Road Trip: American History, Garden Rooms and Sprinkles

Seneca Falls, New York.

We are nearing the end of our road trip and are having a fabulous time!

Here is summary of what we did yesterday….

Seneca Falls, New York

Seneca Falls, New York

We visited the place where the Women’s Rights movement began in Seneca Falls, New York.

Seneca Falls, New York

It is a national park and the tour and displays were very interesting.  It is hard to believe that women didn’t have the right to vote 100 years ago.

In the nearby town of Auburn, NY – we visited the grave of Harriet Tubman.

Seneca Falls, New York

 Harriet was a former slave who founded the Underground Railroad and led many slaves to their freedom. 

Seneca Falls, New York

Shopping was then in order.  The town of Skaneateles fit the bill perfectly.  Unique shops and historical buildings lined the main street.

Seneca Falls, New York

This store is a must see for any ‘francophile’.

Seneca Falls, New York

Some of the stores backed out onto the lake.

Seneca Falls, New York

In one of the many containers of flowers along the street, I saw these pansies.  Look carefully, and you can see that their edges are ruffled.  I haven’t seen this kind before.  Have you?

In one of the shops I entered, I saw a ‘garden room’.

Garden Room

Needless to say, I headed straight for the back without looking at what was being sold in the front of the store.

Carrots Love Tomatoes

They had one of my favorite gardening books “Carrots Love Tomatoes”.  It is a must-have for those who want to grow vegetables.


It was 90 degrees, but the lake and countryside were beautiful.

We then traveled further to our next destination in upstate New York.

On the way, we traveled through many small towns and came upon a ice-cream stand.


I have discovered that ice-cream is hugely popular in the Northeast.  Everywhere you go, there are independent ice-cream stands all over.

I also found out that putting sprinkles over vanilla ice cream is common.  I tried it and loved it!

We have two more full days of our trip.

Next stop – Vermont!

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
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  1. Katrina Blanchalle
    Katrina Blanchalle says:

    Really enjoying your travelogue. Seems like a whirlwind trip, but you're hitting a lot of high points and making a lot of great memories.
    The voting rights thing is interesting because my mom recently sent me a copy of my grandmother's official Suffrage Party certificate to be a NY poll-watcher in 1917, apparently to observe and record any disturbance that might occur related to the women going to vote. So many remarkable things in our history.
    Look forward to seeing more of your travel posts.

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