Friday, February 20, 2009

Road Trip to Ithaca

Yesterday my special lady and I left Pittsburgh for Ithaca, New York in my car.  You see she is presenting a paper at a conference at Cornell University. I love these kind of road trips (normally) and upstate New York, so I was happy to drive. Unfortunately, I didn't know any thing about the weather that was headed for us, and it turned out to be a real nightmare.

It started out well enough. It was snowing in Pittsburgh, but nothing too bad. But then, as we moved north on 79, closer and closer to lake Erie, the weather got worse. The snow was snowier and the wind was blow-ier. To make a long story short, we got on I-86 and realized it was basically unnavigable. We were going 20 and it felt totally unsafe. The interstate was not plowed, cars were driving single file down the middle and I finally learned first-person about "whiteout conditions." Since I'm a big baby, we stopped for the night (at 3pm) and waited it out. Today, however, things were much better and we arrived finally in Ithaca at about 3. 

The town itself seems both modern and quaint, and there are definitely tons of students around. I am actually pretty excited. They do need to work on this whole wind situation, though...

I know some of you have been here. Bar suggestions?

1 comment:

  1. Since I didn't turn 21 until just a few weeks before I moved away from Ithaca, I didn't really get that much bar time in.

    Collegetown bars I do remember are Rulloff's and Dino's, and some slightly more upscale place that is somewhere on that street in between them, that was known for attracting more of the grad crowd. Dino's was pretty undergrad heavy (but it does have a dance floor). I had dinner at Rulloff's a number of times, and remember drinking there was a bit more laid back than Dino's. There are probably at least a dozen bars in Collegetown, though, so it may be worth it to peak in places and see if you like the vibe.

    And you guys really must eat at the Moosewood while you're up there.