Monday, December 31, 2012
Hoover's is a new ice cream/food stand within minutes of my office. I stopped by at lunch today with a colleague. They have very good shakes.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
I needed to be in New York for business on Monday while Ali needed to be back in Ohio for work. I wanted to spend as much time as possible together so we decided to hike the rail trail that crosses from Pennsylvania into New York. We found some good caches and the dogs seemed happy.
We always enjoy a visit to Union City Reservoir. It is a pleasant place to walk with good trails. The caches here are usually top notch too. It has been closed for most of the year as the water supply system was upgraded. We knew it was supposed to re-open in September and were happy to see the gates open when we drove through town. Since we had a number of unfound caches here, it made a great place to stop and let the dogs enjoy the afternoon. Rain kept threatening and eventually settled in, but it was still a fun visit.
All vacations end. Today this one was going to end. It was going to be a different day for us. Instead of visiting places we hadn't seen in ages, we were going to cache in an area where we were both familiar. We planned to start in Wilson which is one of the nicest places in the Buffalo/Niagara Falls area. We were going to then head to Tonawanda which is not far from my office in the area, but not a place I visit often for caching. A couple stops in Buffalo and a visit to a state park would allow us to get our last coin. We were going to celebrate the final coin by hiking the gorge trail and heading west and home along the lake shore. The plan was perfect. The reality wasn't. Our day started off wonderfully. We stopped at Wilson Harbor and hunted endlessly for a tough multi which we eventually found. We were treated to a fleet of sailboats headed out for probably their last race of the season.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
We had a long day of driving to make our next resting place in Lockport. We started our day with a visit to Sackett's Harbor to claim our second-last coin. It is a super town. One that makes you wish for a few more days to do nothing but hang around. After that we made our way toward Seneca Falls for a visit. We had not been to Seneca Falls since before we started caching. It is an historical place to visit and was a hole in our New York counties. On this visit, the visitor center was open so we stopped and Ali signed the guest book. We had a long drive and didn't give the area as much time as we would normally when we visit. We drove back to the Niagara Falls area in rain, but were able to finish the evening with a find along the Niagara River as the sun went down. One more day of caching in an area very familiar to us awaited before our trip home.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
We hoped to see ships on this vacation... lots of them. It was almost time to start home and no ships. We had an open day to do whatever we wanted and decided to return to the Eisenhower Lock to get the Seaway GeoTrail cache at the state park, stop at the visitor center and maybe spot a ship. The visitor center was closed so we moved on to the lock. Luck was on our side! Not only was the Algoma Spirit in the River, it was just moving into the lock. We played geeks and stayed for the whole process of bringing the ship into the lock, raising it in the lock, and getting it underway. It was great. After the lock we spent the day hunting caches near the water.