27.09.2011 - 27.09.2011 70 °F
We started the day going to Watkins Glen state park to see the gorge. Because we had the dogs with us we knew we couldn't go on the gorge trail so we headed in through the south entrance. There was no guard at the gate so per the instructions we went to the camp site office to check in and pay our park fee. When we got there she gave us a map, showed us where we could walk with the dogs and sent us on our way. Not sure if we didn't get charged the fee because of it being late in the season or because we came in the south entrance, either way that worked for us.
The hike was very pretty and would have been even better had it not been raining for some of the trip. Thank goodness we stopped at the local Walmart to pick up some walking shoes for me as I didn't pack my hiking boots thinking the path would be paved. After looking at the website and seeing some pictures, I thought it would be better to have some walking shoes vs my sandals and that was a good choice. Porter was a mental head on the walk. I could have ran the whole way with him. Without the shoes I probably would have been on my butt a few times. Although we couldn't go down by the gorge, we did get some nice pictures. It may be worth it to go back without the dogs and hike the gorge trail as it looked like there we some beautiful views.
After the park we headed back home for lunch and to let the dogs swim. Afterwards we headed back out and went to our first 4 wineries of the trip. Our top favorites were Heron Hill and Hermann J Wiemer. Tomorrow we will go to 4 more wineries all of which are located on Keuka lake.