It was the first breath of summer that we have had in the Finger Lakes this year. It was a day made to just sit in a park and look at sun bouncing off the surface of the lake. Or perhaps it was a day to take your dog for a walk or to take your best friend or sweetheart out for lunch.
We choose Austin Park in the beautiful little village of Skaneateles, NY. First there was lunch at the Sherwood Inn. This old “watering hole” has been in business since 1807, and business was surprisingly brisk for a Thursday in the week. From there we drove to the Austin Park which is located on Main Street beside the St. James Episcopal Church (click here). This beautiful church celebrated 200 years of ministry on this site on January 9, 2016.
There were a few folks enjoying the warm temperatures and sunshine at the Austin Park. Some came to look at the lake. Others brought a companion or friend, or their dog for an outing along the lake. There is something tranquil in letting your eyes and mind go into neutral and your arms and face soak up the warming rays of the sun. It seems that it has been a long long time since outside temperatures have hit eighty degrees.
Across the street sits an old restored home facing the lake. The rocking chair on the porch beckons one to spend some time on this porch just to sit and gaze at the lake. The flowering crab tree in the front yard reminds us that it is spring and that all of us could benefit if we just took a few moments to enjoy the earth’s beauty that the good Lord has given us.