What is Upstate, you say? Well, it’s anything that isn’t NYC or Long Island. No, really – ask someone from the LI where Westchester is. Totally Upstate. Now, if you’re from Buffalo, you may think you’re from Western NY. And you are. But to everyone else… well, you’re from Upstate. Now, why are we Upstaters so particular about denoting that we are from Upstate? Because I guarantee that 3 out of every 5 people who hear the statement “yeah, I’m moving to NY” picture Broadway, bright lights, and itty bitty apartments that cost millions. And when you say, “no, actually, I’m moving to Syracuse” the follow-up question is usually “so where’s that?” and the simple answer, my friends… upstate.
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Maybe you’re wondering what Upstate looks like – you’ve never been to this forsaken land that isn’t a spit of island near New Jersey. Well, here’s one example… taken by my brother-in-law, who has become quite the photographer. Believe it or not, this photo was taken at night. When it was dark out. Somehow he got the light to do funny things. Cool, eh?
One of my favorite parts of an Upstate fall: the trees. We have quite the foliage up here – and the leaves change all manner of colors, falling to the ground and covering the roadways, and let me just say that there is never a better time to drive the NY Thruway (aka I-90) than in the fall. Beautiful.
This isn’t I-90, this is I-81, which goes straight through upstate. But there’s another great thing about Upstate: it’s kinda central to lots of places. So I can head south and see the fam in central PA, or further south to see the fam in DC, or hang a westward turn and see the fam in Ohio, and none of those trips take more than 7 hours in a car. So it’s really not that atrociously located.
This photo purely to prove that some days, going to campus is worth it… because the trees are all bright red and pretty and the sky is actually bright blue.
This weekend I’m headed a bit westward. The plan is (hopefully) for sister and brother-in-law and I to go apple picking. Which is a whole bunch of fun, and a pretty common Upstate fall activity considering we have a lot of orchards. If you’re not into apples (whaaaaaat?) you should also know that Upstate has quite a few wineries and breweries. I haven’t hit up a vineyard yet, but I did just recently tour the Ommegang brewery, where they make all Belgian-style beers. I highly recommend it – stick around for a tasting.
Life’s been rather busy lately (to be expected). I started my fieldwork at a city elementary school – fun times! – and I’ve got a few assignments for grad school in the pipeline (some more complete than others). This Sunday I’m running (a.k.a., trying to run and maybe having to walk some but not really caring at this point) the Rochester Half-Marathon. Brother and sister are also participating. Wish us luck, and pray none of us does something silly like trip over a non-existent sidewalk and break a knee. Note: if any one of us did that, the 99% odds are it would be me.
Have a fabulous Fall weekend! Go see some changing leaves, take a walk in the park, pick some apples, drink a pumpkin coffee, try the caramel apple bagel from Tim Hortons (it’s fantastic).
Do something autumnal! 🙂
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