Posts Tagged ‘New York’

August 12th: Out into the unknown!

August 14, 2008

On Tuesday we began our journey westward!

Clearly Becky feels safe with this behind the wheel.

Clearly Becky feels safe with this behind the wheel.

Heading from Rochester, we first stopped in Buffalo to get some hot wings in their birthplace, a dive called Anchor Bar. The wings were not that amazing so we’re happy to stick with those from our own favorite dives, but we can check that off our list.

We stopped to get a drink on a pier in Dunkirk, NY before heading on to Erie, PA. We were headed toward Presque Isle State Park, but we were distracted by a little amusement park on the way and stopped to do a few rollercoasters. They were surprisingly good — Jonathan nearly peed his pants on one of them.

These are obviously the faces of hardened criminals.

These are obviously the faces of hardened criminals.

We finally made it to Presque Isle in time for a phenomenal sunset over the water. We couldn’t have had a better start to the trip.

sunset over Lake Erie

sunset over Lake Erie

cheesing it up on the beach

cheesing it up on the beach

August 11th: Strong Museum of Play, Rochester, NY

August 13, 2008

We embarked on our road trip across the country on Sunday, after the apartment was clean enough for a subletter and the last bags were shoved in the car. We stopped for a delicious dinner with Jonathan’s sister Donna and her boyfriend Erik in Binghamton, NY, then headed on to stay with Jonathan’s mom for a couple nights in Rochester. We’re glad we both get a chance to see our families before we leave the country.

On Monday we visited Rochester’s toy museum, the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum of Play. We were the oldest people there who weren’t accompanied by kids, we have no doubt — but who needs to be 3 feet tall to love a full-on interactive reproduction of the Sesame Street set?

Big Bird looks on in horror as Cookie Monster mistakes Jonathan's brains for a Snickerdoodle. (Zombie?!)

Big Bird looks on in horror as Cookie Monster mistakes Jonathan's brains for a Snickerdoodle. (Zombie?!)

We got to play with all sorts of toys from our childhoods, and we even managed to discover Becky’s true calling: she was born to be a construction engineer.

Becky hogged the Lego table for more than an hour.

Becky hogged the Lego table for more than an hour.

More on the meandering path of the roadtrip later!