Sunday, September 30, 2012

Photo-of-the-Week #74 – Boy on a Rock, Seneca Lake, Geneva, New York, July 2007

The boy on the rock is my son, Pete and, he’s really a 28-year old young man. But, I just liked the name. The setting is on the northern shore of Seneca Lake at Geneva, New York. Seneca Lake is one of the larger of the beautiful Finger Lakes in central New York State. As the description finger lake implies, all of the Finger Lakes are long and narrow. The finger lakes were formed about two million years ago during the ice age by glacial movement that carved deep valleys that were dammed by the debris left behind by the glaciers.

If you have not been fortunate enough to visit this region, you’re really missing something. This is one of the most beautiful regions in the U.S. Seneca Lake is the second longest at a little less then 38 miles of the series of what are considered the eleven official finger lakes. It is the deepest of the lakes reaching a depth of 618 feet. There is, of course, a lot of history throughout this region dating back well before the white European settlers arrived. This region was the home of many Native American communities with abundant hunting and fishing.

In addition to various industries that popped up through this region it’s also known for its vineyards and wineries. Some of the finest U.S. domestic wines come from this area. And, as you can well imagine, boating and fishing are very popular recreational activities on the lakes. There are also a number of public and private colleges and universities located through the area. Yours truly interviewed for a job as the program manager for a small, new radio station that just went on the air in 1968 in neighboring Seneca Falls, New York, a quaint small hamlet that at that time had a brand new college, Eisenhower College, that had just opened it’s doors. The college has since closed and the campus was acquired by the New York Chiropractic College in 1991. I applied at that radio station in 1968, but, wasn’t ready for the small town life in a tiny hamlet in central New York. But, I sure have fond memories and it was nice to revisit the area.

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