Corning Museum of Glass

Trip Start Aug 06, 2010
Trip End Nov 29, 2010

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Camp Bell Campground, Campbell, New York

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

When we left Rick & Flo's, there are now eight of us.  Our group consists of 3 Motor homes, 1 Fifth Wheel, 8 Adults, 2 dogs & 1 cat.   Whew.  We all traveled to Camp Bell Campground in Campbell, New York.  The campground was very nice and they were able to get us all together.  Sites were a little tight but still nice. 

After we set up our rigs, we drove about ten miles to Corning, New York, to see the Corning Museum.  Oddly, enough, while we were walking up to the museum, we saw one of our neighbors from California.  Go figure.

The museum has much more than I thought it would.  It has glass and pottery dating back to thousands of years ago, all the way up to beautiful pieces created today. They did glass blowing and demonstrated the strengths of glass.  The first glass blowing demonstration was with the large ovens on the end of a large pole.  They started out with a bulb on the end of the pole, spun it so that it started looking like a bowl vase.  The he spun it really fast, it flattened out and became a plate.  Amazing.  Then, even more amazing, since they do this demonstration every day, multiple times a day, they threw the plate away.  They actually reuse the glass but still---it was a beautiful plate.  

They also had a second glass blowing demonstration on a smaller level with a hand held torch.  Right in front of us he made a cute little swan. 

The last demonstration we saw was on Fiber Optics.  It was very interesting to see how a group of copper pipes, about six feet in width, carried less information than a thin piece of Fiber Optics.  We have come so far in technology.

We all had a good time at the Corning Museum of Glass.   I had never heard of this place but it was worth the trip to see it.

We only spent one night in this area and got up the next day (Sept. 12) and headed for Cooperstown, New York.
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