October 24, 2015

Camillus Erie Canal Park

When I found out Erin was planning to walk at the Erie Canal Park in Camillus, I decided Frankie and I would join in on the fun.  It was chilly and overcast, but we just layered up.  I've been to several different sections of the canal east of Syracuse, but never to the Camillus side.  The Erie Canal towpaths are flat as a pancake, and the scenery is generally pretty monotonous, so we don't go often.  However, this particular segment was appealing for its novelty, plus it includes a restored aqueduct about a mile from the parking lot that makes for a good destination.  Despite Frankie's protests that he wanted to keep going, we made the aqueduct our turn-around for this hike, as it started raining there.  Erin says the Sims Store Museum is another mile down, so perhaps we'll return another time for a longer out-and-back.  Maybe we'll even see a boat in the aqueduct!

Swamp between the canal and Ninemile Creek


Frankie enjoyed a carrot in this shelter

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

Frankie decided to bring this leaf home for his Dad
sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
Alden napping and Frankie snacking


It had stopped raining by the time we got back to the parking area, so we went over to the adjacent Reed Webster Park so Frankie could check out the playground.

Saying goodbye

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