Meanwhile in Ithaca....
...Along with the many galleries, studios, and shoppes, Ithaca's Artist culture is well represented through the dozens of murals lining the town's streets.
...Heading on NY-13 from the countryside, a big small town peeks out from the forest's treetops and Catskill heights.
I know, my pictures don't do the striking view justice. But, trust, we both gasped as we turned the bend.
...Roads are bricked over to create the Commons, quaint and original shops buzz, and random musicians choose their bench to play from.
...One of the USA's Top 8 Farmers' Markets quietly stands on the south shore of Lake Cayuga.
The bohemian flair and street market vibe at Steamboat Landing is an idyllic Saturday morning,
with 100% Organic produce (GMO anything need not apply), this town makes it easy to be a Vege,
or composter.... anything pruchased here (napkins, forks, plates, cups not exluded) are compostable. With only 3 small trash cans and dozens of recycling and composting bins, Mother Earth is more important than a discount at Sam's Club.
...Just outside of town, nestled in between civilization and wild wonderland, is a lovely "tiny house" community, inspiring us to minimize.
...While the mountainside is peppered with artisians and free spirited folks, the countryside with organic farms and quaint villages, the hilltop belongs to the Ivy League.
Hogwarts.....erm.... I mean Cornell is truly the prettiest University I've seen.
Random protestors, free smiles, and pictures that take themselves.... its easy to see why Ithaca is 10 Square Miles Surrounded by Reality.