“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.
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.