No matter where you go, whether it's western New York or towards the City, or even if you're in a different state, you can always find connections to our area.

Sometimes you have to look really close to find the "connections," and other times they're right in front of your face. It's like when you're in a store in a different state (say, Michigan), and you find bottles of Ommegang from Cooperstown for sale. I don't know about you, but it just gives me this great feeling... maybe pride, when I notice these ties.

I've mentioned this before. When my fiance Luke and I took our trip to the Florida Keys (and where we happily got engaged), Luke noticed the fancy bottle of water at our table at a restaurant was actually from the Central New York area. Printed on the bottle, it said it was from Saratoga Springs, New York. Not only that, but on the same trip, our single-serving bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and all that looked tropical and like it would have been from the Keys, but we had a feeling they weren't. And we were right. Those products were made in Cortland, New York, not too far away from our area.

So of course, when I was on my latest vacation at Darien Lake, I found another connection to Central New York. Now, you've probably seen these packets in stores before:

Package of .Mystical Fire' on a Camping Table
Naomi Lynn/TSM

I've seen them all over the place, and always wanted to try them, but just never got around to it. Luke decided we should buy some for our campfire (probably because it was the only day I WASN'T planning on having s'mores). As it set on our table, I started reading the packaging like I always do, and wouldn't you know:

Back of the 'Mystical Fire' Packaging
Naomi Lynn/TSM

Wilcor International inc.

Frankfort N.Y.

Pretty cool, right?! Well, at least I thought it was. And just as a side-note, I thought the colors in the campfire (when we used the product) were pretty cool, too.

Sure, I find most of these connections because I'm looking at the reading labels or checking out all of the packaging of a product, but I don't care. I like finding these connections and ties. Some of them however, are a lot easier to notice than reading the back of some packaging. When it comes down to it, Central New York and Upstate New York are connected to the rest of the state and the rest of the country in SO many ways, and that's pretty awesome.




More From Lite 98.7