End of day 3 in Apalachin, NY (a little west of Binghamton). Just back to the hotel from one of the best ice cream stands I have ever been to - the Big Dipper, on a frontage road to the Southern Tier Expressway, about half a mile from the Apalachin Exit. Very good ice cream at very good prices. Obviously very popular with the locals. I highly recommend a stop if you happen to be traveling through on the Highway).
Day 1 was a speed sot, starting after lunch, from St. Louis to a stop near Dayton. Just a straight shot on I-70. Highlight: Collapsing into bed after finishing the drive.
Day 2 was to Erie, PA with stops at Cuyahoga Valley NP (thanks for the pointer Buck!) - just a couple quick walks that a four-year-old could handle, along with a picnic lunch. We then stopped at Presque Isle after getting lost taking the "scenic" route through Erie. That's three of the five Great Lake I have waded in now. (only Huron and Ontario to go). Highlight: Walk to and picnic lunch at Brandywine Falls.
Day 3 was I-86 through Southern NY, with a detour to Ithaca and Taughannock Falls - walked the latter twice as daughter had fallen asleep in the car. My wife wanted a bit of a break and stayed with her in the car (with doors open) while i took the walk to the Falls. Then we flipped roles, but daughter woke up in 5 minutes, so we followed along and caught up to her at the Falls proper. Very pretty, as there had been rain the last few nights - supposedly it is usually pretty anemic in the Summer. The main walk is a very easy walk up a pretty gorge, probably a bit less than a mile. Highlight: (Tie). Taughannock falls and Big Dipper Ice Cream stand.
Ithaca seemed a nice enough college town, but the town itself was overshadowed for me by the trip to the falls.
Looking to do Cooperstown tomorrow and end in Southern VT - our first time to NE aside from a trip to Boston by plane to visit a friend.