WWC #97, vacation edition

We traveled north and WEST for this picture, representing one of my FAVORITE STORIES:

One Morning in Maine, by Robert McCloskey

One Morning in Maine, by Robert McCloskey

If you have never read this delightful book, you owe it to yourself to get to a library and read it today!  When I saw the rocks covered with seaweed on Lake Ontario, I foolishly stayed on the lookout for seals.  That is how powerfully McCloskey’s pictures & prose wind around your heart — it stays for years!


I’m back and facing loads of laundry. How is it that 3 days away produces Mt. Washmore? I washed 5 loads before we left.  Sheesh.

Last Friday was the culmination of band camp, a 2 week extravaganza of sweat, sunshine, and sweet music.  The families came to see the show, eat copious amounts of potluck goodies, find out about the upcoming $pring Trip (Orlando!) and watch the band camp slideshow.  We went, we ate, we bought the DVD.

2009 LVHS Marching Band 001

Marching Band T-shirt for 2009-2010

On Saturday, the 6 of us squeezed into a packed minivan and headed north to see Gary!


He was very kind and generous, letting us each have a turn at the wheel

8-14-2009 Making pottery at Gary's

and then sending us all away with gifts! SuperDad is still enjoying his Guinness. 😉


See that cute look of admiration on SnakeMaster’s face? Precious!

Actually, Gary didn’t just send us away… he led us into Ithaca and across a suspension bridge over a lovely gorge.



He also told us where to find a 215-ft waterfall:


The Finger Lakes region is absolutely beautiful.  I was nearly ready to abandon WA and retire up there instead!

We journeyed on to Niagara Falls.


The Falls were appropriately impressive.

American Falls at Niagara

American Falls at Niagara

Horseshoe Falls from the (American) backside, Goat Island State Park

Horseshoe Falls from the (American) backside, Goat Island State Park

(Canadian) Horsehoe Falls at night

(Canadian) Horsehoe Falls at night

MusicMan referred to the Canadian side as the fun side because it looked like they had more fun there.  Ha! He doesn’t know that the drinking age is 19 in Canada. (Um, it still is, isn’t it?) The Canadian side also has the better views, but since we don’t have passports ($600) or special visitor cards ($210), we had to forgo the excitement.

photo taken by MusicMan

photo taken by MusicMan

It also meant we didn’t get to visit any of my Canadian friends
Some other time, I hope!

Niagara Falls 011

We camped at a state park on the banks of Lake Ontario.    With the haze obscuring the Toronto skyline (30 miles distant), one had the impression that the lake went on forever.

Niagara Falls 001

18 responses to “WWC #97, vacation edition

  1. What a great collection of pics!
    I could care less about the Canadian side of the falls—its all JUNK and costly. Goat Island state park in the middle is sooo beautiful. Looks like a great Lake camping spot too!

  2. Fine photos, KC and again, I lament the “so close and yet so far” aspect of your trip. Thanks for the linkage. I like how you covered your Canadian friends in each of the words.

    Niagara Falls, Ontario is a rather tacky and expensive town. It can be great fun for the kidlets though and there’s lovely sites to see nearby (like the quaint, historical town of Niagara on the Lake), including the fine view of the falls itself. And it has the road that leads to your Canadian friends so it can’t be all THAT bad, can it, Gary? 😉

  3. Wow, you guys did a lot in a short amount of time. Looks like you had fun.

  4. You have some pretty impressive water falls anot too far away, don’t you?
    I wish I could’ve been there with you in Gary’s studio…

  5. one of my best friends is from the finger lakes, and she raves about it – apparently the wine there is really lovely as well 😉

  6. Looks like fun. I’m glad your family has been able to take some nice trips together this summer.

  7. Great pictures.
    When we visited Canada, a long time ago, you didn’t need a passport. How times have changed.

  8. I have this fantasy where I win the lotto, buy a camper and travel around on a “Bloggers Around The World” tour. 🙂

    I’m glad you had a good trip. LOVE the pictures.

  9. Awesome photos. Looks like you all had loads of fun! Now, to those loads of laundry!

  10. I’ve heard the Finger Lakes are incredible–and your pictures prove it.

  11. Great vacation! I would love to go up there in that area. And hang out with Gary too!

  12. as far as i know the drinking age is still 19! that was a major destination while i was in college, only a half hour drive to drink legally!! oh yeah sign us up!! love the pictures of the falls and made me a bit homesick for michigan!!

  13. How cool that you got to hang with Gary!!! An excellent set of photos and the story!

  14. I always *love* to see your trip photos and digests … you are always so thrifty and pack so much in. And so cool you got to finally meet Gary!

  15. Man, I miss camping!!! That first pic looks like the top of a balding man LOL! Glad you had fun with Gary 🙂

  16. And those little pots will soon be on your doorstep 🙂

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