Travels with Bentley

Travels with Bentley
Bentley - our Heartland Bighorn

Monday, August 10, 2015

Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 8, 9 and 10, 2015 - Grand Island, NY

Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 8, 9 and 10, 2015 - Grand Island, NY

SATURDAY
We left Lampe Marina Campground sometime after 9:30.  I was able to get part of the sunrise this morning from outside our back window.  Unfortunately the tree there blocked the best part of the view.


Here are some shots of downtown Buffalo, NY as we headed to Grand Island.


The tall building to the left is City Hall.


 

Bridge leading over the Niagara River.

 
We made it!  We arrived in Grand Island around 12:30 or 1:00 Saturday.  It worked out well for us, that we can park Bentley right here at Matt & Megan's.  We spend most of the day with them and then return to our own bed to sleep and enjoy our coffee first thing in the morning without waking them up.  I will get some pictures of their house to post before we leave.  We had a busy weekend.

Saturday we grabbed lunch at one of Grand Island's restaurants Joe's Pizza, where we ordered submarine sandwiches and then spent the rest of the day hanging out with Josh and his parents.  We enjoyed getting to know him.  While we did see him in May it was a quick visit and he was so busy playing with all of his cousins he didn't have much time for us.  For lunch, Dean and I both tried out the stinger which Megan tells me is a specialty of western New York.  It was served with a large chicken finger and sliced steak.  The chicken came with buffalo wing sauce from mild to hot.  Dean had the mild with ranch and I had the medium with blue cheese.  It was REALLY good.  Something new to try out myself when we get home!

Megan's mom and dad stopped by for a short time to show us their new vehicle.  Josh was checking it out!


Megan's mom Ruth, Megan and Josh.

For dinner, Megan cooked steaks, potatoes and veggies, then we headed to the drive-in.  Now it's been a few years since we've had the opportunity to visit a drive-in movie theater.  It wasn't too bad except it got pretty cool.  Seemed so weird for us to be wrapped up in heavy blankets, wearing jeans, shoes and socks and a heavy hoodie, when everyone at home is having 100 degree temperatures.  Wish we could have shared some of this cool evening with you.

The movie was Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.  It was a pretty good movie as movies go.  I'm not a huge movie fan but I enjoyed it none the less.  I think I only missed about 15-20 minutes during that short snooze.  Evidently it wasn't an important part of the movie because I didn't feel like I had missed anything when it was over. 

The drive-in had four screens, each section showing a triple show (all different movies).  We left after the first show.  We were all tired.


SUNDAY
Matt sent us a text this morning to let us know Megan had made a French toast/cream cheese bake for breakfast.  Today is Matt's birthday so I quickly threw some no-bake cookies together to take in with the card we had for him.  I knew it was one of his favorite cookies.  When we came in, I slipped the bowl of no-bakes on the table with his card.  When he saw them, he asked, are these no-bakes?  As he ate the first one (yes, before breakfast) he said wow, these are even warm.

Megan's French toast bake was delicious.  She served it with syrup and sides of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.  Yum, yum, yum.  I say this so often, Josh has already started saying it!

We were all going to attend their church this morning but when arrived, we discovered they were having an outdoor picnic event.  Matt and Megan were unaware of it and since they had not brought any food we did not stay.  We'll try again next week.  We came home and then Megan and I ran to the store, to make sandwiches when we returned. We decided it was such a beautiful day that we would cross over to Canada so we could see Niagara Falls from that side.  Dean and I did only visited the US side when we were here for their wedding almost 4 years ago.  We brought our passports with us, so we headed that way right after lunch.  We waited in line for probably 20-30 minutes to get through at the border.  I'm not sure how many lanes of traffic there were to go through border control but it was ALOT.  After finally making our way through that - rather quickly I might add once we made it to a booth, we found a place to park.  We brought the stroller for Josh and we were soon making our way to Clifton Square - lots of shops and restaurants, many of which we have here in the US.   There were LOTS of people everywhere.  From the time we left the car and began walking toward the downtown area until we returned to the car - approximately a 2 mile walk, maybe more, there were people everywhere.  Lots of families were sitting on the grounds in the park area, enjoying the beautiful day.  There were tourists from every country.  I was just amazed with the numbers of people out walking or playing on the park grounds.  We walked to the Hershey store where the guys had coca cola floats, Megan had a Hershey chocolate shake and I had a dip of praline and cream ice cream which was quite good.
Made from tires.

At the ice cream shop.

Canadian Maple Leaf in flowers.

Rainbow Bridge which you pass over into Canada.




Horseshoe Falls


People were sitting in the park all over.

Random people we saw having their picture taken at the Falls.  Lol!

Another shot of horse shoe falls.

Matt, Megan and Joshua

Some of the flowers along the roadways.

Some of downtown Niagara Falls, Ontario

Look close for the Canadian and US Flags - this is the International Line.

We walked along the sidewalk that faced the falls and looking towards the US Side, stopping to take several pictures.  It was quite hot.  It wasn't 100 degree weather hot, but 84-85 degrees with lots of sun that was really beating down on us.  The landscaping in and around the park was absolutely beautiful and the flowers were bursting with color.  

From the falls we moved on to Whirlpool State Park.  Here a whirlpool forms from the water leaving the falls.  Unfortunately they are redoing the site where you can view the whirlpool.  I did snap a few pictures of the water here, but I doubt they will have this done before we leave so this will have to wait until our next visit.

By then I think we were all ready to head back home.  We were tired, hot and ready for dinner.  Megan grilled chicken, cooked fresh sweet corn on the cob and we had Oreo ice cream cake to celebrate Matt's birthday.  A very good dinner.


MONDAY
Matt and Megan are in the Army Reserve, and this week Megan is participating in her two week summer program.  She expected to be back here around noon, and arrived not too long after that.  During the morning, Dean, Matt, Josh and I headed to Home Depot to pick up an auger that they will use to dig post holes for the fence they will be installing in their backyard this week.  They also loaded up several bags of cement for the posts.

Once we returned I started some laundry, and then we made a quick lunch.  After lunch, we took Josh outside for awhile and he had a nice swing.  See pictures.




Later Megan, Josh and I headed to Target to look for some outdoor toys for Josh.  We found a couple of things and soon headed back.  One of the toys was a blow up bounce house with slide.  Megan worked on getting it blown up and I went to grab a couple of chairs for us to sit in to watch Josh play.   It seemed like we no more than got set up than the skies opened and it began to rain.  So much for anymore fencing today.  We'll see how tomorrow goes.


I apologize as I did not proofread this as much as usual, but I really wanted to get it posted tonight.  It may be a few days before I post again.


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