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RV to The Finger Lakes and The Birthplace of Women’s Rights: Where The Most Important Thing Is The Erie Canal

“Why are you so obsessed with the Erie Canal?” -Me

“Because it comes all the way from LAKE ERIE TO HERE.” -Scott pointing to water

We went off to the Finger Lakes next because I wanted to take the kids to Seneca Falls as well as Harriet Tubman’s home in between the baby’s naps.

We first stopped at Harriet Tubman’s home in Auburn, New York. The timeline and tour was wonderful although it wasn’t Tubman’s first or second home in Auburn. We actually toured the Harriet Tubman Home For Aged and Indigent Negroes that she built at 93 years old. What an amazing woman who never stopped giving back to others. No pictures of the house are allowed but the kids loved the experience.

Afterwards, we headed to our campsite on the Lake Erie canal and Finger Lakes (there was a debate as to which one so I’ll go with both if only to placate Scott). The site was one of the most beautiful places we’ve stayed, but the water tasted so bad that I would never go back.

The view from our campsite.
The front of our campsite.
And that island behind them was just a bridge away.
And that island behind them was just a bridge away.
Over the bridge!
Over the bridge!
Scott caught this amazing shot of N running to us to fish.
Scott caught this amazing shot of N running to us to fish.
Or wait, is this one better?
Or wait, is this one better?
Fishing in Finger Lakes
That’s the face of a kid who caste his first fishing pole.
Fishing on the Finger Lakes
Proud mama
Erie canal
We didn’t catch anything but we enjoyed soaking in the beauty of the Erie Canal
Seneca Falls
Some is happy to be able to vote.
I think she would be perfect for the ten dollar bill.
I think she would be perfect for the ten dollar bill.
He's still cute even if he's not a candidate.
We loved wandering around the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

We spent the rest of the day at the Seneca Fall’s farmer’s market in the Women’s Rights National Historic Park before heading north to Lake Ontario. The Finger Lakes area is so gorgeous and brought home such inspiring history that my kids have (and will) learn. This could’ve also been a day trip from Niagara Falls if we weren’t negotiating 10-month-old’s sleep patterns and 37-year-old’s obsessions with the Erie Canal.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

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