A good friend of mine is on a trip to visit the Bad Lands and the Black Hills of South Dakota. He's had some hiking adventures, and the photographs he sent back make me envious of his experiences. I've never been to the Dakota states, but after seeing his pictures, my effort to get there should move on to my priority list.
Hiking and exploring new areas intrigues the wanderlust in many people. Still, one doesn't need to venture far from our Chenango County home to experience new and never seen before sights and sounds. There's plenty to do nearby, and many of our attractions are free.
First on the list of fun things to do close to home are the museums that should soon be open; the County Historical Society Museum and Northeast Classic Car Museum, both on Rexford St in the appropriately named Museum District. Also close to home are the Farmer's Museum and Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
All museums in New York State are included in Phase 4 of the COVID-19 reopening plan, which should allow for visitors sometime in July. Watch the news or museum internet pages for details. Each of these museums has an admission fee of some form or another, but well worth it.
Here are some other attractions, just as worthy of mention and possibly better because they are free. A local favorite for generations is the Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne. There you will find miles of nature trails, ponds teeming with wildlife, forests full of birds and if you're quiet as you walk you will see animals galore. There is usually a Friends of Rogers or state employee nearby to answer questions.
If solitude is more of your style, there are plenty of places you can go nearby and see amazing sights that many people are surprised are this close to home. Again, in Sherburne is Rexford Falls just east of the Village on NYS Route 80. Of course, the locals use Chapel Street to get the falls so they can park in the shade.