Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pan American Trolley Tour 6/24/17

To celebrate my birthday earlier this month, Peggy and David and I went to Buffalo for a PAN- AMERICAN EXPOSITION TROLLEY TOUR.   We met up with our guide and our group at the Visitors Center for Forest Lawn Cemetery and set out on a trolley. 
The trolley took us through Forest Lawn Cemetery and graves of people who were prominent in the history of the Pan-American Exhibition were pointed out.  This was a highlight: 

From there we went to the Hotel Lafayette.  This hotel was built FOR the exhibition, however it was not completed in time.  I think it was completed in 1903 (two years after the exhibition which was in 1901).  As we pulled up to the hotel, Peg and I realized that we had eaten here before, maybe a year ago when we participated in an EXPLORE BUFFALO walking tour (I think the focus was on architecture).  Before lunch we were shown two ballrooms.  The Crystal Ballroom was exceptionally pretty. 

 We were served a very good lunch.  Peg and I shared Korean BBQ Sliders and a Roasted Beet Salad. 

Then it was back to the trolley and on to the Resource Center of the Buffalo History Museum.  The focus of this center is THE SPIRIT OF THE CITY, which celebrates the many events, exhibits and curiosities of the Pan-Am Exhibition.   Here are a few pics: 
 this small restored building was used in the Exhibition.
 Our tour guide shows us the pistol which was used to assassinate President McKinley while he was visiting the fair. 
an original poster from the fair. 

Then we went to the Buffalo History Museum. 
This is the only remaining building from the Exhibition.  It was the NEW YORK PAVILION.  I was here a couple of weeks ago, but I missed seeing the APOSTOLIC CLOCK in action, but I had a chance to see it today. 

I think the last important site was the spot where McKinley was standing when he was shot.
Unfortunately, we drove by the backside of this memorial.  And then we returned to the Visitors Center.   

On the way back to Lockport, we stopped at Paula's Donuts.
It was a wonderful dlay!!!!! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Niagara Falls, New York Day Trip 6/22/17

Leslie and I decided to take a day trip to Niagara Falls, NY today.  Our first stop was at THE SECOND COMING HOUSE of Prophet Isaiah.  He happened to be outside the house standing by his truck when we arrived and we spoke to him a bit. 
Then we headed to the falls.  The parking area for Niagara Falls State Park was full, wo we parked at the MADE IN AMERICA STORE.  Then we walked to the Visitors Center in the park and purchased tickets for the trolley. 

The trolley took us down to the area of the elevator that goes down into the gorge.  While we were down in the gorge, it stated to rain, so we decided to go to the Aquarium of Niagara which was across the road.  We enjoyed it.  Before we left, I purchased a raincoat to protect me from the rain.
it DID stop raining shortly after I put I on. We got back on the trolley and went to two viewing spots.   I had not been to LUNA ISLAnD in many years, so I was glad to visit it again.  The island is between the It is between the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls,
You can get very close to the top edge of both of those falls. 

Back at our car, I realized that I would have to drive own over a curb to get out of my parking spot.  But the sidewalk was wide and Leslie was able to move some cones so that we could drive out of the parking lot itself. 

We looked for three geocaches, but only found one, at the site of the first house in Niagara Falls, NY.

Leslie picked up BEEF ON WECKs from Wagners for supper and I added a couple of sides.  Then we went to Lake Effect Ice Cream for desert. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

SWALLOW HOLLOW TRAIL at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

After breakfast of baked blueberry pancake and fried potatoes, Leslie and I set out for the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.  We drove separately because I had an afternoon commitment and Leslie wanted more time to birdwatch. We started at the Visitors Center. 

We noticed a small group of people checking the Martin houses and joined them for a couple of minutes. 
With our map of the refuge in hand, we headed to the SWALLOW HOLLOW TRAIL.  It is a mile and a third long, circular, very well maintained trail.  I took a lot of pictures. 

We saw quite a few birds. 

Across the road from the trail, we noticed a large pavilion with picnic tables, so we had our picnic lunch there. 
I headed back to Lockport and Leslie stayed at the refuge to continue birdwatching. 

Geneva picked me up at three thirty and we headed to Camp Kenan for FAMILY NIGHT.  We met Karra there.  Everyone was served a chicken dinner (I think it was Chiavetta's), with cupcakes and cookies for desert.  After she ate a HUGE meal, I got Carrie settled into her cabin and we returned to Lockport.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Leslie and I left my house a few minutes after nine a.m. this morning and drove directly to Niagara Falls.  In Niagara Falls, NY we found two geocaches.  I really liked ART ALLEY: 
Then we crossed the RAINBOW BRIDGE into Ontario.  We found parking at the SKYLON TOWER.  I had packed a lunch and we saw tables and chairs outside, so we each made up a plate and we had our lunch there.

We had a bit of trouble finding our way to the falls from the Skylon Tower, and had to askfor directions.  We walked down to the fall area and viewed both the Horseshoe Falls and the merican Falls.  We looked for a virtual geocache but could not find it.  We did, however, find a cche in the beautiful gardens at the foot of Clifton Hill.
Then we headed towards the Floral Clock.  We stopped at Souvenir City, which is a very colorful spot. 

We also found a cache at  Buddihist temple.
Our last stop was at the Floral Clock.  We crossed back into the USA via the Lewiston- Queenston bridge and returned to Lockport where bbq ribs waited in the crockpot. 

Monday, June 19, 2017


Leslie arrived around four p.m.  As she got out of her car she told me that she had brought me sone "weed".  ROFL.  (wild flowers from her yard) about an hour later, we went geocaching.  We found one UPSON PARK, but had no luck with VIEW OF THE LOCKS.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


The other day when Marlene and I walked the towpath (I think its the canal towpath), I noticed a sign for the LYTLE NATURE PRESERVE, just across from the access road to the parking area for the towpath, on the north side of the canal.

Pam and I had agreed to take a walk together but her daughter stopped by (with her one year old granddaughter) so she cancelled.  I called Marlene and we decided to meet up and check out the LYTLE NATURE PRESERVE.

Here are some pictures I took: 
sign at the entrance. 

the first section of the trail, after the boardwalk, is paved.

 this map has a lot of mistakes on it, but it also has a lot of good information.
 and then it enters the woods.

When we finished our walk, we decided to go to REID'S for some frozen custard.  We oth had small twist cones, which were very good. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

RELAY FOR LIFE 2017 and Allan Scott Concert at THE CHAPEL

 I had plans to go to Lewiston for the Garden Walk and Festival, but Elaine cancelled because of the extreme heat.  She was right, it was a terribly hot and humid day.

So I stayed home this morning and then I met up with Peggy at her new house and we went to Emmet Belknap for the RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT.  It was soooooooooo terribly hot, so we decided to not buy lunch there, but to go to an air conditioned restaurant after.  We did the basket raffle. Then we went to Arby's for lunch (we both had the brisket sandwich, which was very good.  I went home and took a second shower because I was sweating so much at the event. 

Betty picked me up at six p.m. and we went to THE CHAPEL (the former St. Mary's Church) fpr the ALLAN SCOTT BAND Concert. 

Friday, June 16, 2017


Once again, Mary Ann and I took advantage of FREE FRIDAYS, sponsored by M and T Bank.  Today is the third Friday of the month, so admission to the BUFFALO HISTORY MUSEUM was free.  We arrived around ten a.m., at opening time.  We decided to check out the JAPANESE GARDEN before going into the museum, since it was probably cooler early in the day. 
Then we went into the museum and we enjoye the three floors of exhibits immensely!   Here are a few pictures. 
 I particularly enjoyed the TIM RUSSERT exhibit.

Then we decided it was lunch time and we found PRIMA PIZZA. Actually, it was another case of finding a parking spot first and then finding a nearby place to eat.
 We both had one of the lunch specials: a small meatball sub which came with a bag of chips and a small drink.  The sub was pretty good.
It was still early so we decided to go to the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.  We had a bit of trouble finding it.  We both got in free with a Senior Pass for the National Parks. 

This museum was magnificent.  There was a lot of info about the Pan American Exposition on the first floor.  The historic home where Roosevelt was sworn in as president still has a couple of the original pieces of furniture. 
This office is set up exactly like his office in the White House. 
On the way home we stopped to check out the SHACK ON DELAWARE, but it appears that it has closed down.  I am sorry I missed it. 
One last stop PAULA'S DONUTS for the third time in three weeks.  

My complete set of pictures is here:  /

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

LONG WALK with Marlene

When I checked the weather forecast last night I saw that today was supposed to be a gorgeous and not too hot day.  I called Marlene and we agreed to meet up at ten a.m. at Widewaters.  After completing a small project at church, I headed over.  When I arrived, Marlene suggested we cross the canal and meet at another spot.  I noticed that across the road from this parking area there is an entrance to LYTLE NATURE PRESERVE, a place I have heard about and was wondering where it is.  I found this picture online. 
I hope to explore it soon. 

We walked a REALLY long way, all the way to Upson Park.  We stopped several times to rest for a couple of minutes.  There was a group of women biking together and I asked them what the name of their group is and was told OUTSPOKIN'.  I could not find any information online about a local group.

We finished up our walk a few minutes before noon.  On the way home, I stopped at REIDS for a white hot with sauce. 
  I noticed my UNCLE BOB there and we chatted for a few minutes. 

When I got home I had a phone message from Pam asking if I wanted to take a walk.  I called her and invited her to join me at my house for supper. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday 6/12/17 Widewaters

Betty and I decided to have lunch at the new (last year) WIDEWATERS ON THE CANAL.  I picked her up and we went together.  Betty raved about the vintage, colorful d├ęcor (I had been before)
She had a steak sandwich and I had a burger and onion rings.  After that we took a walk along the canal.  And then we returned to WIDEWATERS for ice cream.  I had a lemon ice smoothie and she had a banana split, which she shared with me.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Saturday 6/10 Kids Flower Day and Salt and Light Festival

I attended the first hour of this event: 
It was fun to meet people and to help a couple of kids get their plants. 

Then I went home for a little bit until Elaine arrived.  She and I lathered up with Sunscreen and then headed to Gasport for the 2017 SALT AND LIGHT FESTIVAL.  We had a nice time checking out the vendors and booths.
  We had beef on weck from the Cup and Saucer and then ice cream sundaes for desert.

both were very good.  We checked out the baskets for the raffle, I did not see anything I liked, so I did not buy any tickets.

We got to speak to Elvis Wade and his wife Sandy
Several hours later on when I was home, I got a call from the NORWEX dealer telling me that I won the basket and I arranged to pick it up.