Travels with Bentley

Travels with Bentley
Bentley - our Heartland Bighorn

Thursday, September 1, 2016

August 21-26, 2016 - Grand Island, NY

August 21-26, 2016 - Grand Island, NY

This week was busy here at the Peine's in Grand Island.  We have enjoyed our time with our son Matt and his family, wife Megan, son Josh and daughter Sarah.  We are blessed they have a nice wide and deep driveway where we we can park our RV while we are here.  They already had a 30 amp hookup. We can also fill our water tanks and empty our waste tanks with our macerator pump without having to worry about moving the entire time.  It's worth a lot to have your own house to relax in a bit before bed, sleep in your own bed, shower in your own shower and enjoy your early morning coffee without waking their household.

Here's an overview of what we did this week:

We went to church on Sunday and really enjoyed the sermon even though their regular pastor was out of town.  We pretty much hung out at the house today and Dean and Matt did a few chores around the house.  I helped Megan make homemade chicken and noodles for dinner tonight, and Megan also roasted a chicken for another meal later this week.

Monday Megan and I ran down to Supercuts and we both were able to get in for haircuts at the same time and were finished at almost the same time.  That was nice.  We ran next door afterwards to the auto parts store to get a carton of DEF for the truck.  Once we got back the guys were going to play golf, however there was a tournament going on, so when they returned we traveled to the Buffalo Zoo.  We had a great time and I got crazy with the camera.

Megan made great meals all week.  Tonight the roasted chicken was used to make chicken enchiladas along with Mexican rice.  Megan's mom made these and afterwards we played a couple of games.

Tuesday the guys played golf and after lunch we headed to Buffalo where we did some shopping at a mall where they had the largest Dick's Sporting Goods I've ever seen.  Megan and I both found some shirts, and then we walked through the mall to The Cheesecake Factory where we enjoyed a wonderful meal.  Of course we could not leave without taking cheesecake home with us.  Delicious as well!  Dean woke up this morning with a bit of a head cold.  He started taking Daytime and Nightime and we're hoping he will knock it in a few days.

Sarah (who looks like a baby doll here), Megan and Josh at Cheesecake Factory!
Wednesday we drove to Rochester, New York to "The Strong", a children's museum that was absolutely amazing.  When we arrived we saw this "accident" that had occurred in the parking lot. No one was with either car.  Later when we were finishing our lunch we heard an announcement over the loudspeaker seeking the owner of a Honda Odyssey, asking them to come to the main desk.

The Strong National Museum of Play was amazing for both children, teens and adults alike.  There is a little bit of child in all of us even after we grow to be "boring" adults.  Who doesn't like to look back on all of the good times of our youth!
The Strong.

Entrance to the garden outside of the museum.

We ate lunch at Bill Gray's home of the World's Greatest Cheeseburger.  I'm not sure about that but the hot dog I had along with the sweet potato fries were quite good.  

Good food!
PICTURE ALERT!!!  These are just a few of what I took while at The Strange.  I had a hard time limiting myself on inserting pictures.
Large aquarium as we entered.  Josh really enjoyed looking at all of the fish.

A Christmas not too long after Dean & I were married we bought the four youngest boys roller blades for Christmas, along with hockey sticks, hockey pucks, elbow and knee pads for their presents.  That is the Christmas they still talk about the most.  They hit the street near our house and played street hockey all morning long.  They played often for quite awhile with these gifts.  What a fun memory!

Tinkertoys! - One of my very favorite toys growing up.  When our oldest grandson Logan was born, I insisted on buying a can of Tinkertoys - now 17 years later all but the two youngest grandkids have played with those Tinkertoys.  Last year I found an extra large can on E-bay to add to our collection.  It's the first toy that the kids want to get out when they stay with us.  Wish I had invented them!  

Hot Wheels - what kid didn't love playing with them - even us girls!

Josh driving his own hot wheels where he can see what he's doing on the large screen in front of him.

Had to include this for my grandson "Jaxson".  He's full of action.  

This was one of the best parts of the museum - Sesame Street.  Matt and family at the door of Sesame Street.

This was the most amazing museum - very interactive.  Here's Matt & Josh joining the Muppet family on TV.

US of Play - something for every state!

Our "4 state area"!

Sarah was so good sitting in her car seat while we all looked around and played!

Mom and Josh on the train.

Josh dancing.  Notice the lighted area on the right - that was various types of music you could play for dancing.  Josh enjoyed this.

Loved this pinball room - notice the entrance and the pinball flappers at the entrance.

Boat room.  Very elaborate.

Josh with the troll under the bridge.

Mommie and Josh in Cinderella's pumpkin.

My grandkids would love to have a hot wheels track like this - we could really have some fun with this!

Remember the Big Wheel's and slinky's?



and more Games.
Gosh, I loved Concentration!

Pac-Man & Ms. Pac-Man!

Video Games - 1980's



Extra large Lite Brite!  So much fun!

Giant Mario!  We didn't get a chance to play.  

Little Miss No Name - my baby sister, Jody got this for Christmas one year.  She would cry when the commercial came on TV and wanted this doll so bad so she could give her a good home.  She loved that doll.

Tonka Toy playstation!

Giant Lego Station.

Thursday the guys played golf again.  They sure have enjoyed getting to spend this time together. Megan and I both enjoy cooking and we end up spending a lot of time talking about food and recipes and watching various cooking shows along with spending time with Josh and Sarah.  Tonight Megan made these amazing hamburgers.  She saw the recipe on Facebook.  You make large baseball size hamburgers, then smash the middle down with a pop can.  I made the hamburgers while she made the fillings for them.  The first filling was blue cheese dressing, Parmesan cheese and extra blue cheese crumbles; and the second filling was shredded cheddar cheese, bacon and ranch dressing.  You make a really nice well in each burger patty and Megan really filled them well.  She cooked them on the grill low and slow and they were absolutely wonderful!  Megan's mom made some amazing dill potato salad as well.

On Friday morning we returned to the Original Pancake House for breakfast.  What a wonderful place this is and if you are ever in the area, you should check it out.  I had these amazing cream cheese crepes with strawberries on the side.  Heavenly!  Once we returned I spent a couple of hours out in Bentley planning our route home and then making reservations for the various stops.  Amazing how much research goes into this but I somewhat enjoy it.  It just takes time.  This evening Megan's family came over for a cookout.  We had teriyaki boneless chicken thighs on the grill along with BBQ chicken legs. Her sisters brought some cheesy potatoes and watermelon.  Later we had a campfire in the backyard and made smores.  The marshmallows had chocolate through them and they were really good.  The kids (Josh and Megan's nieces and nephews) had so much fun roasting and eating them.  I can't believe I didn't think to take pictures of everyone!

Josh loving his "baby" baby sister!  He's a good little brother and very loving to his new sister.

Note:  We are currently in PA, moving on to Shipshewana, IN tomorrow where we will layover for 4 days over Labor Day.  I hope to get the blog entirely caught up while we are there.  We made a side trip with Matt and Megan before we left them that we want to share, and also tell you about our previous stop in eastern PA.  I've still got to catch up with our stop in Erie, PA on the way to Matt's, and then give you an account of our stop where we are now here in northwest PA.  Stay tuned, and I'm sorry for the delay. We've been so busy I haven't had time to keep up.

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