December 2012 a Holiday Themed Weekend

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Let’s go back to December 2012 when our family took part in the “It’s a Wonderful Run” 5K in Seneca Falls, NY. Bedford Falls the town in the classic Frank Capra film “It’s a Wonderful Life” is claimed to actually be modeled after Seneca Falls. Anyway this was such a super fun event!

After the race we went to dinner with friends and spent the night. Sunday on our way home we stopped in Skaneateles, NY for their annual “Dickens Christmas” event. The village of Skaneateles hosts this event for four weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Again another really fun time.

Cheers!

This would be our second race (5K) as a family. It's a Wonderful Run Seneca Falls, NY December 8th 2012.

This would be our second race (5K) as a family. It’s a Wonderful Run Seneca Falls, NY December 8th 2012.

Julie and the boys as we spent the day in Skaneateles, NY for their annual "Dickens Christmas" on December 9th 2012. Image © Joe Geronimo

Julie and the boys as we spent the day in Skaneateles, NY for their annual “Dickens Christmas” on December 9th 2012. Image © Joe Geronimo

Michael & I as we spent the day in Skaneateles, NY for their annual "Dickens Christmas" on December 9th 2012. Image © Julie Geronimo

Michael & I in Skaneateles, NY for their annual “Dickens Christmas” on December 9th 2012. Image © Julie Geronimo

 

The Chicago “L”

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I made my first visit to the Windy City back in July. My wife and sons have already spent time here before so this was unchartered territory for me. We were staying with family in one of the suburbs of Chicago and rode the Metra into the city the several days we were there. We navigated the city by either walking or riding the subway which is affectionately knows as the “L”. Riding the “L” opened up a whole new perspective on photography for me. I instantly fell in love with the intricate infrastructure cramped between towering buildings, parking garages and everyday life below. The photographic possibilities are endless and all you need is time.

Prior to my arrival in Chicago I had done absolutely no research on this gem so I was totally in the dark as to the “Prime” locations in which to photograph. The day I made the most of my images started off bright and sunny with weather conditions crumbling like an old building as the day progressed. I believe I have created several images that convey mood, as most of these were grab shots. I particularly like the ones where I was shooting out the front window as we rode the “L”. I shot color slide film but really liked them even more converted to black & white.

The other day I had mentioned to my wife how we need to return so I can spend a good 3-4 days photographing the “L” now that I have done my research.

Cheers!

Waiting at the interlocking of Lake 7 Wells on the Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. Lighting conditions were horrid and I was down to 1/60th @ F2.8, but I love the mood of this image. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

Waiting at the interlocking of Lake & Wells on the Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. Lighting conditions were horrid and I was down to 1/60th @ F2.8, but I love the mood of this image. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

The Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo.

The Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo.

The Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. You can notice walking ahead is Julie, Michael & Max. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

The Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. You can notice walking ahead is Julie, Michael & Max. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

 

The Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

The Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

The Chicago "L" at Lake & Wells July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo. I would later discover that this is one of the most photographed sections due to its intricate design and track work here. I recently bid on a 1982 Kodachrome form this location and lost as it sold for $41.00.

The Chicago “L” at Lake & Wells July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo. I would later discover that this is one of the most photographed sections due to its intricate design and track work here. I recently bid on a 1982 Kodachrome from this location and lost as it sold for $41.00.

Adams & Wabash station Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

Adams & Wabash station Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

 

The Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

The Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

Here you’ll find a link to an image from Lake & Wells on the Chicago “L”. It was photographed from either a parking garage or rooftop. However it gives you the perspective of its complexity. I love it! https://flic.kr/p/rUyXih

Some men are Baptists, others Catholics; my father was an Oldsmobile man.

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What better way to start the holiday season than with a throwback of the Christmas Story house. While passing through Cleveland, OH during our summer vacation we took a few hours to stop and take the tour, it was awesome! The house is the original from the movie and restored perfectly. While inside you can handle an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, witness the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window and experience the taste of Lifebuoy soap, you can basically touch everything. Heck they even provide you with pink bunny suits if you choose to look like a deranged Easter Bunny! I myself could not resist and transformed into a pink nightmare. Sadly Dwayne’s Photo ruined that roll of chromes during processing. The words Ohhhh fuuudge were repeatedly used! Only I didn’t say “Fudge.” I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the “F-dash-dash-dash” word!

If you are passing through Cleveland I highly recommend you stop and take the tour,  I TRIPLE-dog-dare ya!

A Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Joe Geronimo

A Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Joe Geronimo

Getting my mouth washed out with Lifebuoy soap. Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Julie Geronimo

Getting my mouth washed out with Lifebuoy soap. Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Julie Geronimo

My pink nightmare Michael!!! Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Joe Geronimo

My pink nightmare Michael!!! Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Julie Geronimo

Max under the kitchen sink, Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Julie Geronimo

Max under the kitchen sink, Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Julie Geronimo

Halloween 13K & Relay: “If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball”

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This past weekend my friend Tom Hanselman and I ran the Halloween 13K & Relay right here in Endicott as team Hanselween 2016. This was our second year running this race and it has quickly become a favorite of ours. For starters this race is right in our backyard so to speak. The cost is inexpensive, the fleece jacket this year is awesome and the candy corn on the cake is all the costumes the runners came up with. I just love all the effort that was put into this race. For me personally I try to find something easy to run in. The movie Dodgeball so happens to be a favorite of mine and I found an “Average Joe’s gym costume and hit the pavement running. Tom brought back his Yukon Cornelius costume minus the “Stache” due to technical problems…

Tom and I would finish 2nd place in the relay with a time of 54:57 besting last years performance by 21 seconds. Time and place aside this was a fun time and we are already talking about next year.

A huge thank you to the race director, volunteers, Police and everyone else that made this race a success, Happy Running!

 

Tom & I prior to the Halloween 13K & Relay October 29th 2016.

Tom & I prior to the Halloween 13K & Relay October 29th 2016.

Tom Hanselman running leg #1 along the Halloween 13K & Relay October 29th 2016. Photo courtesy of Confluence Running.

Tom Hanselman running leg #1 along the Halloween 13K & Relay October 29th 2016. Photo courtesy of Confluence Running.

Joe Geronimo runner #2 Halloween 13K & Relay October 29th 2016. Photo courtesy of Confluence Running.

Joe Geronimo runner #2 Halloween 13K & Relay October 29th 2016. Photo courtesy of Confluence Running.

The Yellow Submarine & Grilled Cheese

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Five hours of sleep, a cup of coffee and an amazing wife who got up to take me over to Grippen Park in Endicott so I can kayak the Susquehanna this morning. Almost immediately I was greeted by an eager beaver. A few “Thwacks” of his tail and had disappeared. Burnt reds and oranges were on borrowed time while the yellows seemed to be clinging to the ropes of life waiting for Mother Nature’s knockout punch. The mirror like waters of the Susquehanna reflected the darkening skies to the west assuring there would be rain on my parade.

It was very quiet for the most part except for the chorus of my paddle. Along the way I spied several bald eagles, ducks, duck hunters, geese and quite a bit of fisherman as I glided towards the river walk in downtown Owego. Luck would be on my side today because almost immediately as I arrived under the highway bridge the skies opened up. With my gear packed into the kayak I lifted it up and over the rocks onto the river walk carrying it 100 yards to the street. Standing in the rain waiting for Julie to arrive a very kind woman offered me the shelter of her front porch.

Shortly after Julie would arrive and it was time for lunch. Several friends had recommended the Owego Kitchen on Lake Street, so off we went. It was warm and inviting with a great menu. Julie and I both ordered the french onion grilled cheese and I had the farmhouse chili as well. If you are ever in the area I strongly suggest a visit.

I paddled 13.60 miles in 3:05:24 with an average speed of 4.4 MPH.  When my alarm went off this morning I was seriously considering not going because of my lack of sleep. However I’m glad I chose wisely and took the opportunity.

Cheers!

GPS of my trip: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1427554364

Almost ready to go, Grippen Park Endicott, NY October 30th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Almost ready to go, Grippen Park Endicott, NY October 30th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Along the Susquehanna river Apalachin, NY October 30th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Along the Susquehanna river Apalachin, NY October 30th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

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Along the Susquehanna river between Apalachin and Campville, NY October 30th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Approaching Hiawatha Island I came across several fisherman October 30th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Approaching Hiawatha Island I came across several fisherman October 30th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Getting close to Owego, NY October 30th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Getting close to Owego, NY October 30th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Arriving in downtown Owego, NY October 30th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Arriving in downtown Owego, NY October 30th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

A Short Susquehanna Sojourn

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As we watch the colors of Autumn slowly fade into the grays of Winter I find myself taking advantage of every opportunity to be out on the water. Undeterred by the mornings brisk temperatures I decided to launch on the Susquehanna river along Conklin Ave yesterday. Paddling my way west under cloudy skies towards the “Rock Bottom” Dam I lay witness to the remaining pops of color grasping our hillsides. On my way back the wind would let me know who was in charge and the sun randomly checked on me the closer I got to my destination.

Back in my car it was time for some coffee at my favorite place, LaVeggio Roasteria

GPS: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1422611379

Along the Susquehanna river Binghamton, NY October 26th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Along the Susquehanna river Binghamton, NY October 26th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

The former Crowley's Milk plant and approaching "Rock Bottom" dam along the Susquehanna river Binghamton, NY October 26th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

The former Crowley’s Milk plant and approaching “Rock Bottom” dam along the Susquehanna river Binghamton, NY October 26th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Crossing under the railroad tracks the Binghamton Psychiatric Center is visible on the hilltop October 26th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Crossing under the railroad tracks the Binghamton Psychiatric Center is visible on the hilltop October 26th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Back on dry land and ready for some coffee Binghamton, NY October 26th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Back on dry land and ready for some coffee Binghamton, NY October 26th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Flying High on the Ti

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This morning a friend and I launched our kayaks from Hiawatha Landing in Blodgett Mills, NY. Don’t blink because you’ll drive right by this very small town nestled a few miles south of Cortland. Heavy rains over the past two days rapidly brought the water levels up in the Tioughnioga river. The USGS stream gauge at Corltand, NY on October 20th was at 3 feet and this morning the gauge was up at 5 feet. The river was flowing fast turning a rather slow trip into a quick one. The weather was cool and slightly windy as we paddled through some nice riffles and dodging a few strainers along the way making this a really fun adventure. I noted quite a bit of color loss due to the storms the over the past few days but there was enough to gawk at. In theory this trip of 11 miles would take close to 4 hours under normal conditions, however today we flew completing it in 1:48.

I love to be out on the water most anytime but Autumn by far is my favorite. I hope to be able to keep at it until at least mid-late November. Hopefully Mother Nature will oblige!

Check my GPS of the trip: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1417726350

Getting ready to start our journey at Hiawatha Landing in Blodgett Mills, NY October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Getting ready to start our journey at Hiawatha Landing in Blodgett Mills, NY October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Warren and I near Messengerville, NY October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Warren and I near Messengerville, NY October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

 

Warren & I near Messengerville, NY October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Warren & I near Messengerville, NY October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Warren on the Tioughnioga river October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Warren on the Tioughnioga river October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Flying high on the Ti near Marathon, NY October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Flying high on the Ti near Marathon, NY October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Myself at the take out Marathon, NY October 23rd 2016.

Myself at the take out Marathon, NY October 23rd 2016.

Warren loading our boats for the trip back to my car, October 23rd 2016 Marathon, NY. Image © Joe Geronimo

Warren loading our boats for the trip back to my car, October 23rd 2016 Marathon, NY. Image © Joe Geronimo

June 24th 2011

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In April 2011 I purchased an Old Town “Discovery 164” canoe used for a steal. Sadly we do not own this canoe anymore, but it has lived up to its name sparking Max’s interest in canoeing. We do not get out as much as I would like, however when we do I enjoy every minute of it.

Enjoying time with my son.

Paddling around Bel-Aire Lake.

Lake to 10K: Chenango Valley State Park

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Thick fog covered Chenango lake this morning as I carried my canoe to the waters edge. The air temperature a brisk 33 degrees and the local Kingfishers were not thrilled with my presence. Paddling quietly through the fog a slight breeze came up and the silence broken as the woods began raining acorns. I had hoped that the sunlight would burn the heavy fog off the lake but it would be hours before that would happen.

It’s 9:00AM and I’m back to my car clothes changed, shoes laced and I’m off for a 10K run along the Tow Path. The Tow Path follows the remains of the Chenango Canal and it is just over 3 miles long. It has some single track that twists and turns bringing you along the Chenango river. This is my favorite section! I was feeling pretty good until mile 4 where my stomach began to feel unsettled, a short break and I was back at it… Despite my stomach this was a great run and it was exactly what I needed.

Cheers!

Chinning lake, Chenango Valley State Park October 14th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Chenango lake, Chenango Valley State Park October 14th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Chinning lake after the fog burned off. Chinning Valley State Park October 14th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Chenango lake after the fog burned off. Chenango Valley State Park October 14th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Along the wider section of the tow path on my run. Chenango Valley State Park October 16th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Along the wider section of the Tow Path on my run. Chenango Valley State Park October 16th 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

This was a fun run! Chinning Valley State Park October 14th 2016

This was a fun run! Chenango Valley State Park October 14th 2016