Been to Wegman’s New Yorkers!
Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
31Trip End Aug 12, 2013
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Since we were too late to check out the shuffleboard courts last night we went to them before it was time for us to leave camp. They are the square, plastic, put together ones that we had seen in other campgrounds previously. The difference in these was that the squares were much smaller than the ones we have seen in the past. We shot a couple of rounds and found these courts to be like the others we have played on—very slow and hard to finesse with
We left camp at 10:55 heading to what we understand is Mecca for all of you native New Yorkers…and you know who you are…Wegman’s Grocery Store in Pittsford, NY. Many of you have encouraged us to go by and see what wonders you left behind when you made the trek to middle Tennessee to live. We got there at 11:30…along with what looked to be a crowd big enough to fill Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on the Saturday that UT plays Alabama! From what we were told, that was a fairly SMALL crowd! Good Grief! It was like trying to get over the Chilkoot Pass during the gold rush. You were afraid if you got out of line, it would be HOURS before you got back in!
At any rate, we found a parking place and headed to the doors of Wegman’s. All of you have told us the truth—it is indeed a modern marvel. I only took a few pictures because we had been told that management didn’t want pictures made inside the store. By the time we found out differently, we were already checking out
We just circled in the store trying to take it all in during the short time we had to be there. They seemed to have a big department for anything you might like to find. We bought some nice bread for breakfast, a fresh peach, a bagel that I hope will be like the dense ones we bought in NY in the past, a slice of foccasia bread, some Oriental food from one of the many food bars, AND a slice of carrot cake! After checking out, we took our bounty out to Mufasa and had our own little picnic. The food was wonderful and we have enough to eat again this evening. By the way Jim and Renee, the carrot cake was beyond delicious and we spent several minutes discussing whether or not it was as good as or better than TwoJays. We think TwoJays MIGHT be a tiny bit better, but it could be a tossup.
Leaving Wegman’s at 1:35 we set out towards the Niagara Falls area. Since today is Saturday, we thought it would be smart to call ahead for reservations to take the pressure off of ourselves
Our intention at that point was to drive into Rochester and go by the Eastman Mansion since several of you suggested that we would enjoy touring it. The closer we got to the mansion, the more traffic and the fuller on street parking we saw. About two blocks away from where we were headed we realized that there was a major Art Fair going on right at the mansion apparently. At that point we figured that not only were we not going to be able to find parking at the mansion, we were getting in narrower and narrower streets with what felt like was becoming a bigger and bigger rig! Discretion being the better part of valor, we started to work our way out of that area. Not as easy as it sounds like to do as it turned out! The good news is that we got a self-guided tour of the projects as we maneuvered to the highway we wanted to take to our camp for the night.
What we did manage to see of Rochester (besides the projects) seemed to be quite nice. We saw many large older homes and some areas that were obviously becoming re-gentrified. I am sorry that we had to miss the Eastman Mansion—maybe the next time. By the way, we took on fuel as we were leaving town and paid $3.79/gallon.
As we drove west we once again were seeing those houses that I mentioned a few days ago that are faced with what looked like river rocks. I stopped in front of a couple of them and took pictures of the stone work trying to figure out what we were seeing. We pulled over to look at one and realized we were at the Cobblestone Society Museum in Albion, NY! What an unexpected moment! There was some kind of affair going on there and the parking there was very limited so John parked on the street and I ran in and got a brochure. It turns out that these homes were built in the early to mid 1800’s. They were buile using some of the uncountable small round rocks that were created in the first Ice Age. The uniqueness of American cobblestone construction lies in the manipulation and refinement of the mortar treatment. As early as 1750, buildings were constructed of rounded beach rocks laid in rows with horizontal mortar joints troweled to a flat projecting “V”. This is why I thought I saw an inserted piece of concrete between the rows of rock. Most remaining cobblestone houses are in New York State. I was fascinated by the look…John has canals; apparently I am intrigued with things that were glaciated!
From there we continued to our home for the night, arriving at this KOA at 4:45. It is out in the boonies (the site, however IS level) but that is OK
We have settled in for the evening—will likely take another walk a little later after supper. We drove 100 miles today. Sorry Judy that we didn’t have as exciting a day today as the last two. Maybe it will get better!