These are among some of my favorite pictures from our New York trip. What special times they were, filled with a lot of significance for this family. One of the goals for our trip was to see Brandon’s family’s roots, the places where his parents grew up and met, the schools and streets they walked, the trails they frequented. Many of these places are also the soil for Brandon’s earliest and happiest memories. For years I have heard stories of all of these places–what a thing to be able to visit them and to watch the next generation running through these familiar fields.
So one day of our trip we spent hiking Watkins Glen State Park right by Seneca Lake, climbing through the moody canyon. The pictures speak for themselves, don’t they? It was gorgeous and when we finished a huge downpour threatened to fall, so we made it out in perfect time.
Another day we drove to Breesport, NY and drove through the rolling country roads to the big yellow house where they spent their first years as a family, caretaking for a big abandoned asylum. This house holds some of their happiest days, the house with the pond and a white duck named Ellen, who came when Brandon’s dad would call and laid eggs for their family to eat. The swing set they played on and the sloping hill that is perfect for sledding. From there we went onto Elmira, seeing Brandon’s grandparent’s home, visiting with them there, walking the grassy trail behind their house to the creek they caught crawdads and splashed in.
I count us fortunate to have been able to see and share these places with Brandon’s parents and grandparents while we still can!