Growing up in this area I never really understood the draw of all the tourists. It took leaving and living all over the world to appreciate the beauty. The area certainly has its faults but its a beautiful place.
In a previous life, my family had a summer cabin (also used during hunting season) at Ganoga Lake, very near Ricketts Glen State Park. My sister was a lifeguard at the swimming area in the park for a couple summers. This was what feels like eons ago, and these posts bring back some strong memories.