The warm sunny days of summer are become scarcer and scarcer in the Finger Lakes as we enter into the first few days of fall. Jeanette and I took a trip to Watkins Glen which sits at the southern end of Seneca Lake – the longest of the Finger Lakes. Here, we had our lunch on the deck of the Seneca Harbor Station restaurant while watching all of the people, the birds, and the boats on Seneca Lake.
I have always been intrigued by the schooner which sails on Seneca Lake and in the distance I caught a picture of the two mask schooner gliding along in the water. This beautiful boat does have a name: True Love and has sailed in the Caribbean waters around St. Thomas since the 1950’s and stared in the 1956 movie “High Society” with Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, and Frank Sinatra. In 2008 she was purchased by Schooner Excursions, and now spends her summer days taking tourists and locals on a Seneca Lake sailing cruise.
Today the folks who take a cruise on the True Love are most likely not movie stars, but they sure seemed to be having lots of fun as they sailed on one of our most beautiful Finger Lakes and in one of the prettiest old wooden schooners that you will ever see.
The movie stars which were in the 1956 movie “High Society” are now gone, but the schooner “True Love” lives on to delight and perhaps spark a few dreams in the minds of those who set sail with her. There aren’t many warm sunny days left in the Finger Lakes this year so it is indeed important to take advantage of a beautiful fall day when it does come along.