Ithaca, NY: Around Town

It poured down rain nearly the entire way to Ithaca…but even with the thunder, lightning, and haze, the drive was more beautiful than anything on our trip so far! Wow. As we neared the outskirts of the city…we started our descent, past a stunning lake. Ithaca lies in a valley, surrounded by beautiful forests of trees changing colors…I felt like we were back in Bozeman, but with trees instead of mountains!

We pulled into WalMart to park for the night, unhooked the car, and headed into town with our laundry in tow. We found a nice, quiet little laundromat and quickly went to work. Before too long, more kids came in, and Bella made friends with them immediately. There was an adorable little girl her same age and they had fun running in circles and playing “school”.

The next morning, we headed way up the hill to Cornell University to look around. What an amazing campus with incredible views of the the city! After that, we went down to “The Commons”…which is Ithaca’s downtown pedestrian mall. There are all kinds of fun shops and restaurants…very similar to Pearl Street in Boulder, CO (but smaller). As we tried to find a parking spot…we realized that everything was completely blocked off and there were police everywhere…on every corner and everywhere in between. We thought maybe something really bad had happened! It turns out that the Dalai Lama was in town for three days giving talks…and that was his security detail. Whew!

We stopped in at the Mate Factor and had the most delicious belgian waffle…ooooh so yummy. The cafe was very enchanting…carved trees for beams and railings…hand drawn menu boards, etc. We finished up, walked around a bit more and then checked out the Greenstar Cooperative Market…well known for their number of local products they stock. It was lovely.

Then it was back to the RV…we were due to be at The EcoVillage at 1:00 p.m. for an afternoon demo. So off we went…

Photo album here.


  1. You guys are definitely having a good time (:
    I am so glad that you all are enjoying the journey. I know you mentioned Portland Maine and there is a mama there ( I love her blog too) who is very creative and totally inspirational (I bet you know her blog too) it is It would be neat if you all would be able to meet up in Maine.
    Continued blessings on your journey.

    Comment by kesa — October 11, 2007 @ 8:45 pm

  2. Okay I typed the above link improperly her website is;

    ( I didn’t know how to edit the above post, sorry).

    Comment by kesa — October 11, 2007 @ 8:51 pm

  3. My daughter is a linguistics prof at Cornell! She loves Ithaca but the taxes in New York are outrageous. We wish she’d just come home to Canada.

    Comment by Chickadee — October 12, 2007 @ 8:04 am

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