Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy Fourth of July

Flags are waving, barbeques are sizzling, beaches are full, fireworks are booming, and everybody is celebrating our nations birthday. I hope you are all having a super 4th of July!! Whatever people says, this is a wonderful country and I wish all of you a great day, where we can all say, Let freedom ring!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Seneca State Park CRC Picnic

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It was a misty rainy day at Seneca State Park right off of Lake Seneca in upstate New York and frankly we thought it would be a wash out, but it turned out fine. In fact, if it had been sunnier, I think it would have been too hot and to cool off we would have needed bathing suits, which many of us did not bring. So it was just as well.

There is a beach available for swimming on the weekends, a water park with several different options and plenty of picnic tables as well as shelters that can be rented out. The pastors did rent out a shelter. Regardless of this, I do need to warn you, with all this rainy weather there are plenty of bugs around including mosquitos, so please get some sort of protection so you will not have anything to regret later.

A nice breeze, good company, and really good food, made up for the see-saw weather. You can see I took plenty of pictures, and there was so much nature to view, but I just couldn't put up all the pictures.

Baby Huey Bird

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Seneca Lake Park, New York State. July 2, 2009.

If we hadn't seen it with our very eyes, I don't know that we would have believed it. This must be a case of a misplaced egg that fell in the little wrens nest. There is no way that huge baby bird could really belong to that momma bird! If you look at the third picture you can almost hear the mama bird thinking,"How am I going to feed this huge baby? He is always hungry!" But she does; over and over again she goes down to pick up chips and bread, works on them briefly and then carries them up to Baby Huey, I mean baby bird. Unbelievable!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Sights and Sounds of the Erie Canal

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I'm just going to go ahead and write about Pittsford and the Erie Canal right here. As you must know Lake Ontario is north of Rochester. According to the Columbia Encyclopedia the canal is "An artificial waterway extending about 579 km (360 mi) across central New York from Albany to Buffalo. Constructed from 1817 to 1825 and enlarged numerous times after 1835, it is now part of the New York State Barge Canal. " I had no idea frankly about all that information. In fact what I did know was that it was an artificial waterway but I didn't realize it connected Albany to Buffalo. You learn something new everyday!

Anyway, after our incident at Letchwork State Park, we decided to continue the rather safe pursuit of good homemade ice cream rather than unpredictable outdoor adventures. The place to go for this is in Pittsford which is right off the Erie Canal, a place I had seen in passing several times but had no idea I would actually get to see. The unexpected turn of events placed us there.

If you look at the pictures you can't help but notice how pretty Pittsford is. Just driving through, you find that it is a quaint township which takes a great deal of pride in its surroundings. The only thing I can compare it to is Winter Park, Florida's Park Avenue, near the Morse Museum. But you don't have to be wealthy to enjoy the view, to feed the mallard ducks, to smell the roses, to race to see a rowing team practicing, nor to stroll the canal with ice cream in hand. You can see my granddaughters enjoying themselves thoroughly as I did also. In fact, my granddaughter Aay says, " it was real fun!" There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and leisurely things to do and I wouldn't mind coming here again.

Sights and Sounds of the Erie Canal

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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.
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