Mrs SnoBunSki has been wanting to do a Niagara Falls trip for years so after getting some ideas in the Holiday Valley thread we headed up for the long weekend leading up to the 4th.
I packed up the camper, bikes and boats and set off for Allegany state Park, just south of Ellicottville NY. We made a lunch stop in Corning NY at Market Street Brewing to kick off the trip, decent food and brews. Allegany is a huge park with two camping areas, each with a lake, lots of paved bike trails, hiking trails and a xc ski/bike trail network. We stayed in the Red Hill area.
My Typical camping MO is to set out early morning for some MTB and be back for breakfast and spend the day with the family, in this case it was just my wife and I. Sunday morning I set off to explore the ASP bike trails. After a long road climb I hit the Art Roscoe ski center and rode the Sweetwater and Ridge loops , rolling double track/fire road type trails that connected recently built singletrack loop, Thunder Road. Not too technical with some nice flow sections in the middle. I descended back down to camp through an old alpine ski area on the Bova trail for ta total of 16 mi / 1700 + vert. http://www.nelsap.org/ny/bova.html
I got back to camp around 9:30 or so to have breakfast with Mrs SnoBunSki before packing up some lunch and beers for an afternoon kayak. We headed down the the Lake at the Quaker area and enjoyed a hot sunny paddle for a few hours, finding a nice shady spot for a picnic.
Since were out and about we headed about a half hour North to check out Ellicottville. Picturesque town, found Ellicottville Brewing and did a flight and a pint. Solid beers, Keepin it Peel Citus IPA was perfect for a hot summer day.
Monday we headed off to Niagara Falls CAN early to beat the crowds and heat.
On the way back we stopped in Buffalo to do a little sightseeing by bike and parked near the zoo. Feeling the heat we made our first stop at the Darwin Martin House, one of Frank Lloyd Wright early commissions. SInce it was nice and cool inside we bagged the bike ride and did the full on house tour.
After the tour we were pretty hungry (and thirsty) and checked out Big Ditch Brewing. Great wings beers and cool homage to Buffalo’s Erie Canal roots.
Tuesday morning I headed out to to the Ellicottville IMBA trail network off the backside of Holiday Valley Ski Area.. The air was thick and the roots were slick climbing up the Eagle trail. One I got up to the ridge the flowy trails were a lot of fun. Mostly mellow for the 13 mile ride on the Rain, Merlin, and Dead Dog loops before descending back down Eagle.
Back to camp for more kayaking and watching a young osprey diving for his lunch. Paddling was a much better option than hiking or biking in afternoon heat.
Stoked for a steak dinner and a few brews before heading out for the fireworks display over the lake. It was tough keeping our eyes open waiting for it to get dark.
It was a great rip and we’ll probably do it again some time with the kids. Thanks again Jonc for the beta!