Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Letchworth State Park, New York
Can you believe how beautiful this place is? It's located about 40 minutes (35 miles) south of Rochester, NY on Interstate Road #390. This is the same road you take to go to Corning. The park itself is immaculately clean, and the lawns manicured. There are plenty of opportunities for picture taking and bird watching. The park also offers picnic areas and even play areas for children in safe spots away from the Genesee River which runs deep at the bottom of the gorge.
Ana and I had planned a picnic at the park, and had gotten pretty close to the Visitor's Center. Having just finished taking about 30 pictures and were just about to have our lunch when we realized Zee had been bitten by an insect of some kind and her hand was badly swollen. What to do next in the middle of the park? We decided to call the Visitor's center to check if they had benadryl, but they didn't but they directed us to follow the Castile exit and drive to Perry. We got more precise directions from the exit guard. We drove through some heavily scented diary farms if you get my drift, and the long road ended with a detour. Fortunately, the few roads there took us past a gas station in Castile where they pointed us in the direction to Perry. While at the gas station, Ana was able to buy benadryl in capsule form but it wasn't in liquid and it really was for children older than Zee. But at least now we had it as a backup if we really needed it.
Of course little Zee was nervous, and she later told us she had prayed to Jesus to make her better. And he did. Then we followed the gas station attendants directions and made it to Perry where we found the Rite Aid drugstore. It all seemed to take an eternity, but we were able to get a tablet appropriate for Zee to take. Of course we learned some lessons in the experience. Now there will be Benadryl in the car, inside the emergency kit.
The "bite" incident threw us off our plans but the day was not ruined, by any means. Zee started to feel better and we decided to head to Pittsford, just south of Penfield for ice cream. That will be the topic of my next entry.