridge, this wooded island has paved drives and walks that offer spectacular views from the edges of both falls.

Cave of the Winds
This trip takes you closer to the waters of Niagara Falls than you thought possible. You ride an elevator 175 feet (53 meters) deep into the Niagara Gorge. Then, clad in a bright yellow raincoat and wearing the special footwear provided, you follow a tour guide over a series of wooden walkways to the famous Hurricane Deck. As you stand at the railing, you are a mere 20 feet (six meters) from the billowing torrents of Bridal Veil Falls. The rushing waters loom above you, dousing you with a generous spray as you face the thundering Falls head-on. Rainbows are usually visible day or night. Admission $6/$5. Open 9am-7pm. Phone (716) 278-1730.

Niagara Power Project Visitor Center
Located 4.5 miles of the falls on US 104; it also can be reached from the Robert Moses Parkway following signs. The observation and information building affords a view of the river and gorge. Movies, working models and dioramas explain how the generators operate. Open daily 9am to 5pm.

Aquarium of Niagara
At 701 Whirlpool St. at Pine Ave (US 62), displays more than 1,500 aquatic animals ranging from the Great Lakes to the Coral Sea. The penguins are fed daily at 9:30am and 2:30pm, the seals at 11am and 3:45pm; sharks and otters are fed on alternate days at 11:30am. Open daily 9am to 7pm. Admission $7/$5.

Day 3. Six Flags Darrien Lake   (5 July 2002 Fri)
9993 Allegheny Road
Darien Center, NY 14040
Park is open 10:30am to 10:00pm
Adult - $30.99
Children (less 48 in.) - $18.99

Attention Thrill-Seekers Worldwide! SIX FLAGS DARIEN LAKE features five world-class coasters including Superman Ride of Steel, one of the tallest coasters in the northeast! It climbs approximately 208 feet and reaches speeds over 70 mph.

Six Flags Darien Lake features a whole water park, FREE with theme park admission!
Hook's Lagoon
Three stories of highly interactive fun, including Hook's Hideout, Tiger Lilly Bay and the S.S. Crocodile! Climb net ladders, slide down slippery slides and blast your friends with water cannons. But watch out above, a 1,000-gallon bucket tips every few minutes to drench everyone below!
Crocodile Isle
This one-million-gallon wave pool offers fun for the whole family. Soak up the rays on the beach or brave the waves and surf on one of six different wave patterns.
Barracuda Bay
Two slide complexes with 5 slides. Find everything from super-fast twists and turns at 'Cuda Falls to exciting drops at Floodgate Falls.

Day 4. Letchworth Park & Six Flags   (6 July 2002 Sat)
9:00am to 12:00noon Letchworth Park
Letchworth State Park is sometimes called the "Grand Canyon of the East." Although the nickname exaggerates its scale, this 22-mile long segment of the Genesee River is nonetheless a place of great scenic beauty. It contains three major canyons and two valleys. The middle canyon, the Great Bend Gorge, is up to 550 feet deep. The Portage Canyon, located at the southern end of the park, contains three major Genesee waterfalls. Middle Falls, a 107-foot cascade, is lighted nightly until 11. The walls of the 17-mile gorge reach heights up to 600 feet, offering views of the river and the surrounding area.

The park is named for William Pryor Letchworth, who purchased the core of the park to preserve it. He built a home, Glen Iris, overlooking the 107-foot Middle Falls. He later gave his land to New York State for use as a park. That land forms the core of the current park. Later additions have increased the park to over 14,000 acres. The current park contains the entire Letchworth gorge, and stretches from Mt. Morris to Portageville.

Allow 4 hours minimum. Daily 6am-11pm. Admission $5 per private vehicle.

View from Inspiration Point.

2:00pm to 7:00pm more Six Flags

Batman Thrill Spectacular
Witness the famous Caped Crusader and supermodel Jennifer Morgan take on The Joker and other villians in this high-voltage, action-packed stunt show spectacle.
New Show! Newly enhanced state-of-the-art visual display combining the latest in aerial fireworks, pyrotechnics, laser animation, lights, sound, and musical choreography bringing everyone together for a memorable day of fun and excitement.
Street Pop
When three 'boy band' wannabes, Dean, Matt and Ben, find out that a music producer is in the park, there is no telling just what they'll do to get 'discovered' as the next pop sensation.

Day 5. Drive Home   (7 July 2002 Sun)
8:00am hotel checkout / drive east
12:00noon to 2:00pm Howe Caverns

Off I-88 exit 22, then 1.5 miles north. The guided tour begins as elevators descend into the prehistoric caverns, 160 to 200 feet underground. Follow the brick walkways along the subterranean river through chambers with stalactites and stalagmites to the departure point for a boat ride on the underground Lake of Venus. The caverns have a constant temperature of 52 degrees Fahrenheit (12 C). Allow 2 hours minimum. Adults $12. Children 7-12 $6. Open 8am to 8pm.

2:00pm continue driving home
5:00pm Home Sweet Home
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