Greetings from buffalo ny jenn's mom betty ...
Trip Start Jun 02, 2002
43Trip End Apr 01, 2003
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Jenn's mom, Betty, flew to Buffalo for a two-week vacation. We met up with her at her friend John's house. We stayed at his apartment during the next six nights while our RV was parked down the street in his church's parking lot. Betty and John first met each other when they were in the Peace Corp. Betty had already planned out our days together and we knew we were in for a whirlwind of adventures. I will try to remember all of the stories.
Friday - Meet Betty at John's house. Jump into John's car and take off to the Carrousel Museum. The big thrill and highlight was riding the antique carrousel which dated back to 1916. Wheee! Next, we arrived at Lake Erie to ride a boat through the system of locks connecting the higher part to the lower level of the river. They have a similar system on the Panama Canal
Saturday - We woke up early and headed out to the Penn Dixie archeological site to dig for fossils. We found trilobites and other fossils that last saw the light of day 360 million years ago. We were the first to see them, excavate them, hold them in our hands, and take them home. It made us all feel very young. Next, we drove to the Pedaling History Bicycle Museum to learn about the history and the evolution of the bicycle. They had wooden bikes, bikes that would float in water, bikes with machine guns mounted to them during WWI, and a bike that sat seven people. After lunch we visited the company responsible for inventing the famous kazoo. We learned how they are made and we even got to make one for ourselves using their machines. Afterwards, we walked through this neighborhood where participants were showing off their gardens to the public. Their gardens were absolutely beautiful and colorful and some were quite extensive with themes. The comfortable weather made it all the more enjoyable. We ate dinner outdoors at a town event called the Hot Luck festival. You guessed it, our food was spicy but flavorful. Our day was not over just yet. As the sun began to set, we sat in front of an outside amphitheater in a park and watched Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors. I became possessed with Shakespeare's spirit and spoke in rhymes the rest of the night
Sunday - We spent the entire day hiking at Letchworth State Park. We hiked to the Lower, Middle, and Upper Falls. They were not as mighty as the Niagara Falls, but we were still impressed with the beauty and strength of the falls. I found a hidden trail that Jenn and I climbed down and we found ourselves a lot closer to the falls than anyone else. Later that night we stopped at an ice cream parlor and treated ourselves for all the hard exercise we did earlier.
Monday - Only Jenn, Betty, and I drove to the city of Toronto, Canada and began with a self-guided audio tour of the Casa Loma. The Casa Loma was a residential castle built by a wealthy realtor. Some of the rooms had hidden doors that led to the wine cellar and to the master bedroom. Next we went on a tour of the Sky Dome where the Toronto Blue Jays play. It is the first stadium to feature a retractable roof
Tuesday - We started the day with a city tour of Toronto on a big city bus. Our guide was very funny and we were laughing the whole way. We spent the rest of the day waiting in lines at the CN Tower, which is the highest observation deck in the world. As a note, we arrived in Toronto the day after the Pope left during World Youth Day, but many of those young people remained to visit the city's attractions. We were standing in line to go up to the second observation deck when Betty decided her time would be better spent at the Royal Museum. She gave us her combo ticket in case we wanted to go on the simulator rides more than once and then she left. It took us almost two hours to reach the front of the line, when the young man in front of us noticed that his ticket did not include the second observation deck and began to worry
Wednesday - Jenn and I crossed the border again and went to visit Niagara Falls on the Canadian side. I did not see any bad looking neighborhoods on this side of the falls. We first went to Journey Behind the Falls where we viewed the falls from behind. Then we went on the Maid of the Mist where we boarded a vessel which took us to the choppy waters in front of the falls. Afterwards, we went to visit the mosaic culture gardens and greenhouse. We saw life-size Canadian geese, buffalo, elk, and bear topiaries. Next we drove to Niagara on the Lake and stopped at the St. Joseph's Winery for some wine tastings. We tried wine made from Bartlett pears for the first time and it was so good that we bought a bottle. We had dinner at a historic tavern, The Old Angel Inn, and on our way back to the truck we passed a sign that read Lawn Bowling so, we entered. The nice gentleman was eager to explain the game to us and we watched a few rounds. Briefly, it is like shuffleboard but instead you roll balls that are purposely lopsided to give them a curved trajectory. This night would be our last at John's house, so we had long goodbyes with great memories with John and Betty.
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